Phillies 12, Pirates 2
Game 37 - Monday Night, May 17th in Philadelphia
The bats came alive on the night Jimmy Rollins returned to the line-up, and the Phillies demolished the Pirates, 12-2. Pitching in a steady rain, Kyle Kendrick threw 8 solid innings, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits. Rollins doubled and scored a run in his return following a 29-game absence. (To make room for Rollins on the roster, shortstop Wilson Valdez was designated for assignment.)
Two swings accounted for 7 of the Phillies' runs - Jayson Werth's 3-run home run in the 3rd inning and Ryan Howard's grand slam (off old friend Jack Taschner) in the 8th inning. Werth and Howard finished the night with 4 and 6 RBIs between the two of them. The hot hitting Shane Victorino added 2 hits and scored 3 times.
The Phils are now 11 games over .500 and they could be 5 games ahead of their nearest competition - the Nationals and the Marlins - depending on the outcome of those teams' games tonight. Go Phils!