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Offense Comes Alive as Phillies Win

Kevin McGuireSenior Analyst IMay 21, 2009

Jamie Moyer must have been wondering where this outburst of runs was last night. The Phillies crossed home plate 12 times this afternoon, giving Joe Blanton more than enough for the victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The bats wasted no time, with Jimmy Rollins scoring a run in the first, and then the Phillies scored one more in the second, three more in the third, and once again in the fourth. Rollins had a four-hit game and picked up his 300th stolen base.

Chase Utley recorded four RBI, including a solo home run. Raul Ibanez had a couple clutch at bats, including a solo home run of his own. Not to be out done Ryan Howard also pegged a home run. As if that weren't enough, Greg Dobbs picked up his first home run of the season.

Things were rolling for the Phillies on offense, and Blanton had smooth sailing through four innings. In the fifth innings, with a six run lead, Blanton got into trouble with some bloop hits and soft ground balls out of the infield. Brandon Phillips capped off the big five run inning for the Reds with a three run home run. Still, Blanton got out of the inning with the lead.

The Phillies responded quickly, putting six more runs on the scoreboard while the bullpen shut down the Reds. The win sends the Phillies into a weekend road series against the Yankees on a high note.

More on this weekend's series tomorrow.

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