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Indians power past Phillies
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04/03/2004  4:50 PM ET 
Indians power past Phillies
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Early indications are that Citizens Bank Park is a hitter's park, as the Phillies and Indians combined for four longballs in a 6-5 Indians win.

Jim Thome smacked the first homer at the $346 million park, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead, and answered the first curtain call, requested by the sellout crowd of 41,889.

But a leadoff homer from infielder Chris Clapinski in the seventh off Rheal Cormier (0-2) broke a 5-5 tie. Casey Blake hit a two-run home run in the fourth.

The Indians scored three runs off Ryan Madson in the fifth, but the Phillies answered with four runs in the bottom of that inning off Jeff D'Amico. Pat Burrell's homer scored Marlon Byrd and Thome, who had singled and grounded into a fielder's choice, respectively. Bobby Abreu followed with a walk, stole second and scored on a double by Jimmy Rollins.

The Phillies (10-20) and Indians (17-14) meet again on Sunday, with Eric Milton scheduled to face Jason Stanford. Both teams open the season on the road, with the Phillies heading to Pittsburgh and Cleveland going to Minnesota.

Vicente Padilla threw the game's first pitch, and allowed two runs on two hits in four innings, including a homer to Blake. D'Amico was roughed up for five runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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