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Rain can't dampen the Phillies' offense


Rain can't dampen the Phillies' offense
Even an hour and 18-minute rain delay that drove nearly 40,000 fans away couldn't ruin the Phillies' night.

Their offense looked like it did for much of 2008, pitcher Jamie Moyer gave his team a quality start and the defense was flawless.

When the rain, thunder and lightning moved in with one out in the top of the seventh inning, the Phillies were comfortably beating the Milwaukee Brewers by eight runs in a rematch of last year's National League Division Series.

The Phillies didn't score any more runs when the game resumed, but they didn't need to. The bullpen gave up just one more run and the Phils finally wrapped up their 11-4 win at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday.

By the time the sixth inning ended, every Phillies starter, including Moyer, had been on base at least once. Eight of them had scored a run (only Chris Coste didn't) and seven of them had at least one hit (only Ryan Howard and Moyer didn't).

"I didn't have worries that we weren't going to score or win," Moyer said. "We just had to piece it all together."

Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz, two righties who the Phillies need to start providing some pop, did. Feliz was 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored. Werth was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and a couple of RBIs.

The Phillies put together two big rallies. After Ryan Braun hit the first of his two homers to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead in the first, the Phillies answered by batting around and plating four runs in the bottom half of the inning on four hits and two walks. Werth roped a two-run double down the left-field line. Raul Ibanez and Feliz added RBI singles.

"Our offense looked sharp early," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I felt like [pitcher Manny] Parra's command was a little off and we made him pitch."

In the fifth, Philadelphia batted around again and crossed the plate five times to take a 10-3 lead. The Phillies took advantage of four free passes the Brewers' pitchers handed out, including one with the bases loaded to Chase Utley.

After Moyer retired the side in order in the sixth, the Phils tacked on another run in their half. Werth led off with a double that hit the left-field wall. He moved to third on Ibanez's groundout before scoring on Feliz's infield single.

The 46-year-old Moyer provided the Phillies with a solid outing, something they've been desperate for. The lefty went six innings and was pulled after allowing a walk and single in the seventh. He struck out two, hit two, walked only one and allowed seven hits, including a pair of Braun home runs.

"I had a little bit better command and got a few more ground balls," Moyer said.

amanda.housenick@mcall.com

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Philles 11

Brewers 4


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 23, 2009

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