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Seven home runs, with six of them coming from three players, paced the Phillies in their 9-4 win Thursday night in Cincinnati. The seven bombs equals the franchise record which was last accomplished in September, 1998 when Bobby Estalella, Roco Brogna and Kevin Sefcik each hit two home runs against the Mets. Marlon Anderson provided the seventh home run of the day for the Phillies in that 16-4 blasting. The power display was enough to get a win for lefty Ranger Suarez in his first major league start in which he pitched five innings, giving up four runs.
Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco and Nick Williams all homered twice for Philadelphia and Carlos Santana added a blast of his own. Franco has been maligned this season to the point where the Phillies have openly shopped for a replacement for him at third base. His Thursday night display puts him at 17 home runs and 52 RBI on the season with a slash line of .273/.317/.490 in 91 games with the Phillies.
Williams was, at best, considered a platoon player at the beginning of the season but is now becoming more of a legitimate everyday player with a 14-39-.260/.336/.464 line in 94 games with the Phillies this season. In 83 games last season, Williams hit 12-55-.288/.338/.473 with the Phillies. Once considered a liability against left-handers, Williams is batting .255 against lefties versus .262 against right-handers this season. He has hit 12 of his 14 home runs against right-handers. It was Williams who provided the longest blast of the night when his ninth inning home run traveled 431 feet with an exit velocity of 110 miles-per-hour.
And Hoskins, who launched home runs at an historic pace after making his MLB debut last August, now stands at 20-67-.260/.370/.509 with the Phillies this season.
Also on Thursday, Atlanta lost to the Dodgers 8-2 and third-place Washington beat Miami. The end result is a 2 1/2 game lead for the Phillies over the Braves and a seven game lead over the Nationals.