Phillies 15, Dodgers 3
LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Philadelphia Phillies enjoyed a big offensive night against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers—including pitcher J.D. Durbin, who got three hits in his first major league victory.
Durbin rode a 26-hit attack to a 15-3 win on Tuesday night. Shane Victorino and Aaron Rowand had five hits each for the Phillies, who fell one shy of the franchise record for hits. Ryan Howard provided the muscle with a pair of two-run homers, helping snap the Dodgers’ season-high five-game winning streak.
“We had fun out there tonight,” Victorino said after going 5-for-6 with a two-run triple. “We know what kind of offense we have and what kind of numbers we’re going to put up.”
One night after All-Star Brad Penny held the league’s most potent offense to a run and four hits over seven innings in his 10-3 victory, the Phillies set a season high for runs and hits—while equaling the most hits allowed by the Dodgers since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958. The San Francisco Giants also had 26 hits on May 13, 1958.
“It was extraordinary for something like this to happen to us,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “But at least nobody got injured.”
Rowand also was 5-for-6 with a homer, an RBI single and three doubles. His five-hit game was his first in the majors, while Victorino accomplished the feat for the second time. The Phillies have averaged 9.8 runs in their last eight victories.
“We’ve had five games since the All-Star break, and all five games have been like this—we’ve been on the other side of two of them and the good side of three of them,” shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. “It’s good to get that many hits on a night like this, because tomorrow you never know what’s going to happen. The night before, Penny shut us down.”
This time, the Phillies feasted on a generous helping of hittable pitches by former NBA player Mark Hendrickson (4-5) and rookie reliever Eric Stults, who combined to give up 11 runs and 19 hits through the first five innings.
Chase Utley was 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI doubles and a run-scoring single, increasing his NL-leading RBI total to 79. Pat Burrell hit his 200th career homer—12th of the season—which came two pitches after Rowand’s home run in the seventh against Rudy Seanez.
“Ryan Howard swung the bat very well with two home runs and Aaron Rowand had a five-hit game. That had a lot to do with it,” Rollins said. “But it started out with J.D. Durbin keeping their bats quiet. If we’re not in the game early, then things don’t happen the way they did.”
Durbin (1-2) allowed a run and six hits over six innings and struck out three in his third big league start and second with the Phillies while filling in for the injured Jon Lieber, who is out for the season after season-ending foot surgery. Durbin’s last start was June 29 against the New York Mets, when he allowed six runs over 4 2-3 innings after striking out the side in the first.
The right-hander got his first big league hit on a hard grounder through the left side his first time up. Two innings later, he barely beat out an infield single after his comebacker struck Hendrickson on the right leg and caromed to third baseman Nomar Garciaparra. The third hit was through the right side of the infield.
“I haven’t hit like that since high school,” said Durbin, who had a 3-0 lead to work with before he threw a pitch. “I just saw the ball real well tonight and fortunately got a few hits. It was just an incredible night for me.”
The Phillies are the fourth organization the right-hander has been with since the start of spring training. He was released by Minnesota, Arizona and Boston—all before the second week of April.
Hendrickson surrendered hits to 11 of the 21 batters he faced in three-plus innings, and was charged with seven runs. The left-hander was removed in the fourth, after giving up Victorino’s second triple in two nights and an RBI single by Utley. It could have been even worse for Hendrickson had he not escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the second.
Howard, who struck out both times against Hendrickson, drove Stults’ first pitch over the right field fence for an 8-0 margin. He homered again one inning later, driving his 24th of the season homer deep into the left-field pavilion after Utley’s two-out RBI double. It was his ninth career multi-homer game and second this season.
The record for most hits allowed by the Dodgers is 27, by the Cincinnati Reds on June 8, 1940 at Crosley Field. … Phillies pitchers have 33 hits this season, the most in the NL—and four more than the staff totaled all last year. … Durbin gave up his only run in the fourth on Matt Kemp’s bloop single to right field. … The Phillies had 24 hits against the Dodgers on May 19, 1990, at Dodger Stadium in an 11 inning, 15-12 win.