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A Double Shot of Jimmy's Love

Jimmy Rollins climbing Phils' multi-homer game list.

A Double Shot of Jimmy's Love

Jimmy Rollins hit two home runs during Wednesday´s win over the Nationals. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Jimmy Rollins hit two home runs during Wednesday's win over the Nationals. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By belting two home runs in the victory over the Nationals Wednesday, Jimmy Rollins (shown at right rounding the bases after his first one) is now among the top 20 Phillies all-time in multi-homer games:

 Rk,  Player  No.
   1.   Mike Schmidt           44
   2.  Ryan Howard  28
   3.  Chuck Klein  23
   4.  Dick Allen  20
   5.  Chase Utley  19
   6.  Pat Burrell  18
   7.  Greg Luzinski  17
   8.  Cy Williams  14
   9.  Willie Jones  12
 10.  Dolph Camili  11
 10.  Von Hayes  11
 10.  Mike Lieberthal  11
 10.  Scott Rolen  11
 14.  Bobby Abreu  10
 14.  Johnny Callison  10 
 16.  Darren Daulton    9
 16.  Del Ennis    9
 16.  Jim Thome    9
 19.  Don Hurst    8
 19.  Jimmy Rollins    8
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