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The Phils win their second straight spring training road game as they defeat the Pirates, 7-4.

The Phils’ stratch and claw their way to their second straight spring training win on the road, as they defeat the Pirates, 7-4.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first, as, with runners on first and second, via two straight singles by Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco, with Rollins stopping at second base, and with no one out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Polanco up to second base. One batter later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as, with still nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, while sending Ibanez on to third. The Pirates cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, via a double by Pedro Ciriaco, and a single by Neil Walker, with Ciriaco stopping at third, and with one man out, Lyle Overbay hits an RBI single to right, knocking in Ciriaco. But, on the play, Walker is thrown out at third by Wilson Valdez on a strong throw, 9-5, for the inning’s second out. The Pirates then tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Andy Marte hits an RBI single, scoring Matt Diaz, who had earlier reached first on a walk, and then stole second base. The Phils regain the lead in the sixth as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his first of the spring, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Pirates then tied it up at three-all in their half of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Garrett Jones hits into an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, scoring Neil Walker, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Tony Sanchez’s ground-rule double, while moving Sanchez, who had just doubled, over to third base. One batter later, the Bucos took the lead as Marte hits an RBI ground-rule double of his own, knocking in Sanchez, giving the Pirates a 4-3 lead. The Phils came back to tie it at four-all in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Matt Rizzotti hits an RBI double, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier singled and had gone on to third on Brandon Moss’ single, while Moss, who had just singled, would stop at third base. The Phils then retook the lead as Pete Orr hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Moss, making it a 5-4 Phils’ lead, while sending Rizzotti on to third base. The Phils then made it 6-4 as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Dane Sardinha hits an RBI single, scoring Rizotti. The Pirates tried to come back in their half of the seventh as they loaded the bases, via singles to Alex Presley and John Bowker, with Presley stopping at second base, and a walk to Corey Wimberly, moving both Presley and Bowker up a base, with only one man out. But Drew Carpenter pitched himself out of trouble by first striking out Josh Fields, swinging, for the second out, and then striking out Sanchez, looking. The Phils then made it 7-4 in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Glavis hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Valdez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Michael Martinez’s ground out, 4-3. That would be the final score as Antonio Bastardo would pitch an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. Danys Baez received a blown save as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Dan Meyer also received a blown save, before getting the win (1-0, 9.00), as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out 2. Drew Carpenter received his first hold of the spring as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two batters. Mike Zagurski records his second spring hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo records his first save of the spring as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Kevin Correia also received a no-decision as he went three innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while he struck out five. Brian Burres followed with two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Fernando Nieve took the lost (0-1, 27.00) as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. Michael Dubee pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Bryan Morris pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Daniel Moskos pitched a 1-2-3 inning,  striking out a batter.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a doubles, as he raised his spring average to .417. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard, who both had two hits, with Rollins’ hits being a single and a double, and Howard’s being a single and a solo home run, his first of the spring. Freddy Galvis, Placido Polanco, Carlos Rivero, Raul Ibanez, Brandon Moss, Matt Rizzotti and Dane Sardinha had the other seven Phils’ hits, all singles, except for Rizzotti’s double. Rollins and Howard’s two hits help raised their spring batting averages.

The Phils’s Grapefruit League record is now 4-3.

The Phils’ bat remain hot as they tag Johan Santana for ten runs as the Phils crush the Mets 11-5 to regain first place in the NL East.

The Phils tag their nemesis, Johan Santana, for ten runs, including four home runs, as they hammer the Mets, 11-5, taking the opening series in their rivalry, as they regain first place in the NL East.

The Mets took a quick 3-0 lead in the first as, with two men on base, and with two men out, David Wright hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring Luis Castillo, who had earlier singled and moved up to second base on a Jason Bay’s single, and Bay, who had just singled. The Phils would strike back in their half of the first as, with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 3-1. Two batters later, now with two men out, Ryan Howard would hit a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Mets’ lead. The Mets increased their lead in the fourth as, with a man on base, and with one out, Rod Barajas hurt the Phils again as he hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, as he knocks in Jeff Francoeur, who has earlier been hit by a pitch, and then stole second, to make it a 5-2 Mets’ lead. The Phils would then lash out at Mets’ starter Johan Santana in their half of the fourth. With a runner on third, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Jayson Werth’s ground out, 2-3, cutting the Mets’ lead to 5-3. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via a single to Juan Castro, moving Ibanez up to secod base, and a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving both Ibanez and Castro up a base, and still with two out, Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer forces in a run with a walk, scoring Ibanez, and making it 5-4 Mets, while Castro and Ruiz both moved up a base. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then gives the Phils the lead with a grand slam home run, his fifth home run of the season, and the second in two days, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead, as he knocks in Castro, Ruiz and Moyer. Two batters later, the Phils makes it a 10-5 lead as, with a man on base, and with still two men out, Utley, as the Phils have batted around, hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier singled. That would be it for Santana as he would be taken out of the game. Two batters later, the Phils would make it an 11-5 game, as Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier singled. That would end up being the final score, as Danys Baez would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, as Moyer and the Phils’ bullpen would silence the Mets’ bats for the final five innings.

Jamie Moyers gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs on six hits, and a hit batter, while striking out two. His record is now 3-2 with a 5.70 ERA. Chad Durbin and Danys Baez follows by pitching three scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Durbin) between them. Johan Santana took the lost as he pitches just three and two-thirds innings, being hammered for ten runs on eight hits, including four home runs and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA. Hisanori Takahashi pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on five hits, striking out a batter. Pedro Feliciano, Fernando Nieve and Francisco Rodriguez combine for three shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Feliciano), while striking out three (Feliciano (1), Nieve (2)).

The Phils’ bat struck for fifteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being a solo home run and two singles, knocking in a run, while Howard was a hit short of the cycle as he hit a single, a double and a solo home run, knocking in a run. They were followed by Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth, each getting two hits. Victornio’s hits were a single and a grand slam home run, knocking in four runs, Utley’s hits were a double and a two-run home run, plating two runs, while Werth’s hits were a single and a double, scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Jamie Moyer had the other three Phils’ hit, all singles, as Ibanez knock in a run with a single, while Moyer brought home a run with a walk. The Phils had a total of seven extra-base hits in the game (2B (3), HR (4)).

The Phils (14-10, 1st East) with continue their home stand with a four game series with the Cardinals (17-8, 1st Central). The game will be played later tonight at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-0, -.–), who is making his first start of the year after coming off an injury. He hopes to cool down the Cards. The redbirds will counter with Jaime Garcia (2-1, 1.04), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 28, as he went seven innings, giving up no runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Cadinals’ 6-0 win. He will be trying to keep the Phils’ potent offense under control. The Phils hope that their bats will continue to be hot as they get ready to meet the Cardinals.

Phils will their third home series on the nation’s birthday as they defeat the Mets, 4-1.

For only the third time this season, the Phils have won a series at home, as they defeated the Mets on the nation’s birthday, 4-1. Jamie Moyer, pitching in the 600th start of his long career, won his 253rd career win, tying himself with Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell for 42nd place on the career wins list.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded and one man out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Chase Utley’s walk, and then stopped at third on Ryan Howard’s single. The Phils would increase their lead in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled, had moved up to second on Paul Bako’s walk, and had gone to third on Phils’ starter Jamie Moyer’s sacrifice bunt, and Bako, who had earlier walked and had moved up to second on Moyer’s bunt, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Mets would get a run back in the fifth as, with two men on, and two men out, Mets’s starter Fernando Nieve hits a bloop RBI single, knocking in Nick Evans, who had earlier singled and then went up to second on Omir Santos’ single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Santos up to second. The Phils would get that run back in the sixth as, with two men on, and one man out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Bako, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Moyer’s second sac bunt of the game, after being at first undecided upon whether to score or not on the hit, before finally scoring as the throw from Mets’ center fielder Ryan Church goes wide, as Rollins, who had just walked, moved up to third, and Victorino moved on to second base on the throw. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge would shut down the Mets for the last two and two-thirds innings of the game, with Lidge recording his fifteenth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer gets the win, the 253rd of his career, as he pitched six and one-third strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 7-6, the team’s first seven game winner, with an ERA of 5.72. Chad Durbin, J. C. Romero and Ryan Madson combined for one and two-thirds scoreless innings, recording their sixth (Durbin), fourth (Romero) and fifteenth (Madson) holds, as they give up only one hit among them (Romero), while striking out two batters (Durbin (1), Romero (1)). Brad Lidge recorded his fiftteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. Fernando Nieve took the lost, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and six walks, as he struck out three. His record is now 3-2 with an ERA of 2.73. Pat Misch pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Brian Stokes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Pedro Feliciano pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had collected nine hits in the game, with both Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz leading the way with three hits a piece, with Victorino knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Paul Bako had the other three hits, with Rollins’ hit being a two-run double. Jayson Werth would knock in the other Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly. With the victory, the Phillies have won their first series at home that was not against the Nationals, and they will be going for the series sweep, but trying to do it with Johan Santana on the mound for the Mets.

The Phillies (41-37, 1st) will conclude their three-games series with the Mets (39-41, 3rd-T), as they go for the series sweep. The game will begin at 1:35 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-4, 5.08), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on June 30, as he pitched five innings, giving up only three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-4 lost. He will be going for his fifth win of the season while trying to help the Phils sweep their main rival in the National League East. The Mets will put onto the mound Phils’ killer Johan Santana (9-6, 3.34), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on June 30, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Mets’ 6-3 lost. He will be going for his tenth win of the year while hoping to both avoid the series sweep and a repeat of his last start against the Phils on June 9, in which he gave up five runs to them, in spite of getting the win.

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.

The Phillies leave Houston with a split as they crush the Astros, 15-6.

The Phillies end up with a series spilt in Houston as they crush the Astros in the final game of their four games series, 15-6. Houston would start the scoring off in the bottom of the first, when, with two outs, Carlos Lee hits a three-runs home run off of Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, for his eleventh home run of the year, scoring Miguel Tejada and Lance Berkman, who have both gotten on base with singles, making it 3-0 Astros. These would be the first earned runs given up by Hamels in nineteen and two-thirds innings. The Phils would cut the lead down to 3-2 in the second on Geoff Jenkins two-runs home run, his third of the season, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked. The Phillies would tie the game up in the third on a sacrifice fly by Chase Utley, scoring Hamels, who has earlier singled. The Astros would retake the lead in their half of the third as Berkman hits a RBI single off of Hamels, scoring Michael Bourn, who has earlier reached base on a walk. The Astros then increased their lead to 5-3, when Tejada, who was safe on a force out, would score on a Carlos Lee ground out, short to first. The Phils would then get a run back in the fourth when Hamels singles in Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier doubled. Houston would then make it 6-4 in their half of the fourth as Ty Wigginton, who has doubled earlier, would score on a Bourn force out. After both starters are taken out by the top of the sixth inning, the Phillies would then open up the flood gates to score eleven runs in two straight innings. First, in the sixth, Burrell would get the ball rolling by hitting a solo home run off of Fernando Nieve, his thirteenth home run of the year, making it a 6-5 Astros’ lead. Jenkins and Pedro Feliz would then follow with a single and a double, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Ruiz would then follow with a single, scoring Jenkins and moving Feliz to third, tying the score at six all. After Wesley Wright would come in to pitch in relief of Nieve, he would walk pitch hitter Eric Bruntlett to load the bases with Phils. Jimmy Rollins then hits a ground out, second to first, which would score Feliz, giving the Phils the lead at 7-6, while moving Ruiz to third, and Bruntlett to second, whose smart base running would enable him to get to second base safely. Now with one out, Shane Victorino would hit a double to left field, scoring both Ruiz and Bruntlett, increasing the Phils’ lead to 9-6. That would be how the inning would end as Wright would get Utley to ground out and Ryan Howard to fly out. After J.C. Romero, who was pitching in relief of Rudy Seanez, puts down the Astros in their half of the sixth, the Phillies would continue their scoring in the seventh. Burrell would start things off by hitting a double off of Dave Borkowski, who was pitching in relief of Wright. Jenkins would follow with a single, moving Burrell to third. After So Taguchi pinch runs for Burrell, Feliz would single him home, making the score 10-6 Phils, while moving Jenkins up to second base. Ruiz would then strike out trying to bunt the runners up a base. Greg Dobbs, who was pinch hitting for Romero, would hit a triple, scoring both Jenkins and Feliz, making it 12-6 Phils. After Rollins grounds out, Victorino would hit a RBI single, knocking in Dobbs. Utley would then follow with his fifteenth home run of the year, a two-runs blast that would make the score 15-6 Phillies. Howard would then end the inning by striking out. After that massive two innings barrage, the Phillies bullpen would take over, as Ryan Madson would pitch two innings and Clay Condrey would pitch one, and between them give up no runs on one hit, preserving the win.

Cole Hamels would get a no-decision as he would be hit hard by the Astros, lasting only four innings as he gives up all six of Houston’s runs, all earned, on seven hits. Rudy Seanez would get the win, as he goes one full inning, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 3-3 with a 2.75 ERA. J.C. Romero would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Ryan Madson would pitch two innings, giving up no runs on one hit. Clay Condrey would go one inning, giving no runs on no hits. Astros’ starter Chris Sampson would also get a no-decision, as he goes five innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits. Fernando Nieve would take the lost, as he faced four batters, getting none of them out, while giving up four earned runs on four hits. Wesley Wright would go one inning, giving up one run on one hit. Dave Borkowski would also pitch an inning, as he would be lighted up for six runs on six hits. Oscar Villarreal would pitch two innings, giving up no runs on no hits.

The Phillies will now leave Houston with a split series (2-2) and a winning road trip (4-3), with the offense punishing the ball in three of their games on the road, and missing out on victories in their middle games with Houston, while the starters in this series would seem to have run into various kinds of pitching trouble. The Phillies (28-24) will now come home for a ten games home stand, which will start tomorrow night with the first of three games against the 2007 National League Champions Colorado Rockies (20-30, 3rd National League West). The game will start at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (4-3, 4.37), who is coming off of a win against the Nationals on May 21, where he went six innings, giving up no runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ 12-2 blow out of the Nationals. Moyer has won his last two starts, and hopes to improve his record, while trying to give the bullpen a rest. The Rockies will oppose him with Jorge DeLaRosa (1-2, 7.78), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Giants on May 19, where he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits, in the Rockies’ 4-3 win. DeLaRosa has not have a good year so far this season, as he has given up four or more earned runs in his two loses. He hopes to even his record, while the Phillies’ batters hope to take advantage of his wildness.

The Phils are presently two games behind the Marlins, who have earlier defeated the Giants in the first game of their doubleheader, and are at the moment trailing the Giants 4-2 in the second game. They are now trailing the Braves by .002 percentage points as the Braves have lost their game with the Diamondbacks. The Braves and the Phils are once again leading the Mets by two games as the Mets have just lost their game with the Rockies.

Pat Burrell’s bat help lift the Phils over Houston.

Pat Burrell’s pitch hit home run help lead the Phillies to victory last night over the Houston Astros, 7-5. The Astros would score first in the bottom of the first on a Lance Berkman RBI double off of Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, scoring Miguel Tejada, who has reached base earlier on a force out, making it 1-0 Astros. The Phils would tie the game in the second on a RBI single by Carlos Ruiz, knocking in Ryan Howard who has earlier singled. The Astros would regain the lead on a sacrifice fly by Brad Ausmus, scoring Hunter Pence, who has earlier walked. The Phils would then take the lead in the top of the third, scoring three runs off of usually more effective Astros’ starter Roy Oswalt. The first Phillies run would come in on a RBI double by Howard, knocking in Shane Victorino, who has earlier walk, tying the game at two runs apiece. Pedro Feliz then singles in Chase Utley, who has gotten on base earlier with a single, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. Howard would then score on Geoff Jenkins’ sacrifice fly, making the score 4-2 Phils. The Phils would then increase their lead in the fifth on a Ryan Howard solo home run, his thirteenth of the season, and his third in two days, making it 5-2 Phils. But, then, in the sixth, Kendrick, who has been able to keep the Astros at bay for the last three innings, finally runs out of gas. After hitting Carlos Lee, and then giving up a single to Pence, he gives up a double to Ty Wigginton. The double would score both Lee and Pence, making it a 5-4 Phillies lead. Charlie Manuel would then come to the mound and replace Kendrick with Ryan Madson, with a runner on second and nobody out. After a sacrifice bunt by Ausmus puts Wigginton on third, Madson is replaced by J.C. Romero, to try and save the game for Kendrick. Unfortunately, Romero is not able to get the job done, as he gives up a single to pinch hitter Geoff Blum, scoring Ausmus, thus giving a no-decision to Kendrick, before he finally gets out of the inning. The Astros would replace Oswalt at the start of the seventh inning, thus leaving the game in the hands of both teams’ bullpens. With neither side scoring in the seventh, Pat Burrell would come up as a pinch hitter to start the eighth inning against Wesley Wright, who was starting his second inning of relief. On a 3-2 pitch, Burrell hits the ball out of the ballpark for a pinch hit home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. The Astros quickly replace Wright with Fernando Nieve. With two men on and two out, Nieve would be replaced by Tim Byrdak. Byrdak would then give up a RBI single to Utley, which scores Eric Bruntlett, who was pinch running for Jayson Werth, who has earlier reached base on a force out, increasing the Phils lead to 7-5. After Tom Gordon pitches a 1-2-3 eighth, the Phils would hand the ball over to Brad Lidge to save the game in the ninth. After getting a strike out and then a ground out, Lidge would give up a single to Tejada, bringing to the plate Berkman. With one pitch, Lidge would get Berkman to fly out, thus getting his twelfth save in as many chances, as he preserves the victory.

Kyle Kendrick would get a no-decision as he pitches five innings plus three batters, giving up five earned runs on eight hits. Ryan Madson would pitch one third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. J.C. Romero would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit, earning a blown save. Chad Durbin would get the win for the Philles, as he pitches an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 1-1, with a 2.08 ERA. Tom Gordon would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hit. Brad Lidge would get his twelfth save of the year, as he gives up no run on one hit in one inning of work against his former club. Tom Oswalt would also get a no-decision while not pitching very effectively, as he goes six innings, giving up five earned runs on eleven hits. Wesley Wright would get the lost for Houston, as he goes an inning and one batter, giving up an earned run on one hit, Pat Burrell’s pitch hit home run. Fernando Nieve would pitch a third of an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Tim Byrdak would go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Oscar Villarreal would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit.

The Phillies (27-22) will continue their four game visit with the Astros (27-22, 3rd National League Central) with a night game at Minute Maid Park. The game will begin at 8:05 pm (7:05 pm Central). The Phils’ starter will be Adam Eaton (0-2, 5.59), who is coming off his second lost of the year at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays on May 17. In that game, he gave up four earned runs on eight hits, as he would go only five innings, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. As Eaton continues to look for his first win, he hopes to do better then he did in his previous start against the Astros, back on April 15 at Citizens Bank Park, where he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hit as he took a no-decision in the Phils’ 4-3 come from behind win. Meanwhile, Phillies fans are wondering how much longer Eaton will remain in the starting rotation. The Astros will counter with Brandon Backe (3-5, 4.58), who is coming off a win against the Texas Rangers on May 18, where he pitched six and one third innings, giving up only three earned runs on six hits, in the Astros’ 5-4 win. He hopes to improve his record, while getting even with the Phils for his earlier lost to them on April 17, where he gave up five earned runs on ten hits, while pitching only three innings, in the Astros’ 10-2 lost.

The Phils hope that their just revised offense will continue to score runs, as they continue to trail the Marlins by a game and a half, as the fish have just finished their three games sweep of the Diamondbacks. The Phillies are still in a technical tie for second place with the Braves, now trailing them by .002 percentage points as they have just finished their own four games sweep of the Mets, who are now trailing both the Braves and Phils by three games. As the Phillies continue their road trip to Houston, the Marlins will start a three games series at home against the Giants, while the Braves will stay home to face the Diamondbacks for four games and the Mets will go on to Denver to face the Rockies for three. The Phils hope to both finish their present road trip on a winning note and to stay pace with both the presently streaking Marlins and Braves.

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