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Rollins, Howard power Phils with four hits

Phils catcher Carlos Ruiz scored in the 3rd inning. The Phils put up five runs in the inning en route to a 14-2 blow out of the Marlins. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Jimmy Rollins is climbing the all-time franchise hits list. His four-hit game moved him into fifth place all-time (1,802 hits) and only 10 shy from tying Del Ennis for fourth.

But the mile stone hits were more than just that. Rollins was on base four out of five at-bats and scored twice as the Phils routed the Marlins, 12-2, Tuesday night.

It was Rollins’ second four-hit game in little over a week (four hits on June 26 vs Oakland) but managed only five hits in the five games during that span.

Cole Hamels was excellent in his first start since taking a line drive off his right hand. The lefty went eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out five. It was the 10th win of the season for Hamels and if Cliff Lee wins on Saturday, the Phils will have three 10-game winners before the break.

He was as sharp as ever, cruising through Marlins hitters like they were nothing. But it wasn’t a flawless outing for Hamels, who’s only mistake came in the bottom of the 4th when catcher John Buck took Hamels deep. But he was holding a 7-0 lead at the time, barely showing a lack of composure and continued on his game like it didn’t happen.

The offense got rolling in the 3rd inning, putting up a huge crooked number for Hamels. With two outs and a man on first, six straight Phillies reached base before Hamels, who started the inning with a  grounded out, ended it with a strike out.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Raul Ibanez hit a two-run single to make it a 2-0 game. The Phils added one more with an RBI single by Domonic Brown and two more on a two-run single by Wilson Valdez.

They tacked on two more in the 4th when Ryan Howard, who was intentionally walked the previous inning, blasted a two-run shot to right-center field. It was his 18th home run on the season and eighth home run of his career off Marlins starter Chris Volstad. It highlighted a four-hit day for Howard, who scored twice and drove in four runs.

Michael Martinez was 0-for-5 heading into his final at-bat in the 9th. With the bases loaded, he drove a ball to the wall in center to clear the bases for his second triple of the season and fourth RBI of the series. He had only four RBIs heading into the series.

Martinez’s triple started another huge inning as the Phils put up six runs in the 9th. It was capped off by a two-run homer by Ibanez.

The Marlins got their only two runs on a two-run blast by Buck. Prior to the at-bat, the Marlins hadn’t scored against the Phils in their previous 28 inning.

2B: Rollins (15), Francisco (8). 3B: Martinez (2) HR: Howard (18), Ibanez (10).

WP: Hamels (10-4). LP: Volstad (4-8).

Boxscore.

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