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Howard assaults Red Sox with multihomer effort

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels expects to face the Boston Red Sox again this season with more at stake. If so, he left quite an impression.

Ryan Howard homered twice and Jimmy Rollins also connected to back another strong outing by Hamels, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Red Sox 8-2 Monday night in an interleague matchup of division leaders.

Hamels (7-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings. Since consecutive poor outings last month, the left-hander has a 1.50 ERA in his last three starts.

"I believe we're destined to play each other in the World Series," Hamels said. "We can compete with them any day of the week."

Dustin Pedroia and J.D. Drew hit consecutive homers for Boston, which has won twice as many World Series titles in the last four years as the Phillies have in the franchise's 126-year history.

Red Sox starter Bartolo Colon (4-2) gave up four runs and six hits in four innings before leaving with back stiffness.

"I think I did it on a swing," Colon said through a translator. "We'll find out more tomorrow, but I think I'll make my next start."

Howard had his second multihomer game in four nights and finished 3-for-5 with four RBI. Howard, who has struggled most of the season, now is tied for second in the NL with 19 homers and he's in a three-way tie with teammate Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez for first in RBI with 62. The 2006 NL MVP is batting just .224.

"I'm just up there trying to be as relaxed as possible," Howard said. "Whatever the numbers are, it doesn't matter as long as we get the win."

The Phillies teed off against Colon in the first inning. Rollins hit his 28th career leadoff homer into the second deck in right field for a 1-0 lead. Shane Victorino followed with a double off the wall in right-center.

After Utley struck out, Howard lined an opposite-field shot into the left-field seats to make it 3-0. Howard hit another opposite-field drive to left-center for a 4-0 lead in the third.

"It's being able to see the ball deep in the zone," Howard said, explaining his power to left field.

Pedroia and Drew went deep in the fifth to cut the deficit to 4-2. But the Phillies scored four runs off reliever Mike Timlin in the sixth to increase their cushion.

Rollins had a two-run single and scored on Utley's fielder's choice grounder. Howard ripped a triple to right-center off Jacoby Ellsbury's glove to make it 8-2.

Hamels improved to 6-1 following a loss this season.

"He's not the type of guy you want to fall behind," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He's terrific."

Notes

  • Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis was scratched from the lineup because of muscle spasms in the middle of his back. Manny Ramirez was 0-for-4 in his return after missing two games with a sore hamstring.
  • Howard has 15 career multihomer games, including three this season. He has 46 RBI in the last 37 games.
  • Slow-footed Phillies LF Pat Burrell legged out his first triple since Aug. 11, 2006.
 
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Ryan Howard shows off his powerful swing three times and finishes with two HRs, a triple and four RBI.  (AP)
Ryan Howard shows off his powerful swing three times and finishes with two HRs, a triple and four RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000000 .284
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4131000 .269
J.D. Drew, RF3111112 .322
Manny Ramirez, LF4000013 .296
    Hideki Okajima, P0000000 .000
Mike Lowell, 3B4000000 .274
Jason Varitek, C4000010 .249
Sean Casey, 1B4020000 .372
Julio Lugo, SS2010100 .275
    David Aardsma, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Moss, LF1010000 .265
Bartolo Colon, P2000024 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Mike Timlin, P0000000 .000
    Alex Cora, SS2000021 .289
Totals3428227  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (18, Hamels), Sean Casey (9, Hamels), Julio Lugo (10, Hamels), Brandon Moss (2, Durbin)
HR - Dustin Pedroia (6, Hamels), J.D. Drew (12, Hamels)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (32), J.D. Drew (39)
Team LOB - 7
Boston Red Sox
Bartolo Colon (L,4-2) 4644243 4.09
Javier Lopez 1100020 2.45
Mike Timlin 0.2444200 7.06
David Aardsma 1.1100000 2.76
Hideki Okajima 1000020 3.07
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 70-46, Javier Lopez 11-8, Mike Timlin 22-10, David Aardsma 18-11, Hideki Okajima 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 3-5, Javier Lopez 1-0, Mike Timlin 2-0, David Aardsma 2-2
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 20, Javier Lopez 4, Mike Timlin 8, David Aardsma 5, Hideki Okajima 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5233011 .284
Shane Victorino, CF4120110 .282
Chase Utley, 2B5101013 .303
Ryan Howard, 1B5234020 .224
Pat Burrell, LF2020200 .289
    So Taguchi, PR-LF0000000 .213
Geoff Jenkins, RF4000015 .260
Pedro Feliz, 3B3100112 .255
Carlos Ruiz, C4110011 .231
Cole Hamels, P3010000 .316
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .200
Totals35812848  
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (14, Colon)
3B - Ryan Howard (2, Timlin), Pat Burrell (1, Lopez)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (6, Colon), Ryan Howard 2 (19, Colon, Colon)
SH - Cole Hamels (4)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 3 (25), Chase Utley (62), Ryan Howard 4 (62)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard (24)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Feliz-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,7-4) 7722252 3.23
Chad Durbin 2100020 1.55
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 110-73, Chad Durbin 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 11-5, Chad Durbin 1-2
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 30, Chad Durbin 6
Game Information
Attendance - 45026
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Marvin Hudson