Abreu Helps Lead Phillies To 10-2 Win Over Giants

The Phillies may not have won any of their Friday games this season, but they're undefeated on Saturdays. After dropping the series opener to the Giants because of sloppy fielding, the Phillies rebounded to slam twelve hits and take advantage of five walks from starter Jerome Williams to beat San Francisco 10-2 at The Vet.

The Phillies win over San Francisco may have hinged on a hit batter. Starter Brandon Duckworth (1-1) hit Benito Santiago with a pitch in the top of the fourth inning and although Santiago stayed in the ballgame at the time and scored on a Marquis Grissom double, the former Phillie was forced to leave the ballgame in the bottom of the inning when he was unable to throw the ball back to the mound. That simple change behind the plate seemed to throw starter Jerome Williams (0-1) off and he proceeded to walk four Phillies in the inning.

Walks to Bobby Abreu, Jim Thome and David Bell loaded the bases with one out and the fourth walk to Todd Pratt forced across the Phillies first run of the ballgame. Tomas Perez reached on an infield single to plate another run and Duckworth helped himself with an RBI single to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

Abreu scored the second of his career high four runs in the fifth inning. Abreu singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and went to third on Pat Burrell's single and scored and then scored on David Bell's double. Todd Pratt singled to score Burrell and put the Phillies up 5-1.

The Phillies scored again in the sixth and eighth innings and again, Abreu was in the middle of the action. Abreu followed Ricky Ledee's sixth inning triple with his third homerun of the season to give the Phillies a 7-1 lead. After Burrell struck out, Thome launched his third homerun of the season. In the eighth, Abreu doubled to score Ledee and later scored on a Thome sacrifice fly.

Duckworth allowed five hits and one earned run in five innings, hitting Santiago and Barry Bonds with pitches in back-to-back innings. While Duckworth's outing wasn't exactly great, it was better than his first outing of the season last Sunday when Atlanta knocked him out in the second inning. Carlos Silva pitched the final four innings, which qualified him for a save, the second of his short career. Silva allowed just one run when Neifi Perez tripled and scored on an Edgardo Alfonzo groundball in the top of the ninth.

The series, the Giants last regular season visit to The Vet, concludes Sunday afternoon.


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