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Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 8: Two defensive mistakes by the Phils lead to the end of their winning streak, as they lose to the Mets, 5-2. The magic number is still at two.

Two defensive mistakes by the Phils in the seventh inning allowed the Mets to score five runs in that inning, as the Phils’ winning streak ends at eleven games, as they lose to the Mets, 5-2. The magic number stays at two as the Braves have earlier defeated the Nationals.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his thirty-first home run of the year, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who, in the first six innings, would give up only three hits, while striking out four, while the Mets’ starter Dillon Gee kept the Phils off-balanced for the next five innings, giving up only three more hits and two walks, while striking out five Phils. Kendrick’s good fortune would come to an end in the seventh. Carlos Beltran started the inning off with a single. The next batter, David Wright followed by hitting a grounder that went to the left of Kendrick. After getting the ball, Kendrick threw it to second to start a possible double play with Utley, but Wilson Valdez steps in front of Utley, and then touched second base, forcing out Beltran. But, because of his momentum, he is not able to throw to first, allowing Wright to reach first safely. Ike Davis then followed with a single, sending Wright up to second base. Angel Pagan then got on base on a fielding error by Howard as he allowed the ball to eat him up, before going into right field, loading the bases as Wright stops at third, and Davis stops at second. The next batter, Josh Thole, followed with an RBI single, knocking in Wright, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1, while moving up a base both Davis and Pagan, leaving the bases loaded. Charlie Manuel would then come out and take the ball from Kendrick, replacing him with Chad Durbin. Pinch hitter Lucas Duda welcomes Durbin with a bases clearing double, scoring Davis, Pagan and Thole, giving the Mets a 4-2 lead, with still only one man out. After Durbin strikes out Gee for the inning’s second out, Jose Reyes makes it a 5-2 Mets’ lead with an RBI double, knocking in Joaquin Arias, who was pinch running for Duda. That would be the final score as the Mets would shut down the Phils for the final three innings, with Hisanori Takahashi recording his eighth save of the season by getting Carlos Ruiz to fly out to center for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits, while striking out four. His record is now 10-10 with a 4.76 ERA. Chad Davis collects his first blown save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two batters. J.C. Romero and David Herndon pitches two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Romero (1), Herndon (2)) and a walk (Romero). Dillon Gee gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA. Elmer Dessens receives his ninth hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both man that he would face. Pedro Feliciano records his twentieth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Hisanori Takahashi records his eighth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, singles by Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Kyle Kendrick, a double by Wilson Valdez and a two-run home run by Ryan Howard, knocking in the Phils only runs. The Phils offense got shut down after scoring in the first innings.

The Phils (93-62, 1st) will conclude their regular season home schedule with a day game against the Mets (75-79, 4th), with the Phils presently trailing late in the game.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 9: Phils hold on to beat the Mets, 3-2, increasing their winning streak to eleven games while dropping their magic number down to 2.

Behind the pitching of Joe Blanton and the back end of the bullpen (Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge), the Phils beat the Mets, 3-2, increasing their winning streak to eleven games, while reducing their magic number to winning their fourth straight Eastern Division title to two games as the Braves lose to the Nationals in Washington.

The Phils took the lead in the first as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, and then went up to second on Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Angel Pagan hit a two-run home run, knocking in Ike Davis, who had earlier singled. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Josh Thole’s passed ball, giving the Phils’ a 3-2 lead. This would turn out to be the final score, as first Blanton, then Ryan Madson and finally Brad Lidge would hold off the Mets, with Lidge getting pinch hitter Jesus Feliciano to strike out, swinging, with runners on the corners, to end the game.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 8-6 with a 4.94 ERA. Ryan Madson collects his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brad Lidge collects his twenty-seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 11-8 with a 2.92 ERA. Elmer Dessens, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Feliciano), while striking out two (Feliciano and Acosta one each) between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco both leading the team with two hits apiece, with Victorino’s hits being a solo home run and a RBI double, knocking in two runs, while Polanco’s hits were both singles. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Ruiz knocking in the other Phil run. The offense once again had enough hits to beat their opponent, increasing their winning streak, while at the same time lowering their magic number.

The Phils (93-61, 1st) continued their final home stand of the regular season with the Mets (74-79, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (10-9, 4.78), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 18, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he had pitched fifteen innings, giving up nine runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out six. He will be trying to either help shrink the Phils’ magic number to one, or to help them clinch, depending on what the Braves do against the Nationals this afternoon. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (1-1, 1.80), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on September 18, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 lost. In his previous three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up four runs on thirteen hits and ten walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to spoil the Phils’ night, and put the clinching party, if it is to occur, on hold for one more day. The Phils will be trying to either bring their magic number down to one game, or clinch their fourth straight NL East title, depending on what the Braves do against the Nationals this afternoon. 

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 19: Roy Oswalt pitches a complete game shut out as the Phils take the series from the Mets, winning 3-0.

Roy Oswalt pitches a four-hit shutout, as he leads the Phils past the Mets, 3-0, as the Phils regain sole lead in the NL East as the Braves lose to the Cardinals in the evening. The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled and then moved up to second on Placido Polanco’s walk, while sending Polanco, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Utley’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the year. That would end up being the final score as Roy Oswalt would pitch a 113-pitch complete game shut out, giving up just four hits, all singles, and a walk, while striking out six, ending the game by striking out Carlos Beltran on a foul tip that was held onto by Carlos Ruiz. Roy Oswalt gets the win as he pitches a complete game shut out, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 12-13 (6-1) with an ERA of 2.94 (1.98). Jon Niese takes the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-8 with a 3.85 ERA. Pedro Feliciano, Manny Acosta and Elmer Dessens combine for two scoreless innings, giving up one hit (Dessens) and a walk (Dessens), while striking out two (Feliciano and Acosta one apiece) between them. The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez both leading the team with two hits each, with Utley’s hits being two singles, knocking in a run, while Valdez’s hits were a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz had the other five Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Howard and Ruiz’s hits being singles, with Howard knocking in a run, with Polanco’s hit being a double and Ibanez’s hit being a solo home run, as the offense had enough key hits to give Oswalt some runs support. The Phils (82-61, 1st) continue their road trip as they go to Miami to face the Marlins (73-69, 3rd) for three games, starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 7, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, two of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 8-7 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched sixteen and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs, seven of which were earned, on twenty-two hits and five walks, while striking out eleven. He will be trying for his seventh win of the year, while hoping to shut down the fish. The Marlins will counter with Andrew Miller (1-1, 6.16), who is coming off a lost against the Phils on September 8, as he pitched just four innings, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Marlins’ 10-6 lost. He will be hoping that the Phils will not beat up on him for the second straight start. The Phils are once again alone in first place in the East, thanks to the Cardinals beating up on the Braves, as they hope to add on to their lead tonight.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 21: The Phils’ bats continue to play as they give their ace, Roy Halladay, win #18, as they defeat the Mets, 8-4.

With Jimmy Rollins being day-to-day because of his right leg being tight, the bats continue to hit as they cause damage to their rival to the north, the Mets, while giving Roy Halladay his eighteenth win, as they win, 8-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and then stopped at third on Raul Ibanez’s double, giving the Phils’ a 1-0 lead, while Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, went to third. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with runners once again on the corners, and with still one man out, Ibanez crossed the plate on a Wilson Valdez double play, 4-3-6, as he got home before Ruiz was tagged out at second base for the inning’s final out. The Mets cut the Phils’ lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one out, Jose Reyes hits an RBI double, knocking in Jenrry Mejia, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with a runner on third, and now with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Reyes, who had moved up to third on Angel Pagan’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Phils tied the game up at three-all as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his twenty-ninth home run of the year, and the 251st home run of his career, tying him for third place on the all-time Phils’ home run list with Pat Burrell. Five batters later, the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Werth, Ruiz, sending Werth to second base, and an infield single by Valdez to third base, moving up both Werth and Ruiz, and with two men out, Halladay helped his own cause by hitting a two-run single, scoring both Werth and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead, while sending Valdez on to third. The next batter, Shane Victorino, made it a 6-3 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, scoring Valdez, while sending Halladay to second base. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead. Five batters later, with the bases once again loaded, via a double to Howard, Ibanez being intentionally walked, and then Ruiz being walked, moving both Howard and Ibanez up a base, and with two men out, Valdez was hit by the pitch, forcing in Howard, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez to third and Ruiz up to second base. The Mets then made it an 8-4 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Ike Davis, who had earlier doubled. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson shut down the Mets in the ninth, ending the game by getting Reyes to fly out to center.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while he strikes out five. His record is now 18-10 with a 2.44 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jenrry Mejia took the lost as he lasted only four innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out two. His record is now 0-4 with a 4.91 ERA. Raul Valdes pitches two and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while he strikes out three. Sean Green, Pat Misch, Elmer Dessens and Ryota Igarashi pitches two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Dessens) and three walks (Green (2), Igarashi (1)), while striking out two (Misch and Igarashi one each) between them.

The Phils had thirteen hits, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocks in a run, as he raised his batting average to .296. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth followed with two hits each, with Victorino’s two hits being both singles, knocking in a run, while Howard’s two hits were a solo home run and a double, knocking in a run, and Werth’s two hits were singles. Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez and Roy Halladay had the other four Phils’ hits, with Utley’s hit being a solo home run, Ibanez’s hit being a double, and Valdez and Halladay’s hits being singles, with Valdez knocking in a run as he was hit by a pitch, and Halladay knocking in two runs. The other Phil run came in on a doubleplay, with the runner scoring before the last out was recorded. The offensive is presently raking the ball and scoring runs. Hopefully it’ll continue today.

The Phils (82-60, 1st) continue their three-game series with the Mets (69-72, 4th) with an afternoon game that is being televised nationally on Fox, with the game starting at 4:05 pm Eastern at Citi Field. The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.89) while the Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (13-9, 3.96). The Phils will be going for their fifth straight win, while hoping to start pulling away from the second place Braves, who are presently playing the Cardinals in Atlanta.

Memo to National League: The Doc is operating with a hot hand right now, as Phils defeat the Mets, 4-0.

The Phils finally breaks out some runs at Citi Field, partly thanks to some Mets mistakes, while Halladay shuts down the Mets’ bats, as the Phils defeat the Mets, 4-0.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Roy Halladay, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Rollins, who had earlier singled, stopped at third. The Mets tried to tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, as Jose Reyes hits a lead-off triple. But the Doc went to work as he got Angel Pagan to hit a grounder towards third, which Polanco scooped up, and after looking Reyes back to third, threw out Pagan, 5-3. Halladay then struck out the next two batters, David Wright and Carlos Beltran, both swinging, to end the threat. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a grounder to second baseman Ruben Tejada, who then threw the ball pass Reyes at second base for a throwing error, allowing Rollins, who had earlier walked, and then went to second base on Polanco’s single, to score, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while Polanco, who had earlier singled, was safe at second on the error. The Phils would increase their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino, who then moved up a base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 1-3, for the inning’s first out, and then an intentional walk to Wilson Valdez, and with two men out, as Halladay strikes out, Rollins hits a grounder to third baseman Wright, who then missed the ball, as it goes between his legs, allowing both Werth and Victorino to score on the fielding error, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Valdez would stop at third and Rollins at second. In the ninth, the Mets tried to come back against Ryan Madson as they loaded up the bases via singles to Wright and Beltran, and Fernando Martinez being hit by a pitch, and with two men out, before Madson finally ended the game by striking out Josh Thole swinging.

Roy Halladay get the win as he pitches eight inning, giving up just four hits, while striking out seven. His record is now 15-8 with a 2.24 ERA. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just two hits and a hit batter, while striking out the side. Pat Misch took the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 0-1 with an ERA of 1.50. Bobby Parnell, Elmer Dessens and Francisco Rodriguez combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Rodriguez) between them, while striking out one (Dressens).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino both leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Polanco having the only Phil RBI of the night, as the other three runs came in on two Mets’ errors. Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz, Roy Halladay and pinch hitter Greg Dobbs had the other five Phils’ hit, with Dobbs’ hit being the Phils’ only extra-base hit, a double. The offense finally scored some runs in Citi Field, helped along by the Mets’ defense.

The Phils (65-51, 2nd) will conclude their three-game series with the Mets (58-58, 3rd) with a night game tonight, that will be televised by ESPN. The game will start at 8:05 pm, and will be played at Citi Field. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 4.60), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on August 10, as he pitched only three and a third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 15-9 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched fifteen and two-thirds innings, giving up nine runs, eight of which were earned, on twenty hits and five walks, while striking out eleven. He will be trying to recover from last Tuesday’s bad start. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (11-6, 3.95), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 10, as he threw seven shut out innings, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched seventeen and a third innings, giving up ten runs, eight of which were earned, on twenty hits and five walks, while striking out nine. He will be trying to give the Mets the series win. The Phils will be going for the series win, before coming back home for a series with the wild-card leading Giants.

Two bombs by Ryan Howard is more than enough as Cliff Lee wins his fifth straight start since joining the Phils.

Two monster home runs by Ryan Howard is more than enough runs support for Cliff Lee as he wins his fifth straight start since being traded to the Phils, as the Phillies defeated the depleted Mets, 6-2, winning the series, before they head off to Pittsburgh. They increase their lead in the NL East over the Braves to seven games.

In the first, the Phils took the lead as, with two men on, and with only one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run bomb to left field, his thirty-third home run of the season, as he scored Shane Victorino, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, stole second and then went to third on Mets’ catcher Omir Santos’ throwing error, and Chase Utley, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Mets got a run back in their half of the first as Angel Pagan hits a soft pop fly to Utley, who misplayed the ball, dropping it for a fielding error, allowing Pagan to reach first and then head on to second base for a two-base error. Utley then committed a throwing error as he tried to throw out Pagan at second base, but threw the ball past Phils’ shortstop Eric Bruntlett towards the left field foul area, which would eventually allow Pagan to score on the second two-base error of the play, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. This is the first time in his career that Utley has committed two errors in a ballgame, as well as two errors on one play. Three batters later, with a man on third and with one out, Fernando Tatis hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gary Sheffield, who had earlier tripled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with a man on base, and with one out, Howard hits his second home run of the game, his thirty-fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, making it a 5-2 Phils lead. That would remain the lead until the top of the ninth as Phils’ starter Cliff Lee took control of the game from the second inning onwards, giving up only six hits, and two unearned runs, while he struck out five for seven strong innings. In the ninth, the Phils would add an insurance run as, with a runner on second, and with one out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Utley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Brad Lidge pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits, while striking out five. His record is now 12-9 (5-0) with an ERA of 2.63 (0.68). Chan Ho Park pitched a 1-2-3 inning as he collected his eighth hold, striking out a batter. Brad Lidge also pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Bobby Parnell took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on four hits and three walks, while he struck out three. His record is now 3-6 with an ERA of 5.08. Ken Takahashi, Elmer Dessens and Billy Wagner combined for three scoreless innings, giving up only a hit (Takahashi) and a walk (Wagner), while striking out four batters (Takahashi (2), Wagner (2)). Pedro Feliciano pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Stokes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up only a walk, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had only seven hits, with Ryan Howard and Ryan Ibanez leading the way with two hits apiece, with both of Howard’s hits being home runs, knocking in five of the Phils’ runs, while one of Ibanez’s hits was a double, knocking in the Phils’ other run. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and Eric Bruntlett had the other three Phils’ hits, with Utley’s hit being a double. Once again, the Phils’ had little offense, but got the big hit when they needed it, as they go on to Pittsburgh, after a successful start of their road trip in New York.

The Phillies (72-50, 1st National League East) continue their road trip with a three games series with the Pirates (51-71, 6th National League Central). The game will be played at PNC Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (8-6, 3.86), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on August 20, where he went eight innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 12-3 win. He will be trying to gain his ninth win, while starting the series against the lowly Bucos on a good note. The Pirates will counter with Ross Ohlendorf (11-8, 4.15), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on August 18, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 5-2 win. He will be going for his twelfth win, while hoping to slow down the Phils. The Phils will be trying to take advantage of one of the worst teams in the NL, while trying to put even further distance between them and the NL East rivals.

A two-run shot by Chase Utley help lead J.A. Happ to his tenth victory of the year.

As J.A. Happ pitched seven strong innings against the Mets, a two-run strike by Chase Utley help lead the Phils to a 4-1 win over New York, giving Happ his tenth win of the season. A Braves victory over the Marlins put the Phils back to being six-and-a-half games over both the Braves and the Marlins.

The Mets took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Omir Santos hits an RBI single, knocking in Jeff Fancoeur, who had earlier doubled, and had gone on to third as Daniel Murphy hits into a 4-6-3 double play, as Fernando Tatis, who had just walked, was wiped out at second, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Mets’ starter Tim Redding, who gave Phils’ batters fits for five innings, giving up only one hit, a single by Chase Utley with two outs in the third inning, and three walks, while Phils’ starter J.A. Happ refused to break, as the Mets would end up with eight scattered hits and two walks, before he finally leaves the game after pitching seven innings, giving up only the run in the second. The Phils’ bats, once Redding had left the game, then went to work. In the sixth, with a runner on base, and with noone out, Utley hits a two-run home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. Four batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Pedro Feliz hits an RBI double, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, making it 3-1 Phils. The Phils then added an insurance run in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Ryan Howard, a Jayson Werth double, which sent Howard over to third base, and a Feliz intentional walk, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Howard from third, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge would get out the last six Mets’ batters, with Lidge recording his twenty-fourth save of the season.

J.A. Happ got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 10-2 with an ERA of 2.59. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, recording his twenty-first hold, as he struck out two batters. Brad Lidge also pitched a 1-2-3 inning as he recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year, also striking out two batters. Tim Redding received a no-decision as he pitched five strong innings, giving up only one hit and three walks, while he struck out four. Pat Misch took the lost as he threw his first blown save of the year, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk, in one-thirds of an inning. His record is now 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA. Sean Green pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Elmer Dessens pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Pedro Feliciano pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Brian Stokes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up just a walk. Nelson Figueroa pitched a shut-out inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phillies had only seven hits in the game, with Chase Utley and Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits each, with one of Utley’s hits being a two-run home runs, knocking in two runs, while one of Werth’s hits was a double. Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a double, and Feliz’s hit being an RBI double. Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils had few hits last night, but unlike Friday night, the hits came when they counted.

The Phils (70-50, 1st) continues their four-games series with the weaken Mets (57-66, 4th) with an afternoon game. The game will begin at 1:10 pm Eastern and will be played at Citi Field. The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (1-0, 4.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 18, as he pitched just three strong innings before the rains came down hard, giving up just a run on two hits, as he struck out three, in the Phils’ 5-1 win. He will be trying to show that last Tuesday’s start was just the start of a strong run by him. He will be opposed by Oliver Perez (3-3, 6.06), who is coming off a win against the Braves on August 18, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out  four, in the Mets’ 9-4 win. He will be trying to improve his record, while trying to pitch the Mets into at least a series tie. The Phils will be trying to win behind Pedro to set up a series win behind Cliff Lee tomorrow afternoon.

The Phillies’ bats help to ease the return of Rodrigo Lopez to the Majors as the Phils routs the Mets, 7-2, regaining sole control of first place in the NL East.

The Phillies’ offense scored seen runs in the first three innings, helping to ease Rodrigo Lopez’s return to the major leagues as he pitched six shut out innings against the Mets as the Phils defeat their main rival in the East, 7-2. The win puts them in sole control of first place, a full game ahead of the Marlins who had lost to the Pirates.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on base, and nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and then went on to third on Shane Victorino’s single, while Victorino, who had earlier singled, would move on to third base. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Ryan Howard, which moved Utley up to second, and one out, Greg Dobbs hits a two-run single, scoring both Victorino and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while moving Howard up to second. The Phils would make it 4-0 in the second as, with a runner on third, and one out, Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino, who had earlier tripled. The Phils would bust the game open in the third as Jayson Werth started the inning off with a lead-off home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. Five batters later, with runners on second and third, and two men out, Rollins hits a two-run double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Paul Bako’s double, and Bako, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-0 Phils’ lead. That would be the last run to be scored by the Phils, as the Mets’ starter, Livan Hernandez, would be taking out in the fourth after loading up the bases, and the Mets’ bullpen would not give up a hit to the Phils until the eighth inning. In the meantime, the Phils’ starter, Rodrigo Lopez, making his first major league start since 2007, was having his way with the Mets, shutting them out for the first six innings, giving up only three hits and a walk before the seventh inning. In that inning, the Mets would finally get on the board as, with one man on, and one man out, Nick Evans hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Church, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The next batter, Brian Schneider hits an RBI ground-rule double, thanks to fan interference, scoring Evans from second base, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 7-2. Charlie Manuel then came out and replaced Lopez with Chan Ho Parks, as Lopez left to an obvation from the fans. Park proceeded to end the Mets’ threat with two straight strikeouts, before pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Ryan Madson then came in the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning, helped by a catch of Schneider’s liner to left by John Mayberry, Jr. for the inning’s second out.

Rodrigo Lopez got the win, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four. His record is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Livan Hernandez took the lost, as he went three innings plus three batters, giving up all seven runs on ten hits and four walks, while only striking out two. His record is now 5-4 with a 4.56 ERA. Pat Misch, Bobby Parnell and Elmer Dessens pitched five scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Dessens) and a walk (Misch), while striking out four batters (Misch (3), Parnell (1)) between them.

The Phils’ bats had eleven hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with three hits, raising his batting average to .299. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins (who appears to be getting his grove back) and Chase Utley, with both men having two hits, as they both knocked in two runs. Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs, Pedro Feliz and Paul Bako had the other four Phils’ hits, with Werth’s hit being a solo home run. Greg Dobbs knocked in the other two Phils’ runs. After being keep in check by the Braves’ pitching staff, the Phils’ bats erupted for ten hits and seven runs in the first four innings before they were finally stopped by the Mets’ bullpen. Hopefully they can do the same to tonight’s Mets’ starter.

The Phillies (40-37, 1st) continue their three-games series with the Mets (39-40, 3rd) today with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 4:05 pm and it will be nationally televised by Fox Sports. The Phils will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (6-6, 6.05) who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on June 28, pitching five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-4 win, as he won his 252nd career victory in his long career. He will be trying to become the Phils’ first seven game winner. The Mets will oppose him with Fernando Nieve (3-1, 2.25), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on June 28, as he pitched only three and one-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and one walk, while striking out only one batter, in the Mets’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to get back on the winning track. The Phils will be going for their first home series win against a team that is not named the Nationals, while doing so before a national audience.

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