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That’s More Like It…

One day after going hit-less against Josh Beckett and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Phillies rebounded with a 9-0 drubbing of the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. A day after getting no hits, the Phillies had 12 today including two home runs.

Kyle Kendrick got the start, looking to snap a personal 10 start losing streak & a 16 start winless streak. Kendrick had been the victim of poor run support in his last few starts, but that was not the case today.Kendrick scattered six hits in 6.2 innings pitched to go along with four walks and two strikeouts. Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin had Kendrick matched until the bottom of the fourth inning.

Chase Utley singled with two outs in the inning, and advanced to second on a wild pitch to Ryan Howard. The Big Piece then singled Utley home for a 1-0 Phillies’ lead. It was the beginning of a big day for Howard.

The Phils scored again the next inning, when Domonic Brown led off with a walk, followed by a Carlos Ruiz single. After two straight strikeouts, Ben Revere singled Brown home to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.

Utley led off the sixth inning with a single, and Howard followed with a long home run to right center-field to put the Phils up 4-0. They would break the game open in the bottom of the seventh, starting with a Tony Gwynn, Jr. walk. Ben Revere then singled to put two men on. Jimmy Rollins would ground into a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners with one out.

After a pitching change, Utley stepped in and roped a double down the line in right. Gwynn scored to make it 5-0. Howard followed that with his third hit of the day, a single to left-field that brought Rollins home with Utley right on his heels for a 7-0 lead. Howard had five runs batted in today for the first time since September of 2012. Two batters later, John Mayberry, Jr. was sent up to pinch hit, and he crushed one deep to left for a two run shot that capped off the scoring.

It was a much needed offensive outburst, and it could not have come at a better time. Games like Sunday’s can sometimes send a team into a tailspin from which they never recover. The Phillies admirably put the no-hitter in their rear-view mirror today and took out their frustrations on Colorado pitching.

They will get two more cracks at them starting tomorrow night at The Bank. Cole Hamels takes the hill against Jorge De La Rosa for the Rockies starting at 7:05.

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