Phillies Continue Going Deep To Beat Reds

The Phillies have been on somewhat of a longball trip the past couple of days as the offense shows true signs of life. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard and Jim Thome all homered as the Phillies beat Cincinnati 10-3 to move their spring training record to 3-5.

Jim Thome's first homerun of the spring turned out to be a tribute to his Mother, who passed away during the offseason. As Thome crossed homeplate, he blew a kiss toward the sky, dedicating the center field blast to his Mom. "I don't want to say that I'll do it every time, because I don't know if it will happen. It was cool, though," admitted Thome.

Placido Polanco's first inning homerun gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead and Ryan Howard and Thome each followed with two-run shots of their own later in the game. Howard also contributed an RBI single and Thome picked up two more RBI on a bases loaded single in the sixth. Chase Utley joined Polanco and Howard in the group of Phillies that collected three hits a piece.

Starter Gavin Floyd was touched for three runs on four hits in four innings of work. The Phillies got shutout relief work from Rheal Cormier, Billy Wagner, Clay Condrey and Terry Adams. Condrey threw two innings, giving up just one hit.

Ken Griffey, Jr. had two hits, including an RBI double for Cincinnati.

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