Utley Slams, Burrell Homers To Complete Sweep

Chase Utley made a pretty triumphant return to Philadelphia Thursday, picking up his first major league homerun, a grand slam no less. Pat Burrell also helped to end the Phillies homerun drought as he launched his third of the season in the Phillies fourteen hit attack on the Colorado Rockies.

Once again, the Phillies jumped out to an early lead with a nice first inning. Once again, it was Jimmy Rollins getting on base to leadoff the game that set the stage. Rollins collected an infield single to start the bottom of the first and went to second when Ricky Ledee walked. Bobby Abreu hit a fielder's choice groundball, but a bad throw allowed Rollins to score and put the Phillies up 1-0. Pat Burrell struck out, but Jim Thome, who went hitless on the day, hit a sacrifice fly to score Ledee with the Phillies second run of the game.

The Phillies loaded the bases with two outs in the third, setting up Utley's grand slam homerun and giving the Phillies a 6-0 lead after three innings.

The Rockies picked up a run in the fourth on a Jay Payton homerun, but it proved to just be a bump in the road for Randy Wolf (3-1). Wolf pitched seven and two-third innings and struck out eight, while allowing just the homerun to Payton as part of the four hits he gave up. Rheal Cormier pitched one and one-third perfect innings in relief of Wolf and chipped in with a single in the bottom of the eighth.

The Phillies picked up single runs in the fifth and eighth innings. The fifth inning run came on Burrell's homerun and Rollins doubled home Utley, who doubled to open the eighth.

The Phillies will host Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants at The Vet this weekend. The win temporarily puts the Phillies one-half game in front of Atlanta and Montreal for first place in the NL East. The Braves host St.Louis and the Expos host Arizona Thursday night.


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