PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Blanton won at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday night, which is about as surprising as there being 60 feet, six inches between the pitcher's mound and home plate.
He's 2-3 this season. Both wins were at home. In fact, he hasn't lost at Citizens Bank Park since May 8, 2010, against the Braves. He's 7-0 in 19 home appearances (17 starts) since then. For his career, the right-hander is 16-6 at Citizens Bank Park.
"It's always nice to pitch at home, I guess," Blanton said. "You throw here more than any other place, so there's definitely a comfort level when you're out there. You're in your home clubhouse. You're in your own weight room. You know where everything is. You're in front of your home fans, and that's always good."
Blanton's eight strikeouts were the most he's had since he struck out eight on Sept. 19, 2010, against the Nationals. He made only eight starts last season because of elbow problems.