Howard hits 3 doubles, climbs Phillies' RBI list

Howard hits 3 doubles, climbs Phillies' RBI list

MIAMI -- While Phillies starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff was busy working his name into the club's record books in Friday's 7-1 win at Marlins Park, first baseman Ryan Howard left his mark as well.

Howard went 3-for-5 with three doubles, his first three-double game since June 8, 2008 -- and only the second of his career. He also recorded two RBIs in the process, which moved him past Del Ennis for third place in Phillies franchise history with 1,125.

"I kidded him about the doubles," interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "He doesn't hit home runs anymore? I said, 'You're just a doubles guy?' But he had a nice night. A couple RBIs, he swung the bat well."

Two of Howard's three doubles beat the Marlins' shift and went to left field.

The first came in the fourth inning on a liner into the left-field corner. His next two doubles drove in runs -- a drive to right-center in the fifth inning and a shot to left field in the ninth.

Howard now has 27 doubles on the season, and he boosted his average to .238.

Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.