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You have to go back more than a month — May 9, to be exact — to find the last time the Phillies scored more than seven runs in a game.

And you have to go back two months — April 14 — to find the last time they stroked more than a dozen hits.

The Phils’ offense awakened from a long and painful slumber in Thursday’s 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies (see first take).

And leading the charge were two valuable bats that had been quiet — and desperately missed.

Rhys Hoskins homered, doubled and singled on his way to a three-RBI day.

Odubel Herrera stroked a pair of singles the day after he was held out of the lineup.

“For sure, yeah, it helped me,” Herrera said of the day off. “Got my mind fresh. Cleared my mind a little.

“I watched video. I worked in the cage.”

Herrera watched video of the at-bats he racked up earlier in the season. He had a pair of hits in St. Louis on May 17 as his average rose to a majors-best .361 and his OPS to .989. He hit just .161 with a .422 OPS over his next 23 games to fall to .283/.774 entering Thursday.

Hoskins hit .303 with a .985 OPS in the first month of the season and .161/.551 in May. He ended up on the disabled list with a broken jaw.

The Phillies missed both players’ bats. Entering Thursday, the Phils had hit just .201 with a .280 on-base percentage in a 16-game span that saw them go from nine games over .500 and first place in the NL East to three games over .500 and four games back. The Phils averaged just 3.1 runs per game in that span.

 

Hoskins has hit in three of the five games in which he has played since coming off the disabled list. Two of those games have been multi-hit games and he has eight RBIs.

He’s well on his way to being back and that can only help.

“I think it’s finally starting to flip the other way,” he said.

Hoskins homered in the first inning Thursday. It seemed to be contagious.

“I think there's some leadership elements there,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “We see how he manages an at-bat. We see how calm he is when he's going really good. It's almost like he doesn't mind getting down 0-2 because he knows he's going to get a pitch to hit at some point. And then you see the longer at-bats, you see the walks, the damage at the end of the at-bats.”

Herrera, with a couple of liners up the middle, one hard hit, liked the way he swung the bat Thursday.

“I was thinking too much,” he said. “My rhythm was better today.”

Two hits doesn’t mean Herrera is out of his slump. He knows that. But he’s confident he’s moving in the right direction.

“I’m getting there,” he said with one of those big Odubel smiles.

He laughed.

“Bet on me,” he said. “You can bet on me.”

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