Victorino has five hits as Phils romp
LOS ANGELES — 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 last night. Maui's 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, a St. Anthony alum, 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."
GIANTS 4, CUBS 2: Dave Roberts walked with the bases loaded to break a tie in the top of the eighth inning and Omar Vizquel added an RBI single in support of Barry Zito (7-9) to help San Francisco beat Chicago and end a five-game losing streak.
Reds 6, Braves 5: Bronson Arroyo (4-10) gave up three hits over seven scoreless innings as visiting Cincinnati made it two straight over Atlanta, which scored four runs in the eighth, sparked by a two-run homer by Andruw Jones to make it 6-4.
Rockies 6, Pirates 2: Josh Fogg (5-6) allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings and every Colorado starter had at least one hit as the visiting Rockies (47-46) moved a game over .500 by handing Pittsburgh its fifth straight loss.
Marlins 4, Cardinals 0: Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, and Rick Vanden Hurk (3-2), who played in the Hawaii Winter Baseball league and was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque yesterday, scattered five hits in five innings to lead host Florida over St. Louis.
Astros 4, Nationals 2: Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer, rookie Hunter Pence added a tiebreaking solo shot, and Roy Oswalt made his first relief appearance in more than a year, getting pinch-hitter Robert Fick on a flyout to end the seventh inning as Houston beat Washington to end a seven-game road losing streak.
Brewers 3, Diamondbacks 2: Tony Graffanino tied the game with a homer in the bottom of the fourth and Corey Hart added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to help Milwaukee win its fourth straight, while handing Arizona its seventh straight loss on the road.
Mets 7, Padres 0: Orlando Hernandez (6-4) gave up two hits in seven innings, relievers Pedro Feliciano and Guillermo Mota finished the three-hitter, and Hernandez also singled, stole second and scored to lead visiting New York past San Diego.
TIGERS 1, TWINS 0: Nate Robertson (6-6) allowed three hits over seven innings, Macay McBride went one inning, Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 24th save to complete the three-hitter and Magglio Ordonez had an RBI single in the sixth as visiting Detroit ended Minnesota's four-game winning streak.
Royals 9, Red Sox 3: Leo Nunez spaced six hits over four-plus shutout innings, leaving with a 3-0 lead in his first career start, and Tony Pena Jr., who hadn't gotten a hit since the All-Star break, and Alex Gordon each had three of visiting Kansas City's 13 hits in a victory over Boston.
Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2: Robinson Cano singled home Alex Rodriguez from second base with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift New York after Toronto closer Jeremy Accardo balked home the tying run in the ninth that helped cost Roy Halladay his 11th win.
Devil Rays 8, Angels 3: Ty Wigginton went 4-for-4 for the second straight game to tie a team record with eight consecutive hits and also drove in two runs in support of James Shields (8-5), who allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings to lead host Tampa Bay.
Indians 6, White Sox 5: Ryan Garko hit a game-tying, pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth and singled home Jason Michaels from second base with no outs in the bottom the 11th to lift Cleveland over Chicago for its 28th come-from-behind win, and 15th in its final at-bat.
Orioles 8, Mariners 3: Jeremy Guthrie (5-3) gave up two runs on five hits in six strong innings, Jay Gibbons hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs, and Nick Markakis had four hits to life visiting Baltimore.
Rangers 11, Athletics 4: Michael Young went 5-for-5 and drove in three runs, and visiting Texas pounded out 15 hits in sending Oakland to its ninth straight loss.