In his return to the lineup, Ryan Howard had a big night, as did Delmon Young. Behind a solid outing from Tyler Cloyd and a whopping 15 hits, the Phillies rolled to a 7-3 victory over the Marlins in Miami.
After grounding out in his first two at-bats, Howard followed with three base knocks in his final three plate appearances.
His first hit, a single, eventually led to a run and the Phillies regaining the lead, 2-1, in the sixth inning. Up again the next inning with the bases loaded and none out, Howard scorched a liner into right field to score two. In the eighth, a two-out single plated Ben Revere to extend the Phils' lead to 7-2.
With a 3-for-5 evening, Howard lifted his average to .256 and his three RBIs tied him with Chase Utley for a team-leading 25.
Perhaps just as refreshing as Howard's big night back was the fact that everyone joined the party. Revere was also 3 for 5 and Rollins and Delmon Young also added two hits apiece. Every regular position player had a least one hit.
Delmon Young gave the Phillies their first run with his second home run of the season in the fourth inning. It was the first time in 16.1 innings that the team scored off Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez.
In his second start of the season with the big club, Cloyd was impressive over seven innings. He earned the win en route to holding the Fish to two runs and scattering eight hits while punching out five and walking two. He even worked a walk at the plate.
The Phillies' production with runners in scoring position still was worrisome. They finished the night 4 for 16 and left a dozen men on base.
One such troublesome moment came in the first inning, when Jimmy Rollins — on third with one out — was thrown out at the plate after a soft Michael Young ground ball. In the second, Freddy Galvis failed to score from first on a two-out double by Erik Kratz. Cloyd subsequently grounded out.
Utley scratched late
Originally slated to bat second and play second, Chase Utley was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup.
After feeling discomfort in his right side during batting practice, he was replaced in the starting nine by Freddy Galvis. Utley will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
The 34-year-old second baseman had played in 44 of the Phillies' first 45 games in 2013.