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Smokin’ Joe: Blanton Cruises Through Nine; Phils Win

Phillies 6, Twins 1
WP – Joe Blanton (6-6, 4.93)
LP – Scott Diamond (5-2, 2.13)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Phillies combined pitching and offense for the first time it seems in ages.

Phillies SP Joe Blanton pitches in the 1st inning of his complete game win against the Twins. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

For the first time in over two weeks, the Phillies had a starter pitch past the 8th inning. It was Joe Blanton who went eight innings in the Phillies 5-1 win over the Twins, taking the series as well.

It was the first time a pitcher went as far as Blanton since May 28 when Cole Hamels was the starter.

Blanton cruised, snapping a five-start streak in which he allowed at least five runs. He went the distance, allowing a run on seven hits while striking out seven for his second complete game of the season.

The lone run Blanton gave up was a solo homer to Trevor Plouffe in the 2nd inning which tied the game up, 1-1, after Ty Wigginton’s home run in the top half of the 2nd.

The Phillies took the lead for good in the 3rd inning on Jim Thome’s three-run homer.┬áIt was Thome’s third home run of the season, and on the nine-game road trip.

In the last six games, Thome is 11-for-24 with 13 RBIs. Thome’s nine RBIs during the Twins series was the most he’s ever had in a three-game series for his 22-year career [John Clark].

2B: Rollins (12), Ruiz (16). HR: Wigginton (7), Thome (3).

Boxscore.

Phillies Bullpen Kills Two Rallies in 11-7 Loss

Twins 11, Phillies 7
WP – Nick Blackburn (3-4, 7.68)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 5.08)

MINNEAPOLIS — The worst bullpen in baseball ruined a good offensive showing yet again.

With a pair of come backs within reach for the Phillies, twice the bullpen let it slip away as the Phillies dropped their third straight, losing 11-7 Tuesday in Minneanapolis. The Phillies fell to five games below .500 and 9.5 games out of first.

The Phillies kept getting close but the Twins kept pulling away.

It all started with Kyle Kendrick, who was absolutely awful through four innings. Denard Span led off the game with solo home run, giving the Twins an early 1-0 lead through one.

Kendrick got beat up in the second, allowing a two-run homer to Trevor Plouffe and then a single, walk and a pair of RBI singles to Ben Revere and Joe Mauer to give Minnesota a 5-0 lead.

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