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Phils pound skidding Reds; Utley hitless in debut wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Maybe all the Philadelphia Phillies needed was to see Chase Utley back in the lineup to perk up their slumping bats.

Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez homered to back Cole Hamels, and the Phillies handed the Cincinnati Reds their sixth straight loss, 10-3 on Monday night.

Utley returned after missing the first 46 games with a right knee injury. The five-time All-Star second baseman was 0 for 5, the only starter without a hit.

His teammates did all the damage.

"I don't know if it was his presence or not, but somebody did something right so we'll give him credit," manager Charlie Manuel said.

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A struggling offense that had nine runs combined in the previous six games scored nine by the third inning.

That was more than enough for Hamels (6-2). He allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. The lefty is 8-0 with an 1.23 ERA against the Reds, including a five-hit shutout to complete a sweep in last year's divisional playoff series.

"Him being around gets guys excited and gives us a new energy level," Hamels said of Utley. "It's great to see him."

Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (3-5) allowed nine runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings. His ERA rose from 4.11 to 5.28. It was Arroyo's worst start since allowing eight runs in three innings against San Diego on April 23, 2010.

Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer for the Reds, who haven't lost this many in a row since dropping eight straight from July 28 to August 4, 2009.

"We just have to get back on track," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "That's two days in a row we went to the bullpen early and we can't keep doing that."

All eyes were on Utley long before the first pitch. Television cameras centered on Utley during batting practice and pregame warmups. He even had a rare interview with reporters on the field.

A sellout crowd of 45,841 -- the largest in the regular season in the eight-year history of Citizens Bank Park -- gave Utley a rousing standing ovation when he came up in the first. Fans stayed on their feet even after the first pitch. He flied out to center.

"I put in a lot of hard work to get to this point," Utley said. "I'm just happy to be out there."

Polanco followed Utley's first at-bat with a two-run drive to left for a 2-0 lead. Polanco remained in the No. 3 hole in the lineup while Utley batted second instead of his usual spot.

The Phillies chased Arroyo with seven runs in the third, six coming with two outs. Ibanez had an RBI single. After Domonic Brown lined to left for the second out, John Mayberry Jr. delivered a two-run single. Hamels followed with an RBI single. Rollins then hit a three-run shot out to right to make it 9-0.

"It's definitely nice to score together as a group," Ibanez said. "Hopefully it helps us build momentum. It's great to see [Utley] out there, to have him back in the lineup. He's a huge part of our team. We definitely missed him."

Bruce connected in the fourth, hitting his team-high 12th homer off the right-field foul pole.

Cincinnati's Todd Frazier struck out in his first career at-bat pinch-hitting in the seventh, but it was a memorable major league debut. On his first swing on the first pitch he saw, the bat flew out of Frazier's hands and landed in the first row of the stands all the way down the left-field line. It didn't hit anyone.


  • The Reds sent former All-Star right-hander Edinson Volquez to Triple-A before the game. Volquez won 17 games as a rookie in 2008 and started Game 1 of the NLDS vs. Philadelphia last year.
  • Phillies RHP Joe Blanton will see renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his injured elbow.
  • The sellout was the 162nd straight at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play.
  • The seven runs in the third were a season-high in an inning for the Phillies.
  • Arroyo fell to 1-6 against the Phillies.
  • Bruce is 11 for 18 with three homers in his last five games.
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A record crowd at Citizens Bank Park applauds Chase Utley's return. The 2B finishes as the only starter without a hit.  (AP)
A record crowd at Citizens Bank Park applauds Chase Utley's return. The 2B finishes as the only starter without a hit. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Rollins
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

J. Bruce
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF4000031 .262
Paul Janish, SS4000001 .223
Joey Votto, 1B4000000 .327
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110000 .316
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
Scott Rolen, 3B3110010 .265
Jay Bruce, RF4133010 .282
Fred Lewis, LF4000013 .231
Ryan Hanigan, C2000202 .267
Bronson Arroyo, P1000001 .222
    Matt Maloney, P1000001 .000
   a- Todd Frazier, PH1000010 .000
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
    Miguel Cairo, 2B0000000 .275
a-struck out for Maloney in the 7th
HR - Jay Bruce (12, Hamels)
RBI - Jay Bruce 3 (30)
Team LOB - 5
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (L,3-5) 2.21099122 5.28
Matt Maloney 3.1311121 7.20
Jose Arredondo 1100010 1.93
Logan Ondrusek 1000010 2.10
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 78-46, Matt Maloney 50-30, Jose Arredondo 11-10, Logan Ondrusek 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 3-3, Matt Maloney 2-5, Jose Arredondo 1-1, Logan Ondrusek 2-0
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 19, Matt Maloney 13, Jose Arredondo 4, Logan Ondrusek 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5223012 .266
Chase Utley, 2B5000011 .000
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
Placido Polanco, 3B4222100 .339
Ryan Howard, 1B4120010 .249
Raul Ibanez, LF4222001 .239
Carlos Ruiz, C3130100 .241
Domonic Brown, RF4010015 .125
John Mayberry Jr., CF4112023 .232
Cole Hamels, P3111000 .250
    Michael Stutes, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000001 .294
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Wilson Valdez, 2B0000000 .234
a-hit into fielder's choice for Stutes in the 7th
2B - Ryan Howard (10, Maloney), Carlos Ruiz (4, Maloney), Domonic Brown (1, Arroyo)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (3, Arroyo), Placido Polanco (3, Arroyo), Raul Ibanez (5, Maloney)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 3 (15), Placido Polanco 2 (27), Raul Ibanez 2 (20), John Mayberry Jr. 2 (10), Cole Hamels (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins 3 (8), Raul Ibanez (11), John Mayberry Jr. 2 (5), Cole Hamels (1)
Team LOB - 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,6-2) 6533241 3.06
Michael Stutes 1000020 2.35
Antonio Bastardo 1000000 1.10
Danys Baez 1000010 4.19
HBP - Rolen (by Cole Hamels)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 102-65, Michael Stutes 13-9, Antonio Bastardo 12-7, Danys Baez 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 9-5, Danys Baez 1-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 26, Michael Stutes 3, Antonio Bastardo 3, Danys Baez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45841
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Dan Bellino