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High-scoring Phils overcome Blanton's poor start with four HRs

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CINCINNATI -- Four homers. Twelve runs. The NL's highest-scoring offense took full advantage of the friendly dimensions at Great American Ball Park, then set off to see what it can do in the AL's newest launching pad.

How will the Philadelphia Phillies take to the new Yankee Stadium?

"It's a new, expensive ballpark," said Chase Utley, who drove in four runs during a 12-5 victory Thursday over the Cincinnati Reds. "It's a great place to hit, so I'm excited to get started there."

The defending World Series champions are up-and-running on offense as they head into their first interleague series. The pitching? That's another matter. As they have for much of the season, the Phillies spent the day overcoming another subpar start with superb hitting.

Utley had a two-run single and a double off Micah Owings (3-5), who got nine outs and showed the strain of throwing a lot of innings lately. Utley also had one of the Phillies' four solo homers -- Greg Dobbs, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez connected, as well.

Jimmy Rollins had four hits, scored twice and drove in a run. The top three hitters in the order -- Rollins, Utley and Raul Ibanez -- went 9-for-15, scored five runs and drove in eight.

"We couldn't keep Jimmy Rollins off the bases, and Utley and their big boys hit the ball out of the ballpark," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You knew they were going to erupt, and they erupted today. Everybody knows they can hit."

That's not the problem.

Joe Blanton (2-3) got the win despite letting most of a six-run lead slip away. The right-hander gave up five runs in five innings, including a three-run homer by Brandon Phillips that forced the Phillies to use their bullpen early.

Philadelphia's starting rotation has a 6.31 ERA that's worst in the majors and has given up 46 homers, the most in the majors. The Phillies have spent the first two months of the season trying to outscore their opponents.

For the most part, they've pulled it off. The Phillies have won six of their last seven games, all on the road, as they get set to visit the Yankees' new place.

"Going into New York was always something special because the old Yankee Stadium had a real feel to it," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I'm sure this one is going to have a good feel because of the way they built it. They are hitting a lot of home runs there. Hopefully we can tee off on some."

The Reds, who host Cleveland in their annual interstate series starting Friday, have dropped five of six while watching their starting staff take a few hits. Edinson Volquez had to leave a game Saturday in San Diego because of back spasms that landed him on the disabled list. That game turned into a 16-inning loss, with Owings coming in on three days of rest to throw 5 2/3 innings.

  Reds: Volquez placed on DL | Votto diagnosed with ear infection

Owings looked tired on Thursday. He needed 71 pitches to get through three rough innings, leaving with a 5-0 deficit. Utley's solo homer off Ramon Ramirez made it 6-0 in the fourth.

"Micah didn't have his best stuff, and you knew he wasn't going very long because he pitched six innings the other day," Baker said.

Utley added a sacrifice fly in the sixth that blunted the Reds' comeback. Howard led off the seventh inning with his fourth homer in the last seven games, and the Phillies scored three more in the inning, pulling away.

Notes

  • The Phillies are 14-5 on the road, the best winning percentage in the majors.
  • Utley's career high is six RBI last May 26 against Colorado.
  • Ibanez has five homers in the last seven games.
  • Blanton has struggled in his last three starts, giving up 15 runs in 18 innings.
  • Phillies RHP Chan Ho Park made his first appearance since being demoted to the bullpen on Tuesday.
  • Reds 1B Joey Votto was diagnosed with an inner ear infection. He'll work out with the team on Friday and could return over the weekend.
 
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Chase Utley has four RBI for the offensively potent Phillies, who own the majors' worst rotation.  (AP)
Chase Utley has four RBI for the offensively potent Phillies, who own the majors' worst rotation. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Cincinnati

B. Phillips
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Jimmy Rollins, SS6241011 .234
Chase Utley, 2B4234011 .295
Raul Ibanez, LF5123001 .349
Ryan Howard, 1B5111022 .266
Matt Stairs, RF1000100 .304
   a- Jayson Werth, PH-RF2000010 .272
Shane Victorino, CF5110023 .257
Greg Dobbs, 3B2211211 .143
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Chan Ho Park, P1000010 .100
    Sergio Escalona, P0000000 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C4110111 .236
Joe Blanton, P1100100 .091
   b- Eric Bruntlett, PH1000011 .129
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
   c- Pedro Feliz, PH-3B2112001 .310
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a-struck out for Stairs in the 7th
b-struck out for Blanton in the 6th
c-doubled for Condrey in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (6, Owings), Raul Ibanez (10, Owings), Shane Victorino (9, Burton), Carlos Ruiz (5, Weathers), Pedro Feliz (10, Burton)
HR - Chase Utley (11, Ramirez), Raul Ibanez (15, Lincoln), Ryan Howard (10, Herrera), Greg Dobbs (1, Owings)
SF - Chase Utley (1)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (15), Chase Utley 4 (30), Raul Ibanez 3 (40), Ryan Howard (30), Greg Dobbs (4), Pedro Feliz 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (7), Chase Utley 3 (10), Raul Ibanez (10), Greg Dobbs (1), Pedro Feliz 2 (10)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (5, 2nd base off Owings/Hanigan), Shane Victorino (4, 2nd base off Ramirez/Hanigan)
PK - Greg Dobbs (1, Owings)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Blanton (W,2-3) 5755141 7.11
Clay Condrey (H,3) 1100100 2.38
Scott Eyre 1100110 3.60
Chan Ho Park 1000210 6.88
Sergio Escalona 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 97-68, Clay Condrey 22-12, Scott Eyre 17-9, Chan Ho Park 25-13, Sergio Escalona 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 8-3, Clay Condrey 2-1, Scott Eyre 1-0, Chan Ho Park 2-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 23, Clay Condrey 5, Scott Eyre 4, Chan Ho Park 5, Sergio Escalona 3
Cincinnati Reds
Willy Taveras, CF5111025 .288
Adam Rosales, 3B3001011 .242
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   a- Darnell McDonald, PH0000100 .175
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Dickerson, PH1000000 .237
Jay Bruce, RF4120100 .247
Brandon Phillips, 2B5113002 .275
Laynce Nix, LF4010021 .292
Ramon Hernandez, 1B4000011 .276
Ryan Hanigan, C2110200 .333
Paul Janish, SS4110002 .306
Micah Owings, P1010000 .304
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B1010100 .262
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b-flied out for Weathers in the 9th
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SH - Ramon Ramirez (1)
RBI - Willy Taveras (8), Adam Rosales (7), Brandon Phillips 3 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips 3 (16)
Team LOB - 8
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E - Ryan Hanigan (1, Throwing)
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Micah Owings (L,3-5) 3655331 4.70
Ramon Ramirez 2.1122131 7.71
Danny Herrera 0.2211001 2.30
Jared Burton 1333120 5.89
Mike Lincoln 1111011 9.60
David Weathers 1100020 2.51
IBB - Dobbs by Jared Burton
HBP - Stairs (by Ramon Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 71-41, Ramon Ramirez 41-25, Danny Herrera 11-9, Jared Burton 29-16, Mike Lincoln 15-9, David Weathers 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 2-3, Ramon Ramirez 2-2, Danny Herrera 1-1, Jared Burton 1-0
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Game Information
Attendance - 25901
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Adrian Johnson