PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard hit his 100th career homer in his 325th game Wednesday night, becoming the fastest player to reach that total, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Howard's three-run shot off Cincinnati's Aaron Harang gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning. The 505-foot drive was the longest in the four-year history of Citizens Bank Park. It cleared the tall, brick batter's eye, going nine feet farther than Howard's shot over the same wall against Florida's Sergio Mitre last April.
The reigning NL MVP had 58 homers last season and swatted 22 while winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2005.
Howard has hit 12 of his 18 homers this season since coming off the disabled list on May 25.
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