Wolf (3-4) went six innings, allowing two runs -- one earned --
and seven hits, walking two and striking out six. He improved to
4-0 in five games -- three starts -- against the Orioles, whose 56-84
mark is the worst interleague record in the majors.
"A win is a win. It wasn't too pretty today," Wolf said. "As
a team, we need to get on a roll. We've scored runs the last few
games. That's what we need to do."
Utley, who had three RBI, homered in his first career Camden
Yards at-bat, giving the Phillies a home run in 12 consecutive
games. That matches their longest streak from 2004.
"I feel like we're playing better baseball," Phillies manager
Charlie Manuel said. "I feel like we're enjoying ourselves right
Jeff Fiorentino homered for the Orioles.
Larry Bigbie doesn't know why Baltimore struggles against NL
"I have no clue. I guess it's just one of those things,"
Bigbie said. "But it's our first interleague game this year and we
could just as easily rattle off a bunch of wins."
The Phillies took a 3-0 lead in the second. Pat Burrell drew a
leadoff walk and Utley hit an 0-2 pitch from Daniel Cabrera (3-3)
down the right-field line for his eighth homer. With two outs,
Rollins delivered an RBI single.
"It's really nice to get a big lead," Wolf said. "The way
they hit the ball, they can score four runs in an instant."
Baltimore scored twice with two outs in the bottom half to get
within a run.
Snapping an 0-for-11 slump, Fiorentino hit his first major
leaguer homer, a looping shot to right. Brian Roberts singled and
scored when center fielder Endy Chavez overran Bigbie's single for
"They didn't bring me here to hit my first major league home
run," Fiorentino said. "They brought me here to help them stay in
first place. If we don't win, my home run doesn't mean as much."
Philadelphia extended the lead to 7-2 in the fourth. Chavez made
up for his error with a run-scoring single, Abreu added a two-run
single, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, and Burrell
chased Cabrera with an RBI double.
Cabrera allowed seven runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He
also walked two and hit two batters with pitches.
In the Phillies' eighth, Burrell drew a bases-loaded walk and
Utley hit a run-scoring groundout.
After the game, the Orioles purchased the contract of RHP
James Baldwin from Triple-A Ottawa and optioned OF Keith Reed to
Ottawa. RHP Kurt Ainsworth was transferred to the 60-day disabled
list. ... Phillies 1B Jim Thome (lower back strain) played first
base for the first time in three weeks and homered in an extended
spring training game against the Blue Jays. ... To clear a roster
spot for Lofton, utility man Jose Offerman was designated for
assignment. ... Roberts doubled in the first, extending his hitting
streak to 11 games. ... By plunking Phillies C Mike Lieberthal
twice, Cabrera has hit a team-high five opposing batters this
season. ... Orioles C Sal Fasano had trouble holding onto third
strikes. He had to complete four strikeouts by throwing the batter
out at first base.