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The Phils win the first two games in their weekend series with the Mets, 3-2 and 5-4, before losing the final game in extra-innings by the score of 5-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the series from the Mets, winning the first two games by the score of 3-2 in extra-innings, and 5-4, by scoring the winning run in the top of the ninth, before losing the final game of the series to the Mets in extra-innings by the score of 5-4.

On Friday night, the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Curtis Granderson hits an RBI double, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on David Wright’s single, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Wright, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Ryan Howard’s line out to right, while sending Marlon Byrd, who has just walked, up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Mets tied the game up at two-all in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Wright hits an RBI double, scoring Murphy, who had just walked. The Phils regained the lead in the top of the eleventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Utley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his tenth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, getting Chris Young to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on six hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Jake Diekman received his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Mike Adams received his third hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo blew his first save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Mario Hollands (1-1, 4.85) got the win, his first major league win, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his tenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jenrry Mejia also received a no-decision as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched an inning and a third, giving up three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out three. Juerys Familia also pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Scott Rice pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Farnsworth) between them, while striking out a batter (Valverde). Carlos Torres (2-2, 3.15) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles) leading the team with three hits, followed by Dom Brown (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere, Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd (RBI) and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had eleven walks (Revere, Jimmy Rollins (2), Howard (1), Byrd (2), Brown (1), Ruiz (2), Cody Asche (2)), three stolen bases (Ruiz (2), Utley (1), Brown (2)) and a hit batter (Utley), while the defense had committed an error (Rollins).

On Saturday night, the Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then went to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single. The Phils then added to their lead three batters later as, with the bases now loaded, as Ryan Howard hits a double, moving Rollins up to third base, and Marlon Byrd was hit by the pitch, and with still one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while moving both Howard and Byrd up a base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets quickly tied the game up at two-all in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, David Wright hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Juan Lagares, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the second as, with two men out, Rollins hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Mets tied the game at three-all in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Wright hits an RBI double, knocking in Lagares, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Daniel Murphy’s single, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mets then took the lead three batters later, after Chris Young had walked to load up the bases, and with now one man out, pinch-hitter Eric Campbell hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Murphy, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at four-all in the top of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on pitcher Scott Rice’s wild pitch. The Phils took the lead in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked, then moved up to third base on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eleventh save of the season with a scoreless ninth, getting Wright to pop out to first base for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Jake Diekman pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Mike Adams (2-1, 4.70) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon received his eleventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Dillon Gee also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, a walk and two hit batters, while striking out one. Scott Rice received his second blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a wild pitch. Juerys Familia pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Carlos Torres pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Farnsworth (0-3, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected eleven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (3 Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team with four hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI) with three hits and Chase Utley (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere and Dom Brown (RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had two walks (Rollins, Cody Asche), two hit batters (Byrd, Utley), a stolen base (Revere (12)), and a caught stealing (Utley) in the game.

On Sunday afternoon, the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Eric Young, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base, then went to third base on catcher Wil Nieves’ throwing error, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Daniel Murphy, who had just walked, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Nieves, who had just doubled. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s double, would score on Dom Brown’s fielder’s choice ground ball to first baseman Eric Campbell, by going around catcher Anthony Recker to tag home plate, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Byrd would move up to third base, putting runners on the corners. One batter later, the Phils’ made it a  3-1 lead as Nieves hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Byrd, while sending Brown up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI triple, knocking in Rollins, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Mets got two runs back in their half of the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Murphy hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in E. Young, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Mets tied the game up at four-all three batters later as, with runners on the corners, via a double by Chris Young, and an infield single by Bobby Abreu, moving C. Young up to third base, and with one man out, Lagares hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in C. Young, while sending Abreu up to second base. The Mets would win the game in the bottom of the eleventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by C. Young, a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Zack Wheeler, 1-4, moving C. Young up to second base, an intentional walk to Lagares, an infield single by Recker, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Ruben Tejada hits an RBI single, scoring C. Young for the 5-4, extra-innings, walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on seven hits and three walks, while striking out ten. Mario Hollands collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Roberto Hernandez received his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter. Jeff Manship (1-1, 5.40) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on four hits and two walks. Jon Niese also received a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched two scoreless innings, walking two and hitting one, while striking out two. Jose Valverde pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks, while striking out one. Juerys Familia pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Scott Rice (1-1. 6.o0) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, hitting a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Marlon Byrd (Single, Double), Wil Nieves (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Chase Utley (Triple, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks (Rollins (3), Howard, Byrd, Asche), two hit batters (Nieves, Utley) and a stolen base (Nieves) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Nieves).

The Phils (17-19, T-4th) have the day off.

Saturday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 2: Phils broke open a scoreless game in the late innings as they defeat the Braves again, 7-0.

The Phils score seven runs in the last three innings, en route to a shut out over the Braves, as they once again delay the Braves entrance into the playoffs, as they spoil Bobby Cox’s day, 7-0. The victory help the Phils clinch the best record in baseball, doing it for the first time in the team’s long history.

The first six innings would involve a pitchers’ duel between the Phils and Braves’ pitching staff before the Phils finally scored in the seventh inning. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch runner Brian Bocock, who had replaced Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, before heading to third on Braves third baseman Brooks Conrad’s force attempt throwing error to second on a Placido Polanco grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending pinch runner Wilson Valdez, who was running in place of Polanco, who was safe at first on the error, up to third base. Two batters later, after Utley had stolen second base, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Utley would stop at third base. The Phils then made it 3-0 as Shane Victorino followed with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving Ibanez up to second base. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, thanks to a Brian Schneider walk, moving both Ibanez and Victorino up a base, and now with two men out, a Craig Kimbrel wild pitch allowed Ibanez to score, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino up to third and Schneider to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier singled, stole second, and then went to third on Braves catcher Brian McCann’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Schneider, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Ross Gload’s single, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while Gload, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. After Chase Utley is intentionally walked to load up the bases, with still one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. is walked, forcing in Gload, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while moving up a base both Valdez and Utley. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Conrad to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley receives a no-decision as he pitches five strong innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo gets the win as he pitches a shut out inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 4.34. Danys Baez, Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Madson), while striking out three (Baez (1), Contreras (2)), between them. Tommy Hanson also receives a no-decision as he pitches five shut out innings, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out six. Jonny Venters took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 4-4 with a 1.97 ERA. Craig Kimbrel pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Michael Dunn also pitches two-thirds of an innings, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Kyle Farnsworth pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Takashi Saito pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. Scott Proctor pitches two-thirds of an innings, striking out both men that he would face.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Brian Schneider all followed with two hits each, all singles, as Utley knocked in a run, and Ibanez brought in two. Jimmy Rollins, Wilson Valdez and Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hit, with Rollins and Valdez’s hits being doubles, with Valdez knocking in a run, and Gload’s hit being a single. John Mayberry, Jr. had the Phil other RBI via a bases loaded walk. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense missed a lot of early scoring opportunities before finally cashing in in the last three innings.

The Phils (97-64, 1st) clinched the best record in baseball as the Yankees lose the second game of a day-night double header to the Red Sox, the first time that it has happen in the team’s history. They have only one more game to play in the regular season.

Friday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 3: The Phils ruin the Braves’ night as they pound Atlanta, 11-5.

The Phils begin their final road series by pounding the Braves as they defeat Atlanta, 11-5, hurting the Braves chances to reach the playoffs as the NL Wild Card.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Derrek Lee hits an RBI double, scoring Jason Heyward, who had earlier walked. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, then went to second on a Jayson Werth single, while Werth, who had just singled, would stop at second base. The Phils then took the lead as, with two men still on, and now with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Weth, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Ibanez would stop at third. The Braves would tie the score up at two-all in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Lee hits an RBI single, knocking in Brandon Beachy, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on Omar Infante’s sacrifice bunt, then stopped at third on Brian McCann’s single, while McCann, who had just singled, stopped at second base. The Phils regained the lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Werth, who is then replaced by pinch runner John Mayberry, Jr., an intentional walk to Ibanez and a force attempt throwing error by Braves third baseman Brooks Conrad to second base on a Ruiz grounder, as his throw never got close to second base, allowing Mayberry to reach third, Ibanez to reach second and Ruiz to be safe at first, and with two men out, pinch hitter Dom Brown received a walk, forcing in Mayberry, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base. One batter later, with the bases still loaded, Jimmy Rollins broke the game wide open with a grand slam home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Ibanez, Ruiz and Brown, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded once again, via singles to Greg Dobbs and Ruiz, sending Dobbs on to second base, and a walk to Wilson Valdez, moving up both Dobbs and Ruiz, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Dobbs, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead, while moving both Ruiz and Valdez up a base. Chase Utley then followed with a walk, forcing in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead, while moving Valdez and Francisco up a base. Ryan Howard then followed with a two-run single, scoring both Valdez and Francisco, making it an 11-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Utley up to third base. The Braves tried to rally in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Conrad and pinch hitter Freddie Freeman, sending Conrad up to third base, and a walk to J.C. Boscan, moving Freeman up to second base, and with two men out, Lee hits a three-run double, scoring Conrad, Freeman and Boscan, making it an 11-5 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon got Matt Diaz to ground out, 6-3, ending the game.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 11-10 with a 4.73 ERA. Antonio Bastardo, J.C. Romero, Chad Durban and Jose Contreras pitches three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Bastardo) and while striking out three batters (Bastardo) between them. Mike Zagurski pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Brandon Beachy took the lost as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA. Peter Moylan pitches to two batters, giving up two unearned runs and a walk. Michael Dunn pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Kyle Farnsworth pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two. Cristhian Martinez pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Minor pitches an inning and a third, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Greg Dobbs followed with two hits each, with Howard and Ibanez’s hits being all singles, with Howard knocking in two runs, while Ibanez knocked in one, while Werth and Dobbs’ both had a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins and Ben Francisco had the other two Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a grand slam home run, knocking in four runs, while Francisco’s hit was a single, bringing in a run. Pinch hitter Dom Brown and Chase Utley brought in the other two Phils’ runs, via bases loaded walks. The Phils are presently beating up on the Braves, seeming to have their number.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 11: Roy Halladay gets his twentieth victory of the year, as the Phils decrease their magic number to 6, as they defeat the Braves, 5-3.

Roy Halladay becomes the first Phils starter, since Hall of Famer Steve Carlton won 23 in 1982, to win 20 games in a season, as the Phils defeat the Braves, 5-3. The Phils’ lead in the NL East increases to five games, while their magic number falls to six games.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a three-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Braves got a run back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Eric Hinske hits an RBI force out, 4-6, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Rick Ankiel’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ankiel, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second base. The Braves scored again in the sixth as, with runners on second and third and with nobody out, Derrek Lee hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Brian McCann’s double, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before McCann, who has earlier doubled, is thrown out at third, 8-5, trying to move up to third, on a sacrifice fly-double play, for the second out of the inning. The Phils got the runs back in their half of the sixth as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier walked, and moved up to second on Werth’s single, and Werth, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Braves got a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, pinch hitter Freddie Freeman hits a pinch hit solo home run, the first of his major league career, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as the bullpen would hold down the Braves in the eighth and in the ninth, with Brad Lidge collecting his twenty- fifth save of the year, as he got Ankiel to end the game by poping up to the shortstop for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out three. His record is now 20-10 with an ERA of 2.53. Ryan Madson collects his fourteenth hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge gets his twenty-fifth save of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mike Minor took the lost as he pitches only two and one-third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk. His record is now 3-2 with a 6.18 ERA. Cristhian Martinez and Kyle Farnsworth combines for two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up  a hit (Martinez) and two walks (Martinez), while striking out four (Martinez (3), Farnsworth (1)) between them. Michael Dunn pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Peter Moylan, Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters combine for two and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Kimbrel (1), Venters (1)), while striking out three (Kimbrel (1), Venters (2)) between them.

 The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jason Werth, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco, Utley and Valdez’s hits being all singles, with Werth’s hits being a single and a three-run home run, knocking in three runs, and Ibanez’s hits being a pair of doubles, knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay had the other two Phil hits, both singles. The Phils’ offense left twelve men on base, failing to cash in on several scoring opportunities, but scoring enough runs to win once again.

The Phils (91-61, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (86-66, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (13-13 (7-1), 2.90 (1.94)), who is coming off a win against the Nats on September 17, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0 as he had pitched twenty-two innings, giving up five runs on sixteen hits and three walks, while striking out twenty. He will be trying to lead the Phils to a sweep of the Braves. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.62), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 17, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Braves’ 6-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen innings, giving up twelve runs, nine of which were earned, on fourteen hits and three walks, while striking out thirteen. He will be trying to help the Braves avoid the sweep. The Phils will be trying to sweep the Braves, to extend their lead in the NL East to six games and set things up for an early clinching.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 12: Cole Hamels shut down the Braves as the Phils take a four-game lead in the East, as they defeat the Braves, 3-1.

A brilliant eight innings pitching performance by Cole Hamels leads the Phils to a 3-1 win over the Braves, as they increase their lead in the NL East to four games, while their magic number to winning the division drops down to eight.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Brian McCann hits an RBI double, knocking in Derrek Lee, who had earlier singled, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Braves threaten to add to their lead as they put runners on the corners after Matt Diaz hits a single, sending McCann over to third base, with still nobody out, but Phils starter Cole Hamels got out of further trouble by first striking out Alex Gonzalez, swinging, for the inning’s first out, then getting Melky Cabrera to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Diaz at second base. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Raul Ibanez’s ground out, 1-3. The Phils would take the lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier reached third on a three-base fielding error by Jason Heyward, as the ball glance off of his glove, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. Four batters later, the Phils made it a 3-1 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a Chase Utley single, who later stole second base, and then walks to first Howard, and then to Jayson Werth, moving both Utley and Howard up a base, and with still one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Utley, while moving both Howard and Werth up a base. That would be all that Hamels would need as he would pitch eight strong innings, giving up only a run on just six hits and a walk, while he would strike out six Braves, before handing the ball over to Brad Lidge, who would pitch a strong 1-2-3 ninth to collect his twenty-fourth save of the season, ending the game by striking out Lee, swinging.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches eight strong innings, giving up only one run on six hits and a walk, while he strikes out six. His record is now 12-10 with a 2.93 ERA. Brad Lidge records his twenty-fourth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two batters. Brandon Beachy took the lost in his major league debut, as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and three walks, while he strikes out only one. His record is now 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Eric O’Flaherty, Peter Moylan, Michael Dunn and Kyle Farnsworth combine for four and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Dunn) and three walks (O’Flaherty (2), Moylan (1)), while striking out four (Moylan (1), Dunn (1), Farnsworth (2)) between them.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, singles by Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth and double by Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz, with Ruiz knocking in one run, while Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez knocked in the other two Phils’ runs with ground outs. The offense, although hitting the ball hard, especially against the rookie Brandon Beachy, have little to show for it, although a Braves error allowed them to get the runs they would need to win, with Cole Hamels pitching strongly last night

The Phils (90-61, 1st) will continue their three-games series with the Braves (86-65, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (19-10, 2.49), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 15, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, as he struck out nine, in the Phils’ 10-5 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0, as he pitched twenty and two-thirds innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty-five hits and two walks, while striking out twenty. Doc will be going for his fourth win in a row, while trying to pitch his first strong outing in over a month, while planning to make it 3-0 against the Braves this season. The Braves will counter with Mike Minor (3-1, 5.84), another rookie, who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on September 15, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-2 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he had pitched fourteen innings, giving up fourteen runs on twenty hits and two walks, while striking out fifteen. He will be trying to get the Braves back into the pennant race by hoping to regain what he was doing during his first four starts in the majors. The Phils, the first NL team to reach 90 wins, will be going for the series win tonight, hoping to put themselves firmly into the driver’s seat for the final ten games of the season.

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