SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ryan Howard took a quick glance at his
460-foot home run before dropping his head and circling the bases
for the 30th time this season.
Howard's blast, which caromed off a brick wall beyond the
deepest part of the ballpark, was one of eight extra base hits for
Philadelphia. Pat Burrell went 4-for-4, hit his 20th home run, and
drove in four runs to power the Phillies to a 14-6 victory over the
San Francisco Giants on Saturday."It was just one of those things to get that pitch," Howard
said. "It kind of took off. I caught it the right way."Howard hit his second home run in as many days, putting to rest
claims that the All-Star home run derby could affect a player's
swing."It's just about getting back to your approach," Howard said.
"It's more of getting your timing back when you face live
pitching."Cory Lidle (6-7) pitched into the sixth inning and won his
second straight start following an eight-game winless streak. The
Phillies earned their third win in 12 road games and third in four
overall."I'll take the run support W as fast as anyone will," Lidle
said. "I didn't throw as much as I usually do over the break but I
thought I mixed my pitches well."Burrell, who attended high school in nearby San Jose, improved
his average in San Francisco to .342 (26-for-76) with five homers
and 16 RBI. The four hits matched a career high, done seven times.
He has reached 20 homers in six straight seasons.Howard's blast put the Phillies up 9-5 in the sixth. The 2005 NL
Rookie of the Year hit 22 last season, and his latest shot was
reminiscent of those hit by Giants left fielder Barry Bonds."That was a blast," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.
"When you hit it that far, everybody should still be mesmerized by
it. That was a home run derby type homer. There's only a couple of
guys who can hit it like that and they were both here today."Rollins, an Oakland native, singled in the third and tripled in
the seventh to become the youngest Phillies player to reach 1,000
hits (27 years, 230 days) since Greg Luzinski (27 years, 202 days)
did it on June 12, 1978. Chase Utley singled and doubled to extend
his hitting streak to 17 games."It shows you a mark for his career at his age," Phillies
manager Charlie Manuel said. "He has a chance to be a very
successful player."Lidle beat the Giants for the first time in 12 appearances
despite allowing five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He
walked four and struck out two.Moises Alou hit a two-run homer, and Randy Winn added an RBI
single for the Giants, who had their four-game home winning streak
snapped. San Francisco has lost five of eight overall."It was a bad game," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "I
don't think we have time to discuss the whole thing. We didn't
pitch well."Noah Lowry (4-6) lost for the first time in five starts after
giving up a season-high six runs on six hits. He walked three and
struck out two."Today was bad and I let myself down," Lowry said. "My
mechanics have been hit or miss lately and it's something I need to
keep plugging away at."Alou hit his 11th home run, a two-run shot in the first, giving
the Giants a 2-0 edge.Burrell homered to lead off the second, eliciting a rousing
ovation from family and friends in seats right behind the Phillies
dugout. Howard followed with a double and then scored on Mike
Lieberthal's sacrifice fly that made it 2-2.Aaron Rowand walked with the bases loaded in the third to give
the Phillies a 3-2 advantage but Winn tied it again with his
single.Burrell made it 6-3 with a bases-clearing double in the fourth.
The Phillies added an unearned run in the fifth, when Rowand scored
on Lance Niekro's throwing error."The ball was down and he did a good job of digging it out,"
Giants pitcher Brad Hennessey said of his pitch to Burrell. "We
just didn't stop the onslaught. I think we might have put ourselves
in a funk."Shane Victorino's two-run single highlighted Philadelphia's
four-run ninth inning off Kevin Correia. The Phillies finished with
a season-high 18 hits.
Phillies starters have allowed 27 first-inning runs in 26
games. ... Giants SS Omar Vizquel is three hits shy of 2,400. ...
Bonds stole a base in consecutive games for the first time since
June 21-22, 2003, at Oakland and against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
... Lowry has walked three or fewer in 12 of his 14 starts. ...
Lieberthal (left hip strain) made his first start since June 5. ...
Howard has three home runs in 18 at-bats over four games in San
Francisco. Only Burrell has hit more among active Phillies. ... The
Phillies reached double figures in runs for the 11th time. ... Alou
has eight hits, three homers, and a .471 average against Lidle.