The Phils hang on to defeat the Brewers, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils begin their next to last series before the All-Star break by hanging on to defeat the National League Central leading Brewers, defeating the Brew Crew, 3-2.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Andres Blanco’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single to deep right center field, knocking in Utley, who has just singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Brewers would get back into the game in the bottom of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds reaching base on a fielding error by third baseman Cody Asche, as Davis stops at second base, and a single by Jean Segura, with both runners moving up a base, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Jeff Bianchi hits a two-run single, knocking in Davis and Reynolds, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before Segura is thrown out at third base, 9-5, for the inning’s first out, as Bianchi stays at first base. Phils’ starter Cole Hamels then pitches himself out of trouble as he first got Rickie Weeks to hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Bianchi at second base for the inning’s second out, and then getting Ryan Braun to ground out, 5-3, for the inning’s final out. That would end up being the final score as the Phils hung on, before handing the ball over to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who collected his twentieth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Segura to ground out, 1-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.87) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, one of which was unearned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven.  Ken Giles collected his first hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his twentieth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Marco Estrada (7-6, 4.96) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Tom Gorzelanny, Zach Duke and Rob Wooten combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit apiece) between them, while striking out six batters (Gorzelanny (2), Duke (1), Wooten (3)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Andres Blanco, Ryan Howard (RBI), Cody Asche, Dom Brown and Tony Gwynn, Jr., had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had two walks in the game (Utley, Howard) a stolen base (Revere (26)) and a sacrifice bunt (Blanco) in the game, while the offense committed an error (Asche), performed an outfield assist (Marlon Byrd), a pickoff (Cole Hamels) and a double play.

The Phils (38-51, 5th East) continue their series with the Brewers (52-38, 1st Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.12), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 3, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. He will be trying to give the Phils their second straight win. The Brewers will counter with Wily Peralta (9-5, 3.35), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Blue Jays on July 2, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Brewers’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils their latest lost. The Phils will be trying to improve their fortunes before the All-Star break.

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