Howard solo homer, grand slam give Phils win over Nats
Howard's Two Homers Carry Phils
|Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Brad Lidge celebrates with teammate Carlos Ruiz (51) after their 9-6 win against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 30 , 2009, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)|
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|2nd||W Nieves doubled to deep left center, J Willingham and A Gonzalez scored.||2||0|
|2nd||A Hernandez singled to center, W Nieves scored, A Hernandez to second advancing on throw.||3||0|
|2nd||R Howard homered to right.||3||1|
|3rd||J Rollins singled to right, C Ruiz scored.||3||2|
|3rd||R Howard homered to right, J Rollins, S Victorino and C Utley scored.||3||6|
|4th||A Gonzalez tripled to deep center, A Kearns scored.||4||6|
|4th||C Hamels doubled to right, C Ruiz scored.||4||7|
|6th||R Belliard homered to left, A Kearns scored.||6||7|
|6th||R Howard safe at first on error by second baseman A Hernandez, G Dobbs and S Victorino scored, C Utley to third.||6||9|
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|Stadium: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA|
|Attendance: 45,121 (103.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Game Time: 3:09|
|Weather: 77 degrees, clear|
|Wind: 12 mph|
|Umpires: Home Plate - Brian Knight, First Base - Dana Demuth, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|
PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard set a Philadelphia Phillies record with his eighth career grand slam -- and did it in emphatic fashion.
Howard's slam traveled 475 feet and became only the second ball to reach the third deck in right field. He also added a solo homer to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-6 victory over the Washington Nationals
on Saturday night.
• Ryan Howard had his 19th career multi-homer game which included his eighth career grand slam, his third this season.
• The Phillies have won 11 of their last 15 games.
• Cole Hamels gave up six earned runs in six innings, the most he's given up in a win during his career.
• The Nationals have lost five straight and 14 of 16 overall.
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Trailing 3-2 in the third, Howard connected on his slam to move past Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt. Howard had given the Phillies their first run with a solo shot in the second inning. It was the 19th multihomer game of Howard's career.
"Yeah, it definitely felt good," Howard said of his grand slam. "I knew it was high enough to go out. When everything comes together, you never know how far it's going to go. I got it pretty square."
Howard also hit the only other homer to reach the third deck in the ballpark's five-year history off the Yankees' Mike Mussina
on June 20, 2006.
"He's just as strong as anyone," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said, when asked to compare Howard to the all-time sluggers. "I've seen him hit some long ones."Cole Hamels
(3-2) gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings for the win. He struck out seven in his worst start this season since allowing seven against Colorado to open the season.
"I pitched pretty bad and made a lot of mistakes," Hamels said. "They're a good hitting team and you can't make mistakes and can't take them lightly."
Hamels was appreciative of the run support and spoke glowingly of Howard.
"Our offense is very potent and when they're able to get big hits and score runs it really does help, especially when I'm not able to hold my own," he said.
On Howard, Hamels said, "It's impressive how strong he is. He's the power."Brad Lidge
pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.Shairon Martis
(5-1) lost for the first time in 10 starts for Washington. He surrendered seven runs and seven hits in four innings. Howard has plagued Martis in his career hitting three homers and driving in nine runs in seven at-bats.Jimmy Rollins
and Shane Victorino
also had a pair of hits for the Phillies, who improved to 9-2 against the Nationals this season while dealing Washington its fifth straight loss.
"It's tough losing so much, but we're not going to quit," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "We'll come back tomorrow and play hard."
Washington got a run back in the fourth on Alberto Gonzalez
's RBI triple that scored Austin Kearns
to pull within 6-4, but Hamels delivered an RBI double to restore Philadelphia's three-run lead.
Pinch-hitter Ronnie Belliard
hit a two-run homer to left in the sixth to pull Washington to 7-6. But Philadelphia tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning when Anderson Hernandez
booted Howard's grounder to second with the bases loaded.
The Nationals took a 3-0 lead in the second with three hits, as Will Nieves drove in two with a double and Hernandez one with a single.
"We're just very inconsistent and that's why our record is what it is," said Washington right fielder Adam Dunn
, who made two errors to give him seven for the season.Game notes
Prior to the game, the Nationals recalled Gonzalez from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned outfielder Justin Maxwell
to Syracuse. Gonzalez, who batted .311 in 23 games with Syracuse, went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI Saturday. Gonzalez was filling in at shortstop for Cristian Guzman
, who got the night off to rest a jammed right thumb. Chase Utley
was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, his major league leading 11th hit by pitch this season. The Phillies announced after the game that Antonio Bastardo will take Brett Myers
' spot in the rotation Tuesday in San Diego. The left-hander is 3-2 with a 1.89 ERA in 11 games between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. Myers will have hip surgery next week that likely will end his season.