April 21 - Phillies vs. Rockies

The Phillies win, 9-5. I'd say something about how the Phillies got revenge on the Rockies after last year's showing in the NLDS, but I find that a little ridiculous. One regular season win doesn't erase getting swept in the playoffs. But the victory gets them back to .500.

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How about Carlos Ruiz? He entered his two-out, bases loaded at-bat in the eighth inning hitting just .196, but he laced a double to right field to score two runs to hand the Phillies a 6-5 lead. Tom Gordon overcame T.J. Bohn's error in the bottom of the eighth to throw a scoreless inning.

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Kyle Kendrick allowed eight hits, five runs, two walks and two home runs in five innings. He struck out two.

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The Phillies continue to play long ball, even if it means using their legs in the process. Jayson Werth crushed a ball to center field to leadoff the sixth. The ball took a nice bounce off the wall toward left field (and away from Rockies centerfielder Willy Taveras) and Werth got an inside-the-park homer to make it 5-3. Chase Utley followed with a solo homer to right to make it 5-4.

Utley is on fire. He has homered in five-straight games, which ties Bobby Abreu (2005), Mike Schmidt (1979) and Dick Allen (1969) for the franchise record.

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Pat Burrell stays hot. He hit a two-run homer to left in the fourth inning to make it 3-2. Chase Utley saved the Phillies a couple runs in the bottom of the third when he made an absolutely incredible diving catch and turned it into an inning-ending double play. Kyle Kendrick also stranded a runner at third with one out in the fourth to keep it a one-run game.

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The Rockies took a 3-0 lead in the second inning when Yorvit Torrealba hit a three-run homer to left field.

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Here's tonight's lineup for the Phillies: 1) So Taguchi 2) Jayson Werth 3) Chase Utley 4) Ryan Howard 5) Pat Burrell 6) Pedro Feliz 7) Carlos Ruiz 8) Eric Bruntlett 9) Kyle Kendrick.

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