Ibanez, Phils Explode In Fifth

As the “Raaaauuullll” chants rained from the stands, Raul Ibanez rewarded his fans and the Phillies with a nice night. The 38-year-old left-handed slugger ripped a two-run double that started off the scoring in the fifth inning that eventually led to a 6-0 win for the Phillies over Colorado and second straight shut out for the pitching staff.

Ibanez went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI’s. Jayson Werth’s sacrifice fly and Ross Gload’s two run homer capped the scoring in the fifth in which the Phillies backed a spectacular outing by Roy Halladay. Jimmy Rollins and Gload each had two hits as well.

Halladay went eight shut-out innings, allowing only five hits and a walk while striking out nine Rockies batters. J.C. Romero pitched the ninth to preserve the shut out.

With Atlanta’s loss, the Phillies now sit six games behind the first-place Braves with plenty of season to go. They are also three games behind the Giants for the wild card spot. The Phils will face Ubaldo Jimenez tomorrow. After besting Adam Wainwright, the Phils will hope they get a great performance out of Kyle Kendrick.

2B: Ibanez (19), Rollins (9). HR: Gload (4).

WP: Halladay (11-8). LP: Cook (4-6).

Boxscore.

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