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The Phils finally get a win at PNC Park as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Phils leave PNC Park with a win as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Pirates take a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Neil Walker hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Xavier Paul, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Josh Harrison’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3.  The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, thanks to a pair of walks to Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and a wild pitch by Pirates’ starter James McDonald that had allowed Utley to move up to second as Howard was batting, and then a passed ball by Pirates’ catcher Dusty Brown while Raul Ibanez was batting, that allowed Utley and Howard to both move up a base, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, while Howard would move up to third. Two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch to put runners on the corners, the Phils tried to tie up the game as Dom Brown hit a ball up the middle, which hits the umpire, becoming a dead ball, giving Brown a single, and putting Ruiz on second base, but sending Howard back to third, loading up the bases, which would come back to haunt the Phils as Wilson Valdez hit into a 4-3 double play, wiping out Brown at second base, to end the inning. The Phils threaten to tie the game once again in the fifth as they loaded up the bases via walks to Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco, and with nobody out, Utley hits a grounder to first baseman Lyle Overbay, who then threw home, forcing out Halladay at the plate, 3-2, for the inning’s first out, as Utley is safe at first, while Victorino and Polanco both moved up a base. The Phils then finally tied it up at two-all as, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, after a long battle, Howard hits a sacrifice fly to deep center field, just missing a home run, scoring Victorino, while both Polanco and Utley would move up a base. Two batters later, after Ibanez was intentionally walked to reload the bases, and now with two men out, Ruiz forced in a run as he is hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while both Utley and Ibanez would move up a base. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Halladay, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Victorino’s ground out, 1-3. The Pirates tried to cut the Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with two men on, via a single by Brandon Wood, and a single by pinch hitter Matt Diaz, while Wood would go on to third on a fielding error by Howard on Polanco’s throw to first, with two men out. But, Halladay would get out of the inning as pinch hitter Jose Tabata hits a liner that was caught by Utley for the inning’s final out. The Phils added a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier singled, than stopped at second on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. The Pirates got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, McCutchen hits an RBI single, knocking in Harrison, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went on to third on pinch hitter Ben Francisco’s single, while sending Francisco, who had just singled, on to second base.  Three batters later, with now two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead, while sending Francisco on to third. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson put down the Pirates in the ninth.

Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jose Contreras collected his third hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourth hold of the year, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. James McDonald (3-4, 4.97) took the lost as he went four innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on three hits, five walks, two hit batters, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out three. Chris Resop pitched an inning, giving up a walk. Evan Meek pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Daniel Moskos pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Ascanio pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Jose Veras pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Daniel McCutchen pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .239. Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, Double), all followed with two hits each. Wilson Valdez (Single), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Raul Ibanez knocked in one Phil run with a sacrifice fly, while Carlos Ruiz would have the other Phil RBI, as he got hit by the  pitch with the bases loaded.

The Phils (35-24, 1st East) will go home to start a three-game series with the Dodgers (28-32, 3rd West) at Citizens Bank Park with a ballgame tomorrow night. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94), who is coming off a lost to the Nats on May 31, as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 10-2 lost. He will be trying to get the home stand off on a winning start. The Dodgers will counter with Ted Lilly (4-4, 4.22), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 31, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out eight, in the Dodgers’ 8-2 win. He’ll be trying to give the Phils some fits. The Phils will be trying to start off their long home stand on a good note with a win.

The Phils come up short as they lose to the Nats, 2-1.

The Phils come up a little short as they drop the series to the Nats as they lose, 2-1.

The Nats took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Roger Bernadina, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, would score on a Alex Cora fielding error of a Carlos Ruiz grounder, while Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, would stop at second base, while Ruiz would be safe at first. The Phils tried to take the lead in the third as, with John Mayberry, Jr., who was earlier hit by the pitch, and then stole second base, and with two men out, tried to score on a grounder hit into right center field by Howard against the infield shift for an infield single, but was thrown out at home plate by second baseman Danny Espinosa, 4-2, for the inning’s final out. The Nats then retook the lead in their half of the third as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Phils tried to retied the game in the sixth, as they loaded the bases, via a walk by Francisco, a single by Raul Ibanez, sending Francisco up to second base, and a walk by pinch hitter Jimmy Rollins, and with two men out, but ended up being denied as pinch hitter Dom Brown flied out to left for the final out. That would be the last threat the Phils would mustard before Drew Storen would come in and collect his tenth save with a scoreless ninth.

Roy Oswalt (3-3, 2.70) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three (Stutes (2), Bastardo (1)) between them. John Lannan (3-5, 4.05) gets the win, his first against the Phils, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits, a hit batter and three walks, while striking out a batter. Todd Coffey received his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, as he walked a better. Doug Slaten also collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Tyler Clippard collected his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings. Drew Storen picked up his tenth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, an infield single and a double. Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Jimmy Rollins (Bunt Single), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense could not get a key hit, as their only run came in on a Nats’s error.

The Phils (34-22, 1st) have the day off tomorrow, before starting a three-game series with the Pirates (25-28, 4th Central) in Pittsburgh.

Two early four-run innings do in the Phils as they lose to the Mets, 9-5.

The Phils are unable to overcome two early four-run innings as they fall to the Mets, 9-5.

The Mets jump to a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Justin Turner hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier tripled, thanks in part to Raul Ibanez trying to make a diving catch on a ball he should had let drop in for a single, and then got past him. The Mets then took a 2-0 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Jason Bay, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Daniel Murphy’s single, scores on Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error of an Angel Pagan grounder that he was unable to grab cleanly, allowing Pagan to be safe at first, while Murphy, who had earlier singled, would reach second base. The Mets then took a 3-0 lead as Josh Thole hits an RBI single, scoring Murphy, while sending Pagan to second base. Ruben Tejada then gave the Mets a 4-0 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Pagan, while sending Thole to second base. The Mets then added to their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Murphy hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Beltran, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Bay’s single, giving the Mets a 5-0 lead, while sending Bay, who had just singled, up to second base. The Mets then made it a 6-0 lead as Pagan hits an RBI single, knocking in Bay, while sending Murphy over to third. The Mets then took an 8-0 lead as Thole hits a two-run double, scoring both Murphy and Pagan, before being caught off of second base, and then being tagged out, 9-5-6, for the final out. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Dane Sardinha, who then moved up to second base as Rollins is safe at first as Reyes commits a fielding error as he let the ball go between his legs on Rollins’ grounder, and then a single by Wilson Valdez, moving both Sardinha and Rollins up a base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Sardinha, making it an 8-1 Mets’ lead, while sending Rollins to third base, and Valdez up to second base. The Mets would get the run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Reyes hits an RBI triple, his second triple of the game, scoring Thole, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 9-1 lead. The Phils then started a comeback attempt in the eighth as Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the year, making it a 9-2 Mets’ lead. Four batters later, with one man on, and with two men out, Sardinha hits an RBI double, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 9-3. The Phils then cut it down to 9-4 as pinch hitter Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Sardinha. The Phils then cut it down to 9-5 in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits an RBI double, scoring Ibanez, who had just walked. But that would be the final score as John Mayberry, Jr. ended the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley (2-1, 3.75) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up eight runs, five of which were earned, on twelve hits, while striking out one, as he was not sharped yesterday, and getting no help from the defense. Kyle Kendrick pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitched a sharp 1-2-3 inning. Danys Baez pitched a scoreless inning, getting himself out of a bases loaded jam, giving up two hits and a walk. Jon Niese (4-5, 3.92) gets the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits and four walks, while striking out six. Taylor Buchholz pitched an inning and a third, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out one. Pedro Beato pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ben Francisco (Single, Double, RBI) and Dane Sardinha (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Wilson Valdez (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and pinch hitter Dom Brown (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hit, as the Phils’ offense was unable to climb out of an early hole.

The Phils (33-20, 1st) starts the first game of a three game series with the Nationals (22-30, 5th), which is already in progress.

The Phils come from behind to beat the Mets, 5-2.

The Phils come from behind, scoring five unanswered runs, as they defeated the Mets, 5-2.

The Mets took a quick lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Justin Turner hits an RBI single, knocking in Jose Reyes, who had earlier doubled, then stole third base, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets then added to their lead in the third as, once again, with Reyes on third, via a single, a steal of second base as Turner struck out, and then moving on to third base on a Carlos Beltran fly out, and with two men out, Jason Bay hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, making it a 2-0 Mets’ lead. The Phils got on the board in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Mets’ lead to 2-1. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, scoring Utley, who had earlier stole second base, then went to third on Ronny Paulino’s throwing error and Placido Polanco, who had just walked. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits an RBI double, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier doubled. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his eleventh save of the season.

Cole Hamels (7-2, 3.01) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, striking out ten. Jose Contreras received his first hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Ryan Madson then recorded his eleventh save of the year with a 1-2-3 inning. Mike Pelfrey received a no-decision as he pitched seven and two-third innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks. Michael O’Connor committed his first blown save of the year, before taking the lost (0-1, 1.35) as he pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit to the only man that he faced. Jason Isringhausen also pitched to one batter, giving up a run, as the batter that he faced walked. Tim Byrdak pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Dale Thayer pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Double, RBI) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Double, 2 RBIs), Raul Ibanez (Double, RBI) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense seems to be getting into a grove since Utley’s return to the line-up.

The Phils (33-19, 1st) will conclude their three-games series with the Mets (23-28, 4th ) tomorrow with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Citi Field and will begin at 1:10 pm EDT. Vance Worley (2-0, 2.14) will start for the Phils, coming off a no-decision against the Reds on May 24, as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. He will once again try for his third win. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (3-5, 4.33), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on May 24, as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs, only two of which were earned,  on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 11-1 lost. He will be trying to keep the Mets from being swept. The Phils will be out to finish the series with a sweep.

Four runs in the last two innings give the Phils their third straight win as they defeat the Mets, 6-4.

Scoring four runs in the last two innings give the Phils their third straight victory as they hang on to beat the Mets, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Oswalt hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier reached base on a bloop single, moved up to second base on center fielder Angel Pagan’s missed catch error, before going on to third on left fielder Jason Bay’s throwing error to second base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets got a run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier reached base on an error by Chase Utley, who had run into Rollins as Rollins tried to catch a pop up, causing him to miss the ball, then moved up to second base on Justin Turner’s single, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Turner, who had just singled, on to third base. The Mets then tied the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Ronny Paulino hits an RBI single, knocking in Pagan, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Mets took the lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Turner hits an RBI single, scoring Reyes, who had earlier doubled, then went to third when Michael Stutes tried to pick him off at second base, except that there was no one covering the bag, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all in the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier hit a pinch hit single, then stole second base. The Phils then took the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI single knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Michael Martinez, who was pinch running for Gload, who had just singled, over to third. The Phils then took a 5-3 lead as, now with runners on the corners, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Martinez. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead two batters later as, once again with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI infield single as Utley, who had earlier singled, sending Brown on to third, beat second baseman Ruben Tejada’s throw to second base, allowing Brown to score. The Mets made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Reyes, who had earlier singled, then reached second on defensive indifference, scored on a Beltran single, after Martinez had committed a fielding error in center field. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would record his tenth save of the year by getting Daniel Murphy to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Bay, who had just singled, sending Beltran to third base, at second base for the final out.

Roy Oswalt received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up two runs, one of which was unearned, on nine hits, while striking out two. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo (3-0, 1.42) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out one. Ryan Madson recorded his tenth save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Chris Capuano also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Pedro Beato pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jason Isringhausen blew his first save attmept of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Francisco Rodriguez (1-1, 1.80) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on five hits. Tim Byrdak pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Roy Oswalt (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits.

The Phils (32-19, 1st) continue their visit against the Mets (23-27, 4th) later today at Citi Field. The game will begin at 7:10 pm. The Phils will start Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 23, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 10-3 rout. He will be going for his seventh win of the year. The Mets will send to the mound Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.37), who is coming off a lost against the Yanks on May 22, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 9-3 lost. He will be trying to even his record. The Phils will be going for their fourth straight win.

Two home runs support a strong pitching performance by Roy Halladay as the Phils defeat the Rangers, 3-2.

Two home runs by the Phils supported a fine pitching performance by their ace Roy Halladay as the Phils start off interleague play with a victory over the Rangers, 3-2.

The Rangers took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, the Rangers perform a double steal as Ian Kinsler strikes out for the inning’s first out, as Mitch Moreland, who had just singled, stole second base, before Elvis Andrus, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third on Moreland’s single, stole home, beating the throw, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Rangers cut the Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Moreland hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Endy Chavez, who had earlier hit a pinch hit double, then went to third on Andrus’ ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the season as, with one man on base, and with two men out, David Murphy was caught stealing, 2-4, by a good throw to second by Carlos Ruiz.

Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.21) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. C.J. Wilson (4-3. 3.42) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out ten Phils. Dave Bush pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had only four hits last night, a single by Placido Polanco, a single by Carlos Ruiz, a two-run home run by Ben Francisco, knocking in two runs and a solo home run by Raul Ibanez. The offense continues to make a lot of bad outs, although getting two home runs to win the ballgame for the Doc.

The Phils (27-17, 1st NL East) will continue their series with the Rangers (23-22, 1st AL West) later today, which will be televised nationally by Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-4, 3.84), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on May 16, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. Lee will be trying to end his own third-game losing streak, while trying to give the Phils a series win. The Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis (4-4, 3.81), who is coming off a complete game win against the White Sox on May 16, as he gave up just five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Rangers’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their first series in over a week, while also trying to give Lee his third win of the season.

The Phils lose their third straight game as they lose to the Cards, 3-1.

The Phils dropped their third straight game as the offense continues to act clueless, as the Phils lose to the Cards, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead.  The Cardinals then took the lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman, sending Holliday to second base, and an infield single by Yadier Molina, moving both Holliday and Berkman up a base, and with one man out, Nick Punto hits a two-run single, knocking in both Holliday and Berkman, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead, while sending Molina up to second base. The Cards then added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jon Jay hits an RBI single, scoring Punto, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Kyle Lohse’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 3-1 Cards’ lead, while sending Ryan Theriot, who had just walked, on to second base.  That would end up as the final score as Fernando Salas converted his fourth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (2-4, 3.84) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in what has to be one of the worst games that he has pitched in his career, based on the high number of walks, the most in his career, that he had given up.  Michael Stutes pitched two-third of an inning, as he got the one man that he would face to hit into a doubleplay. J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jake Westbrook (3-3, 6.07) gets the win as he went seven inning, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out one. Eduardo Sanchez collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Fernando Salas received his fourth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Cliff Lee (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense has once more been its own worst enemy, getting themselves out against a weak pitcher. How much longer are these guys going to keep doing that until they really act like the American League team people keep claiming they are. Translation, start taking pitches and look for your pitch to hit, guys. Harumph!!!

The Phils (25-15, 1st East) will conclude their short two-game series with the Cards (23-19, 2nd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Busch Stadium, and will start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33), who is coming off a stay on the disabled list. In his last start, a lost against the Diamondbacks on April 26, he went only three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ present three-game slide. The Cards will counter with Jaime Garcia (5-0, 1.89), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on May 12, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just a run on nine scattered hits and a walk, as he struck out four, in the Cards’ 9-1 rout. He will be shooting for his sixth win of the year. The Phils hope to avoid the sweep and come back to Philadelphia with a .500 road trip.

The Phils are unable to get started early before losing to the Braves, 5-3.

The Phils are not able to come from behind as they fall to the Braves, 5-3.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first as Martin Prado hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Braves then made it a 2-0 lead as Nate McLouth followed him with a solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Michael Martinez, who had earlier singled, in the process breaking up Jair Jurrjens’ no-hit bid after five and two-thirds innings, making it a 2-1 Braves’ lead, before being thrown out at third as he tried to move up on the throw, 9-3-6-5, for the third out. The Braves increased their lead in their half of the inning as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, David Ross hits an RBI bunt single, scoring Dan Uggla, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on Freddie Freeman’s infield single, beating Rollins’ throw to second base, and then moved up to third on Alex Gonzalez’s fly out, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead, while sending Freeman, who had earlier singled, to second base. Then two batters later, with the bases now loaded, as Jurrjens walked, with both Freeman and Ross moving up a base, and with still two men out, Prado hits a two-run single, knocking in both Freeman and Ross, giving the Braves a 5-1 lead, while sending Jurrjens on to third. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, cutting the Braves’ lead to 5-2.  Two batters later, now with runners on second and third as pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz was hit by the pitch, and then both runners moved up a base on Ross’ passed ball, and with still one man out, the Phils then made it a 5-3 Braves’ lead on an RBI ground out by John Mayberry, Jr., 5-3, scoring Valdez. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel recorded his ninth save of the season by striking out Ben Francisco for the final out.

Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.50) took the lost, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk. Kyle Kendrick pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez and Antonio Bastardo combine for two scoreless innings giving up a hit (Baez) and three walks (Baez (2), Bastardo (1)), while striking out one (Bastardo), between them. Jair Jurrjens (5-0, 1.66) got the win as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jonny Venters pitched two thirds of an inning, allowing a run to score. Craig Kimbrel recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a double by Jimmy Rollins, knocking in a run, a double by Wilson Valdez, also knocking in a run, and a pinch hit single by Michael Martinez. John Mayberry, Jr., knocked in the final Phil run on a ground out, as the bats were handled by first the Braves’ starter, Jurrjens, and then the bullpen.

The Phils (25-13, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (22-19, 3rd) with an afternoon  game, already in progress.

A mistake-ridden eighth inning ruins Halladay’s good performance as the Phils lose the pitchers’ duel to the Marlins, 2-1.

Errors in the Marlins’ eighth lead to the Phils losing the pitchers’ duel, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. After turning back a pair of bases loaded threats by the Phils in the second and third innings, the Marlins tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Emilio Bonifacio hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Josh Johnson, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Chris Coghlan’s double, while Coghlan, who had just doubled, would move up to third. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Johnson, who would pitch six innings, only giving up one run on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven, as he would pitch himself out of trouble early in the game, and Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who in the first seven innings, would also give up just a run, on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight. The Marlins then took the lead in the eight as Omar Infante would reach base on a Jimmy Rollins throwing error, before moving up to second base on a Halladay wild pitch. Infante would then move up to third on a ground out, 4-3, by pinch hitter Osvaldo Martinez. Coghlan then followed with an RBI single, scoring Infante and giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. That would be the final score as Leo Nunez collected his twelfth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Shane Victorino to ground out, 3-1, to end the game.

Roy Halladay (5-2, 2.05) took the lost as he gave up two run, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Josh Johnson received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Michael Dunn (3-2, 1.26) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Leo Nunez recorded his twelfth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had just six hits with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, as he raised his batting average to .231. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI) and Ben Francisco (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense was not able to get the key hit when they had Josh Johnson on the ropes in the early going.

The Phils (23-12, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Marlins (21-14, 2nd) with a night game at Sun Life Stadium. The game will begin at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out sixteen in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. He will once again try for his third win of the season, while hoping that the offense will decide to help him this time. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.23), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nats on May 6, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out eleven, in the Marlins’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Marlins the series win. The Phils will be trying to put the fish once again three games behind them in the East.

Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen combine for a five-hit shut out as the Phils defeat the Braves, 3-0.

Emergency starter Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen combine for a five-hitter as the Phils threw their sixth shut out of the season as they defeat the Braves, 3-0.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Pete Orr hits an RBI ground out, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Brian Schneider’s single, as Schneider was out at second base on the force out, 4-6, for the inning’s second out, while Orr beat out shortstop Alex Gonzalez’s throw to first. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fourth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the year, and the 260th of his career, putting him into second place on the Phils’ all-time list, ahead of Del Ennis. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stole second base. That would be the final score, as Kyle Kendrick and the Phils’ bullpen would combine for a five-hit shut out, the sixth so far pitched by the Phils this year, with Ryan Madson ending the game by getting Gonzalez to ground out, 5-3, for his third save in three tries.

Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 1.50) gets the win as he pitched five innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out three. J.C. Romero collected his second hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, as he got out of a jam. Michael Stutes received his first hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the season as he also pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Ryan Madson received his third save in three tries, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Julio Teheran (0-1, 5.79) took the lost as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out just one batter. Scott Linebrink pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. George Sherrill and Cory Gearrin combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Gearrin) and a walk (Gearrin), while striking out two (one each) between them.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a triple by Shane Victorino, knocking in a run, a solo home run by Ryan Howard, a single by Brian Schneider and a pinch hit single by Ross Gload. The other Phil run came in on Pete Orr’s force out, as he beat the throw to first base.

The Phils (22-10, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (19-16, 3rd) tomorrow night in a nationally televised game that will be shown on ESPN. The game will be played at Citizen Bank Park and will start at 8:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.66), who is coming off a win against the Nats on May 3, as he went all nine innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his fifth straight victory. The Braves will try to counter with Jair Jurrjens (3-0, 1.62), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on May 2, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out four, in the Braves’ 6-2 win. He will be trying to give the Braves a series win over the Phils. The Phils will be trying for their latest series win before going on the road.

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