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Walks turn to record amount of runs for Phillies

4/13/2003

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Once the Philadelphia Phillies got started,
nobody wanted to stop.

Philadelphia scored a team-record 13 runs in the fourth inning --
10 with two outs -- and beat the Cincinnati Reds 13-1 Sunday.

Ricky Ledee's three-run homer capped the outburst, which fell
just two runs short of the National League record for runs in an
inning.

"I didn't want to be the last out,'' said Ledee, who walked and
scored his first time up in the fourth.

The Brooklyn Dodgers scored 15 times in the first inning against
Cincinnati on May 21, 1952.

The major league mark is 17 runs, set by the Boston Red Sox
against Detroit on June 18, 1953, in the seventh inning.

The Phillies' 13 runs, aided by seven walks, surpassed the club
record of 12 in the sixth inning July 21, 1923, against the Chicago
Cubs. Randy Wolf (2-0) was the beneficiary of all the offense in
this one.

It was another ugly performance for the Reds at new Great
American Ball Park, where they are 3-6 this season. Cincinnati last
allowed 13 runs in an inning in a 20-7 loss to Brooklyn on Aug. 8,
1954.

After facing just 11 batters through the first three innings,
Ryan Dempster (1-1) faced 11 in the fourth alone. Bobby Abreu
walked and scored twice, and Jim Thome singled and scored twice in
the inning.

Thome couldn't remember ever getting two hits in an inning
before.

"It doesn't happen a lot, but when it does you try to take
advantage of it,'' he said. "I'm just glad I got that
opportunity.''

Abreu walked to start the fourth, Thome singled and Pat Burrell
followed with an RBI double to left. Thome scored on David Bell's
groundout, and Mike Lieberthal popped up for the second out. Then
the onslaught began.

The Reds intentionally walked Ledee to get to Wolf, who drove in
Burrell with a sharp RBI single to right to make it 3-0. Dempster
then walked three successive batters, forcing in two more runs.

Thome drove in two more with a bases-loaded single to make it
7-0.

Scott Sullivan took over, walking the first two batters he faced
to force in another run. Lieberthal singled in two runs, and Ledee
hit a three-run homer to right, his first of the year.

"It was one of the worst innings I've ever been a part of,''
Reds manager Bob Boone said.

Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa felt sorry for his counterpart.
"When you're on the good end of it, it's very nice,'' Bowa
said. "But I don't like to see it happen to any manager. Boonie
and I were teammates for a long time. It's not fun when you're on
the other end. You wonder, 'Can anybody get an out?'''

Dempster allowed nine runs on five hits and five walks in 3 2/3
innings.

"It was one really, really, really bad inning,'' Dempster said.
"I panicked. I'm just mad at myself. The worst part is waiting
five days to go out there again.''

Wolf held Cincinnati hitless through four innings until Adam
Dunn led off the fifth with a single up the middle. He advanced on
a single by Ruben Mateo and a wild pitch, and scored on Jason
LaRue's groundout.

Wolf allowed four hits, walked one and struck out eight in six
innings.

Game notes
Reds SS Barry Larkin sat out his third consecutive game
since sustaining a slight left calf muscle strain Thursday night in
Houston. Backup Felipe Lopez has committed a throwing error in all
three games. ... Ledee entered in the third after CF Marlon Byrd
sustained a cut on his left knee in a home plate collision with C
LaRue. Byrd was thrown out by CF Mateo while trying to score on a
fly out by Placido Polanco. Bowa said Byrd could miss two weeks.