Phils Rattle Snakes

Struggling slugger Jayson Werth homers in the fifth inning. It snapped a 101-AB homerless drought that dated back to June 23. (John Russo/TTB)

The ball was carrying out of Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night. With the breeze to a minimum and the humidity almost non-existent, the cool night allowed for the Diamondbacks and Phils to hit four homers combined. But the Phils’ long balls packed more punch as they kept Arizona in check, winning 9-5.

Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Cody Ransom each hit two-run homers. Howard wound up driving in three runs, the last two coming on his sixth-inning homer that gave the Phillies the lead for good. Werth’s homer in the fifth was his first of the month. The last time he went deep was June 23, a span of 101 at-bats.

Cole Hamels wasn’t his best but neither was Rodrigo Lopez. Both pitchers only lasted five innings due to pitch counts. Home plate umpire Tim McClelland was brutal on both pitchers, who combined for nine walks. Hamels allowed three runs in his five innings on six hits and four walks while striking out eight and Lopez allowed four runs off of seven hits and five walks while striking out four.

Hamels left the game with 4-3 lead but lost the winning decision when David Herndon gave up a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds. But the Phillies got the runs back and Herndon the win with Raul Ibanez’s RBI single to tie it and Howard’s two run bomb to give them the lead. Ransom’s shot next inning gave the Phillies the 9-5 lead and eventual final score.

The Phillies got a huge scare in the seventh. After making a running catch on a fly ball hit by Stephen Drew, Shane Victorino left the game. It was said he strained his left oblique and will be evaluated again tomorrow to see if it has any long-term damage (let the Domonic Brown talks commence). This comes a day after Jimmy Rollins bruised his foot when fouling a ball off. The short stop arrived to the stadium today on crutches and did not play.

The win for the Phillies was their sixth straight and ninth straight at home. With Atlanta’s loss, the Phils moved to within 3.5 games of the Braves, who are facing a weak Washington squad. With two more against the D’Backs and a three-game series to follow versus the Nats, the Phillies could land themselves within striking distance if they continue this tear.

2B: Polanco (17). HR: Werth (14), Howard (23), Ransom (2).

WP: Herndon (1-2). LP: Norberto (0-1).

Boxscore.

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