Walks turn to record amount of runs for Phillies

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Once the Philadelphia Phillies got started,

nobody wanted to stop.

Philadelphia scored a team-record 13 runs in the fourth inning --

10 with two outs -- and beat the Cincinnati Reds 13-1 Sunday.

Ricky Ledee's three-run homer capped the outburst, which fell

just two runs short of the National League record for runs in an


"I didn't want to be the last out,'' said Ledee, who walked and

scored his first time up in the fourth.

The Brooklyn Dodgers scored 15 times in the first inning against

Cincinnati on May 21, 1952.

The major league mark is 17 runs, set by the Boston Red Sox

against Detroit on June 18, 1953, in the seventh inning.

The Phillies' 13 runs, aided by seven walks, surpassed the club

record of 12 in the sixth inning July 21, 1923, against the Chicago

Cubs. Randy Wolf (2-0) was the beneficiary of all the offense in

this one.

It was another ugly performance for the Reds at new Great

American Ball Park, where they are 3-6 this season. Cincinnati last

allowed 13 runs in an inning in a 20-7 loss to Brooklyn on Aug. 8,


After facing just 11 batters through the first three innings,

Ryan Dempster (1-1) faced 11 in the fourth alone. Bobby Abreu

walked and scored twice, and Jim Thome singled and scored twice in

the inning.

Thome couldn't remember ever getting two hits in an inning


"It doesn't happen a lot, but when it does you try to take

advantage of it,'' he said. "I'm just glad I got that


Abreu walked to start the fourth, Thome singled and Pat Burrell

followed with an RBI double to left. Thome scored on David Bell's

groundout, and Mike Lieberthal popped up for the second out. Then

the onslaught began.

The Reds intentionally walked Ledee to get to Wolf, who drove in

Burrell with a sharp RBI single to right to make it 3-0. Dempster

then walked three successive batters, forcing in two more runs.

Thome drove in two more with a bases-loaded single to make it


Scott Sullivan took over, walking the first two batters he faced

to force in another run. Lieberthal singled in two runs, and Ledee

hit a three-run homer to right, his first of the year.

"It was one of the worst innings I've ever been a part of,''

Reds manager Bob Boone said.

Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa felt sorry for his counterpart.

"When you're on the good end of it, it's very nice,'' Bowa

said. "But I don't like to see it happen to any manager. Boonie

and I were teammates for a long time. It's not fun when you're on

the other end. You wonder, 'Can anybody get an out?'''

Dempster allowed nine runs on five hits and five walks in 3 2/3


"It was one really, really, really bad inning,'' Dempster said.

"I panicked. I'm just mad at myself. The worst part is waiting

five days to go out there again.''

Wolf held Cincinnati hitless through four innings until Adam

Dunn led off the fifth with a single up the middle. He advanced on

a single by Ruben Mateo and a wild pitch, and scored on Jason

LaRue's groundout.

Wolf allowed four hits, walked one and struck out eight in six


Game notes
Reds SS Barry Larkin sat out his third consecutive game

since sustaining a slight left calf muscle strain Thursday night in

Houston. Backup Felipe Lopez has committed a throwing error in all

three games. ... Ledee entered in the third after CF Marlon Byrd

sustained a cut on his left knee in a home plate collision with C

LaRue. Byrd was thrown out by CF Mateo while trying to score on a

fly out by Placido Polanco. Bowa said Byrd could miss two weeks.