Five homeruns help Hamels, Phillies to 9-1 win

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Florida Marlins 9-1 on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 to improve to 41-26 on the season.

A rain delay pushed back the start of the game by more than an hour but the Phillies’ offense did not seem to mind. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown all hit homeruns for the Phillies in the eight-run victory. Brown’s night included two homeruns, the first multi-homer night of his young career.

On the mound, Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and struck out six batters to improve to 9-2 on the season. Hamels left the game in the eighth inning with lower back stiffness but should be able to make his next start.

Opposing starter Chris Volstad struggled against the Phillies’ lineup, surrendering eight runs on 10 hits in five and two-thirds innings. His record now stands at 2-7 for the season.

The Phillies managed to score runs in six different innings en route to their fourth win in a row. The Marlins, however, have lost four straight and only have one win in the month of June.

Wednesday features a doubleheader between the Phillies and Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. At 1:05 p.m., Kyle Kendrick will oppose Elih Villanueva, who is making his MLB debut. At 7:05 p.m., Roy Halladay will take on Anibal Sanchez.

Photo by Nick LaRosa (iPhone 4)

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