Phillies Win Fourth Straight With 9-5 Win Over O's

The largest crowd ever at Camden Yards in Baltimore saw the Phillies extend their win streak to four games with a 9-5 win over the Orioles Saturday night. The win put the Phillies nine games over .500 on the season and moved them to six-and-a-half games behind the Braves in the National League East. The Phillies got homeruns from Jim Thome, Ricky Ledee and Tomas Perez and once again, the bullpen shutdown the Orioles offense.

The Phillies bullpen has now allowed just one earned run in the last 19 innings in their series with Baltimore as they threw another three shutout innings in the Phillies 9-5 win.

Starter Brett Myers (7-6) went six innings and allowed five runs, but finally got some run support from the offense and left with a 7-5 lead. Terry Adams, Carlos Silva and Jose Mesa combined to cover the final three innings and held the Orioles scoreless.

The Phillies had built a 7-0 lead before the Orioles were able to get on the board off of Myers, who was breezing along. In his six innings of work, Myers threw 87 pitches, 65 of which were strikes. Jay Gibbons hit a solo homerun, his 14th homerun of the season, off Myers in the bottom of the fourth, to make it a 7-1 game. The Orioles put two more runs on the board in the fifth and a two-run homerun from Tony Batista in the sixth pulled the Orioles to 7-5 after six innings when the Phillies turned it over to the bullpen.

The Phillies started the night with a 2-0 lead on Jim Thome's 19th homerun of the season in the bottom of the first inning. Thome's homerun came off Orioles starter Pat Hentgen (1-5). Doubles by Pat Burrell and Placido Polanco gave the Phillies another run in the second and a 3-0 lead. Polanco finished the night with four hits and three RBI, two of which came on a two-run single in the bottom of the third, making the Phillies lead 5-0. Burrell finished the night with two hits and would have had a homerun if not for an over the fence catch by Luis Matos.

The Phillies seemed to put the game away in the fourth when Ricky Ledee homered with Bobby Abreu on base and the Phillies stretched their lead to 7-0 before Baltimore put pressure on the Phillies.

With the score at 7-5 in the top of the seventh, Tomas Perez hit his first homerun of the season to give the Phillies some breathing run and an 8-5 lead. With two outs in the eighth, Jim Thome hit a ground rule double and Bobby Abreu was intentionally walked putting runners on first and second. Mike Lieberthal then singled to drive in Thome for an insurance run. Lieberthal finished the night going 3-for-5 after catching all 17 innings of Friday night's game.

Jose Mesa, who threw three innings in Friday night's marathon, came on in the ninth and gave up a single before setting down the Orioles with no further damage.

The crowd included a lot of Phillies fans and was announced at 49,549 which is an all-time record for Camden Yards. The large crowd was mainly because of a salute to the 1983 World Series between the Phillies and Orioles. The tribute continues Sunday with an alumni game between the two teams and another huge crowd is expected. Kevin Millwood (8-6, 4.07) will try to snap his slide when he opposes Rick Helling (5-5, 5.74).


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