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Phillies Use Home Runs; Bullpen Holds Lead in Series Opener

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and left fielder John Mayberry celebrate Mayberry’s two-run home run in the 2nd inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies 7, Padres 3
WP – Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07)
LP – Clayton Richard (1-5, 5.32)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies started a game in similar fashion to the last three games played.

They scored quickly and early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning thanks to John Mayberry Jr’s first home run of the season. The offensive start wasn’t put to waste this time as the Phillies beat the Padres, 7-3, snapping a three-game skid.

Vance Worley brought solid stuff to the ballpark tonight, striking out six through the first four innings. He allowed two runs in the 4th inning, RBI singles by Yonder Alonso and Jesus Guzman.

In the Mets series, the Phillies had a misfortune of letting the opposition tie the game, then never respond. That wasn’t the case, as Carlos Ruiz’s two-run home run in the bottom of the 4th inning got the two runs back.

The Phillies offense didn’t stop there. Freddy Galvis added a run with an RBI double in the bottom of the 6th. In the bottom of the 7th, Ruiz and Mayberry Jr added an RBI single a piece.

The Phillies led 7-3 after the 7th inning, a lead they would not relinquish. Worley went six strong for the Phillies, allowing three runs, walking two, and striking out nine. He improves to 3-2 on the season.

Antonio Bastardo pitched the 7th and 8th innings, walking one, allowing no hits, and striking out three. Chad Qualls came in to pitch the 9th, giving up one hit, and striking out two in a much needed strong inning. Everyone in the Delaware Valley breathed a sigh of relief, seeing the Philies bullpen slam the door on the Padres offense.

The Phillies improved to 15-18 on the season and Padres fell to 11-22.

The Phillies offense scored seven runs on 10 hits, a definite sign that the offense is clicking and is showing consistency. They went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and left only six on base, one area that has needed improvement for some time.

Ruiz and Mayberry Jr. drove in three runs a piece. Ruiz went 3-for-3 with a walk, and Mayberry went 2-for-4. Placido Polanco went 2-for-4 with two doubles and is now two hits shy of the 2,000 hits milestone. Ty Wigginton reached twice with two walks, then came around to score both times.

2B: Polanco 2 (7), Galvis (8). HR: Mayberry (1), Ruiz (6)

Boxscore.

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