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PHILADELPHIA -- A little lineup tinkering did the trick for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jimmy Rollins, back in the leadoff spot for the first time this season, added a two-run double for the Phillies, the five-time defending NL East champions who are off to a 10-11 start.
Does that mean Rollins will stay atop the lineup?
"We'll see what happens," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Juan Pierre is gonna play [Sunday]."
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Pierre has been leading off for the Phillies and has been one of the few bright spots for a slumping offense. Pierre is hitting .333.
Whatever the batting order, pitching performances like Blanton's will help the Phillies win plenty of games.
"My fastball command was good," Blanton said. "That's huge because you're able to get ahead of hitters and it makes your offspeed pitches better."
Bryan LaHair hit an RBI double and Randy Wells (0-1) couldn't make it out of the fourth inning for Chicago. Wells gave up four runs and three hits in 3 2-3 innings. He was hurt by wildness, walking four batters.
"In the fourth inning, I was trying to be too fine," Wells said. "Walks will kill you."
Wells didn't allow a hit until Hunter Pence led off the fourth with a single. Walks to Jim Thome and Laynce Nix loaded the bases. Ruiz then ripped a one-out, two-run single to left-center to drive in two for a 2-1 lead.
"It was a big inning for us," Ruiz said. "We had a lot of good at-bats."
With two outs, Wells walked Blanton to reload the bases. Rollins followed with a two-run double just inside the right-field line to snap an 0-for-13 slump and put the Phillies up 4-1.
Rollins was in his customary leadoff spot after hitting third in place of the injured Chase Utley the first 20 games. Rollins had just three RBIs coming in.
Rollins, the 2007 NL MVP, also spent the first month last season in the No. 3 spot while Utley was sidelined. Over the past two Aprils, Rollins has a .254 (45 for 177) average with one homer and eight RBIs as the three-hole hitter.
"It was a huge hit in the game, but he's had some bad luck," Manuel said. "He's been hitting some balls good. It's not like he hasn't been getting good swings."
Ruiz connected off Michael Bowden in the sixth to make it 5-1.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Starlin Castro hit a two-out single, stole second and scored on LaHair's drive to right.
Thome, who started at first base and hit cleanup, left the game with tightness in his lower back. He's day to day.
Meanwhile, the Phillies got some good news before the game. Ryan Howard will be heading to Clearwater on Sunday and Utley could join him within a week as the two injured stars inch closer toward joining the team for the first time this season.
|Joe Blanton uses a sharp fastball to strike out eight over 7 1/3 innings to help the Phillies defeat the Cubs. (Getty Images)|
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|David DeJesus, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.257|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.276|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.337|
|Bryan LaHair, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||3||2||.353|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.236|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.169|
|Reed Johnson, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.226|
|Welington Castillo, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Randy Wells, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Michael Bowden, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Tony Campana, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.421|
|Scott Maine, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Camp in the 8th|
|2B - Bryan LaHair (5, Blanton)|
|RBI - Starlin Castro (11), Bryan LaHair (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Bryan LaHair (3)|
|SB - Starlin Castro 2 (10, 2nd base off Blanton/Ruiz, 2nd base off Qualls/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Randy Wells (L,0-1)||3.2||3||4||4||4||3||0||6.23|
|HBP - Blanton (by Randy Wells)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 78-44, Michael Bowden 33-19, Shawn Camp 9-8, Scott Maine 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 3-5, Michael Bowden 1-3, Shawn Camp 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wells 19, Michael Bowden 9, Shawn Camp 4, Scott Maine 3|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||1||2||0||1||1||.218|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.239|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.253|
|Jim Thome, 1B||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.111|
|Ty Wigginton, 1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.327|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.241|
|Laynce Nix, LF||1||1||0||0||2||1||1||.333|
|a- John Mayberry Jr., PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.213|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||2||2||3||0||2||1||.311|
|Pete Orr, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.222|
|b- Freddy Galvis, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.203|
|Joe Blanton, P||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||.000|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonathan Papelbon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Nix in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Orr in the 8th|
|2B - Jimmy Rollins (3, R. Wells), Hunter Pence (3, R. Wells), Shane Victorino (2, Bowden)|
|HR - Carlos Ruiz (3, Bowden)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (5), Carlos Ruiz 3 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (2)|
|SB - Shane Victorino (7, 2nd base off R. Wells/Castillo)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Blanton-Rollins-Thome|
|Joe Blanton (W,2-3)||7.1||8||2||2||0||8||0||3.81|
|Chad Qualls (H,5)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.17|
|Jonathan Papelbon (S,7)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.00|
|WP - Joe Blanton (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 106-78, Chad Qualls 6-4, Jonathan Papelbon 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 9-4, Chad Qualls 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 29, Chad Qualls 2, Jonathan Papelbon 3|
|Attendance - 45196|
|Game Time - 2:39|
|Temperature - 53|
|Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor|