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O My Offense!: Phillies Bats Snap Skid

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.

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The greatest night of baseball: Phils, Manuel set franchise records

Atlanta's Martin Prado and Dan Uggla sit in the dugout after their loss to the Phillies cemented one of the biggest collapses in baseball history. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

How do you recap such an incredible night of baseball?

Records, drama, comebacks, chokes. It’s all a part of what makes the game of baseball special, and that all happened in one night.

Atlanta, GA: The Philadelphia Phillies trail the Braves, 3-2, in the top of the 9th. Rookie closer Craig Kimbrel was three strikes away from guaranteeing at least one more game of Braves baseball. The first batter, Placido Polanco, ripped a lead off single into right field. Two batters later, Ben Francisco and Jimmy Rollins worked back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out. Chase Utley followed with a sacrifice fly to score pinch runner Pete Orr and tie the game…

Houston, TX: The Cardinals just blew out the Houston Astros, 8-0, to win their 90th game of the season, putting them 1/2 a game ahead of the Braves for the NL Wild Card. Sitting in their clubhouse, they anxiously waited for the Phils and Braves to end…

Atlanta: In the 13th inning, Hunter Pence drove in Brian Schneider to give the Phils a 4-3 lead. They would go on to win a franchise record 102 wins and give Charlie Manuel a franchise record 646th win. It completed the Braves miserable choke. The Cardinals were in, the Braves were shut out.

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