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Utley and Howard Go Deep, Blanton Solid in Phillies Win Over Padres, 5-3

Published by on June 2, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Petco Park is not supposed to be a hitter's park but Chase Utley and Ryan Howard's back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning would have you think otherwise. The power shots helped the Phillies build a 4-1 lead on the host San Diego Padres and the team held on for a 5-3 road win.

The best road team in baseball got a solid outing from Joe Blanton, who pitched seven innings allowing three runs on six hits and struck out five. In the process Blanton dropped his season ERA to 5.86, dipping below six for the first time this season.

Blanton was cruising along in the game and ran into some trouble with two outs in the sixth inning. Adrian Gonzalez, the National League home runs leader, hit a solo home run to bring the Pad...

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