Burrell's Bat and Glove Beat Dodgers 9-4

Pat Burrell is becoming Mr.Everything to the Phillies. Launching his third homerun in the last two nights was just the start for Burrell Wednesday as the Phillies beat Los Angeles 9-4. Burrell made two dazzling plays in left field to prevent Dodger runs and help the Phillies to win. Ironically, on a night when the Phillies were without Jim Thome, they moved into first place thanks to the Houston Astros who beat Florida.

Citizens Bank Park is looking more and more like Mr.Burrell's Neighborhood. Pat Burrell has seemed to quickly pick up every nuance of the left field area of the Phillies new home. Wednesday night, he played a ball off the fence to again hold a hitter to a long single. Then, he made a long run and dive to put an end to an eighth inning Dodgers rally. At the plate, Burrell launched his ninth homerun of the year and his third in the last two nights.

Meanwhile, it was a tough night for the Dodgers. Starter Hideo Nomo lasted just 1 1/3 innings and left with a split finger nail on his right hand. Nomo (3-5), who left with a runner on third base, took the loss. Brian Falkenborg followed Nomo and was somewhat of a sacrificial lamb for LA. Falkenborg was hit hard, but lasted for 3 2/3 innings, giving up eight earned runs. Duaner Sanchez and Darren Dreifort kept the Phillies off the scoreboard over the final three innings.

David Bell finished the night 2-5 with two doubles, driving in two runs and scoring two more for the Phillies. Bell doubled in the second inning and went to third on a sacrifice fly. Falkenborg entered and gave up an RBI single to Chase Utley that put the Phillies up 1-0.

After the Phillies thwarted a Dodgers threat in the top of the third, the Phillies went to work in the bottom of the inning. Jimmy Rollins singled, Bobby Abreu walked and both runners moved up a base on a passed ball. Bell lashed his second double of the night to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead and would later score on a ground ball. With a 4-0 lead, Marlon Byrd doubled to right center as the Phillies jumped out to a 6-0 lead.

There was a scary moment in the bottom of the third inning when Mike Lieberthal was hit in the head by a pitch from Falkenborg. The pitch grazed the right side of Lieberthal's helmet, but he was unhurt and stayed in the game. Todd Pratt was serving the final game of a three-game suspension, meaning that Shawn Wooten would have had to take over behind the plate if Lieberthal couldn't have continued. Wooten was already pressed into action when first baseman Jim Thome was dropped from the starting lineup because of sore hands. Wooten went 1-4 with an RBI and scored two runs.

Eric Milton (5-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits. He got into trouble in the fourth when Cesar Izturis slammed a three-run homerun to make it a 6-3 game. Milton thought he had Izturis struck out, but it was ruled that Izturis had tipped the ball with his bat and Lieberthal couldn't hang on to the ball. Izturis would have never even been at the plate, but Milton walked Falkenborg, who was allowed to hit with a runner on first and two outs.

The Phillies - as they have done many times this season - responded in the bottom of the inning with some runs of their own. After a leadoff single by Abreu, Burrell lifted a homerun into the left field seats and the Phillies suddenly had an 8-3 lead, killing the Dodgers' momentum.

Amaury Telemaco relieved Milton with one out in the top of the fifth and pitched out of a jam, getting the final two outs of the inning. Telemaco pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up two hits and one earned run. The run came in the seventh inning on doubles by Shawn Green and Juan Encarnacion.

The Phillies final run came in the bottom of the fifth when Byrd drove home Wooten who led off the inning with a double.

After the game, the Phillies announced that reliever Roberto Hernandez would be activated from the disabled list and pitcher Jim Crowell, who pitched a scoreless inning in Wednesday night's game, would be optioned back to AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Prior to the game, the Phillies recalled Geoff Geary and placed pitcher Brian Powell on the disabled list. Geary pitched a perfect ninth inning for the Phillies in Wednesday night's game.

The Dodgers lone visit to Philadelphia this summer wraps up Thursday night when Brett Myers (2-2, 5.40) goes against Kazuhisa Ishii (5-2, 3.83). The Phillies will come into Thurday night's game leading the National League East. The Phillies win, combined with the Marlins loss to the Astros put the Phillies in first place by 1/2 game over the Marlins.


LOS ANGELES (4) VS PHILADELPHIA (9) - FINAL LOS ANGELES ab r h rbi bb so lob avg C Izturis ss 5 1 3 3 0 0 1 .291 P Lo Duca lf 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 .351 M Bradley cf 4 0 0 0 1 0 3 .252 S Green 1b 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 .232 A Beltre 3b 3 0 0 0 2 1 2 .344 J Encarnacion rf 5 0 1 1 0 1 2 .228 J Hernandez 2b 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 .367 D Ross c 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .158 H Nomo p 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .133 B Falkenborg p 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .000 a-J Thurston ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .286 D Sanchez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 b-O Saenz ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .313 D Dreifort p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 38 4 12 4 4 7 19 a-singled to center for B Falkenborg in the 6th; b-singled to left for D Sanchez in the 8th. BATTING: 2B - S Green 2 (10, A Telemaco, E Milton); J Encarnacion (7, A Telemaco). HR - C Izturis (2, 4th inning off E Milton 2 on, 2 Out). RBI - C Izturis 3 (13), J Encarnacion (20). 2-out RBI - C Izturis 3, J Encarnacion. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Hernandez 1, H Nomo 1, A Beltre 2, M Bradley 1. GIDP - P Lo Duca. Team LOB - 11. FIELDING: E - S Green (2, throw). PB - D Ross. DP: 1 (S Green). PHILADELPHIA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg M Byrd cf 5 0 2 3 0 0 3 .239 J Rollins ss 5 1 2 0 0 0 4 .236 B Abreu rf 3 2 1 0 2 1 1 .294 P Burrell lf 5 1 2 2 0 1 4 .326 D Bell 3b 5 2 2 2 0 1 2 .285 M Lieberthal c 4 1 0 0 0 1 3 .246 C Utley 2b 3 0 1 1 1 0 2 .233 S Wooten 1b 4 2 1 1 0 0 1 .179 E Milton p 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .133 A Telemaco p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-R Ledee ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .343 J Crowell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 G Geary p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 35 9 11 9 5 5 21 a-walked for A Telemaco in the 7th. BATTING: 2B - D Bell 2 (11, H Nomo, B Falkenborg); S Wooten (3, B Falkenborg). HR - P Burrell (9, 4th inning off B Falkenborg 1 on, 0 Out). S - E Milton. RBI - C Utley (9), D Bell 2 (19), S Wooten (2), M Byrd 3 (15), P Burrell 2 (36). 2-out RBI - M Byrd 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - M Byrd 1, C Utley 1, M Lieberthal 1, P Burrell 1, J Rollins 2. Team LOB - 9. BASERUNNING: SB - J Rollins (8, 2nd base off H Nomo/D Ross), B Abreu (6, 2nd base off D Sanchez/D Ross). FIELDING: DP: 1 (J Rollins-S Wooten). ---------------------------------------------------- LOS ANGELES - 000 300 100 -- 4 PHILADELPHIA - 015 210 00x -- 9 ---------------------------------------------------- LOS ANGELES ip h r er bb so hr era H Nomo (L, 3-5) 1 1/3 2 1 1 0 1 0 7.13 B Falkenborg 3 2/3 8 8 8 3 1 1 7.84 D Sanchez 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 2.37 D Dreifort 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.79 PHILADELPHIA ip h r er bb so hr era E Milton (W, 5-0) 5 1/3 8 3 3 4 5 1 4.47 A Telemaco 1 2/3 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.70 J Crowell 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.00 G Geary 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 WP - B Falkenborg, D Sanchez. HBP - M Lieberthal (by B Falkenborg). Pitches-strikes: H Nomo 23-17; B Falkenborg 77-43; D Sanchez 32-15; D Dreifort 17-11; E Milton 109-70; A Telemaco 17-13; J Crowell 11-7; G Geary 11-7. Ground balls-fly balls: H Nomo 1-2; B Falkenborg 4-6; D Sanchez 1-4; D Dreifort 1-0; E Milton 3-8; A Telemaco 4-0; J Crowell 1-2; G Geary 0-2. Batters faced: H Nomo 6; B Falkenborg 23; D Sanchez 9; D Dreifort 4; E Milton 28; A Telemaco 6; J Crowell 5; G Geary 3. UMPIRES: HP--Jack Samuels. 1B--Jerry Crawford. 2B--Darren Spagnardi. 3B--Phil Cuzzi. T--3:06. Att--33,916. Weather: 66 degrees, cloudy. Wind: 6 mph, right to left.


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