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Going Long on Joe Blanton

The major league and Phillies records for most consecutive games allowing a home run.

Going Long on Joe Blanton

Joe Blanton delivered eight solid innings, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out seven batters. (Danny Moloshok/AP)
Joe Blanton delivered eight solid innings, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out seven batters. (Danny Moloshok/AP)

Joe Blanton managed to keep the Dodgers in the yard Monday night, ending his streak of home runs allowed in 11 consecutive starts. That falls one short of the club record held by Randy Wolf.

The major league mark is held by Bert Blyleven, who was touched 20 games in a row.

Here are the Phillies pitchers and major league pitchers who have allowed home runs in the most consecutive games:

PHILLIES (9+)
No.    Pitcher First Game Last Game
12 Randy Wolf April 19, 2000     June 19, 2000
12 Joe Blanton May 14, 2012 July 7, 2012
10 Bruce Chen April 23, 2001 June 19, 2001
  9 Dennis Cook July 2, 1989 Aug. 15, 1989
  9 Don Carman June 1, 1987 July 11, 1987
 
MAJOR LEAGUE (13+)
No. Pitcher First Game Last Game
20 Bert Blyleven Sept. 8, 1986 June 10, 1987
19 Curt Young June 3, 1987 Sept. 26, 1987
15 Ramon Ortiz May 1, 2005 July 17, 2005
15 Mark Leiter April 17, 1996 July 4, 1996
14 John Thomson May 17, 2002 Aug. 3, 2002
14 Dennis Rasmussen July 10, 1986 Sept. 29, 1986   
13 Brandon Backe April 17, 2008 June 22, 2008
13 Runelvys Hernandez     Oct. 2, 2005 Aug. 10, 2006
13 Steve Parris July 31, 2002 May 6,2003
13 Steve Trachsel May 25, 1999 July 30, 1999
13 Dave Johnson May 23, 1990 July 23, 1990
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