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After a wild eighth inning, the Phils hold on to defeat the Mets, 8-5.

After getting through a very wild eighth inning, the Phils hold on to leave New York with a series win, as they defeat the Mets, 8-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, via singles by Kyle Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins, with Kendrick stopping at second base, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, and of his career, knocking in both Kendrick and Rollins. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Martinez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Brian Schneider, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, and then stopped at third on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Mets finally got on the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Scott Hairston hits an RBI single, knocking in Ronny Paulino, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then took advantage of a defensive mistake by the Mets in the top of the eighth as left fielder Jason Bay committed a fielding error on Howard’s fly ball as it hit his glove, allowing Howard to reach first base safely. After Raul Ibanez popped out to the first baseman in foul territory for the inning’s first out, Dom Brown walked, sending Howard to second base. Then, after John Mayberry, Jr., popped out to the first baseman in foul territory for the second out of the inning, Schneider walked, loading up the bases, moving up a base both Howard and Brown, with two men out, while bringing up to the plate pinch hitter Ross Gload. Gload proceeded to walk, forcing in Howard to make it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Brown on to third base and Schnieder up to second base, as the bases remained loaded. The next batter, Rollins, then hits a two-run single, scoring both Brown and Schneider, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead, while sending Gload all the way to third. Martinez then ended the inning by striking out, swinging. The Mets then started to make things close in their half of the eighth as Phils’ reliever Juan Perez would load up the bases by walking Willie Harris, Daniel Murphy and Bay, with nobody out. Charlie Manuel then came out, and replaced Perez with Ryan Madson. Madson then proceeded to get Lucas Duda to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Bay at second base, as Harris scored, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead, while Murphy would reach third base. Paulino then followed with an RBI single, knocking in Murphy, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. After Madson hits Ruben Tejada with a pitch, sending Paulino up to second base, he reloaded the bases as he walked pinch hitter Nick Evans, moving up a base both Paulino and Tejada. The Mets then made it an 8-4 Phils’ lead as Angel Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Paulino, while sending Tejada to third, and Evans to second, leaving the bases loaded. Manuel then came out, and called in Antonio Bastardo to attempt a four-out save. Bastardo finally ended the inning by striking out Justin Turner, swinging, as the Mets batted around in the inning. In the ninth, the Mets cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-5 as, with one man on, and with two men out, Luca hits an RBI triple, scoring Murphy, who had earlier doubled. But that would be the final score as Bastardo recorded his sixth save of the year by getting Paulino to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34), got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, pitching his way out of a couple of early jams, as he gave up just one run on six hits and three walks. Juan Perez pitched to three batters, giving up two runs, as he walked all three of the men that he would face. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, as he gives up a run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his sixth save of the year as he went an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Mike Pelfrey (5-9, 4.67) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. D.J. Carrasco pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits. Tim Byrdak pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Pedro Beato pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three unearned runs, as he walked three batters. Ryota Igarashi pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out one. Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in two runs, as he raised his batting average to .271. Raul Ibanez (Singles), Brian Schneider (Singles) and Kyle Kendrick (Singles), all followed with two hits each. Michael Martinez (Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits. Ross Gload had the other Phil RBI with a bases loaded walk.

The Phils (59-35, 1st East) will start a three-game series with the Cubs (38-58, 4th Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm EST (7:05 pm CST). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.45), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on July 8, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for win no. 12 on the season. The Cubs will counter with Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 4.02), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 8, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to beat his old team. The Phils will be trying to start off the series with another opening series victory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils lose in extra-innings to the Mets, 2-1.

The Phils lost an extra-innings game to the Mets, 2-1.

In a well pitched game, the Mets finally took the lead in the fifth as, with a runner on first and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in David Wright, who had just singled, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then went to second on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had also walked, over to third base. The game then developed into a battle of the bullpens until the top of the fourteenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ronnie Paulino hits an RBI double, knocking in Wright, who had earlier singled, went to second on Jason Bay’s single, then moved up to third base on Ike Davis’ deep fly out to center, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead, while sending Bay, who had just singled, over to third. That would be the final score as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in their half of the fourteenth, with Mayberry, Jr. striking out, swinging, for the final out.  

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched for seven innings, giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, Ryan Madson and Danys Baez combine for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Bastardo (1), Baez (1)) and three walks (Bastardo (1), Madson (2)), while striking out four (Bastardo (2), Madson (1), Baez (2)) between them. Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out one. Chris Young also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out seven, as he once again kept the Phils off-balanced with his pitching. Jason Isringhausen received his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two walks. Tim Byrdak received his first blown save of the season as he pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Francisco Rodriguez pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Pedro Beato pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, as he struck out two. Taylor Buchholz (1-0, 1.15) gets the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Brian Schneider leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Ben Francisco and Pete Orr had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Howard knocking in the lone run. The Phils offense had only two real chances last night, getting only one key hit, Howards’ RBI single in the eighth, while Lee and the bullpen kept the Mets under control for most of the night.

The Phils (18-9, 1st) have the day off today, before they start a three-game series tomorrow night with the Nationals (13-14, 4th). The Phils announced that Roy Oswalt will be back with the team on Thursday, while they have activated Dom Brown, before sending him to Lehigh Valley to continue his rehab. They have also announced that Chase Utley had played three innings in a simulated game, to monitor his progress. Hopefully he will be back by the All-Star break.

Coming from behind, the Phils support a strong effort from Roy Halladay as they defeat the Mets, 2-1.

A strong effort by Roy Halladay is supported by a two-run seventh, as the Phils come from behind to defeat the Mets, 2-1.

The Mets took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on David Wright’s infield single, beating out Placido Polanco’s throw to second base, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Wright, who had just singled, up to second base. Roy Halladay would then get out of trouble by getting Jason Bay to fly out to center field for the first out, as Wright would move up to third, then get Ike Davis to foul out to the third baseman for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Josh Thole to ground out, 6-3. The game would then be a pitcher’s duel, with Halladay giving up just one run for seven innings on six hits, as he struck out seven, helped along by a double play, while Mets’ starter Jon Niese kept the Phils off-balance for six innings, scattering four hits and one walk, while striking out two. The Phils would then tie the game up at one-all in the seventh as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead five batters later as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Wilson Valdez, a walk by Dane Sardinha, sending Valdez to second base, and a single by Shane Victorino, sending Valdez on to third, and Sardinha to second, and with one man out, Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Valdez, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Sardinha on to third. That would be more than enough for Roy Halladay, as he would give up only one more hit, and a walk, being helped by a double play in the eighth and his eighth strikeout in the ninth, before ending the game by getting Davis to ground out, 3-1.

Roy Halladay (4-1, 2.14) gets the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight. He started the game with eighteeen straight strikes, and would end up with a strike/walk ratio of 80/27. Jon Niese (1-4, 4.71) took the lost as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Taylor Buchholz pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Tim Byrdak pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Jason Isringhausen pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, with a single and a double, while knocking in a run with a sac fly, and John Mayberry, Jr. with a single and a home run, with an RBI, both leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits, with Valdez ending a hitless streak. With his two hits, Polanco now has 41 hits in April, establishing a new team hits record for the month, while the team won their eighteenth game, establishing a new team wins record for the month.

The Phils (18-8, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Mets (11-16, 5th) tomorrow, with a night game that will be televised by ESPN. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18), who is coming off a bad start against the D-backs on April 25, as he would go seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out twelve, in the Phils’ 4-0 lost. He will be looking to lead the Phils to a sweep over the Mets, while improving on his last start. The Mets will counter with Chris Young (1-0, 2.65), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on April 26, as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to keep the Mets from being swept. The Phils will be trying to start the home stand with a sweep.

Cole Hamels is once again denied his tenth win of the year, this time hurt by the long ball.

Cole Hamels is once again denied his tenth victory of the year as he gives up two home runs, which would account for four of the five runs that he would give up, as the Cardinals defeat the Phillies, 6-3. The Cardinals would take control of the game in the third, when, with two men on and nobody out, Joe Mather would hit a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, scoring Skip Schumaker, who has earlier singled, and Cesar Izturis, who has walked earlier, to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. Four batters later, Yadier Molina would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Ryan Ludwick, who has earlier singled, moved to second on Eric Bruntlett’s throwing error, and has moved to third on Troy Glaus’ single, to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead. The Cardinals would increase their lead to 5-0 in the fifth when Ludwick would hit a solo home run off of Cole Hamels, his twenty-fourth home run of the year. The Phillies would finally get to Kyle Lohse in the sixth. Shane Victorino would start the inning off with a double. Chase Utley would follow with a RBI double, scoring Victornio, to make it 5-1 Cardinals. After Ryan Howard strikes out, Pat Burrell would hit a two-run home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the year, scoring Utley, making it 5-3 Cardinals. After giving up a double to Geoff Jenkins, Lohse would be taken out of the game for Russ Springer. Springer would then proceed to get Bruntlett to strike out and Carlos Ruiz to ground out, short to first, to end the inning. In the eighth, the Cardinals would increase their lead as Ludwick would hit his second solo home run of the night, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, to make it 6-3 Cardinals. The Phillies would threathen to tie the game in the ninth. With runners on second and third and two outs, Jason Isringhausen would get Victorino to ground out, second to first, to end the game, as he records his twelfth save of the year.

Cole Hamels would get the lost as he is once again denied his tenth win, thanks in part to him throwing several high fastballs in the third inning, one of which would eventually leave the park. He would go sixth innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.37 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch two innings, giving up an earned run on two hits. Karl Lohse would get the win, going five and a third innings, as he gave up three earned runs on five hits. His record is now 13-3 with a 3.73 ERA. Russ Springer would pitch two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Jaime Garcia would pitch one and two-thirds inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Jason Isringhausen would go one and a third innings, giving up no runs on no hits as he records his twelfth save.

Karl Lohse would keep the Phillies’ offense quiet until the sixth inning, when they would finally score some runs off of him, but it would end up not being enough as the Phillies would fail to light up the Cardinals’ bullpen, as the Phillies’ five games winning streak ends. Hopefully this will only lead to a reverse of what happen in the previous series played here back in June, when the Phillies started the series with a blow out and then counldn’t do anything afterwards; maybe this time the Phillies will be able to do something about the Cardinals’ pitching and score some runs. Guess we’ll only find out during the next two games.

The Phillies (59-50) will continue their three games set with the Cardinals (62-50, 2nd-T National League Central) with a night game from Busch Stadium. The game will begin at 7:15 pm Eastern  (6:15 pm Central). The Phillies will be sending to the mound Joe Blanton (5-12, 5.13), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on July 27, when he would only pitch two innings because of the two hours plus rain delay, giving up two earned runs on three hits, in the Phillies’ 12-10 win. This will be the first time that Blanton will face the Cardinals, which hopefully will be to Blanton’s advantage. Blanton will be trying for his first victory as a Phil as he makes his third start since being traded to the Phillies. The Cardinals’ starter will be Branden Looper (10-4, 4.38), who is coming off a win against the Braves on July 28, as he went seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on seven hits, in the Cardinals’ 12-3 win. He has already faced the Phillies once this year back on July 10, where he would go six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, in the Cardinals’ 4-1 lost. Looper will be trying to improve his record while seeing if he can do better than he did the first time against the Phils.

The Phillies are still leading the Mets by a game as they lost to the Astros. The Marlins are still trailing the Phillies by a game and a half as the Rockies defeat them. The Braves still trail the Phillies by nine games as they lost to the Brewers. The Phillies will once again be trying to increase their lead in the East before going home to meet the Marlins this coming Tuesday.

Phillies end slide, defeating the Cardinals, 4-2.

The Phillies end their four game losing streak, thanks to a good pitching effort by J.A. Happ, and two solo home runs in the eighth inning from Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz as the Phillies defeat the Cardinals, 4-2. The game started out as a pitchers’ duel between Happ and Cardinals’ reliever Brad Thompson, who was pitching in relief of Mark Mulder, who had left the game in the first inning after hurting his elbow. This would end in the fifth, when, with one out and a runner on first, Jimmy Rollins would hit a RBI triple, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who has earlier singled, to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. But Rollins would then be thrown out at the plate on a Shane Victorino fielder’s choice ground ball, shortstop Cesar Izturis to catcher Jason LaRue. Chase Utley would then hit a single, sending Victorino to second base. Ryan Howard would then follow with a single, scoring Victorino, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. In the seventh, as Happ stayed in the game to try and give the bullpen a rest, started the inning by getting Brendan Ryan to fly out for the first out. Itzuris would then get on base with a single. The next batter, Skip Schumaker, would follow with a ground-rule double, after Victorino tells the umpires that the ball had gotten stuck in the panneling, forcing Itzuris to go back to third. That would be it for Happ, as he is taken out of the ballgame by Charlie Manuel, to a standing ovation from the fans. Manuel replaces Happ with Chad Durbin. Durbin would walk Ryan Ludwick to load the bases. Albert Pujols would then hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Itzuris, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 2-1. Troy Glaus would then follow with a RBI single, scoring Schumaker, making it two all, while Ludwick and Glaus would both move up a base on the throw to the place. After intenionally walking Rick Ankiel, Durbin would finally end the inning by striking out Joe Mather for the third out. In the eighth, Howard would give the lead back to the Phillies as he would hit his twenty-fifth home run of the year, tying Chase Utley for the major league lead in home runs, a solo shot off of Cardinals’ reliever Kyle McClellan, making it 3-2 Phillies. Three batters later, with two men out, and Chris Perez now pitching for the Cardinals, Pedro Feliz would hit a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, to make it 4-2 Phillies. In the ninth inning, Brad Lidge would be sent out to save the game, which he would do, in spite of a attempt to tie the game by the Cardinals, as he would strike out Ankiel with two men on and two outs, to record his twentieth save of the year in twenty tires.

J.A. Happ would pitch an excellent game, although only receiving a no-decision as he goes six and one-third innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and striking out five. Chad Durbin would receive his second blown of the season, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Clay Condrey would get the win as he pitches a scoreless, hitless inning as he strikes out the side. His record is now 2-1 with a ERA of 3.82. Brad Lidge would also go one inning, as he gives up no runs on no hits, walking two and striking out two. Mark Mulder would pitch only one third of an inning, walking two hitters and striking out one, before being taken out because of a bad elbow. Brad Thmpson would pitch four and a third innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits, getting a no-decision. Russ Springer would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Jason Isringhausen would pitch an inning, also giving up no runs or hits. Kyle McClellan would take the lost, pitching an inning plus one batter, while giving up only one earned run on one hit, Ryan Howard’s solo shot. His record is now 1-4 with a 2.74 ERA. Chris Perez would also pitch an inning, also giving up an earned run on one hit, Pedro Feliz’s solo home run.

J.A. Happ has obviously been taking advice from Jamie Moyer, otherwise how else do you explain how he well he was able to keep the redbirds off-balanced until the seventh inning. It’s too bad that Durbin was unable to shut down the Cardinals after being called in to relieve Happ, especially since the Phillies plan to send him back to Lehigh Valley after the All-Star break to bring back Brett Myers. I for one will not be looking forward to that if the youngster continues pitching like a stud. Anyone out there have an idea on how to persuade the powers that be that it would be better for the team to keep the kid in the bigs after this performance? Meanwhile, the Phillies’ offense is still not scoring runs, even if Ryan Howard has just broke a team record of the most RBIs knocked in by a team player before the All-Star break, breaking Greg Luzinski’s old record with his eightieth RBI of the year. The offense really needs to knock in runs with man in scoring positions. Seriously.

The three games series between the Phillies (49-43) and the Cardinals (51-41, 2nd National League Central) will conclude tomorrow afternoon with a Business Person’s Special. The game will start at 1:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (7-6, 4.12), who is coming off a good start against the Mets on July 5, getting a no-decision as he goes six and two-thirds innings, giving up only three earned runs on seven hits, in the Phillies’ 9-4 lost. He will once again be trying for his eighth victory of the year, while hoping to help the Phillies win their first series at home since the series against the Reds. Braden Looper (9-6, 4.15), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on July 4, where he would go seven innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, in the Cardinals’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying once again for his tenth win of the season, while trying to stop the Phillies’ batters.

The Phillies’ victory will keep their lead over both the Marlins and the Mets at a game and a half as they both won their game. The Braves trail the Phillies by six games, as they lost their game to the Dodgers. The Phillies hope to keep their lead over the rest of the Eastern division, while trying to win the last two series on their home stand.

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