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Werth's three homers power Phillies to easy victory wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Jayson Werth could not remember ever being this productive in a game -- that's including Little League.

Werth homered in his first three at-bats and tied a Philadelphia Phillies record with eight RBI in a 10-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

"Anything can happen on any given day, I guess," Werth said. "This game is crazy. It's not like I was trying to do anything like that. It just happened. I don't know what else to say. It's just crazy."

Werth had a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a game in the seventh inning. But with most of the 36,600 fans still in the stands despite the lopsided score and brisk weather, standing and cheering, he fouled out to first base on a 3-2 pitch off Brian Tallet.

"Hitting a home run was probably on my mind," Werth said. "I was just looking for a good pitch to hit."

Werth hit an 0-1 pitch off Blue Jays starter David Purcey for a three-run home run to right field in the second inning and topped that with a 425-foot grand slam to right on a 3-1 pitch against Purcey (0-1) in the third.

Purcey was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse after the game.

"When you have balls over the plate, he's a good hitter and he's going to hit them," Purcey said. "I was just trying to make a perfect pitch and fell behind on them."

Werth then ripped a solo shot to left-center in the fifth off reliever Jesse Litsch on a 2-1 pitch for a 9-2 lead.

"I hit an offspeed pitch and it was one of those things where everything clicked," Werth said.

Werth became the 18th Phillies player to record three homers in a game. Ryan Howard was the last to hit three -- on Sept. 3, 2006, against Atlanta in the first game of a doubleheader.

"If you watch him (Werth) in batting practice, he can hit the ball as far as anybody," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

The eight RBI tied a franchise record held by four players, most recently by Mike Schmidt in a 10-inning game at Chicago on April 17, 1976. The others are Kitty Bransfeld (1910), Gavvy Cravath (1915) and Willie Jones (1958).

"Jayson had a great night at the plate," Howard said. "It's a night he'll remember, I'm sure. He deserves it because he's been working hard at it."

Howard extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI single to right, scoring Jimmy Rollins, ahead of Werth's grand slam.

Philadelphia's 45-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer (3-3) went 6 2/3 innings and gave up seven hits and three earned runs. He walked two and struck out five.

"I felt like I threw the ball a lot better than I have recently," Moyer said. "We won and that's the most important part."

Purcey, who was making just his second major league start, allowed five hits and eight runs while walking four in three shaky innings.

"It was only his second big league start and it's not easy," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. 'He'll get over the nerves."

Alex Rios and Lyle Overbay had two hits each for the Blue Jays, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.


  • The last player to hit three homers against the Blue Jays was Tony Clark on Aug. 28, 2004. Toronto left fielder Kevin Mench left the game in the fourth inning because of a bruised right knee. He is day to day.
  • Chris Coste started for the Phillies at catcher in place of Carlos Ruiz, who had a minor stomach ailment.
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Werth, who entered Friday's game with six homers, adds three to that total.  (AP)
Werth, who entered Friday's game with six homers, adds three to that total. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Werth
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 3

A. Rios
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS5011012 .245
Aaron Hill, 2B4110002 .268
Alex Rios, CF4121000 .260
Scott Rolen, 3B3011100 .301
Matt Stairs, RF4000032 .291
Kevin Mench, LF1000000 .176
   a- Shannon Stewart, PH-LF3010010 .238
Lyle Overbay, 1B4120002 .271
Gregg Zaun, C3000111 .255
David Purcey, P1000010 .000
    Jesse Litsch, P1000000 .000
   b- Brad Wilkerson, PH1000002 .217
    Brian Tallet, P0000000 .000
   c- Joe Inglett, PH1010000 .316
a-singled for Mench in the 4th
b-lined out for Litsch in the 7th
c-singled for Tallet in the 9th
2B - Alex Rios (9, Moyer)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (12), Alex Rios (17), Scott Rolen (10)
2-OUT RBI - Marco Scutaro (2)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Shannon Stewart 1
DP - Stewart-Hill
Toronto Blue Jays
David Purcey (L,0-1) 3588402 11.05
Jesse Litsch 3522041 4.22
Brian Tallet 2000020 1.45
Pitches-Strikes - David Purcey 65-33, Jesse Litsch 49-32, Brian Tallet 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Purcey 2-6, Jesse Litsch 1-3
Batters Faced - David Purcey 17, Jesse Litsch 13, Brian Tallet 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4220000 .310
Shane Victorino, RF3021100 .239
Chase Utley, 2B4110012 .315
Ryan Howard, 1B3211120 .188
Pat Burrell, LF2200200 .294
    So Taguchi, LF0000000 .178
Jayson Werth, CF4338000 .288
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000010 .234
Chris Coste, C4010010 .333
Jamie Moyer, P3000010 .200
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .500
   a- Eric Bruntlett, PH1000000 .245
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
a-popped out for Durbin in the 8th
2B - Jimmy Rollins (6, Litsch), Shane Victorino (5, Litsch), Chris Coste (6, Litsch)
HR - Jayson Werth 3 (9, Purcey, Purcey, Litsch)
RBI - Shane Victorino (7), Ryan Howard (23), Jayson Werth 8 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (1), Jayson Werth (6)
CS - Shane Victorino (2, 2nd base by Purcey/Zaun)
Team LOB - 2
Outfield Assists - Pat Burrell 1
PB - Chris Coste (1)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (W,3-3) 6.2733250 4.89
Chad Durbin 1.1000010 1.42
Clay Condrey 1200010 5.17
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 103-55, Chad Durbin 18-11, Clay Condrey 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 8-6, Clay Condrey 2-0
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 28, Chad Durbin 4, Clay Condrey 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36600
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Wally Bell