Howard HRs Twice as Phillies Roll

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Ryan Howard hit two towering home runs off David Wells, drove in five runs and scored three times to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 12-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

Howard, the reigning NL MVP, reached base five times, going 3-for-3 with two walks. His power display gave Jamie Moyer the win in a matchup of 44-year-old lefty pitchers.

Moyer and Wells had a combined age of 88 years, 307 days, the second-oldest pitching matchup in big league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The oldest matchup featured the Angels' Don Sutton against the Indians' Phil Niekro on June 8, 1987, when their combined age was 90 years, 135 days.

Milton Bradley went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, and was a double short of becoming the first Padres player to hit for the cycle. He was obtained from Oakland on June 29 but was put on the disabled list when he reported two days later. He was activated July 7.

Moyer (8-8) had been 0-3 with a 10.06 ERA in his last three starts. He allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

The big left-hander hit a high, arching three-run shot to straightaway center field off Wells, also a big lefty, with one out in the first. Jimmy Rollins was aboard on a leadoff single and Chase Utley on a one-out walk.

Howard gave the Phillies a 4-0 lead when he led off the fourth by driving a full-count pitch into the second deck in left-center field, his 27th. Wells walked Pat Burrell with one out, then gave up a two-run shot to Wes Helms to center field. It was Helms' fourth.

Howard tormented Wells one final time, knocking him out with an RBI single to left with one out in the fifth.

Howard is 9-for-20 with five homers and 11 RBIs in the first six games of a seven-game road trip. He homered twice in a 15-3 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Wells (5-6) allowed seven runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings, struck out one and walked two.

Bradley hit a two-run shot to left off Moyer with one out in the seventh to pull the Padres to 7-4. It was his second with the Padres and fourth this season.

The Phillies had a five-run ninth, highlighted by pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs' two-run single and Carlos Ruiz's two-run double.

Josh Bard hit an RBI single in the third and Adrian Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly in the fifth for the Padres.

Game notes

Eight days before his induction at Cooperstown, Tony Gwynn watched and applauded as a 9 1/2-foot statue of his likeness was unveiled on a grassy knoll just beyond the outfield wall at Petco Park. ... RHP Kyle Drabek, the Philadelphia Phillies' first-round draft pick in 2006, will have season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday. Drabek, 19, is the son of 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek. He was 5-1 with a 4.33 ERA in 11 games, including 10 starts, for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.

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