Saturday, December 27, 2014

Phillies romp Twins, 5-1, at Bright House Field

Marlon Byrd gets a tap on the head from Ben Revere after scoring on a sacrifice fly against the Twins. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Marlon Byrd gets a tap on the head from Ben Revere after scoring on a sacrifice fly against the Twins. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Jimmy Rollins homered for the second consecutive day and drove home two runs as he continued his rebound from a mid-spring slump, leading an 11-hit attack by Phillies’ regulars Sunday on the way to a 5-1 romp over the Minnesota Twins.

Rollins singled home Ben Revere to start a three-run third, then completed Philadelphia’s scoring when he ripped a 3-1 pitch from Twins starter Phil Hughes well over the right-field wall in the fifth.

It was his third homer of the spring, giving the 35-year-old shortstop his first multi-hit game of spring training. He’s now hit in five consecutive games, finally raising his average above the .200 mark after being mired in an 0-for-18 slump. Rollins finished the day at .211.

Domonic Brown also came out of an offensive slumber with a pair of doubles, his first hits since March 14 as he raised his average from .158 to .190. Marlon Byrd added two singles for the Phillies.

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  • Kyle Kendrick (1-0), making just his third official start of the spring, scattered five hits over six innings for the win. He struck out six and faced just one batter over the minimum through four innings, helped when Carlos Ruiz threw out two runners trying to steal.

    The Twins’ lone run came in the sixth against Kendrick, aided when Brian Dozier’s shot down the third-base line was snared by a Hooters ballgirl to produce a ground-rule double. Alex Presley, who took third on the play, came home on Josmil Pinto’s groundout.

    Kendrick hadn’t started a spring game since March 6, pitching a minor-league game and seeing his March 17 start turn into an indoor workout by a rainout.

    Jonathan Papelbon went one inning in relief for the Phillies, and B.J. Rosenberg gave up one hit over the final two.

    With just five days left before the Phillies break camp, manager Ryne Sandberg went with his projected Opening Day lineup and got fast results. Byrd led off the second with a single, went to third on Brown’s double and scored on Cody Asche’s sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

    Three more runs came in the third. Revere opened with a single, stole second and came home on Rollins’ single to right-center. Rollins took second on the throw, went to third on Chase Utley’s groundout and scored when Ryan Howard singled to right.

    Brown followed with a double that sent Howard to third, and Ruiz singled home the third run.

    The Phillies travel to Dunedin on Monday for their next-to-last meeting with the Blue Jays, with David Buchanan set to start against Toronto’s Brandon Morrow. A visit to the Yankees follows on Tuesday, then home games against the Tigers and Blue Jays to finish their Florida slate.

    Jeff Shain For Philly.com
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