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Werth extends homer streak to four games, Phils dump Reds wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Jayson Werth is making a late bid for All-Star consideration.

Werth homered for the fourth consecutive game, Chase Utley hit an inside-the-park homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-6 on Thursday night.

Werth went deep in the sixth for his seventh homer in 12 games. The Phillies became the second team in major league history to have four players hit 20 homers before the All-Star break. Raul Ibanez leads the team with 22, Ryan Howard has 21 and Utley and Werth have 20. The Toronto Blue Jays did it in 2000.

Ibanez, Howard and Utley are heading to the Midsummer Classic next week in St. Louis. Teammate Shane Victorino is joining them after winning the final roster spot through internet voting. But Werth still has an outside chance to make it as an injury replacement for Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran.

  Victorino wins Internet vote

"His stats are definitely up there with the other guys," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who will have a say because he will lead the NL squad. "He's been swinging the bat really good lately. He plays a good right field, has a strong arm. He's a talented kid."

Werth is batting .268 with 54 RBI, and has 12 steals.

"I continue to work hard, try to get good at-bats and I've been striking the ball pretty good," Werth said. "Hopefully it keeps going."

Jamie Moyer (8-6) yielded six runs and eight hits in five innings, but Philadelphia's offense bailed him out again. The Phillies have averaged 8.1 runs in Moyer's wins.

Utley circled the bases in the third after hitting a high drive that took an odd carom off the center-field wall.

Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer and Edwin Encarnacion drove in three runs with a homer and triple for Cincinnati. Reds starter Micah Owings (6-9) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

"It was a frustrating night any way you look at it," Owings said.

The NL East-leading Phillies took three of four from the Reds to win just their fourth series at home. The defending World Series champions are 6-1 on their homestand, improving to 19-23 at Citizens Bank Park.

Before the game, rumors swirled that the Phillies were on the verge of signing Pedro Martinez to help their injury-depleted rotation. Martinez, a three-time AL Cy Young Award winner, said his agent is negotiating with Philadelphia. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. denied a deal was done, but confirmed interest in the eight-time All-Star.

  Phillies talking with Pedro

The Phillies have already used nine starters this season after needing only seven all last year.

Moyer leads the staff in wins, but has a 5.99 ERA. The 46-year-old left-hander has yielded more than three runs in 10 of his 17 starts.

Chan Ho Park pitched three hitless innings in relief and Brad Lidge finished for his 17th save in 23 chances.

The Phillies went ahead 8-6 with four runs in the fifth. Pedro Feliz's RBI single chased Owings. Josh Roenicke came in and walked pinch-hitter Matt Stairs to load the bases.

Pinch-hitter Paul Bako then hit a sharp grounder to first baseman Joey Votto and barely beat the relay throw from second, allowing the tying run to score.

Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI single off Danny Herrera to give the Phillies their first lead. After Victorino walked to reload the bases, Bako scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-6.

Phillips put the Reds ahead 6-4 when he connected with two outs in the fifth. Victorino's two-run single off second baseman Phillips' glove tied it at 4 in the fourth.


  • Ibanez was 1 for 3 with a double and two walks in a rehab start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday night. Ibanez, out with a groin injury since mid-June, could rejoin the Phillies on Friday.
  • Phillies RHP Rodrigo Lopez expects to make his next start after leaving Wednesday night's game with inflammation in his shoulder. "It's nothing major," Lopez said. "I feel much better." Lopez isn't needed until July 20 because of the All-Star break.
  • Votto extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games.
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Third-base coach Sam Perlozzo high-fives Jayson Werth, who hits his seventh homer in the last 12 games.  (AP)
Third-base coach Sam Perlozzo high-fives Jayson Werth, who hits his seventh homer in the last 12 games. (AP)

Players of the Game

E. Encarnacion
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

J. Werth
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Cincinnati Reds
Willy Taveras, CF4000101 .241
Chris Dickerson, RF5110021 .274
Joey Votto, 1B4010020 .354
Brandon Phillips, 2B4112011 .267
Ramon Hernandez, C3110100 .252
Jonny Gomes, LF3110011 .314
    Josh Roenicke, P0000000 .000
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
    Robert Manuel, P0000000 .000
   a- Jay Bruce, PH1000000 .208
    Carlos Fisher, P0000000 .000
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4223010 .167
Paul Janish, SS3010111 .234
Micah Owings, P1001001 .256
    Laynce Nix, LF2000001 .249
a-grounded out for Manuel in the 8th
3B - Edwin Encarnacion (1, Moyer)
HR - Brandon Phillips (14, Moyer), Edwin Encarnacion (2, Moyer)
SF - Micah Owings (1)
RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (58), Edwin Encarnacion 3 (9), Micah Owings (9)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (23), Edwin Encarnacion (7)
SB - Chris Dickerson (6, 2nd base off Moyer/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 5
Cincinnati Reds
Micah Owings (L,6-9) 4.1877411 4.94
Josh Roenicke 0.1011100 1.04
Danny Herrera 1211111 2.80
Robert Manuel 1.1200120 0.00
Carlos Fisher 1000110 3.38
WP - Danny Herrera (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 97-52, Josh Roenicke 13-6, Danny Herrera 25-15, Robert Manuel 27-19, Carlos Fisher 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 7-5, Josh Roenicke 1-0, Danny Herrera 1-1, Robert Manuel 1-1, Carlos Fisher 1-0
Batters Faced - Micah Owings 25, Josh Roenicke 2, Danny Herrera 6, Robert Manuel 7, Carlos Fisher 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4121100 .227
Shane Victorino, CF3012211 .309
Chase Utley, 2B5121004 .307
Ryan Howard, 1B3210211 .253
Jayson Werth, RF4122104 .268
Greg Dobbs, LF4100114 .274
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Pedro Feliz, 3B5121010 .292
Carlos Ruiz, C2110000 .239
   a- Matt Stairs, PH0000100 .271
    Chan Ho Park, P1010000 .154
    John Mayberry Jr., LF0000000 .200
Jamie Moyer, P1000000 .048
   b- Paul Bako, PH-C2101012 .200
a-walked for Ruiz in the 5th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Moyer in the 5th
2B - Ryan Howard (20, Owings), Jayson Werth (14, Owings)
HR - Chase Utley (20, Owings), Jayson Werth (20, Herrera)
SH - Jamie Moyer (5)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (34), Shane Victorino 2 (42), Chase Utley (61), Jayson Werth 2 (54), Pedro Feliz (41), Paul Bako (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (17), Shane Victorino 2 (21), Chase Utley (24), Jayson Werth (19)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (13, 2nd base off Owings/Hernandez)
PK - Jayson Werth (1, Fisher)
Team LOB - 10
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (W,8-6) 5866122 5.99
Chan Ho Park (H,6) 3000140 5.49
Brad Lidge (S,17) 1000120 6.89
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 102-70, Chan Ho Park 43-26, Brad Lidge 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 4-9, Chan Ho Park 2-3
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 24, Chan Ho Park 10, Brad Lidge 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45146
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Ron Kulpa