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Cameron Rupp’s two-run single help lead the Phils to another series win as they defeat the Marlins, 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils overcome a two-run Marlins’ first to take the series from the fish, defeating the Marlins 4-2.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, Christian Yelich hits an RBI double, knocking in Derek Dietrich, who had started the game off with a walk, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, before moving on to third base on the late throw to the plate. The Marlins then took a 2-0 lead two batters later as, with a man still on third, and now with two men out, Marcell Ozuna hits an RBI double, scoring Yelich. The Phils got a run back in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Andres Blanco hits an RBI double, knocking in David Lough, who had started the inning off by reaching base on first baseman Justin Bour fielding error, then moving up to second base on Cesar Hernandez’s bunt single to pitcher Tom Koehler, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead, while sending Hernandez, who had earlier reached based on a bunt single, on to third base. The Phils would take the lead three batters later as, with the bases now loaded, after Maikel Franco had been intentionally walk, and with one man out, Cameron Rupp hits a two-run single, knocking in both Hernandez and Blanco, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Franco up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man out, Tyler Goeddel hits a solo home, his first home run of the season, and of his career, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez recorded his sixteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Giancarlo Stanton, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 3.99) got the win as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. David Hernandez received his tenth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Hector Neris collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jeanmar Gomez received his sixteenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tom Koehler (2-4, 4.71) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits and five walks, while striking out four. Jose Urena pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Tyler Goeddel (RBI) leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run. Cesar Hernandez (Single), Andres Blanco (Double, RBI), Maikel Franco (Single), Cameron Rupp (Single, 2 RBIs) and pinch-hitter Emmanuel Burriss (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense also had five walks (David Lough, Hernandez, Franco (Intentional), Rupp, Jeremy Hellickson) and a Sacrifice Bunt (Bourjos), while one (Lough) was caught stealing, in the game, while the defense performed three double plays.

The Phils (24-17, 2nd) have the day off tomorrow.

The Phils end their two game losing streak as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ Vince Velsaquez wins his fifth start of the season as the Phils defeat the fish, 3-1.

The Marlins threaten to take the lead in the top of the first as they puts runners on second and third, via a lead-off single by Derek Dietrich and a double by Martin Prado, with Dietrich stopping at third base, with nobody out. But Phils’ starter Vince Velasquez would get out of the inning by getting Christian Yelich to ground out sharply to shortstop, 6-3, for the inning’s first out, forcing both runners to stay at their present bases, then striking out Giancarlo Stanton, swinging, for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Justin Bour to foul out to the third baseman for the inning’s final out. The Phils then took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with nobody out, Tommy Joseph hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, and of his major league career, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils would increase their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Peter Bourjos hits an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base as, with one man out, pinch-hitter Emmanuel Burriss strikes out, swinging, 2-3, as the ball gets away from catcher Jeff Mathis, who then threw the ball to first baseman Bour for the putout, for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils made it a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, Joseph hits a single to right center field, which got past center fielder Marcell Ozuna for a fielding error, allowing Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a single, to score, while allowing Jospeh to reach third base on the two-base error. The Marlins would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a one-out single by Adeiny Hechavarria, a double by pinch-hitter J.T. Realmuto, with Hechavarria stopping at third base, and a walk by pinch-hitter Chris Johnson, and with one man out, Dietrich hits a sacrifice fly to center field for the inning’s second out, knocking in Hechavarria, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez knotted his fifteenth save of the season by getting Prado to ground out, 3-1, for the game’s final out.

Vince Velasquez (5-1, 2.42) got the win as he pitched five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out ten. Elvis Araujo collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Andrew Bailey received his third hold of the season as he threw a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. David Hernandez collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits while striking out the side. Hector Neris received his tenth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifteenth save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Wei-Yin Chen (3-2, 4.22) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits, while striking out six. Dustin McGowan pitched two scoreless innings, hitting a batter, while striking out three.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Tommy Joseph (RBI) leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run. Cesar Hernandez (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double) and Peter Bourjos (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run came in on a fielding error. The Phils also had a hit batter (Bourjos) and a stolen base (Bourjos (2)) in the game.

The Phils (23-17, T-2nd) concluded their series with the Marlins (21-18, 4th) earlier this afternoon.

The Phils take the series from the Nats as their pitchers combine for a two-hit shutout, defeating the Nationals 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the series from the Nats as they two-hit Washington, winning 3-0.

Phils’ starter Jeremy Hellickson spends the first five innings in a pitchers’ duel with Nationals’ starter Gio Gonzalez, giving up only two hits, a second inning lead-off ground-rule double to Daniel Murphy and a one-out single to Murphy in the fifth, along with three walks, while striking out eight Nats. The Phils would finally break the tie in the top of the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Darin Ruf hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3, then went to third base on Gonzalez’ wild pitch, giving the Phils’ a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Peter Bourjos hits a fielder’s choice grounder to drawn-in third baseman Anthony Rendon, who then committed a throwing error with a high throw to home plate, allowing Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a single, had moved up to second base on Tyler Goeddel’s single, then went to third base on Hellickson’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, to safely cross home plate, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Goeddel, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hellickson’s sacrifice bunt, to move up to third base on the grounder, while Bourjos would be safe at first on the play. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the top of the eighth as, with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez would collect his sixth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Ryan Zimmerman, looking, for the game’s final out.

Jeremy Hellickson (2-1, 3.81) took the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Hector Neris would collect his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Jeanmar Gomez received his sixth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 1.42) took the lost as he threw six and a third innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Sammy Solis pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, singles by Odubel Herrera, Maikel Franco, Darin Ruf (RBI), Cesar Hernandez, Tyler Goeddel and Peter Bourjos and a home run by Carlos Ruiz (RBI). The other Phils’ run came in on a fielder’s choice throwing error to the plate. The Phils also had five walks (Herrera (2), Franco, Ruiz and Hernandez), a sacrifice fly (Ruf) and two sacrifice bunts (Freddy Galvis, Jeremy Hellickson) in the game, while the defense performed a double play.

The Phils (11-10, 3rd) will completed their three-game series with the Nats (14-6, 1st) today with an afternoon game, already in progress, after a rain delay. The Phils will be going for a series sweep while the Nats will be trying to salvage a win.

The Phils take the series opener from the 1st place Nats as they once again reach the .500 mark, winning 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils return to .500 as they hang on to defeat the Nats, winning 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Andres Blanco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the game off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats would get a run back in the bottom of the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa knock in the runner via a suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 4-3, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on pitcher Vince Velasquez’s wild pitch, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cesar Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on David Lough’s fielder’s choice grounder, 3-2 as Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Rupp’s double, is thrown out at home plate, with catcher Jose Lobaton applying the tag, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Lough, who had safely reached first base on the force at home, moved up to second base. The Nats would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Bryce Harper hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Taylor, who had earlier walked, moving up to second base Max Scherzer, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Anthony Rendon’s force out grounder, five-unassisted, as third baseman Maikel Franco touched the third base bag to force out Scherzer, while sending Rendon, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Nats then tied the game up at three-all one batter later as Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, knocking in Rendon, while sending Harper on to third base. The Phils regained the lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Franco hits an RBI double, knocking in Blanco, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Harper to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Vince Velasquez (3-1, 1.78) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. David Hernandez collected his sixth hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Hector Neris collected his fourth hold of the season as he also threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while also striking out two. Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Max Scherzer received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Oliver Perez (1-1, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Shawn Kelley pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Matt Belisle and Felipe Rivero would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rivero), while striking out two (Rivero).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Andres Blanco (Home Run, Double, Single, 2 RBIs) and Cesar Hernandez (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with three hits each. Odubel Herrera (Single), Maikel Franco (Double, RBI) and Cameron Rupp (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense also had five walks (Herrera (2), Blanco, Ryan Howard and David Lough) and a sacrifice bunt (Vince Velasquez) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Velasquez).

The Phils (10-10, 3rd) continue their three-game series with the Nationals (14-5, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 5.21), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 20, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-4, extra-inning win. He will be going for his second win of the season, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.42), who is coming off a win against the Twins on April 22, as he went six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out eight, in the Nats’ 8-4 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be going for their third straight road series win.

The Phillies start their 2015 spring training season with a 5-5 tie with the visiting Yankees.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phillies begin their grapefruit league season with a tie against the visiting Yanks, as they allow a victory to slip away from them as they give up four runs in the top of the ninth.

The Yanks took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jose Pirela hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who had earlier singled, then moved up to third base on Garrett Jones’ single to right on a ball that was deflected by first baseman Ryan Howard, giving the Bronx Bombers a 1-0 lead, while sending Jones, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the bottom of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Howard redeemed himself with an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Grady Sizemore’s single. The Phils then took the lead three batters later, after Dom Brown had loaded up the bases with a single, moving up a base both Sizemore and Howard, and with one man out, as Cody Asche hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Sizemore, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, them went to third base on Galvis’ ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, scored on a balk by pitcher Diego Moreno, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base as Koyje Hill strikes out for the inning’s first out, scores on a throwing error by Yanks’ second baseman Rob Refsnyder on a grounder by Odubel Herrera, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while Herrera would move up to second base on the errant throw. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead two batters later as, now with two men out, Aaron Altherr hits an RBI single, knocking in Herrera. The Yanks would come back in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on third and with two men out, Jake Cave hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Mason Williams, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Cole Figueroa’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Yanks then tied the game up at five-all two batters later as, after Slade Heathcott hits a single, moving Cave up a base, with still two men out, Aaron Judge hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring both Cave and Heathcott. That would end up being the final score as the Phils ruined a two on, one out, opportunity in the bottom of the ninth.

David Buchanan pitched two innings for the Phils, giving up a run on five hits. Jerome Williams, Joely Rodriguez and Jeanmar Gomez followed with six scoreless innings between them, giving up three hits (Williams (1), Gomez (2)) and two walks (Rodriguez (1), Gomez (1)), while striking out three (one each). Mario Hollands pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out one. Luis Garcia pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings for the Yanks, giving up a hit. Luis Severino pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two batters. Diego Moreno pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on a walk and a balk, while striking out a batter. Nick Goody pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jacob Lindgren pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Branden Pinder pitched one and a third innings, striking out a batter. Chasen Shreve pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and hitting a batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, all singles, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, knocking in a run. Freddy Galvis, Grady Sizemore, Aaron Altherr (RBI), Dom Brown, Cesar Hernandez and Cord Phelps had the other six hits, while Cody Asche had the other RBI via a sacrifice fly, while the other two Phils’ runs came in on a balk and an error. The Phils’ offense also had a walk (Cameron Rupp) and two stolen bases (Brown (1), Hernandez (1)) in the game. The Phils’ defense performed a double play.

The next Phils spring training game will be played tomorrow afternoon against the Yankees in Tampa Bay at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EST. Kevin Slowey will be starting for the Phils while Nathan Eovaldi will start for the Yanks. The Phils will hopefully have a better result than the one they had this afternoon.

The Phils win their second straight series as newcomer Williams pitches his third straight quality start as the Phils defeat the Cards, 7-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesNew Phils’ starter Jerome Williams pitched his third straight quality start as the Phils defeat the Cards, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on pitcher Justin Masterson’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jerome Williams helped his own cause by hitting a safety squeeze sacrifice bunt, scoring Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Cody Asche’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up to second Asche, who had just singled. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Asche. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Grady Sizeman’s double, scored on pitcher Masterson’s wild pitch, his second of the afternoon, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while Sizemore, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead as Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, scoring Sizemore. The Cards got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Oscar Taveras hits an RBI single, knocking in Jhonny Peralta, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Jon Jay, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils made it a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless ninth, getting Shane Robinson to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Jerome Williams (4-5. 5.42) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Justin De Fratus threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Justin Masterson (6-8, 5.88) took the lost as he went just three innings, giving up five runs on six hits, two walks and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Nick Greenwood pitched three and a third innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two. Randy Choate pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batter whom he would face. Carlos Martinez threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game with Ben Revere (RBI) leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Grady Sizemore (Double), Dom Brown (Single), Wil Nieves (Single, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. Jerome Williams had the Phil’s final RBI, while their last run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense also had two walks (Revere, Ryan Howard), a stolen base (Revere (38)) and a sacrifice bunt (Williams) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Asche (14)) and performed a double play.

The Phils (58-72, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (75-54, 1st), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-14, 4.42), who is coming off a lost against the Mariners on August 19, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. He will be trying to end his six game losing streak, while trying to throw his first quality start in about a month. The Nats will counter with Tanner Roark (12-7, 2.80), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 20, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 walk-off win. He will be trying for his sixth win in nine recent starts. The Phils will be trying to start the series on a good note.

The bats come alive as the Phils take the series from the Astros, winning 10-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bats welcome back rookie Dave Buchanan with a five-run first inning, before taking the series from the Astros, winning by the score of 10-3.

The Astros took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jon Singleton hits into a force out RBI, scoring Jose Altuve, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Chris Carter’s single, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while Carter was forced out at second base, 4-6, for the inning’s second out. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ double, and Rollins, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead three batters later, after both Marlon Byrd and Gary Sizemore had walked, loading up the bases, and with still one man out, Howard would score on pitcher Brad Peacock’s wild pitch, while both Byrd and Sizemore would move up a base. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as Wil Nieves hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Byrd. The Phils increased their lead two batters later as, with two men on, after Cody Asche is intentionally walked, and with two men out, Dave Buchanan helped his own case with an RBI single, his first hit of his career, knocking in Nieves, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Asche over to third base, before he is tagged out at second base, 9-5-6, as he tried to move up to second base on the late throw to third base, a call which is later upheld when the Phils challenged the call. The Astros would get a run back in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jake Marisnick hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Matt Dominguez, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Carlos Corporan’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would break the game open in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, scoring Buchanan, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Astros would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Altuve hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Gregorio Petit, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pinch hitter Marc Krauss’ single, then moved up to third base on Byrd’s fielding error, while Krauss would move up to second base, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Byrd hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils an 9-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 10-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Revere, who had just tripled, would score on pitcher Michael Foltynewicz’s wild pitch. That would end up being the final score as Cesar Jimenez pitches a scoreless ninth, getting Altuve to pop out to the shortstop for the game’s final out.

Dave Buchanan (6-5, 4.39) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, while striking out five. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one, while giving up a wild pitch. Justin De Fratus and Cesar Jimenez would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jimenez) between them, while striking out a batter (De Fratus). Brad Peacock (3-8, 5.44) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Darin Downs pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Foltynewicz pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a wild pitch, while striking out two.

The Phils collected twelve hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the team with four hits, three singles and a triple, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Ryan Howard (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Marlon Byrd (Single, RBI) and Dave Buchanan (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. Wil Nieves had the last Phil RBI via a sac fly, as the other two runs came home on wild pitches. The Phils also had in the game four walks (Byrd, Gary Sizemore, Cody Asche and Buchanan) and a stolen base (Revere (31)) while the defense committed an error (Byrd (2)).

The Phils (51-63, 5th NL East) will conclude their three game interleague play series with the Astros (47-67, 4th AL West) with a game already in progress.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils end their four-game series with the Marlins on a high note as Chase Utley hits a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the fourteenth, as the Phils beat the fish, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA walk-off two-run shot by Chase Utley gives the Phils a series split with the fish, as they defeat the Marlins in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the third as Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins then made it a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth as Giancarlo Stanton hits a lead-off home run of his own, his twenty-first home run of the year. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Chase Utley, a single by Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and a one-out single by Cody Asche, sending Utley on to third base, and Howard up to second base, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Phils would tie the game up at two-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, stole second base, and then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 3-1. The Marlins would retake the lead in the top of the seventh as Marcell Ozuna hits a lead-off home run, the third solo home run given up by Phils’ starter Cole Hamels in the game, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Phils would retie the game at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, and then stopped at third base on Revere’s ground out, 6-3, would score on first baseman Jeff Baker’s fielding error of Rollins’ grounder to first base. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the fourteenth in walk-off fashion as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Utley hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 5-3 win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, all solo home runs, on six hits, while striking out seven. Jake Diekman, Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo, Ken Giles and Mario Hollands would all combine for five scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Diekman (1), Hollands (1)) and three walks (Diekman (2), Giles (1)) between them, while striking out four fish (Diekman (1), Papelbon (2), Bastardo (1)). Justin De Fratus (2-0, 1.71) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tom Koehler also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Bryan Morris pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit. Mike Dunn, Kevin Gregg and A.J. Ramos all combined for three and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ramos) and three walks (Ramos) between them, while striking out five (Dunn (3), Gregg (1), Ramos (1)). Chris Hatcher (0-1, 3.93) took the loss as he pitched two and one third-innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two.

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Chase Utley (2 Singles, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Ryan Howard and Cody Asche with two hits each, all singles. Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and pinch-hitter Dom Brown had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. Carlos Ruiz had the final Phil RBI with a sac fly, while the final run scored on a Marlins’ fielding error. The Phils also had three walks in the game (Revere, Rollins, Byrd), a stolen base (Revere (21)) and a sacrifice bunt (pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr.), while the defense would perform two double plays.

The Phils (36-42, 4th) will start a three-game weekend series with the Braves (40-38, 2nd), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (3-7, 4.20), who is coming off a loss against the Cardinals on June 22, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-3 loss. He will be trying to regroup after his last start. The Braves will counter with Julio Teheran (6-5, 2.41), who is coming off a loss against the Nationals on June 21, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out ten, in the Braves’ 3-0 loss. He will be trying to put a stop his personal two-game losing streak. The Phils will be out to continue their present winning streak against the Braves.

The Phils start their series with the Mets on a losing note, losing 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bats are once again silenced, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 4-1.

The Mets took the lead in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded via a lead-off bunt single by Lucas Duda, a single by Chris Young, moving Duda up to second base and an infield single by Wilmer Flores, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Travis d’Arnaud hits into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping Flores out at second base for the inning’s first out, scoring Duda, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Young up to third base. The Mets then took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Young hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Curtis Granderson, who has started the inning off with a walk. The Mets then added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single Zack Wheeler, a force attempt error by third baseman Cesar Hernandez on Juan Lagares’ gounder, which allowed Wheeler to safely reach second base, while Lagares would be safe at first, and a fielder choice’s grounder by David Wright to third baseman Hernandez, which would end up with Wheeler and Lagares both moving up a base, while Wright would be safe at first, and with one man out, Granderson would force in a run with a walk, forcing in Wheeler, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead, while both runners would move up a base. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man out, Marlon Byrd would hit a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season, making it a 4-1 Mets’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jenrry Mejia collected his fifth save of the season by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth, as he struck out the side.

David Buchanan (1-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds inning, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Mario Hollands pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) got the win as he went six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out nine. Scott Rice received his sixth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Vic Black collected his first hold of the year as he pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out three. Jenrry Mejia received his fifth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out three.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Ben Revere, a solo home run by Marlon Byrd (RBI), a double by Carlos Ruiz and a single by Cesar Hernandez. The Phils had a stolen base (Revere (14)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Hernandez (2)) and performed two double plays.

The Phils (23-28, 5th) continue their series with the Mets (25-28, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:o5 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.71), who is coming off a lost to the Dodgers on May 25, as he went seven innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Mets will counter with Rafeal Montero (0-2, 4.96), who is coming of a no-decision against the D-backs on May 25, as he went six innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks, while striking out ten, in the Mets’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his first win of 2o14. The Phils will be trying to get back on the winning track tonight.