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This day in 1993: Phillies smack five homers in 18-1 rout of Rockies

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies going from worst to first and winning the National League pennant. All season long we will take a look back at each game of the 1993 season.

The Phillies pounded the expansion Colorado Rockies in the thin mountain air, easily sending Tommy Greene to a 7-0 start with plenty of run support. The Phillies wrapped up their first road trip in franchise history to Colorado with an 18-1 shelling of the Rockies.

The game was scoreless after four innings in the books, but catcher Darren Daulton led off the fifth inning with a solo home run. Later in the inning it was the starting pitcher swinging the big stick when Greene smacked a two-run home run to left field for a 3-0 lead. It was Greene's third career home run, with two hit in the 1991 season, and it would be the first of two home runs hit by Greene during the 1993 season (he would later hit one in Cincinnati in September). Mariano Duncan would join the home run party later in the fifth inning with a two-run shot two batters later, after Lenny Dykstra singled to keep the inning alive.

The Phillies continued to bring the offense in the sixth inning with Wes Chamberlain adding a run on a sacrifice fly and Dykstra hitting a bases loaded double to clear the bases and build a commanding 9-0 lead. Pete Incaviglia tripled — Pete Incaviglia TRIPLED — to score three runs in the seventh inning and Kim Batiste brought him home on a sacrifice fly. The Rockies scored their lone run in the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Andres Galarraga homed to cut the Phillies lead to 13-1. The home run barrage continued in the top of the eighth inning with Dave Hollins, Daulton and Batiste all homering (five runs in total) to expand the lead to 18-1.

The win sent the Phillies in to the month of June with the best record in baseball and in firm control of the NL East, seven full games up on the Montreal Expos. At this point in the season, the Phillies had the highest scoring offense in the National League and only the Detroit Tigers (299 runs) had scored more runs in baseball.

Full box score via Baseball Reference.

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