Rico Brogna has played superb defense at first base, but, in his eyes, that's not his main function with the Philadelphia Phillies.
"My No. 1 job is to drive in runs," Brogna said after driving in three runs with a triple and two doubles in the Phillies' 7-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday night.
Brogna's production complimented a fine pitching effort by Tyler Green (6-4), who gave up only three hits in seven innings to win his third straight decision.
"I felt I threw better against the Cubs," he said, referring to his last outing, when he allowed five hits and two runs in six innings in a 7-2 win over Chicago Sunday.
Tampa Bay manager Larry Rothschild agreed that Green, who struck out four and walked four, shouldn't have handcuffed the Devils Rays as easily as he did.
"I didn't think he had real good stuff," Rothschild said. "We helped him. I've seen him throw better than that."
Doug Glanville went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Mark Lewis was 2-for-4 with two RBIs as the Phillies won for the fifth time in six games.
Jason Johnson (2-5) took the loss, giving up seven hits and four runs in 4 2-3 innings. The expansion Devil Rays have lost six straight on the road and nine of 10 road games in June.
"We played well on the road early, but lately we've played like crap," Rothschild said. "We've had some chances. We just haven't played well."
Johnson hit Desi Relaford to open the third increasing the Devil Rays' major league-leading total to 47 and the Phillies went on to score the game's first three runs.
Green sacrificed Relaford, who came home on Glanville's double. Gregg Jefferies' RBI single scored Glanville and Brogna's triple scored Jefferies.
Lewis' RBI single in the fifth made it 4-0, and the Phillies added three runs in the seventh on Brogna's two-run double and Lewis' RBI single.
The Devil Rays missed a chance to score in the sixth. Quinton McCracken led off with a single and tried to score on Miguel Cairo's double, but was thrown out at the plate. Tampa Bay stranded runners on first and third in the fourth and seventh innings.
Notes: Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal is expected to miss at least the next two games because of an infected right index finger. ... The Phillies will call up top prospect Bobby Estalella, named the International League's All-Star catcher earlier in the week. Estalella was hitting .292 with a team-high 13 homers and 37 RBIs at Scranton-Wilkes-Barre. ... To make room for Estalella, the Phillies sent left-handed pitcher Darrin Winston to Scranton. ... Tampa Bay left-hander Wilson Alvarez, on the disabled list since May 21 because of tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, threw three innings in his first rehabilitation assignment i the Gulf Coast League. "I'm surprised at the way I threw," he said. "The way I threw today, I think one more game and I'll be ready to go."
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