Phillies DH Jim Thome (left) and RF Hunter Pence (right) fist-bump after scoring on Shane Victorino’s two-run double in the 2nd inning. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Phillies 9, Orioles 6
WP – Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.40)
LP – Jake Arrieta (2-8, 6.32)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (16)
BALTIMORE — The Phillies offense couldn’t be stopped, and it had to be that way with Joe Blanton on the hill.
Despite giving up at least five runs for the fifth straight start, the Phillies offense got Blanton the win as they went on to crush Jake Arrieta and the O’s, 9-6. It snapped a six-game skid that put the Phils three games under .500.
The 2nd inning was where all the fun happened, though it started with two outs in the top of the 1st. Hunter Pence, Jim Thome and Shane Victorino hit three straight singles with two outs to give the Phils a 1-0 lead.
The offense then poured it on the in 2nd. Mike Fontenot hit a two-run homer with one out to start things off. Then with two outs, Juan Pierre tripled, Pence was hit by a pitch and Thome drove home Pierre on a ground-rule double.
They didn’t stop there. Holding a 4-0 lead, Victorino hit a two-run double and Carlos Ruiz drove him home on a single to give the Phillies a whopping 7-0 lead.
The Orioles bats didn’t go away quietly though. Chris Davis’ RBI single and Robert Andino’s two-run double made it 7-3 Phils.
But Victorino wasn’t done, ripping a two-run homer in the top of the 4th to give the Phils a 9-3 lead.
Baltimore was able to pull the score to 9-6 on a solo homer by Davis in the 4th and two-run homer by J.J. Hardy in the 6th but that was it.
Thome, hitting clean-up as the DH, went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and one batted in. Victorino also had a three-hit game, driving in five on a single, double and home run.
2B: Wigginton (7), Thome 2 (2), Victorino (12). 3B: Pierre (2). HR: Fontenot (1), Victorino (8).