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The Phils winning streak ends at seven games as they are once again snakebit in Houston, as they lose to the Astros, 6-4.

The Phils are once again snakebitten at Minute Maid Park as they drop one in the late innings to the Astros, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Utley, who had just singled, would move up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 3-o lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, before he moved up to second base on right fielder Jimmy Paredes’ fielding error. Two batters later, after Mayberry had moved up to third base on pitcher Lucas Harrell’s wild pitch, and Brown had walked for his second straight at bat, the Phils t0ok a 4-0 lead as Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Mayberry, while moving Brown up to second base. The Astros cut down the Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Matt Dominguez hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring both Justin Maxwell and Jason Castro, who had both singled, with Maxwell stopping at second base on Castro’s single, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Astros took the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Jed Lowrie hits a two-run double, knocking in Dominguez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base after Scott Moore was hit by a pitch, and pinch runner Jordan Lyles, who was pinch running for Moore, who had been hit by a pitch, giving the Astros a 5-4 lead. The Astros then made it a 6-4 lead as Brandon Barnes hits an RBI single, scoring Lowrie, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. That would end up being the final score as Wilton Lopez collected his fifth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Cloyd received a no-decision as he threw three innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out four. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Josh Lindblom collected his twenty-first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo also collected his twenty-first hold of the season, as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Phillippe Aumont collected his fourth hold of the season, but took the lost (0-1, 3.00) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two walks and a hit batter. Jake Diekman committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Lucas Harrell also recieved a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits, five walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Xavier Cedeno pitched an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Hector Ambriz pitched tw0-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out a batter. Wesley Wright (1-2, 3.33) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Wilton Lopez collected his fifth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Double, RBI), pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single), pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits, as the Phils’ lose another game in the eighth inning, as the offense is unable to knock in an extra run or two late in the game. The Phils also seven walks and two stolen bases (Orr (3), Jimmy Rollins (27, 400 of his career)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (72-72, 3rd East) continue their series with the Astros (46-98, 6th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and is to start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on September 9, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off win. He will be trying to collect his fourth straight win for the fourth time. The Astros will counter with Edgar Gonzalez (2-0, 1.74), who is coming off a win against the Reds on September 9 as he went five innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Astros’ 5-1 win. He will be trying for his third straight win since being called up. The Phils will be trying to put the previous game behind them, as they try to stay in the race for the second wild card spot.

The Phils win their day-night make-up doubleheader with the Rockies, sweeping the series in the process, winning by the scores of 3-2 and 7-4.

The Phils sweep their make-up doubleheader, sweeping the series in the process, as they defeat the Rockies by the score of 3-2 and 7-4.

The Rockies took the lead in the first game of the twinbill in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, DJ LeMathieu hits an RBI single, knocking in Wilin Rosario, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Chris Nelson’s single, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead, while sending LeMathieu, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Rockies then made it a 2-0 lead as Tyler Chatwood hits an RBI single, scoring Nelson, while sending LeMathieu up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in Cole Hamels, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, and Utley, who had just singled. The score would stay tied until the bottom of the ninth as the Phils loaded up the bases, via Nate Schierholtz reaching base on a fielder’s choice, 1-6-3, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on catcher Rosario’s passed ball, is tagged out between second and third base, but not before getting into a run down long enough to allow Schierholtz to reach second base, an intentional walk to Utley, then Rosarios’s second passed ball of the inning, which allowed Schierholtz to move up to third base, and Utley to reach second base, and then an intentional walk to Howard, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr., hits an RBI single to left, on a ball that left fielder Carlos Gonzalez is unable to catch, allowing Schierhotlz to score, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo and Phillippe Aumont combined for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Bastardo) between them, while striking out two (Bastardo). Jonathan Papelbon (5-6, 2.56) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Tyler Chatwood also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out two. Adam Ottavino and Rex Brothers combined for three scoreless innings, as they gave up two hits (one hit each) and two walks (Brothers) between them, while striking out two (Ottavino). Matt Belisle (3-6, 3.08) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and two passed balls, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Double, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Laynce Nix (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had eight walks in the game.

In the nightcap, the Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rockies tied it up at one-all in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ramon Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jordan Pacheco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Tyler Colvin’s single, while sending Colvin, who had just singled, up to second base. The Rockies then took the lead one batter later as Chris Nelson hits a three-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, scoring both Colvin and Hernandez, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. The Phils cut the Rockies’ lead in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had reached first base on third baseman Nelson’s fielding error, went to second base on Chase Utley’s single, then moved up to third base on shortstop Jonathan Herrera’s missed catch error of pitcher’s Drew Pomeranz’s pick-off attempt, and Utley, who had earlier singled and then went to second base on Herrera’s error, making it a 4-3 Rockies’ lead, before Howard is thrown out at second base, trying to stretch his hit into a double, 9-6. The Phils then tied it up at four-all in the sixth as Wigginton hit a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season. The Phils took the lead four batters later as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Martinez, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Dom Brown, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Herrera’s fielding error of Martinez’s grounder, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead, while sending Martinez, who had reached base on Herrera’s error, all the way to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-4 lead as pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz hits an RBI single, scoring Martinez, while sending Ruiz up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-second save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Cloyd received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two. Justin De Fratus pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg (1-2, 11.37) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Josh Lindblom collected his twentieth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both man that he would face. Jake Diekman would receive his third hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Phillippe Aumont collected his first career hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Drew Pomeranz also received a no-decision as he pitched only four innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Josh Roenicke (4-2, 2.83) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits. Matt Reynolds pitched to two batters, giving up two hits. Edgmer Escalona pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out a batter. Will Harris pitched an innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Rafael Betancourt pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the ballclub with three hits, all singles, followed by Ty Wigginton (Double, Home Run, RBI), Michael Martinez (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double), pinch hitter Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (69-71) will start a three-game series with the Marilns (63-78, 5th) with the first game of the series already in progress.

The Phils win in the ninth inning as they defeat the Rockies, 3-2.

The Phils come from behind before winning in the ninth on a walk-off single by pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz, as they defeat the Rockies, 3-2.

The Rockies took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Gonzalez hits an RBI double, scoring Josh Rutledge, who had earlier singled, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Rockies then made it a 2-0 lead as Wilin Rosario hits an RBI single, knocking in Gonzalez. The Phils finally tied the game up at two-all in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by pinch hitter Pete Orr, a single by Juan Pierre, sending Orr on to third base, and a walk to Chase Utley, moving Pierre up to second base, and with two men out, pinch hitter Laynce Nix hits a two-run double, scoring Orr and Pierre, and sending Utley on to third base. The Phils won the game in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, then went to third base on Will Harris’ wild pitch, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on eighth hits, while striking out seven. Josh Lindblom pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Jake Diekman also pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Phillipe Aumont pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon (4-6, 2.61) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jeff Francis also received a no-decision as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Carlos Torres collected his first hold of the season as he threw an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Matt Reynolds pitched to a batter, walking him. Josh Roenicke committed his second blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Matt Belisle pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Will Harris (1-1, 6.57) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with three hits, all singles, followed by Michael Martinez with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single), pinch hitter Laynce Nix (Double, 2 RBIs) and pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (33 & 34)) in the game.

The Phils (67-71, 3rd East) will continue their series with the Rockies (56-81, 5th West) 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 Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.04) who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 2, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 8-7 lost. Hamels will be trying for his fifteenth win for the third straight start. The Rockies will counter with Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.53), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on September 3, as he threw just three innings, giving up five runs on three hits and five walks, while striking out just two, in the Rockies’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Rockies. The Phils will be trying to win another series.

The Phils increase their winning streak to two games as they hold on in a close game to defeat the Pirates, 5-4.

The Phils hold on to win a close game with the Pirates as they increase their winning streak to two game, winning 5-4.

The Pirates tried to take the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Vance Worley, after catching Garrett Jones’ grounder back to the mound, threw the ball home for a fielder’s choice out, as Jose Tabata, who had started the game by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, before going to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3, is tagged out by Carlos Ruiz for the inning’s second out, while Walker, who had earlier walked, and went to second base on McCutchen’s ground out, would move up to third, while Jones would be safe at first on the play. Worley then got out of trouble by getting Casey McGehee to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Jones at first base. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates would tie the game up at one-all in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Michael McKenry hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Pedro Alvarez, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on Clint Barmes’ ground out, 6-3. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Fontenot, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Worley’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, before Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, is thrown out trying to go to third base, 7-5-3, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in McCutchen, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Jones’ ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Drew Sutton hits an RBI double, knocking in Barmes, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on McKenry’s single, while McKenry, who had just singled, would stop at third base. After Michael Schwimer replaces Worley on the mound, the Phils would get out of further trouble as Tabata grounds out to the pitcher,  1-3, after Schwimer looks McKenry back to third, for the inning’s first out, then Walker flies out to left for the inning’s second out, before John Mayberry, Jr. throws a strike to home plate, as McKenry tries to score on the fly out, but is tagged out by Ruiz for the inning’s third out on a fly out-doubleplay, keeping the score 4-3 Phils. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, a career high, as he gives the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the ninth as, with one man out, McHenry hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, making it a 5-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighteenth save of the season by getting out the next two batter, as he got Tabata to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92) gets the win as he pitched six inning, plus three batters, as he gives up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Schwimer collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, getting out the two men that he would face, thanks to a fly out-doubleplay. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his eighteen save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Juan Cruz pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tony Watson pitched an inning, getting out all three men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Triple), Shane Victorino (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Victorino (18)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (36-40, 4th East) will continue their series with the Pirates (38-35, 3rd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Raul Valdes (2-0, 1.84) who will be making a spot start, as the Phils plan to use the bullpen tonight. Valdes last pitched on June 23, throwing two innings in relief against the Rays, giving up no runs on a hit, while striking out four. Valdes hopes to keep the Phils in the game. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (6-3, 2.19), who is coming off a complete game win against the Twins on June 21, as he gave up a run on six hits, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 9-1 blow out. He will be trying to stop the Pirates’ present losing streak. The Phils will be going for the series win, while hoping that Chase Utley will be ready to go both on the field and at the plate.

A pair of two-run home runs by the Rockies help prevent the sweep as the Phils lose, 4-1.

A couple of two-runs bombs by the Rockies help keep the Phils from completeing the sweep, as the Phils lose, 4-1.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, and his 39th career lead-off home run. The score would remain 1-0 Phils until the seventh when, with one man on, and with two men out, Chris Nelson hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Tyler Colvin, who had earlier doubled, giving the Rockies a 2-1 lead. The Rockies increased their lead in the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Wilin Rosario hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, scoring pinch hitter Todd Helton, who had earlier walked, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Rafeal Bentoncourt recorded his eleventh save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up a run on a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeff Francis received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up a run on six hits, while he struck out three. Josh Roenicke (2-0, 2.76) got the win as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Rex Brothers received his sixth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Matt Belisle collected his eight hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Rafael Betancourt received his eleventh save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), Hunter Pence (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), pinch hitter Ty Wigginton (Double) and pinch hitter Mike Fontenot (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense went back to being unable to get a key hit with men in scoring position.

The Phils (33-38, 5th NL East) resumes interleague play with a series with the Rays (38-31, 3rd AL East) with a night game tonight, depending on the weather. The Phils will send to the mount Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.64), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on June 16, as he went seven innings, giving up five run on twelve hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-5 extra-innings lost. Lee continues to look for his first win of 2012, hoping that he’ll get it this time. The Rays will counter with James Shields (4-4, 4.16), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on June 16, as he threw seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three unearned runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Rays’ 4-3 extra-innings lost. He’ll be out to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to give Lee his first win of 2012.

 

The Phils leave Washington with a win as Cole Hamels threw eight strong innings, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 9-3.

The Phils escape the Nation’s capital with a victory behind the strong pitching of Cole Hamels as they defeat the Nats, 9-3.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, with Chad Tracy at the plate, Bryce Harper, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, and then went to third on a single to left by Jayson Werth, would steal home plate, his first stolen base of both the season and his career, as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels was trying to keep Werth close to first, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had lead the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead three batters later as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Laynce Nix, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then busted the game open in the ninth. With a runner on second, and with one man out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, before Pierre moved up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Pierre. The Phils then made it a 7-1 lead as Pence hits his second two-run home run of the game, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Victorino. Four batters later, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits a two-run single, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Polanco’s double, and Polanco, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 9-1 lead. The Nats would get one of the runs back in their half of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Roger Bernadina hits an RBI double, scoring Rick Ankiel, who had earlier hit into a force out, 3-6, wiping out at second base Danny Espinosa, who had earlier walked, for the inning’s second out, then stopped at second base on Wilson Ramos’ single, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Ramos, who had just singled, on to third base. The Nats then made it a 9-3 Phils’ lead as Ian Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Ramos, while sending Bernadina all the way to third. After Desmond moved up to second base on defensive indifference, Brian Sanches finally ended the ballgame by getting Steve Lombardozzi to pop out to the second baseman for the final out.

Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.45) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits, a walk, and a hit batter, while he struck out eight. Brian Sanches pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Jordan Zimmermann (1-3, 2.29) took the lost as he went six innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit batter, while he struck out one. Craig Stammen and Sean Burnett combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out one batter (Stammen) between them. Ryan Perry pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk. Tom Gorzelanny pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils’ bats had thirteen hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Juan Pierre (Singles, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Home Runs, 4 RBIs) with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Triple, RBI), Laynce Nix (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Pete Orr (Single), Freddie Glavis (Single, 2 RBIs) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks, a hit batter (Hamels) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (6)), in the game.

The Phils (14-15, 5th) will start a home stand, starting with a three-game set against the Mets (15-13, 3rd). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-2, 3.40), who is coming off an awful start against the Braves on May 2, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on twelve hits, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 15-13 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to come back from that bad start as he continues to look for his fourth win of the season. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (2-1, 4.08), who is coming off a lost to the Astros on May 1, as he threw just three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out a batter, in the Mets’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to recover from that lost. The Phils will be trying to bounce back from their losing series in Washington.

The Phils starts off their important road trip by breaking up a tie with two eighth inning runs as they defeat the Braves, 4-2.

Two runs in the eighth inning leads to a win in Atlanta as the Phils defeat the Braves, 4-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run single to left, as the ball gets past left fielder Martin Prado for a two-base fielding error, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Hunter Pence’s double, and Pence, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, before stopping at third base on Prado’s error. The Braves got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Brian McCann hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Braves would tie the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Freddie Freeman, a walk by McCann, moving Freeman up to second base, and a single by Matt Diaz, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Juan Francisco hits a sacrifce fly, scoring Freeman. The Phils retook the lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, would score the go-ahead run on pitcher Jonny Venters’ wild pitch as Polanco struck out for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while Rollins, who had just singled, moved up to second base. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead two batters later as, with men once again on the corners, after Shane Victorino had hit an inflield single, sending Rollins on to third base, and with still two men out, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Victorino over to third base.  That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and record his ninth save of the year by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Michael Bourn, swinging, to end the game.

Cole Hamels gets a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo gets the win (1-0, 4.15) as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Qualls collected his sixth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, as he gave up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brandon Beachy also received a no-decision as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while he struck out two. Jonny Venters (2-1, 1.93) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning as he gave up two runs on four hits and a wild pitch, while he struck out one. Kris Medlen pitched one and one-thirds scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits apiece. Placido Polanco (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single, 2 RBIs), Laynce Nix (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Freddie Galvis (Single) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had a stolen base (Rollins (5)) in the game.

The Phils (12-12, 4th) continue their series with the Braves (14-10, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field, and is set to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-2, 1.05), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on April 27, where he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will for the third time be going for his fourth win of the season, hoping that this time the offense will back him up. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 27, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while he struck out five, in the Braves’ 6-1 win. He is also going for his fourth win of the season, while he prepares to face the Phils. The Phils will be out to win their second straight road series, while trying once again to get over .500.

The Phils’ offense strike back with a display of offense in support of Vance Worley as they defeat the D-backs, 8-5.

The Phils’ offense picked up the momentum from the previous night’s ninth-inning rally by striking for five extra-base hits, including three home runs, as they supported a good start by Vance Worley as they defeat the D-backs, 8-5.

The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who was safe at first on a force out, 4-6, as Pete Orr, who had started the inning off with a single, was wiped at second base for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead three batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a two-run bomb of his own, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The D-backs got a run back in the fifth as Cody Ransom hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. The Phils made it a 7-1 lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Nix and Brian Schneider, a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Placido Polanco, 1-4, moving both runners up a base, and a soft fly ball single to left by Juan Pierre, although the Phils’ broadcasters mention that the umpires may have made the wrong call, and with one man out, Orr hits a bases clearing triple, knocking in Nix, Schneider and Pierre. The D-backs tried to come back in their half of the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Ryan Roberts hits an RBI double, scoring Willie Bloomquist, who had started the inning with a double, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 7-2. Gerardo Parra cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-3 as he followed with an RBI double of his own, scoring Roberts. Two batters later, after Parra had stolen third base, and now with one man out, Justin Upton hits an RBI ground out, scoring Parra, and making it a 7-4 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead. The D-backs would get that run back in their half of the eighth as Jason Kubel hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his sixth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Aaron Hill to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16) got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just one run on five scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Jose Contreras pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Chad Qualls pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out the side. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his sixth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Josh Collmenter (0-2, 9.82) took the lost as he went six innings plus two batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, while he struck out six. Bryan Shaw pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out a batter. Mike Zagurski pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he also struck out one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Laynce Nix (Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, raising his batting average to .333. Juan Pierre (Singles), Pete Orr (Single, Triple, 3 RBIs) and Brian Schneider (Singles), all followed with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits, as the batters erupted for five extra-base hits (Double, Triple, 3 Home Runs), which were responsible for all eight Phils’ RBIs. Hopefully this is a precursor to a better offense.

The Phils (8-10, 4th East) will conclude their three-game series (and their road trip) with an afternoon game against the D-backs (9-9, 4th West). The game will be played at Chase Field, and is to start shortly. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 20, where he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-1 win. He will be out to give the Phils the series win, and a spilt of the road trip. The D-backs will counter with Trevor Cahill (1-1, 2.84), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on April 20, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out just two, in the D-backs’ 9-1 lost. He will be out to silent the Phils’ suddenly hot bats. The Phils will be out for a spilt of their road trip, while hoping that the bats will stay hot.

Spring Training: The Phils drop their spring training home opener to the Yankees, 8-5.

In spite of a late ninth inning rally, the Phils lost their grapefruit league opener to the Yankees, 8-5.

The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double to left, knocking in Curtis Granderson, who had earlier doubled. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Hunter Pence crush a two-run home run to center, his first home run of the spring, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier reached first base on a fielding error by shortstop Eduardo Nunez, then went to second on pitcher Ivan Nova’s pick-off attempt-throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Yankees then tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with one man out, Granderson hits a wind-assisted solo home run to left, his first home run of the spring. The Yanks then took the lead in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Jorge Vazquez hits an RBI single, knocking in Cole Garner, who had earlier doubled, giving the Yanks a 3-2 lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Yanks then made it a 4-2 lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Dewayne Wise hits a wind helped RBI triple to center, scoring Chris Dickerson, who had just doubled. The Yankees then took a 6-2 lead as Gardner hits a two-run home run to left, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Wise. The Bronx Bombers then took an 8-2 lead in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, thanks to a walk to Dickerson, and a single to Wise, sending Dickerson on to third, and with two men out, pinch hitter Zoilo Almonte hits a two-run pinch hit double, scoring both Dickerson and Wise. The Phils started a rally in their half of the ninth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits a two-run home run, his first of the spring, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, cutting the Yanks’ lead down to 8-4. Three batters later, with a man on first, and with two men out, the Phils cut the Yanks’ lead down to 8-5 as Tyson Gillies hits an RBI double, knocking in Scott Podsednik, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Michael O’Connor ended the game by striking out Cesar Hernandez, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out one. Dave Bush blew his first save opportunity of the spring, as he went two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out two. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Dontrelle Willis (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Chad Qualls pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out one. Raul Valdes pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out a batter. Ivan Nova also received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up two runs on a hit, while he struck out two. David Phelps pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Manny Banuelos (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two walks. Dellin Betances and Cesar Cabral combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Cabral) between them, while walking two (Betances). Michael O’Connor pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Tyson Gillies leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double, while knocking in a run, followed by Hunter Pence (HR, 2 RBIs), Ty Wigginton (Single), Scott Podsednik (Double), Hector Luna (Single), Juan Pierre (Single) and Kevin Frandsen (HR, 2 RBI). The Phils also collected five walks in the game, as well as a stolen base (Pierre).

The Phils next spring training game will be an afternoon game tomorrow with the Yankees in Tampa Bay, Florida, starting at 1:05 pm EST.

33 games in 31 days: Game #20: The Phils missed an opportunity to clinch the NL East, as they fall in extra-innings to the Cardinals, 4-2.

As the Braves get crushed by the Mets, the Phils missed a chance to clinch their fifth straight Eastern Division title as they fall in extra-innings to the Cardinals, 4-2.

The Cardinals took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to David Freese, a single by Yadier Molina, sending Freese up to second base, and a walk to Skip Schumaker, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, Rafael Furcal forced in a run with a walk, scoring Freese, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead, while moving up a base both Molina and Schumaker. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had just doubled. The Cardinals retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Molina hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. The Phils would retie the game up at two-all in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for pinch hitter Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, would score on a Corey Patterson fielding error of a fly ball hit by Carlos Ruiz, allowing Ruiz to reach second base on the miscue. The Cards then regain the lead in the eleventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Adron Chambers hits an RBI single, scoring Furcal, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Patterson’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Cards a 3-2 lead, while sending Albert Pujols, who had just been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Cards then added to their lead as Tyler Greene hits an RBI double, knocking in Pujols, giving the Cards a 4-2 lead, before Chambers, who was following Pujols, was tagged out at the plate on a strong throw by Martinez, via Jimmy Rollins, for a 7-6-2 second out. But that would end up being the final score as the Phils go down in their half of the eleventh.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went only six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer (1-1, 4.82) took the lost, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. Jaime Garcia also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Marc Rzepczynski collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Octavio Dotel received his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Jason Motte blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, striking out a batter. Arthur Rhodes pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Kyle McClellan (12-8, 4.01) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Fernando Salas collected his twenty-fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Single), Brian Schneider (Single) and pinch hitter Ryan Howard (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to sputter, in spite of continuing to win.

The Phils (97-52, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cardinals (82-68, 2nd Central) 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 Roy Oswalt (7-9, 3.88), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on September 12, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out just two, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. Oswalt will be trying to regain his old form while trying to pitch the Phils over the finish line, if the Braves don’t fall to the Mets this afternoon. The Cardinals will counter with Jake Westbrook (12-8, 4.61), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 11, as he went five and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cards’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to keep the Phils from winning the East for one more day, while keeping his team in the race for the Wild Card. The Phils will be out prove to that they have won the East by going for the win tonight.

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