PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Randy Wolf gave Philadelphia exactly what it
needed: a strong effort on the mound and some pop in a listless
Wolf homered twice, giving him three this season, and threw
seven solid innings to lead the Phillies to a 15-4 victory over the
Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
"It's nice to absorb it and enjoy it, because who knows if it
will ever happen again," Wolf said.
Wolf, who has four career homers, went 3-for-3 and scored three
runs in becoming the first major league pitcher to homer twice in a
game since the Phillies' Robert Person did it on June 2, 2002,
Wolf (5-7) also won for only the third time since June 1,
allowing four runs, striking out six and walking none in seven
innings. It was an encouraging performance on the mound for Wolf,
who pitched at least seven innings for only the third time in 15
starts, going 3-6 with six no-decisions in that span.
"It was nice to have a cushion late in the game. It helps those
ulcers out a lot," Wolf said.
The six homers were a season high for Philadelphia, which scored
more than 10 runs for the first time since July 1.
The Phillies remained 3½ games behind Chicago in the wild-card
race, and trail Atlanta by six games in the NL East.
"This could jump-start us," manager Larry Bowa said. "This
could be something you build on."
Wolf gave the struggling Phillies' offense a huge lift. He hit a
solo shot to right in the third off Jason Jennings (10-10) and
another in the sixth off Adam Bernero that just cleared the
Wolf was cheered wildly by the crowd of 40,634 at Citizens Bank
Park while rounding the bases, and he came out for a curtain call
and tipped his cap after the second one.
Wolf also ripped a singled up the middle in the fourth and
scored on Rollins' homer.
"Wolf's a decent hitter," Jennings said. "He has an idea what
he's doing up there."
"Wolfie Little Leagued us," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
Bowa has considered using Wolf as a pinch hitter, and the lefty
said he never wants to waste an at-bat.
"When you have a spot in the lineup, you have a chance to help
yourself win," he said. "You never know when you might get
Philadelphia's offense needed a boost after scoring only 13 runs
in the last four games. Bowa juggled the lineup, batting Utley
third for the first time this season and dropped Bobby Abreu to the
The Phillies' offense got going early against Jennings, jumping
out to a 5-0 lead -- thanks to homers by Wolf and Thome in the
Jennings allowed six hits and seven runs in four innings.
The Rockies tagged Wolf for four more runs in the fourth with a
three-run double by Matt Holliday and an RBI single by Charles
Wolf settled down after that, facing nine batters the next three
innings, wiping out the only batter that reached on a double play.
He added some insurance with a two-run homer in the sixth, and
Thome hit a solo shot -- his 35th -- in the seventh.
Wolf also homered on April 24 at Montreal. It was the first
home run by a pitcher at Philly's new park. ... The start of the
game was delayed 56 minutes by rain. ... The Phillies traded RHP
Elizardo Ramirez to Cincinnati as the player to be named in the
deal for Cory Lidle. Ramirez spent most of the season in the
minors, though he was 0-0 with a 4.80 ERA in seven games with the
Phillies. ... Thome had his 35th career multihomer game. ... LF Pat
Burrell has delayed season-ending surgery that was scheduled for
Friday. Burrell said his wrist was feeling better, will continue to
wear his splint and may seek a second opinion.
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