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The Phils rally late to give Roy Oswalt his first win in over a month, as they beat the Cubbies, 4-3.

The Phils come from behind to defeat the Cubs, 4-3, taking the four games series.

The Cubs took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI double, knocking in Darwin Barney, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs then jumped to a 3-0 lead as, with one man on, and now with two men out, Aramis Ramirez hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Castro. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second, then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s single, making it a 3-1 Cubs’ lead, while Utley, who had just singled,  would stop at third base. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Cubs’ lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Utley, a single by Howard, sending Utley to third, and a walk to Ben Francisco, moving Howard up to second base, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, while sending Howard to third base and Francisco up to second base because the ball was hit sharply to right. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single scoring Victorino, who had been hit by the pitch, then stopped at third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would convert his fifteenth save of the year with a strong ninth inning.

Roy Oswalt (4-4, 3.14) got the win, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, as he struck out five. Michael Stutes collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Ryan Madson collected his fifteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Doug Davis received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and five walks, as he struck out six. Jeff Samardzija collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Sean Marshall blew his second save of the year, before taking the lost (3-1, 2.08), as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a hit batter, as he struck out one. Rodrigo Lopez and John Grabow combine for a scoreless inning.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he knocked in three runs. Chase Utley followed with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (40-26, 1st), the first team in the majors to reach 40 wins, will take the day off tomorrow.

Jose Contreras ends a Brewers threat in the bottom of the ninth as the Phils give Joe Blanton as they defeat the Brew Crew, 10-6.

Jose Contreras ends a Brewers’ bases loaded threat in the bottom of the ninth by striking out two straight batters, collecting his first career save, as he preserves Joe Blanton’s first win of the year, as the Phils defeat the Brewers, 10-6. The Phils’ lead in the East is now at three games as the Nats lose a doubleheader to the Rockies.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Paul Hoover, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second on Phils’ starter Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Blanton, who was safe at first on the sac bunt, up to second base. Two batters later, with two men on base, and now with two men out, Chase Utley hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Blanton, making it 2-0 Phils, while sending Victorino to third. The Brewers cut the Phils’ lead in the fifth as Prince Fielder hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils’ increased their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Hoover, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Brewers got a run back in their half of the fifth as Alcides Escobar hits a pinch hit home run, his second home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the seventh. With two men on, and with one man out, Hoover hits a two-run double, knocking in both Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, and then moved up to third on Claudio Vargas’ wild pitch, and Valdez, who had just singled, and then went to second on Vargas’ wild pitch, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, Victorino would make it a 7-2 Phils’ lead, as he hit an RBI double, knocking in Hoover, who had gone to third on Blanton’s single, while sending Blanton on to third. Placido Polanco follows with an RBI single, scoring Blanton and giving the Phils an 8-2 lead, while sending Victorino on to third base. Utley next hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, to give the Phils a 9-2 lead. The Brewers struck back in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Corey Hart hit a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in both Fielder, who had earlier doubled, and Gregg Zaun, who had just walked, making it a 9-5 Phils’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with no one out, Hoover hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out at second base Valdez, who had just singled, while scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Hoover’s single, giving the Phils’ a 10-5 lead. The Brewers made it 10-6 in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Hart hits an RBI double, knocking in Jody Gerut, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Zaun’s single, while sending Zaun, who had earlier singled, on to third. After pinch hitter George Kottaras walked to load up the bases, Jose Contreras ended the game by getting Rickie Weeks to strike out swinging, and Craig Counsell to strike out looking, to record his first save of the year.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 1-2 with a 5.49 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out one. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Jose Contreras records his first career save, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Chris Narveson takes the lost as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out nine. His record is now 3-1 with a 5.29 ERA. Mitch Stetter pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he would face. Claudio Vargas pitches a third of an inning, giving up five runs on six hits. Jeff Suppan pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. John Axford pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Carlos Villanueva pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he strikes out one.

The Phils had seventeen hits in the game, the most hits in a game so far this season. Placido Polanco led the team with four hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino and Paul Hoover follows with three hits each, with Victorino’s hits being a single, a double and a two-run home run, knocking in four runs, while Hoover’s hits were two singles and a double, as he knocks in two runs, while a third run scores on his doubleplay grounder. Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez then follow with two hits apiece, with Utley’s hits being a ground-rule double and a regular double, knocking in two runs, while Valdez’s hits were both singles. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Phils’ starter Joe Blanton had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles.

The Phils (22-13, 1st East) will conclude their road trip with a night game against the Brewers (15-21, 4th Central). The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern, that will be nationally televised by ESPN. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (3-2, 4.53), who is coming off a win against the Braves on May 9, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a series sweep while trying for his second strong start in three tries. The Brewers will counter with Doug Davis (1-4, 7.56), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 10, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on three hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Brewers’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to keep the Brewers from being swept. The Phils will be trying to end the trip on a high note, with a series sweep.

Blanton, Howard, Werth and company crushed the D-backs, 12-3, on way to a series sweep, before they head on north to face a weaken Mets club.

Massive home runs off of the bats of Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard and a strong pitching performance by Joe Blanton help lead the Phils to a sweep of the D-backs, as they defeated Arizona 12-3. The Phils, with the Marlins’ lost to the Astros, now hold a six-and-a-half games lead over both the fish and the Braves, as they head north to face a weaken Mets team for four games, and without having to face their major nemesis Johan Santana.

The Phils took an early lead in the first inning as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Chase Utley, who had just walked, over to third base. Two batters later, with two men still on base, and now with two outs, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring both Utley and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The D-backs got a run back in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Alex Romero hits an RBI single, scoring Mark Reynolds, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Chad Tracy’s single, and had then gone to third on Trent Oeltjen’s force out, 4-6, wiping out Tracy at second, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Oeltjen, who was safe at first on the force out, to go to third. The D-backs would make it 3-2 Phils in the fourth as, with a man on second and with nobody out, Miguel Montero hits an RBI double, knocking in Reynolds, who had earlier singled. The next batter, Tracy, would knock in Montero, tying the ballgame at three-all. The Phils would regain the lead in their half of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jayson Werth, who then reached second safely on a throwing error by D-backs’ third baseman Reynolds on a Francisco ground ball, and a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving Werth up to third and Francisco over to second, with one man out, as Phils’ starter Joe Blanton hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, for the inning’s second out, as he brought home Werth to give the Phils’ a 4-3 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run home run, his twenty-eighth home run of the season, knocking in Howard, who had earlier walked, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then proceeded to break the game wide open in the sixth as Carlos Ruiz lead off the inning with a home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. Four batters later, with two men on, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Blanton, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Jimmy Rollins’ single, making it 8-3 Phils, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, over to third, while Utley would go to second base on the throw. The Phils then made 11-3 as Howard would hit a three-run bomb into the visitor’s bullpen in center field, his thirty-second home run of the season, knocking in both Rollins and Utley. The Phils would then make it 12-3 in the seventh as, with the bases loaded via a walk to Carlos Ruiz, a single by Blanton and an infield single by Rollins, and with nobody out, Victorino hits into an RBI force out, scoring Ruiz as Blanton was out at third base, 5-unassisted, while Rollins was safe at second and Victorino was safe at first. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton got the victory as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, while striking out four batters. His record is now 8-6 with an ERA of 3.86. Chad Durbin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Doug Davis took the lost as he went five innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on five hits and four walks, as he struck out six. His record is now 7-11 with a 3.77 ERA. Leo Rosales pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits. Daniel Schlereth pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Esmerling Vasquez pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Chad Qualls pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and, surprise, Joe Blanton, leading the team with two hits each, with one of Howard’s hits being a double and the other one being a three-run blast, knocking in four of the Phils’ runs, while one of Werth’s two hits was a two-run home run, as he knocked in two runs. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hit, with Victorino hitting a triple and Ruiz hitting a solo home run. Besides Howard’s four RBIs, Werth’s two and Ruiz’s one, Victorino knocked in a run on a force out, Utley would knock in one, Francisco would knock in two runs and Blanton would bring home one with a ground out. The Phils this time were able to score as many runs as they had hits in the ballgame, this time taking advantage of their scoring opportunities.

The Phillies (69-49, 1st) will now go to New York to face the Mets (56-65, 4th) for a four games series, starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-7, 4.69), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on August 15, where he went six innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to get his stuff back. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (8-8, 4.75), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Giants on August 16, as he went seven and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 3-2 win. He will be trying for his ninth win of the season. The Phillies will be trying to bury the Mets even lower in the standings, while at the same time trying to put some more distance between themselves and both the Braves and the Marlins, as the later two teams face each other for three games in Atlanta. 

Cliff Lee dominates as he throws a two-hitter against the D-backs, going 4-0 in four starts since being traded to the Phils.

For the fourth time in as many start, Cliff Lee dominates the opposing batters, this time by pitching a complete game two-hitter, as he allowed in only an unearned run, as the Phils defeat the D-backs, 8-1. They increase their lead over the Marlins to five-and-a-half games as the fish lose to the Astros.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a runner on first, and with one out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run to center field, his twenty-fifth home run of the season, scoring ahead of him Shane Victorino, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The D-backs would cut the Phils’ lead in half in the fourth as, with a man on third base, and with one man out, Stephen Drew hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ryan Roberts, who had earlier reached base on a Pedro Feliz fielding error as he misplayed the ball, going to second on the error, then reaching third on Augie Ojeda’s ground out, 4-3, making it 2-1 Phils. That would turn out to be as much offense as the D-backs will be able to mustard. In the fifth, the Phils would bust the game wide open as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hit a three-run bomb into left center field, his thirty-first home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier double, and had gone to third on Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils then made it 6-1 as Jayson Werth followed Howard with a solo home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the season. In the top of the sixth, with one man out, pinch hitter Chad Tracy got on base with a pinch hit single, ending Lee’s no-hit bit at five and a third innings, before being stranded at first as the next two D-back hitters flew out to right (Roberts) and struck out looking (Ojeda). The Phils would increase their lead to 7-1 in the bottom half of the inning as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Lee, who had earlier got on base with a single, and then went to second on a wild pitch. In the seventh,the Phils added another run as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his second of the night and his twenty-seventh home run of the year, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. That would be more than enough for Lee, as he would only allow two more base runners after giving up the single, a hit batter in the top of the seventh (Rusty Ryal) and a single in the eighth (Alex Romero), mowing down the D-backs in the ninth inning with a fly out to right (Josh Whitesell), a fly out to left (Drew) and a strike out swinging (Mark Reynolds), as he recorded a two-hitter, and his fourth straight victory since becoming a Phil and his seventh straight win in his last seven starts.

Cliff Lee picked up the win as he pitched a complete game, his second since joining the Phils, as he gave up an unearned run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out eleven batters, tying a career high. His record is now 11-9 (4-0) with an ERA of 2.72 (0.82). Dan Haren took the lost as he lasted only five innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 12-8 with a 2.74 ERA. Clay Zavada pitched one and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Juan Gutierrez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while he struck out one. Blaine Boyer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with three hits, with two of his hits being solo home runs, raising his average to .267. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and yes, Cliff Lee, followed with two hits apiece, with one of Shane’s hits being an RBI double, while one of Utley’s hits was a two-run home run. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Paul Boko had the other four Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ being a double, and Howard’s being a three-run bomb which broke the game wide open. All but one of the Phils’ run came via the long ball, something the Phils do very well, but they will need to rely on less if they hope to win their second straight league title and world series championship. 

The Phillies (68-49, 1st National League East) will conclude their short home stand with the Diamondbacks (54-67, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (7-6, 3.88), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on August 14, where he pitched seven innings, giving up just two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be trying for his first win in about a month, while also going for the series sweep. He will be opposed by Doug Davis (7-10, 3.59), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Dodgers on August 15, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the D-backs’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to prevent the sweep. The Phils will be trying to end the short home stand on a positive note, before going onto the road to face the hurting Mets for four games, and then the lowly Pirates for three, with a good chance to increase their lead in the East over the Marlins by the time they come back home.

Phillies win the game in the twelfth inning on Jason Werth’s walk-off single.

Thanks to a Jayson Werth single in the bottom of the twelfth, the Phillies have now won their third straight game as they defeat the D-backs in extra-innings, 6-5.

The Phillies would take a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning as Ryan Howard would hit his twenty-eighth home run of the year, a solo shot off of the D-backs’ starter, Doug Davis. The score would remain 1-0 for the next several innings, as Davis, and Phillies’ starter, Kyle Kendrick, would be involved in a pitchers’ duel until the top of the sixth, when, with two outs and a runner on third, Chad Tracy would hit a RBI single, scoring Orlando Hudson, who has earlier singled, stole second and has went to third on a ground out, tying the score at one all. The Phillies would retake the lead in the bottom of the sixth, when, with two men out, Pedro Feliz, who has earlier reached base with a walk, and has gone to third on Shane Victorino’s double, would score on a wild pitch by Davis, making it 2-1 Phillies, while Victornio would go to third. After Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked, he would attempt to steal second with Kendrick batting. While Ruiz is caught off second, Victornio would break for home, and would score during the rundown, to make it 3-1 Phillies, before Ruiz is finally tagged out, Miguel Montero (catcher) to Stephen Drew (shortstop) to Tracy (first baseman), for the final out of the inning. In the seventh, Kendrick would get knocked out of the box as he is unable to keep the Diamondbacks from scoring, as the first three men that he would face in the inning would get on base: Montero would start the inning off with a single, then go to third on a Alex Romero double, putting runners on second and third. Pinch hitter Emilio Bonifacio would then double, scoring both Montero and Romero, making it three all. Augie Ojeda would then move Bonifacio over to third with a sacrifice bunt, for the first out. Charlie Manuel would then take out Kendrick, replacing him with R.J. Swindle. Drew would greet Swindle with a RBI single, scoring Bonifacio, making it 4-3 D-backs. Swindle is then replaced by Chad Durbin, who would get out the two men that he would face via a swinging strike out (Hudson) and a pop out to the catcher (Conor Jackson). The D-backs would make it 5-3 in the eighth, when Romero would hit a RBI double, while being robbed of a possible home run by an almost great catch by Victorino, which would score Montero, but Romero would be thrown out at third base when he tried to turn it into a triple, Victorino to Jimmy Rollins to Feliz. In the Phillies’ half of the eighth, Howard would start the inning off with a walk. He would then move to second on a single by Pat Burrell. After Eric Bruntlett comes in to pinch run for Burrell, Feliz would then bunt both him and Howard over a base. Victornio would then follow with a two-run triple, scoring both Howard and Bruntlett, tying the score at five all. The Phillies would then threaten to score the winning run from the ninth inning on, but would be unable to score until the twelfth, while the bullpen would shut down the Diamondbacks. So Taguchi would start the inning off with a single. He would be moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt by Chris Coste, for the first out. Rollins would then be intentionally walk. Jayson Werth would then follow with a single, that would score Taguchi, giving the Phillies the win.

Kyle Kendrick would receive a no-decision, pitching six and a third innings before finally being knocked out of the box by the D-backs, giving up four earned runs on nine hits. R.J. Swindle would face only one batter, giving up one hit. Chad Durbin would pitch one and two-thirds innings, giving up an earned run on two hits. Brad Lidge, Clay Condrey and J.C. Romero would combine to pitch three scoreless innings, giving up only one hit between them. Rudy Seanez would get the victory as he pitches an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. His record is now 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA. Doug Davis would also get a no-decision as he would go six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits. Chad Qualls would go an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Doug Slaten would face just one batter, giving up an earned run on no hits. Tony Pena would get a blown save, his third of the year, as he would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits. Leo Rosales would pitch two scoreless innings, giving up only two hits. Connor Robertson would take the lost, going one and a third inning, giving up one earned runs on four hits. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA.

The Phillies (51-43) will continue their three games series with the Diamondbacks (46-47, 1st Natiomal League West) tomorrow afternoon with the second of their three games from Citizens Bank Park. The game would start at 3:55 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Adam Eaton (3-7, 5.20), who is coming off an awful start against the Mets on July 7, where he would only go two and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on ten hits, in the Phillies’ 10-9 lost. Lifetime against the D-backs he is 3-5 in 14 startes with a 4.23 ERA. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to keep the Phillies ahead of the other teams in the East. The D-backs will counter with Randy Johnson, (5-7, 5.18), who is coming off a win against the Padres on July 6, as he would go six and one third innings, giving up only one run on three hits, in the Diamondbacks’ 3-2 win. Johnson will be trying for his second straight victory while hoping to be able to dominate the Phillies as he has done in the past.

The Phillies’ lead over both the Marlins and the Mets is still a game and a half as they have both won their games while their lead over the Braves have increased to seven and a half games with their lost to the Padres. The Phillies will try to continue their present winning streak while hoping to put some distance between themselves and their nearest rivals.

The Phillies prepare to host the D-backs in their last home games before the All-Star break.

The Phillies (50-43) will conclude their ten games home stand with a three games series against the Diamondbacks (46-46, 1st National League West) that begins tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-3, 4.39), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on July 6, as he pitched six innings, giving up only one earned run on eight scattered hits, in the Phillies’ 4-2 lost. He’ll be trying once again for his ninth win of the season, and for his fourth straight quality start, while hoping to be able to throw another quality start against the D-backs as he did back on May 7, where he went six innings, giving up only three earned runs on ten hits as he received a no-decision, in the Phillies’ 5-4 win. The D-backs will counter with Doug Davis (3-4, 3.74), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on July 5, where he went eight innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Diamonbacks’ 4-2 lost. Lifetime against the Phillies he is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in six starts. He will be trying to even his record, while trying to keep the D-backs in first place in the weak Western Division.

The Phillies’ offense is still trying to regain its strength while starting pitching has been pitching rather well during the last several games in spite of getting almost no help from the offense. During this time, Ryan Howard’s bat seem to have come alive, as he has hit safely in his last thirteen games, and in the last ten, he has gone 15 for 40 for a .375 average, getting in that span seven extra-base hits, all of them home runs, and knocking in fifteen RBIs, as he has taken the National League lead in both home runs (27) and RBIs (83). Howard is presently riding on a hot bat, as he has raised his batting average to .234. The Phillies will be looking towards riding on his hot bat for a while. Another hot bat is Pat Burrell, who, during the same ten games span, has gone 12 for 35 for a .343 average, although taking the collar (0 for 3) in last night’s game. Burrell will be trying to see if he can remain hot. A third hot bat, believe it or not, is Pedro Feliz, who has hit 11 for 35 in his last ten games for a .314 average, lifting his average up to .266. Another player who has been swinging the bat better lately is Jimmy Rollins who has gone 12 for 41 in the last ten games for a .293 average, along with five stolen bases. Jimmy could probably improve on his average by not swinging at the first three pitches thrown at him by pitchers, becoming more selective at the plate as he was last year. The Phillies’ offense hope that Chase Utley and Shane Victorino will also get hot during the last series of their present home stand, before they go out on their next road trip which will take them to Miami and New York, before coming back home for a short home stand with the Braves.

The Phillies’ lead over the Marlins and the Mets is still a game and a half, as both teams won their games yesterday, while their lead over the Braves has increased to six and a half games as the Braves has the day off. As the Phillies prepare to host the D-backs, the fish will continue their four games series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles, while the Mets will start a three games series at home with the Rockies, and the Braves will begin a three games series with the Padres in San Diego. The Phillies will be trying to win the third of their last four series while trying to increase their lead in the East before the All-Star break.

Phillies win series with the Cardinals as Ryan Howard hits two home runs to defeat the redbirds, 4-1.

Jamie Moyer pitched seven strong innings as Ryan Howard belted two home runs, taking the major league lead from Chase Utley in the process, as the Phillies defeated the Cardinals, 4-1, to take the series. The Phillies have won their first series at home since they’d took three games out of four from the Reds back on June 2-5. The Phillies took the lead in the bottom of the first as Ryan Howard hit a two-run home run off of Cardinals’ starter, Braden Looper, his now major league leading twenty-sixth home run of the year, scoring Shane Victorino who has earlier singled, giving the Phillies a quick 2-0 lead. They would increase their lead to 3-0 in the third as Chase Utley hit a RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier doubled. The Cardinals would get a run back in the fourth, as Yadier Molina singles in Troy Glaus, who has earlier doubled, making it 3-1 Phillies. The Phillies would get that run back as Howard would hit his major league leading twenty-seventh home run of the year, a solo shot, to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead. But that would turn out to be it as Jamie Moyer would pitch seven strong innings, getting the Cardinals to hit into three double plays while striking out four. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero would together pitch two scoreless frames, with Romero snuffing a threat in the ninth inning, to record his first save of the year.

Jamie Moyer will get the win, going seven innings, giving up only one earned run on seven hits. His record is now 8-6 with a 3.95 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch one and a third innings of relief, giving up no runs on one hit. J.C. Romero would get his first save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Braden Looper will get the lose, as he pitches six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 9-7 with a 4.25 ERA. Russ Springer would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Ron Villone woild go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Chris Perez would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits.

The Phillies’ offense was able to put up some runs on the scoreboard, thanks to Ryan Howard’s two home runs, and Chase Utley’s RBI double with a man in scoring position. Hopefully, this will mean that the bats are finally awake and are now waiting to do some damage on their next opponent, the presently not so dominating Diamondbacks. Meanwhile, the veteran Jamie Moyer continues to impress as he shuts down the Cardinals, giving up only seven scattered hits, while getting three double play balls behind him to help keep the redbirds from being able to do any damage.

The Phillies (50-43) will conclude their ten games home stand with a three games set against the Diamondbacks (45-46, 1st-T National League West). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-3, 4.39), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on July 6, as he pitched his third straight quality start as he gave up only one earned run on eight scattered hits, in the Phillies’ 4-2 lost. He’ll be for the second time trying for his ninth win of the season, and his fourth straight quality start, while hoping to throw another quality start against the D-backs as he did back on May 7, where he went six innings, giving up only three earned runs on ten hits while receiving a no-decision, in the Phillies’ 5-4 win. The D-backs will send to the mound Doug Davis (3-4, 3.74), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on July 5, where he went eight innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Diamonbacks’ 4-2 lost. Lifetime against the Phillies he is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in six starts. He will be trying to even his record, while trying to keep the D-backs in first place with the Dodgers.

The Phillies’ lead is still one and a half games over the Mets as the Mets win their game with the Giants. The Phillies are at the moment leading the Marlins by two games, as the fish prepare to start a four games series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Phillies have increased their lead over the Braves to six and a half game, as the Braves have an off-day today. The Phillies hope to extend their winning streak while trying to increase their lead in the East before the start of the All-Star break.

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