Roy Oswalt and Carlos Ruiz helped spoil Pat Burrell’s return to Citizens Bank Park, as the Phils used 13 hits to drop the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the series to take sole possession of first place in the National League Wild Card.
After a nice ovation from the sold out crowd, Burrell promptly blasted a solo homer to give the Giants a 2-0 lead in the first, which would be the high point of his evening, as starter Barry Zito would give up four runs over five innings in the loss.
Jimmy Rollins started the scoring for the Phils with a two out, two run single in the fifth, followed by two more on the strength of a two run double from Shane Victorino an inning later to give the Phillies the lead.
They piled on five more in the bottom of the eighth, with the big hit coming from Carlos Ruiz, who lined a bases loaded double to put them up by three.
With this win, the Phils seized first place atop the National League Wild Card – their first sole possession of first place since May 29th, when they lead their division.
They’ll look to expand their lead on Wednesday, when Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.69) takes on Matt Cain (9-9, 3.11).
Roy Oswalt (W, 8-13) allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings, while striking out seven.
Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 5 with a run and three RBIs.
Placido Polanco went 4 for 5 with a run.
Jayson Werth went 1 for 4 with a double (39) and a run.
Shane Victorino went 2 for 4 with a double (18), a stolen base (23) and two RBIs.
Mike Sweeney went 1 for 3 with a run.
Carlos Ruiz went 1 for 3 with a double (20) and two RBIs.
Barry Zito (L, 8-7) allowed four runs on eights in five innings. He walked one and didn’t strike out a batter.
Pat Burrell went 1 for 4 with a homer (11) and an RBI.
Jose Guillen went 2 for 4 with a homer (1) and an RBI.
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