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Ryan Howard Hits Three-Run Homer, Ibanez Hits Two-Run Homer, Phillies Lead 6-3

Ryan Howard crushed a high changeup to the second deck in deep right center field, plating Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence to give the Phillies their first lead of the game.

Both Rollins and Pence reached on singles to center field, and Howard worked a full count before hitting Kyle Lohse’s eighth pitch of the at bat into the stands.

Shane Victorino then ripped one down the right field line that would have been long enough for a home run, but it was foul. Three pitches later, he singled on a ground ball up the middle.

With the crowd still cheering from Ryan Howard’s home run, Raul Ibanez turned on a 2-0 changeup, lining the ball into the right field seats.

Kyle Lohse has been yanked from the game. After setting down the first 10 Phillies in order, Lohse gave up 7 hits, 1 walk, and 6 runs (5 earned) in two innings of work.

Octavio Dotel has taken over pitching duties for the Cardinals.