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Philadelphia at Houston

W: R. Seanez (3-3) L: F. Nieve (0-1)
HR: PHI - G. Jenkins (3), P. Burrell (13), C. Utley (15)   HOU - C. Lee (11)

Utley, Victorino fuel Phillies' blowout over Astros

CBSSports.com wire reports

HOUSTON -- The Philadelphia Phillies overcame Cole Hamels' bad day with their best offensive show of the season.

Chase Utley and Shane Victorino drove in three runs apiece and the Phillies hammered the Houston bullpen in a 15-6 win over the Astros on Sunday.

The Phillies finished with 16 hits and a season-high run total after Houston starter Chris Sampson allowed only five hits through the first five innings.

"It's one of those things where you have guys who are power hitters and guys who also have good averages," said Hamels, who gave up six runs in four innings, his shortest outing of the season. "They're going to put the ball in play, get a lot of hits. That's what we were able to do and that turned it around for us."

Hamels had pitched at least seven innings in nine of his 10 starts this season.

"It was probably one of the worst games I've pitched all season," Hamels said. "I'll try to make it be the only worst game I'll pitch."

The Astros led 6-4 when he left, but Philadelphia scored 11 runs off the Houston bullpen to pull away.

Reliever Fernando Nieve (0-1), called up from the minors on May 16, gave up four hits and two runs without recording an out in the sixth and Utley hit a two-run homer off Dave Borkowski to cap a six-run seventh.

Nieve was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock after the game and the Astros recalled right-hander Jack Cassel.

"He just had bad location," Houston manager Cecil Cooper said, "and when you have bad location against these guys, you are going to pay."

Carlos Lee hit a three-run homer for Houston, moments after accidentally hitting plate umpire Jerry Crawford in the head with his bat. The game was delayed 12 minutes as Astros trainers treated a bloody gash on the left side of Crawford's head.

Crawford was taken to the hospital for tests and did not need stitches. He was back at the ballpark later and said he had a mild headache.

First-base umpire Rob Drake took over behind the plate after Crawford was hurt. Two pitches later, Lee homered to left, the first runs allowed by Hamels in 19 innings.

Hamels said the delay threw off his concentration.

"With a good-hitting player up, a guy who's very dangerous, to go in there with two strikes, it's like sort of a reliever-type situation," Hamels said. "I threw two balls and he hit one out. That's the type of player he is. He's a scary hitter."

Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer in the second inning after Sampson walked Pat Burrell. Utley tied the score in the third with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Astros scored two runs in the third before Hamels drove in a run with a single in the fourth, his first RBI of the season.

Ty Wigginton, 7-for-10 in the first three games of the series, doubled off the left-field wall in the fourth and went to third on Sampson's single. Wigginton scored when Michael Bourn grounded into a fielder's choice.

Hamels hadn't allowed more than five runs in a start this season and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel brought in reliever Rudy Seanez (3-3) for the fifth.

"It was just a little bit of everything today," he said. "I just didn't have my good stuff. The ballclub that Houston has, when you're not able to really locate, you can find yourself in a lot of trouble."

When Nieve relieved Sampson, Burrell led off the sixth with a homer to left, his third solo home run in four games. After Carlos Ruiz's RBI single tied the score at 6, Houston manager Cecil Cooper replaced Nieve with Wesley Wright. Victorino added a two-run double before Wright retired the side.

Eight of Philadelphia's 16 hits went for extra bases.

"We have a lot of confidence in our ourselves and our ability to put up some runs," Utley said. "You've just got to stay positive and try to stay within yourself and see what happens."

Burrell doubled and Jenkins singled to right off Borkowski in the seventh. Lance Berkman dove to his right, trying to stop Jenkins' hit, and appeared to hurt his right hand. Trainer Rex Jones ran out to check on it, but Berkman stayed in the game.

Greg Dobbs had a pinch-hit, two-run triple and Victorino brought him home with a single to make it 13-6. Utley then homered to right, his 15th.

"I was terrible today and for me, there is no excuse," Borkowski said. "I thought I was throwing strikes, but when I was missing, everything was up and they just killed me."

The Astros mustered only two hits in the last four innings. The Phillies' bullpen came into the game with the lowest ERA in the majors at 2.85.


  • The Astros stole four bases, boosting their major league-leading total to 60.
  • Berkman has stolen 10 bases this season, already a career high.
  • The Phillies are 17-2 when leading after seven innings.
  • The Phillies took the season series from the Astros 4-3.
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Chase Utley takes advantage of the Astros' bullpen, driving in three runs and hitting his 15th homer.  (AP)
Chase Utley takes advantage of the Astros' bullpen, driving in three runs and hitting his 15th homer. (AP)

Players of the Game

G. Jenkins
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1

C. Lee
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Chase Utley, 2B4113001 .303
Ryan Howard, 1B4000121 .204
Pat Burrell, LF3221102 .283
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Geoff Jenkins, RF5332010 .283
Pedro Feliz, 3B5221000 .257
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a-walked for Seanez in the 6th
b-tripled for Romero in the 7th
c-grounded out for Madson in the 9th
2B - Jimmy Rollins (14, Sampson), Shane Victorino (8, Wright), Pat Burrell (14, Borkowski), Pedro Feliz (10, Nieve), Carlos Ruiz (5, Sampson)
3B - Greg Dobbs (1, Borkowski)
HR - Chase Utley (15, Borkowski), Pat Burrell (13, Nieve), Geoff Jenkins (3, Sampson)
SF - Chase Utley (4)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (16), Shane Victorino 3 (12), Chase Utley 3 (36), Pat Burrell (35), Geoff Jenkins 2 (10), Pedro Feliz (22), Carlos Ruiz (15), Cole Hamels (1), Greg Dobbs 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (2), Chase Utley 2 (11), Cole Hamels (1)
Team LOB - 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels 4766101 3.18
Rudy Seanez (W,3-3) 1100210 2.75
J.C. Romero (H,5) 1100010 1.37
Ryan Madson 2100010 4.05
Clay Condrey 1000000 4.79
WP - Rudy Seanez (1)
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Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 20, Rudy Seanez 6, J.C. Romero 4, Ryan Madson 7, Clay Condrey 3
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4101112 .216
Kazuo Matsui, 2B5010002 .265
Miguel Tejada, SS5210002 .335
Lance Berkman, 1B5121010 .385
Carlos Lee, LF3114100 .276
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
Hunter Pence, RF4010001 .292
Ty Wigginton, 3B3110100 .280
J.R. Towles, C4000014 .150
Chris Sampson, P2010000 .105
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    Dave Borkowski, P0000000 .000
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2B - Ty Wigginton (9, Hamels), Mark Loretta (6, Romero)
HR - Carlos Lee (11, Hamels)
RBI - Michael Bourn (10), Lance Berkman (46), Carlos Lee 4 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee 3 (16)
SB - Michael Bourn (23, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz), Miguel Tejada (4, 3rd base off Hamels/Ruiz), Lance Berkman (10, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz), Carlos Lee (3, 2nd base off Seanez/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 7
Houston Astros
Chris Sampson 5544231 6.04
Fernando Nieve (L,0-1)0444001 18.00
Wesley Wright 1111100 5.00
Dave Borkowski 1666021 6.86
Oscar Villarreal 2000000 5.33
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sampson 90-57, Fernando Nieve 11-8, Wesley Wright 14-9, Dave Borkowski 35-21, Oscar Villarreal 18-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sampson 9-3, Wesley Wright 2-1, Dave Borkowski 1-0, Oscar Villarreal 5-1
Batters Faced - Chris Sampson 22, Fernando Nieve 4, Wesley Wright 5, Dave Borkowski 9, Oscar Villarreal 6
Game Information
Attendance - 43079
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Brian O'Nora