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The Phils playoff hopes grow dimmer as they drop a pair to the Braves, losing 8-2 and 2-1.

The Phils drop a pair to the Braves, losing 8-2 and 2-1, as their playoff hopes grow dim with nine games left to play.

On Saturday, the Braves took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Freddie Freeman hits a three-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the season, knocking in Jason Heyward, who was safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Chipper Jones’ single, and Jones, who had just singled, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead. The Braves added to their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Brian McCann, a single by Michael Bourn, with McCann stopping at second base, and a walk by Prado, with both runners moving up a base, and with two men out, Heyward hits a bases-clearing double, knocking in McCann, Bourn and Prado, giving the Braves a 6-0 lead. The Braves then took a 7-0 lead as Jones hits an RBI double, scoring Heyward. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Darin Ruf hits a sacrifice fly, his first career RBI, scoring Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 7-1 Braves’ lead. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead down to 7-2 in the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, his fourth in four straight games, and the 300th of his career. The Braves got a run back in the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Heyward hits an  RBI single, knocking in Bourn, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on a Prado ground out, 1-3, giving the Braves an 8-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Eric O’Flaherty pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40) took the lost as he lasted only one and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out only three. Jeremy Horst pitched one and a third innings, giving up a hit, while striking out four. B.J. Rosenberg, Jake Diekman and Josh Lindblom combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Rosenberg) and five walks (Rosenberg (1), Diekman (4)) between them, while striking out three (Rosenberg (1), Diekman (2)). Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Phillippe Aumont threw a 1-2-3 inning. Mike Minor (10-10, 4.27) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. Chad Durbin, Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Durbin) and a walk (Durbin) between them.

The Phils only had three hits in the game, a triple by Kevin Frandsen, a home run by Ryan Howard (RBI) and a single by Carlos Ruiz, as the offense was kept under control by the Braves’ pitching staff. The other Phil run came in on Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly. The Phils also has two walks and a hit batter (Juan Pierre) in the game.

In yesterday’s game, the Braves took a quick 1-0 lead in the second as, with one man out, David Ross hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Braves added to their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Reed Johnson and Prado, with Johnson stopping at second base, a throwing error by pitching Cliff Lee on a grounder hit by Heyward, allowing Johnson to reach third base and Prado to stop at second base, as Heyward was safe at first, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Johnson, making it a 2-0 Braves’ lead, while both runners would move up a base. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, moving up to second base on pitcher Tim Hudson’s pickoff attempt throwing error, then went to third base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, making it a 2-1 Braves’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Craig Kimbrel picked up his thirty-ninth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.18) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on nine hits, as he struck out eleven. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Tim Hudson (16-6, 3.61) got the win as he went seven and a third innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out four. Eric O’Flahetry picked up his twenty-seventh hold of the season as he threw two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Craig Kimbrel collected his thirty-ninth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had only two hits in the game, singles by John Mayberry, Jr. and Kevin Frandsen, as the offense was stymied for the second straight game. The Phils only RBI came in on a Chase Utley sacrifice fly. The Phils also had a walk and a hit batter (Utley) in the ballgame.

The Phils (77-76, 3rd) have the day off today.

Four solo home runs help lead the Phils to victory over the Braves, 6-2.

Four home runs by the Phils’ offense lead the Phils to a 6-2 victory over the playoffs bound Braves.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier tripled, just miss hitting a home run. The Braves would tie it up at one-all in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Brian McCann hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Freddie Freeman, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Dan Uggla’s double, while Uggla, who had just doubled, would move up to third base. The Braves tried to take the lead as Uggla headed home on contact, as Jose Constanza hits a grounder back to Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who then threw home, putting Uggla into a rundown, until he was tagged out at third base by third baseman Kevin Frandsen in a 1-2-5 fielder’s choice out, while Constanza would move up to second base on the rundown. The Phils took the lead in the third as Frandsen hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, and his third home run in as many games, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run of his own, his fifteenth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier walked, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Tommy Hanson’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Braves got a run back in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Constanza hits an RBI single, knocking in Uggla, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on McCann’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-2. The Phils got the run back in the eighth as, with one man out, Utley hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning.

Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out six. Jeremy Horst collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Antonio Bastardo collected his twenty-third hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46), took the lost as he went five and one-third innings, giving up five runs on four hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Cory Gearrin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Luis Avilan pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out two.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in two. Juan Pierre (Triple), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (Home Run, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Utley (9)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (77-74, 3rd) continue their series with the Braves (86-65, 2nd) with a ballgame this afternoon. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is suppose to begin at 4:05 pm EDT. The game is to be televised by Fox Sports. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on September 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to continue the present Phils’ winning streak. The Braves will counter with Mike Minor (9-10, 4.31) who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 16, as he threw six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Minor will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Phils win the battle of the long ball as they defeat the Braves in extra-innings, 8-5.

The Phils outlast the Braves as they win the game in extra-innings, 8-5.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Martin Prado hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Mike Minor, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Braves then added to their lead as, with one man on, and now with two men out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, scoring Chipper Jones, who had just walked, giving the Braves a 4-1 lead. The Phils got two runs back in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Jimmy Rollins and Kevin Frandsen, with Rollins stopping at second base, and a bunt single by Chase Utley, with Rollins moving up to third base and with Frandsen stopping at second base, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Rollins and Frandsen, making it a 4-3 Braves’ lead, while sending Utley on to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at four-all as Ty Wigginton hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley. The Braves then retook the lead in their half of the sixth as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, giving the Braves a 5-4 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all in the ninth as Erik Kratz hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils took the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a three-run home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, knocking in Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Christian Martinez’s balk, then went to third on Utley’s ground out, 3-1, and Howard, who had been intentionally walked, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 tenth.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched just four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three. Jeremy Horst pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo and Philippe Aumont combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Aumont) between them, while striking out three (Bastardo (2), Aumont (1)). Josh Lindblom (3-3, 3.58) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Mike Minor also received a no-decision as he went five innings, plus four batters, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chad Durbin committed his second blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonny Venters collected his seventeenth hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Eric O’Flaherty collected his twenty-second hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Craig Kimbrel blew his third save opportunity this season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Cristhian Martinez (5-4, 4.39) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, a walk and a balk, while striking out two.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Erik Kratz (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Kevin Frandsen (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ty Wigginton (RBI), and pinch hitter Placido Polanco had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (63-69, 3rd) continue their series with the Braves (74-58, 2nd) with an afternoon game that will be televised on Fox, in a game now in progress .

The Phils spilt the last two games of their series with the Mets, losing 3-2 before winning the final game by the same score.

The Phils lose their series with the Mets as they split the last two games of the series. losing and then winning by the score of 3-2.

On Wednesday, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Juan Pierre, who has earlier singled, then went to third base on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Matt Harvey hits an RBI single, knocking in Scott Hairston, who had started the inning off with a double, while sending Mike Baxter, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, on to second base. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Tyler Cloyd’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Cloyd over to third base. The Mets took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Lucas Duda hits a two-run home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, knocking in Ike Davis, who had just singled, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Frank Francisco collected his twenty-second save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 4.50) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Jeremy Horst pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched to a batter, giving up a hit. Phillippe Aumont pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Josh Lindblom pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Matt Harvey (3-3, 2.76) got the win as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, striking out six batters. Josh Edgin collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batters that he would face. Robert Carson collected his first hold of the year as he went two-third of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Jon Rauch received his fifteenth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the one batter that he would face. Frank Francisco collected his twenty-second save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Laynce Nix (Double) and Kevin Frandsen (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the ballgame.

In yesterday’s game, the Mets took the lead in the first as Mike Baxter started the game off hitting a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the second as, with one man out, Scott Hairston hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. The Phils cut the Mets’ lead down to 2-1 in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had just doubled, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single. The Phile took the lead in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Frandsen, who had earier doubled, then moved up to third base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirtieth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (8-9, 4.01) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Raul Valdes collected his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirtieth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jon Niese (10-8, 3.55) took the loss as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Ramon Ramirez and Robert Carson pitched two shutout innings, giving up three hits (Ramirez (2), Carson (1)) between them, while striking out three (Ramirez (2), Carson (1)).

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double, knocking in a run, followed by John Mayberry. Jr. (2 Singles, Double) with three hits and Ty Wigginton (Single, Double, RBI) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Steven Lerud (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the final Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had a walk and a stolen base (Rollins (24)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (62-69, 3rd) will start a three-games series with the Braves (74-57, 2nd). The first game will be played in Turner Field and will start the game at 7:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (8-7, 3.88) who is coming off a win against the Nationals on August 26, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He’ll be going for his fifth win in his last six starts. The Braves will plan to counter with Mike Minor (7-10, 4.71), who is coming off a win against the Giants on August 26, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 7-3 win. He’ll be trying to give the Braves the first win in the series. The Phils will be trying to start off the series with a win.

The Phils finally end their losing streak with the Braves, as Hamels five-hits Atlanta, leading to a 3-0 win.

Cole Hamels five-hit the Braves as the Phils finally end their losing streak with Atlanta, winning 3-0.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double. Two batters later, with Brown still on second base, and now with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. That would turn out to be more than enough for Cole Hamels, as he threw a complete game shutout, the fifth of his career, allowing only five hits, all singles, to the Braves: a lead-off single to Chipper Jones in the second, who is, two batters latter, wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, on a 4-6-3 doubleplay ball hit by Brian McCann; a two-out single in the fifth by McCann, who is thrown out at second base, 8-4, trying to stretch it into a double, by a strong throw by left fielder Brown as second baseman Chase Utley applies the tag; a lead-off bunt single in the seventh by Michael Bourn, who is then left stranded at first base; a lead-off single in the eighth by Freddie Freeman , who is, two batters later, wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, on a 6-4-3 doubleplay ball hit by Reed Johnson and a one-out single in the ninth by pinch hitter Tyler Pastornicky, before Hamels ended the game two batters later by getting Martin Prado to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.

Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.14) got the win, his first since signing his new contract, as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits, which striking out six. Mike Minor (6-8, 4.95) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Luis Avilan and Cory Gearnin combined for a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter (Avilan).

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Erik Kratz (Single, Double) and Nate Schierholtz (Singles) both leading the club with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Dom Brown (Double, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (50-60, T-4th) will conclude their series with the Braves (63-47, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT.  The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45), who is coming off a lost to the D-backs on August 3, after replacing Joe Blanton, who had been traded to the Dodgers, as he went four innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to pitched the Phils to their third straight series win. The Braves plan to counter with their ace Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45), who is coming off a win against the Astros on August 3, as he went seven and a third innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his twelfth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win tonight.

The Phils are still unable to defeat the Braves, as they lose to Atlanta, 6-1.

The Phils still can’t find ways to beat the Braves, as they once again fall to Atlanta, 6-1.

The Braves took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run double, knocking in Michael Bourn, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Martin Prado’s single, and Prado, who had just singled, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead, before stopping at third on the throw to the plate. The Braves then took a 3-0 lead as Freeman scored on Vance Worley’s wild pitch. The Braves added to their lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Bourn hits an RBI single, scoring Paul Janish, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Ben Sheets’ sacrifice bunt, giving the Braves a 4-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, cutting the Braves’ lead down to 4-1. The Braves got the run back in the seventh as, with a man on first, and with one man out, Brian McCann hits an RBI single on a ball that right fielder Nate Schierholtz was unable to catch as he dived for it, allowing Jason Heyward, who had earlier singled, to score, giving the Braves a 5-1 lead. The Braves added to their lead in the ninth as, with one man out, Heyward hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Braves a 6-1 lead. That would be the final score as Cristhian Martinez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (6-7, 3.83) took the lost as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Raul Valdes pitched an inning and a third, striking out three. B.J. Rosenberg pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Michael Schwimer pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Ben Sheets (4-1, 1.41) got the win as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk. Eric O’Flaherty pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Cristhian Martinez threw a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Chase Utley (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, RBI) and Nate Schierholtz (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits, as the offense was kept in check by Braves’ pitching. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (49-60, T-4th) will continue their series with the Braves (63-46, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on August 2, as he pitched seven inning, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 3-0 lost. He will be once again trying to win his first start since signing his new contract. The Braves will counter with Mike Minor (6-7, 5.01), as he is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on August 2, as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Braves’ 6-1 win. He will be trying to help continue the Braves current winning streak against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to give Hamels his first win since signing his contract extension.

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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