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The Phils end their five-game losing streak as they come from behind to defeat the Twins, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils avoid a sweep, as they end their five-game losing streak by hanging on to defeat the Twins, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard comes through with an RBI single, scoring Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third on pitcher Kevin Correia’s fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder to the mound, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Rollins, who was safe at first on Correia’s error, would stop at second base. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, on back to back singles by Michael Young and Rollins, with M. Young stopping at second base, and with two men out, Young tried to score on Howard’s single to right, but he is instead thrown out at home plate by right fielder Ryan Doumit, as catcher Joe Mauer is able to tag him out before he can touch home plate. The Twins took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run double, knocking in Mauer, who had earlier walked, then reached second base on Doumit’s single, and Doumit, who had just singled, giving the Twins a 2-1 lead. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, M. Young hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a double, then reached third base on Revere’s bunt single, while sending Revere, who had reached base on a bunt single, over to third base. The Phils then retook the lead as, once again with men on the corners, and with still nobody out, Rollins hits a fielder’s choice ground ball up the first base line, as Revere beats the throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while M. Young moved up to second base, and Rollins was safe at first on the play. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in and recorded his twelfth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (8-2, 2.55) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out six. Mike Adams collected his sixth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his twelfth save of the year as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Kevin Correia received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on eight scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Anthony Swarzak pitched two scoreless innings, giving up four hits, as he struck out a batter. Jared Burton received his third blown save of the season, before taking the lost (0-4, 3.68) as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Josh Roenicke and Caleb Thielbar combined for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Roenicke), while striking out two (one batter each) between them.

The Phils combined for sixteen hits, with Ben Revere (3 Singles, Triple) leading the team with four hits, followed by Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) with three hits and Michael Young (Singles, RBI) and Laynce Nix (Singles) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Delmon Young (Single), Freddy Galvis (Single) and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Double), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a stolen base (Revere (15) and two walks (Brown) in the game. 

The Phils (32-35, 3rd East) will begin a three-game series with the Rockies (35-32, 3rd West). starting with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Coors Field and is to start at 8:40 pm EDT (6:40 MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.22), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on June 8, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be out to continue the Phils present winning streak. The Rockies will counter with Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.61), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on June 9, as he also went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Rockies’ 8-7 extra-innings walk-off win. He will be trying to slow down the Phils. The Phils will be out to score some runs out in Denver.

A five-run first leads to the National League winning it third straight All-Star Game as they defeat the American League, 8-0.

The National League wins its third straight All-Star Game as it blanked the American League, 8-0.

The National League jumped into the lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with one man out, the Brewers’ Ryan Braun hits an RBI double, knocking in the Giants Melky Cabrera, who had earlier singled, giving the National League a 1-0 lead. The NL then took a 4-0 lead four batters later as, with the bases loaded, thanks to walks to the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltan, moving Braun up to second base, and to the Giants’ Buster Posey, moving both Braun and Beltran up a base, and with two men out, the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval hits a three-run triple, clearing the bases. The NL then increased their lead as the Braves’ Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, scoring Sandoval, giving the NL a 5-0 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, the Cardinals’ pinch hitter Matt Holliday hits an RBI single, knocking in fellow Cardinal Rafael Furcal, who had just tripled, giving the NL a 6-0 lead. The NL then took an 8-0 lead as Cabrera (who was later made the All-Star Game’s MVP) hits a two-run home run, knocking in Holliday. That would end up being the final as the Phils’ Jonathan Papelbon preserved the shut out by getting the Orioles’ Matt Wieters to fly out to right for the final out.

The Giants’ Matt Cain (1-0, 0.0) gets the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Gio Gonzalez (Nationals), Stephen Strasburg (Nationals), Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), R.A. Dickey (Mets), Cole Hamels (Phils), Craig Kimbrel (Braves), Aroldis Chapman (Reds), Wade Miley (Diamondbacks), Joel Hanrahan (Pirates) and Jonathan Papelbon (Phils) would combine for seven scoreless innings, giving up five hits (Strasburg (1), Kershaw (2), Dickey (1), Miley (1)) and three walks (Strasburg (1), Kershaw (1), Chapman (1)) between them, while striking out seven (Cain (1), Gonzalez (1), Dickey (1), Kimbrel (2), Chapman (1), Hanrahan (1)). The Tigers’ Justin Verlander (0-1, 45.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Nathan (Rangers) and David Price (Rays) combined for a pair of 1-2-3 innings. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits. Jered Weaver (Angels), Chris Sale (White Sox), Ryan Cook (Athletics), Jim Johnson (Orioles) and Fernando Rodney (Rays) would combine for five scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Sale) and a walk (Weaver) between them, while striking out four (Sale (1), Cook (2), Johnson (1)).

The National League squad had ten hits in the game, with Melky Cabrera of the Giants (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Ryan Braun of the Brewers (Double, Triple, RBI) leading the squad with two hits apiece. Pablo Sandoval of the Giants (Triple, 3 RBIs), Dan Uggla of the Braves (Single, RBI), Rafael Furcal of the Cardinals (Triple), pinch hitter Matt Holliday of the Cardinals (Single, RBI), pinch hitter Chipper Jones of the Braves (Single) and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (Single) had the other six NL hits. The NL also had three walks. The American League squad had only six hits in the game, all singles, by Derek Jeter of the Yankees, Robinson Cano of the Yankees, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, Mike Napoli of the Rangers, Mike Trout of the Angels and Joe Mauer of the Twins. The AL also had three walks, a stolen base (Trout) and a hit batter (Paul Konerko of the White Sox).

Among the Phils representatives, Carlos Ruiz came into game in the sixth inning, making one plate appearance, flying out to left. Cole Hamels pitched the seventh inning, throwing a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon pitched to one batter, getting the game’s final out on a fly out to right.

With the win, the NL will have home field advantage during the 2012 World Series.

Spring Training: The Phils are outgunned as they lose to the Twins, 11-7.

The Phils are outgunned from the start as they lose to the Twins, 11-7.

The Twins take a 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring, scoring Joe Mauer, who had just singled. The Twins added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Luke Hughes, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Danny Valencia’s single, would score on pitcher Vance Worley’s force attempt, throwing error to second base on Ben Revere’s ground ball, giving the Twins a 3-0 lead, while allowing Valencia, who had earlier singled, to reach second base, and Revere to reach first. Two batters later, after Alexi Casilla had moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt, 5-3, the Twins took a 4-0 lead as Denard Span hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Valencia. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Miguel Abreu’s single, making it a 4-1 Twins’ lead, while sending Abreu, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Twins got the run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with no one out, Span hits an RBI single, knocking in Valencia, who had earlier singled, then went to third on second baseman Abreu’s throwing error on Casilla’s grounder, giving the Twins a 5-1 lead, while moving Casilla, who was safe on Abreu’s error, up to second base. Two batters latter, after Jamey Carroll had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both runners up a base, the Twins took a 6-1 lead as Mauer hits an RBI single, scoring Casilla, while sending Span on to third and Carroll up to second base. The Twins then took a 7-1 lead as, with the bases still loaded, and still with one man out, Morneau hits an RBI single, scoring Span, while moving the other runners up a base. The Twins then made it an 8-1 lead as Josh Willingham hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Carroll. The Twins then broke the game wide open as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Hughes hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the spring, scoring both Mauer and Morneau, giving the Twins an 11-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Mauer’s passed ball, cutting the Twins’ lead down to 11-2. The Phils then cut the Twins’ lead down to 11-3 in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Albert Cartwright, who was pinch running for Rollins, who earlier had been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Tuffy Gosewisch’s single, while sending Gosewich, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then made it an 11-4 Twins’ lead as pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Gosewisch. Two batters later, after Hector Luna had sent Pence on to third base on a single, to put runners on the corners, Pence would come in to score on a Glen Perkins’ wild pitch, making it an 11-5 Twins’ lead, while sending Luna up to second base. The Phils then made it an 11-6 Twins’ lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Gosewisch hits an RBI single, scoring Pete Orr, who had earlier doubled. The Phils would then make it an 11-7 Twins’ lead in the ninth as, with one man out, Luna hits a solo home run, his third home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as Laynce Nix grounded out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (1-3, 4.50) took the lost as he lasted four innings, giving up eleven runs, only five of which were earned, on eleven hits, while striking out three. Raul Valdes and David Herndon would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Valdes (2), Herndon (1)) between them, while striking out four (two batters apiece). Francisco Liriano (2-1, 2.45) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Brian Duensing pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Glen Perkins went an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a wild pitch, as he struck out two. Matt Capps pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alex Burnett pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Hector Luna leading the ballclub with three hits (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI). Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI), Tuffy Gosewisch (Singles, RBI), Lou Montanez (Single, Double) and Miguel Abreu (Single, Double) all followed with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Double, RBI) and Pete Orr (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits. Pinch Hitter Erik Kratz had the other Phil RBI with a ground out, while the final Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had two walks and a hit batter (Rollins).

The next Phils (11-14) game will be a home game at Bright House Field in Clearwater against the Blue Jays (7-15). Start time is 1:05 pm EDT.

The National League win their first All-Star game since 1996, as the Senior Circuit defeats the American League in Anaheim, 3-1.

For the first time in fourteen years, the National League All-Stars defeated the American League All-Stars, securing home field advantage during the World Series (I personally think that is a really rotten idea), 3-1.

Thanks in part to the shadows around home plate, as well as some good pitching and defense by both squads, the game remains a 0-0 tie until the bottom of the fifth, when the American League took a 1-0 lead as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees hits a sacrifice fly, scoring from third base Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, who had earlier walked, and had reached third on Los Angeles Dodgers Hong-Chih Kuo’s throwing error to first on a grounder hit to the third-base side of the mound by Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, who would end up on second on the play. The National League would take the lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded via singles by Scott Rolen of the Cincinnati Reds and Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals, sending Rolen to third base, and a walk to Marlon Byrd of the Chicago Cubs, and with two men out, Brain McCann of the Atlanta Braves hits a bases clearing double, scoring Rolen, Holliday and Byrd, giving the National League a 3-1 lead. The National League would hold on to win as Jonathan Broxton of the Dodgers, after giving up a lead-off single to David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, struck out swinging Adrian Beltre of the Red Sox for out number one, then on a spectacular play by right fielder Byrd, who threw out Ortiz at second, 9-6 on a ball hit into right field by John Buck of the Toronto Blue Jays, turning a base hit into a force out for the inning’s second out, leaving Buck at first base, and then ended the game by getting Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers to fly out to center on one pitch.

Brian McCann of the Braves was named the All-Star Game MVP because of his three-run double, giving the NL all of their runs.

Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlons also pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two batters. Hong-Chih Huo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Heath Bell of the San Diego Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Matt Capps of the Washington Nationals would get the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. His All-Star Game record is now 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals collected his first hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants also collected his first hold, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Broxton receives his first All-Star Game save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers (nee Seattle Mariners) pitched 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox received a hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Phil Hughes, also of the Yankees, also received a hold before taking the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. His All-Star Game record is now 0-1 with a 54.00 ERA. Matt Thornton of the Chicago White Sox committed his first All-Star Game blown save as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Andrew Bailey of the Oakland A’s pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Rafael Soriano, also of the Rays, pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jose Valverde, also of the Tigers, also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side.

The winning National League team had seven hits in the game, with David Wright of the New York Mets leading with two hits, both singles. Scott Rolen of the Reds, Matt Holliday of the Cardinals, Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Yadier Molina, also of the Cardinals, and Brian McCann of the Braves, had the other five NL hits, with Rolen, Holliday, Ethier and Molina’s hits being singles, and McCann’s hit being a three-run double. The American League team had six hits in the game, with Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, Evan Longoria of the Rays and John Buck of the Blue Jays each having a hit, with Jeter, Cabrera, Hamilton and Ortiz hits being singles, while Longoria and Buck’s hits were doubles. The American League’s run came in on a Robinson Cano of the Yankees sacrifice fly. Ryan Howard, who represented the Phils, along with Halladay, went 0 for 2, with a strikeout.

With the win, the National League ends a thirteen-game losing streak, having not won the summer classic since 1996, where it was played in Philadelphia at the now demolished Veterans Stadium (0-12-1). With the win, the National League winner will host the World Series first for the first time since 2002.

The offense once again does not help their ace as the Phils fall to the Twins, 4-1.

One day after their disappointing lost to the Twins, the once thought reguevnated Phils’ offense once again gives no runs support to their ace, Roy Halladay, as they lose to the Twins, 4-1. I am so getting tired of Interleague Play!!!

The Twins took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Joe Mauer hits an RBI single, scoring Orlando Hudson, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the Twins a 1-0 lead. The Twins made it 2-0 in the fifth as, with one man out, Denard Span hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils would cut the Twins’ lead to 2-1 in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a solo home run of his own, his second of the season, and in as many games. The Twins would then get that run back in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jason Kubel hits an RBI single, scoring Justin Morneau, who had earlier singled, moved to second when Shane Victorino tried to throw him out by throwing behind him at first, and instead commiting a throwing error by allowing him to get to second base, and a Michael Cuddyer’s slow ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-1 Twins’ lead. The Twins then made it 4-1 in the eighth as, with one man out, Morneau hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Twins’ starter Carl Pavano would pitch a complete game by getting Jayson Werth to end the game with a fly out to right, after he had given up a single to Ryan Howard, with two men out.

 Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches eight innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on eleven hits, as he struck out eight. His record is now 8-6 with a 2.43 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Carl Pavano gets the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up just one run on four hits, as he strikes out two. His record is now 8-6 with an ERA of 3.64.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, singles from Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and a home run from Wilson Valdez. Yesterday’s lost was a result of Saturday’s extra-inning lost, as the Phils had the wind knocked out of their sails, after taking what looked like a commanding lead into the ninth and then watch the back end of the bullpen implode. Hopefully, they will be able to regroup as this is an off-day, and the team’s sparkplug, Jimmy Rollins, will be back in the line-up, starting tomorrow night. Please Jimmy, do not get hurt again this season!!! Oh, and start lighting up a few backsides while you’re at it, a few guys need it, seriously.

The Phils (35-32, 3rd NL East), as mentioned earlier, have the day off today. Fellows, please, use the time to get your minds off of this weekend’s fiasco, and just get ready to beat up on the Indians (26-42, 5th AL Central). And please, no repeat of what happen the last time you faced an AL last place team. Please, no getting swept!!!!!! That was too embarassing.

The bullpen suffers a massive failure as it is unable to hold the lead in the ninth as the Phils lose a shoot out with the Twins, 13-10.

The Phils’ offense and Cole Hamels did everything right to win before the back end of the bullpen had a massive failure in the ninth which help led to an extra inning lost as the Phils lose a shoot out with the Twins, 13-10.

The Twins took a quick 2-0 lead as, with two men on and with one man out, Justin Morneau hits a two-run single, scoring Denard Span, who had earlier walked, went to second base on Orlando Hudson’s single, and then moved up to third on Brian Schneider’s pass ball, and Hudson, who had earlier singled and then moved up to second on Schneider’s pass ball. The Twins would make it a 3-0 lead two batters later as, with runners on the corners, thanks to Phils’ starter Cole Hamels’ throwing error to second on Michael Cuddyer ‘s grounder back to the mound, when he had the time to make a good throw to Chase Utley to start a possible double play, which sent Morneau to third, while Cuddyer was safe at first on the force attempt, as Delmon Young hits an RBI double, scoring Morneau, while sending Cuddyer to third. The Phils then came back in their half of the first. With two men on and with nobody out, Utley hits a two-run triple, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Placido Polanco’s walk, and Polanco, who had just walked, cutting the Twins’ lead to 3-2. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all as, with a runner on third, and now with one man out, Utley scored on Jayson Werth’s sacrifice fly pop foul to right, 4-unassisted, beating Hudson’s throw to the plate, as it got cut off before being sent towards the plate. The Phils took the lead in the second as Wilson Valdez hits a lead-off home run to left, his first home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. Four batters later, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Hamel, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Polanco’s double, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. Ryan Howard then made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead as he hit a two-run shot to center, his fourteenth home run of the season, knocking in Polanco. The Phils then made it 8-3 in the third as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run to center, his fifth home run of the season. As the Phils’ bat were showing that they were back, Cole Hamels took control of the game from the second inning until he was taken out after the seventh inning, giving up only two more hits after getting out of a based loaded jam in the first, a lead-off home run to Morneau in the sixth, his fourteenth home run of the year, making it an 8-4 Phils’ lead, and a lead-off single to Nick Punto in the seventh, striking out seven, before being relieved. In the bottom of the seventh, the Phils’ made it 9-4 as Werth hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season. The Phils then went into the top of the ninth with what looked like a commanding five runs lead, when the bullpen imploded. With one man on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Jim Thome hits a pinch hit two-run bomb to center field, scoring Young, who had earlier singled, to make it a 9-5 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on third and with one man out, Span hits an RBI single, scoring Punto, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on defensive indifference, and then went to third on Brad Lidge’s wild pitch, making it a 9-7 Phils’ lead. Three more batters later, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, the Twins tied the game up at nine-all as Joe Mauer hits a two-run home run, knocking in Span, who had earlier singled and then stole second. The Twins then took the lead in the tenth as pinch hitter Drew Butera hits a lead-off pinch hit home run, the first home run of his career, to make it a 10-9 Twins’ lead. The Phils tied it up at ten-all in their half of the tenth as, with two men out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits a pinch hit home run. The Twins then took an 11-10 lead in the eleventh as, with runners on second and third and with two men out, Young, who the Phils did not intentionally walk to load the bases, hits an infield single, scoring Mauer, who had earlier walked, went to second when Morneau was intentionally walked, and then went to third on Joe Rauch’s sacrifice bunt, 3-unassistant, while Morneau, who was intentionally walked, and went to second on Rauch’s sac bunt, went to third. One batter later, the Twins took a 13-10 lead as, with two men on and still with two men out, Matt Tolbert hits an RBI double, scoring both Morneau and Young, before Tolbert is thrown out at third, 7-4-3. That would end up being the final score as, with a runner on second, Utley via a double, and with two men out, Rauch ended the game by striking out Howard swinging.

Cole Hamel receives a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out seven. J.C. Romero went two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Jose Contreras went a third of an inning, plus three batters, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Brad Lidge receives his first blown save of the year as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, as he strikes out one batter. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, as he gives up a run on four hits. Danys Baez took the lost as he gives up three runs on two hits and two walks, as he strikes out a batter. His record is now 2-3 with a 5.14 ERA. Kevin Slowey also receives a no-decision as he pitches only an inning and two-thirds, giving up seven runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jeff Manship pitches four and one-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Brian Duensing pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Matt Guerrier pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out four. Jon Rauch receives his third blown save of the year before picking up the win, as he pitches two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 2.57.

The Phils had fourteen hits, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a triple, a home run short of the cycle, knocking in three runs, one on a sac fly. He was followed by Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez, who both had two hits apiece, with Polanco’s hits being a single and a double, while Ibanez’s hits were also a single and a double, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Brian Schneider, Wilson Valdez, Cole Hamels and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Schneider and Hamels’ hits being singles, while Howard, Werth, Valdez and pinch hitter Gload’s hits were home runs, with Howard’s being a two-run home run, while Werth, Valdez and Gload’s were solo shots, while Werth knocked in two runs, with the other one coming via a sac fly. The offense’s power surge was sadly wasted by the bullpen’s late inning implosion.

The Phils (35-31, 3rd NL East) finish their three-games series with the Twins (39-29, 1st AL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils trailing 4-1.

The Phils’ offense returns as the Phils defeat the Twins, 9-5.

The Phils’ offense returns to score nine runs in the first five innings, giving strong support to starter Joe Blanton as the Phils defeat the Twins, 9-5.

The Phils struck early as they took the lead in the first inning. With a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley, who some folks believe might have a hurt knee, thanks to reports earlier in the day, instead of simply being mired in a long-term slump, answers his critics by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, stole second base and then went to third on Placido Polanco’s ground out, 6-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. One batter later, with Utley on first, and with one man still out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI triple, scoring Utley with ease, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it 3-0 as, with Howard on third, and with still one out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Howard. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with two man on, and with two outs, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Victorino’s second walk in the game, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Victorino up to second base. The Phils then made it 7-0 as, with two men on base, and still with two outs, Utley hits a three-run home run to right, his eleventh home run of the season, scoring both Victorino and Polanco. The next batter, Howard, followed Utley with a home run of his own to right, his twelfth home run of the season, making it an 8-0 Phils’ lead. In the top of the fifth, the Twins tried to get on the board as Jason Kubel, who had hit a lead-off triple to center, tried to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run. Instead, he is cut down at home plate by a strong throw to home by Utley, as Carlos Ruiz applied the tag, for an 8-4-2 put out. The Phils would then make it 9-0 in their half of the fifth as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, and his second of the night. The Twins would finally get on the board in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Michael Cuddyer hits an RBI single, scoring Joe Mauer, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Justin Morneau’s single, making it a 9-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Morneau up to second base. The Twins would cut the Phils’ lead down to 9-3 in the seventh as, with a man on base, and with no one out, Nick Punto hits a two-run home run, knocking in Delmon Young, who had earlier singled. In the ninth, the Twins would decrease the Phils’ lead to 9-4 as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Young, Punto and Denard Span, and with one man out, Scott Mathieson, who was pitching in his first major league game since his second Tommy John surgery, threw a wild pitch, scoring Young, while moving Punto to third and Span to second. One batter later, with two men on, and with still one man out, Orlando Hudson hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Punto, while sending Span on to third. After Mathieson is replaced on the mound with Brad Lidge, he ends the ballgame by getting Mauer to line out to right.

Joe Blanton gets the win, coming back from his shelling at the hands of the BoSox almost a week ago, as he pitches six innings, plus two batters, as he ran out of gas in the seventh, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while he strikes out one. His record is now 2-5 with a 6.96 ERA. Chad Durbin and J.C. Romero combined for two scoreless innings, giving up only one hit (Romero) between them, while striking out one batter (Durbin). Scott Mathieson pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs, on three hits and a wild pitch. Brad Lidge pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Nick Blackburn takes the lost as he last only one and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 6-4 with a 5.80 ERA. Jesse Crain pitches two and one-third scoreless innings, striking out two batters. Ron Mahay pitches an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Brian Duensing, Matt Guerrier and Alex Burnett combine for three shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Guerrier and Burnett one hit each) and two walks (also Guerrier and Burnett one each).

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the way as he went four for four ending up a single short of hitting the cycle, as he had a double, a triple and four home runs, knocking in three runs, while scoring three, as he had a total of thirteen total bases, tying a career high, as he raised his average to .293. Placido Polanco and Chase Utley followed with two hits each, with Polanco’s hits being two singles, as he knocked in a run, while Utley’s hits were a single and a three-run home run, knocking in four runs. Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, with Werth knocking in the other Phil run, on a sac fly. The Phils hope that Ruiz is fine, as he was hit in the head by Jason Kubel’s broken bat in the top of the eight, being replace by Brian Schneider in the top of the ninth.

The Phils (35-30, 3rd NL East) continue their three-games series with the Twins (38-29, 1st AL Central) with a day game that will be nationally televised by Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 4:15 pm Eastern. Cole Hamels (6-5, 3.74) will start for the Phils, hoping to continue on his previous gem against the Red Sox on June 13, where he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight, as he picks up the win in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to collect his seventh win of the season, while also going for his eighth quality start in his last nine starts. The Twins will counter with Kevin Slowey (7-4, 3.84), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on June 13, as he went only four and two-thirds inning, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits and one walk, while he struck out six, in the Twins’ 7-3 lost. He will be trying to recover from the lost. The Phils’ offense will be trying to continue its present hot streak, while hoping that Hamels will continue to pitch like the team’s no. two pitcher.

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