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Defanged: Phillies 12, Diamondbacks 3

Another game, another strong starting pitching performance for the Phillies, another offensive attack highlighted by the longball.

Joe Blanton went eight innings, surrendering three runs on 10 hits, although many of those hits were soft line drives and bloops that just barely fell between the fielders, including a flyball to left field that was completely misplayed by Ben Francisco.  He was efficient with his pitches, throwing just 97 pitches in his eight innings and walking none.

Thankfully, the offense came through and made up for any deficient performance by the pitching staff.  Three Phillies went deep - Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz, and Ryan Howard, whose sixth inning three run bomb landed in the Diamondbacks' bullpen.

Once again, the Phillies pounded the Diamondbacks' starting pitcher, putting six runs on Doug Davis in five innings, and six more on the bullpen.

For the series, the Phillies outscored the Diamondbacks 25-5.  They've now won four straight, and eight of their last 10.