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Phillies icon Ryan Howard provided the offense, while rookie Jake Thompson picked up his first major league win.

It was the young and the old to kick off Alumni Weekend in Philadelphia. Jake Thompson picked up his first major league win and Ryan Howard provided firepower as the Phillies kicked off their homestand with a win.

The following story was written by Aaron Bracy of the Associated Press and is used by permission.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Ryan Howard helped the Phillies honor Jim Thome in a pregame ceremony. Then, Howard turned back the clock and showed the type of power that forced Philadelphia to trade Thome more than a decade ago.

Howard hit a grand slam and drove in five runs to help Jake Thompson earn his first major league victory, a 10-6 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Before the game, Thome became the 38th player inducted into the club's wall of fame. The Phillies signed the slugger in 2002 but traded him three years later because he was blocking up-and-coming Howard at first base.

"You want to go out there and try to get the win on a special night like this, especially with it being alumni weekend and Thome going into the wall of fame here," Howard said. "Being able to get something to hit and having it land on the other side of the fence is the bonus."

Howard finished with three hits. He is batting .462 with four doubles, three homers and 10 RBI in his last eight games.

"He's swinging the bat as well as I've seen him," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "It's good to see."

Cesar HernandezCameron Rupp and Aaron Altherr added two hits each for Philadelphia, which opened a nine-game homestand by winning its second straight.

Charlie Blackmon hit three solo home runs and D.J. LeMahieu also went deep for the Rockies, who entered play 4 1/2 games out of the wild card.

Thompson (1-1) earned his first win in his second career start after allowing three runs and two hits with six strikeouts and three walks in five innings.

"It's kind of nice to get the first one out of the way, and hopefully I'll gain a lot more confidence and comfort on the mound and keep it rolling," Thompson said.

Howard extended his franchise record with his 14th grand slam, launching a 1-0 pitch from Jon Gray (8-6) into the Rockies bullpen in right-center field to break a 3-3 tie. The veteran slugger, who received a curtain call after the hit, tied Rocky Colavito for 76th place all-time in major league history with his 374th homer.

Gray left after Howard's home run, having surrendered seven runs - six earned - and six hits with six strikeouts and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Philadelphia took a 3-1 lead. Odubel Herrera's RBI single in the first put Philadelphia on the board and the Phillies took advantage of Colorado's sloppy play in the second when Freddy Galvis scored on Gerardo Parra's throwing error on Peter Bourjos' double. Bourjos eventually scored on a wild pitch.


Thompson accomplished a rare feat when he recorded four strikeouts in one inning, becoming the first Phillies pitcher to have four strikeouts in an inning since Doc White did it against Brooklyn in the fifth inning on July 21, 1902.

Thompson opened the second inning by striking out David Dahl, but Dahl reached first on a wild pitch. Dahl went to third on Parra's single and scored on Nick Hundley's grounder to first on a play that Howard was charged with a throwing error.

The 22-year-old right-hander, whom the Phillies acquired last season from Texas in the trade that sent ace left-hander Cole Hamels to the Rangers, responded by striking out Ben Paulsen, Daniel Descalso and Gray for four strikeouts in one inning.


Dahl went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts to snap his hitting streak to start his career at 17 games. Dahl was vying to become the first player in history to begin his career with a hit in 18 straight games. On Thursday, he tied the record of 17 set by Cincinnati's Chuck Aleno in 1941.

"I know you're not going to get a hit every game," Dahl said. "I was swinging at a lot of bad pitches tonight. It was a good streak. I just have to be ready to play tomorrow."


Indianapolis 6
Lehigh Valley 0
WP: Frank Duncan (9-6), LP: Ben Lively (7-5), SV: none
HR: IND - Gift Ngoepe (7), Jacob Stallings (6); LV - none
LV stands 4 GB Scranton in the division, but leads the wild card race by 5 1/2.

Reading 2
Altoona 7
WP: Clay Holmes (10-7), LP: Mark Leiter (5-2), SV: none
HR: RDG - Mitch Walding (2); ALT - Barrett Barnes (3), Erich Weiss (5)
Reading is three games ahead of Trenton in the division.

Clearwater 3
Lakeland 5
WP: Austin Kubitza (2-1), LP: Tom Windle (0-1), SV: Santiago Garrido (1)
HR: CLW - Jiandido Tromp (7); LAK - Zac Shepherd (13)
Clearwater is 1 1/2 GB Dunedin in the North Division.

Lakewood 3
Kannapolis 6
WP: Luis Martinez (7-8), LP: Tyler Gilbert (6-8), SV: Ian Hamilton (6)
HR: LKW - Jose Pujols (22); KAN - none
Lakewood is 1/2 GB Kannapolis in the Northern Division.

Williamsport 2
Mahoning Valley 4
WP: Ben Krauth (1-0), LP: JoJo Romero (1-1), SV: Michael Letkewicz (2)
HR: WIL - none; MV - Nathan Windrey (2)
Williamsport is tied with Staten Island in the wild card race.

GCL Yankees West 2
GCL Phillies 1
WP: Sixto Sanchez (4-0), LP: Connor Jones (0-1), SV: Jose Nin (4)
HR: none
The GCL Phillies are 1 GB the GCL Blue Jays in the Northwest Division.

Friday's Transactions

Philadelphia Phillies
OF Peter Bourjos (shoulder contusion) activated from the DL.
OF Cody Asche optioned to Lehigh Valley.
LHP Patrick Schuster claimed off waivers from Oakland and optioned to Lehigh Valley.

Reading Fightin Phils
RHP Nick Pivetta reassigned to Lehigh Valley.

Clearwater Threshers
RHP John Richy reassigned to Reading.
LHP Elniery Garcia activated from the DL.

Lakewood BlueClaws
OF Herlis Rodriguez reassigned to Clearwater.

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