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The Phils end their four-game series with the Marlins on a high note as Chase Utley hits a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the fourteenth, as the Phils beat the fish, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA walk-off two-run shot by Chase Utley gives the Phils a series split with the fish, as they defeat the Marlins in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the third as Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins then made it a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth as Giancarlo Stanton hits a lead-off home run of his own, his twenty-first home run of the year. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Chase Utley, a single by Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and a one-out single by Cody Asche, sending Utley on to third base, and Howard up to second base, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Phils would tie the game up at two-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, stole second base, and then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 3-1. The Marlins would retake the lead in the top of the seventh as Marcell Ozuna hits a lead-off home run, the third solo home run given up by Phils’ starter Cole Hamels in the game, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Phils would retie the game at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, and then stopped at third base on Revere’s ground out, 6-3, would score on first baseman Jeff Baker’s fielding error of Rollins’ grounder to first base. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the fourteenth in walk-off fashion as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Utley hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 5-3 win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, all solo home runs, on six hits, while striking out seven. Jake Diekman, Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo, Ken Giles and Mario Hollands would all combine for five scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Diekman (1), Hollands (1)) and three walks (Diekman (2), Giles (1)) between them, while striking out four fish (Diekman (1), Papelbon (2), Bastardo (1)). Justin De Fratus (2-0, 1.71) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tom Koehler also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Bryan Morris pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit. Mike Dunn, Kevin Gregg and A.J. Ramos all combined for three and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ramos) and three walks (Ramos) between them, while striking out five (Dunn (3), Gregg (1), Ramos (1)). Chris Hatcher (0-1, 3.93) took the loss as he pitched two and one third-innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two.

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Chase Utley (2 Singles, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Ryan Howard and Cody Asche with two hits each, all singles. Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and pinch-hitter Dom Brown had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. Carlos Ruiz had the final Phil RBI with a sac fly, while the final run scored on a Marlins’ fielding error. The Phils also had three walks in the game (Revere, Rollins, Byrd), a stolen base (Revere (21)) and a sacrifice bunt (pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr.), while the defense would perform two double plays.

The Phils (36-42, 4th) will start a three-game weekend series with the Braves (40-38, 2nd), starting with a 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 (3-7, 4.20), who is coming off a loss against the Cardinals on June 22, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-3 loss. He will be trying to regroup after his last start. The Braves will counter with Julio Teheran (6-5, 2.41), who is coming off a loss against the Nationals on June 21, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out ten, in the Braves’ 3-0 loss. He will be trying to put a stop his personal two-game losing streak. The Phils will be out to continue their present winning streak against the Braves.

The Phils take the series from the Rockies in walk-off fashion on Ryan Howard’s three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth, winning 6-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyan Howard’s three-run home run caps a four-run ninth inning as the Phils win the series from the Rockies in walk-off fashion, winning 6-3.

The Rockies took the lead in the top of the third as Justin Morneau hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Rockies added to their lead three batters later as, with one man on, and with one man out, Wilin Rosario hits an RBI double, knocking in Corey Dickerson, who had earlier walked, giving the Rockies a 2-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, making it a 2-1 Rockies’ lead. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base as Jimmy Rollins strike out, swinging, for the inning’s first out, while sending Howard, who had just been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Rockies tried to take the lead in the top of the seventh as they had the bases loaded via a walk to Dickerson, a walk to Rosario, moving Dickerson up to second base, a Carlos Ruiz throwing error, as he tried to picked off Dickerson at second base, moving both runners up a base, and a walk to Josh Rutledge, and with nobody out, pitcher Mike Adams, after he had replaced pitcher Antonio Bastardo on the mound, would get out of the inning by first getting pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez to hit into a 1-2-3 double play, as Dickerson is forced out at the plate for the inning’s first out, as Ruiz touched home plate, before throwing to first base, as Rosario moved up to third base and Rutledge moved up to second base, and then striking out pinch-hitter Troy Tulowitzki, swinging, for the inning’s final out. The Rockies regained the lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, DJ LeMahieu hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Rockies a 3-2 lead. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had earlier reached base on second baseman Rutledge’s throwing error, then stopped at second base on Ben Revere’s single, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, over to third base, before stopping at second base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils then won the game as Howard hits a three-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Revere and Utley, giving the Phils a 6-3 walk-off win.

Roberto Hernandez received a no-decision as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, plus three batters, as he walked four. Mike Adams pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon (1-1, 1.86) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jordan Lyles also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, four walks and a wild pitch, as he struck out five. Matt Belisle pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Rex Brothers pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Nick Masset received his first hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. LaTroy Hawkins collected his first hold of the season, before taking the lost (2-1), as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit. Boone Logan received his third blown save of the season as he pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up two runs on two hits.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Marlon Byrd (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had four walks (Rollins, Howard, Byrd, Dom Brown) and a stolen bases (Revere (13)), while the defense committed two errors (Cesar Hernandez (1), Ruiz (3)) and preformed a double play.

The Phils (23-27, 5th) will start a five-game series with the Mets (24-28, 4th) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will start David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on May 24, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to add to his previous performance, while tying to lead the Phils to a series opening win. The Mets will counter with Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on May 24, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Mets’ 3-2 lost. He is still looking for his second win of the season. The Phils will be looking to take the first game of this long series from the Mets.

The Phils take the series from the Reds after being shutout in the opening game by the score of the 3-0, as an offensive outsburst leads to their winning the final two games by the scores of 12-1 and 8-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the weekend series from the Reds, losing the series’ opener, 3-0, before busting out the bats to win the final two games by 12-1 and 8-3.

On Friday night, the Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Devin Mesoraco hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Billy Hamilton, who had had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Skip Schumaker’s single, then went to third on Brandon Phillips’ fly out to center field, and Schumaker, who had earlier singled, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would calm down for the next six innings, giving up only one more hit, while the Phils’ bullpen would blank the Reds’ offense for the final two innings, as Reds’ pitching would keep the Phils off the scoreboard for a second straight game, only giving up six hits, before Aroldis Chapman recorded his second save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez to strike out, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 3.96) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo and Roberto Hernandez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Hernandez) and a walk (Hernandez) between them, while striking out four (Bastardo (3), Hernandez (1)). Alfredo Simon (5-2, 2,45) got the win as he went seven and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Manny Parra collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Aroldis Chapman received his second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Cody Asche (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Singles) with two hits. Carlos Ruiz had the Phil’s other hit, a single. The Phils also had two walks (Jimmy Rollins, John Mayberry, Jr.) and a hit batter (Ruiz) in the game.

On Saturday night, the Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Zack Cozart, a walk by Brandon Phillips and an infield single by Todd Frazier, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Ryan Ludwick hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Frazier at second base for the game’s second out, as Cozart scores, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Phillips moved up to third base, and Ludwick would be safe at first. The Phils, after having been kept off the scoreboard for 23 straight innings, would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Cody Asche hits a two-run double, scoring Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s double, and Byrd, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Dom Brown followed with a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Asche. The Phils added to their lead four batters later as, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamel’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils then took a 6-1 lead as, after Ruiz had moved up to second base on Logan Ondrusek’s wild pitch, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz. The Phils then increased their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, after Ruiz had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, and then Utley and Howard both walked, and then Byrd hits into a force out, 1-2, as Ruiz is forced out at the plate as catcher Tucker Barnhart touches the plate, while the runners both moved up a base, and Byrd would be safe at first, and with one man out, Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead, while moving up a base both Howard and Byrd, leaving the bases still loaded. The Phils then blew the game wide open as Brown followed with a bases clearing double, knocking in Howard, Byrd and Asche, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead. The Phils then took an 11-1 lead two batters later as, with Brown now on third base, thanks to catcher Barnhart’s passed ball, and now with two men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Brown. The Phils then made it an 12-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with one man out, Cesar Hernandez hits a solo home run, hit first home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and pitch a scoreless ninth, getting Skip Schumaker to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (1-2, 4.40) got the win, the 100th of his major league career, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out ten. Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Papelbon) between them. Homer Bailey (3-3, 5.44) took the lost as he lasted just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out only two. Logan Ondrusek pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. J.J. Hoover pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Sean Marshall pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on three hits, two walks and a passed ball, while striking out a batter. Sam LaCure pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils would bang out thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Double), Cody Asche (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Double, Home Run, 5 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Cesar Hernandez (Home Run, RBI), Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Single) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks (Utley, Ryan Howard (2), Asche, Gwynn) and a sacrifice bunt (Cole Hamels) in the game.

On Sunday afternoon, the Reds once again took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Brandon Phillips hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Billy Hamilton, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Chris Heisey’s walk, then stole third base, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Heisey, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, would stay at second base. The Reds would increase their lead two batters later, with a man still on second, and now with two men out, Devin Mesoraco hits an RBI double, knocking in Heisey, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. The Phils get a run back in their half of the first as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Reds’ lead. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all as Wil Nieves followed with a home run of his own, his first home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Cliff Lee, who had started the inning off with a single, was safe at second base on Rollins’ fielder’s choice grounder to third baseman Todd Frazier, beating the throw to the bag, and then moving up to third base on Nieves’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Rollins, who was safe at first on the fielder’s choice, then moved up to second base on Nieves’ sacrifice bunt, to third base. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as Marlon Byrd hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then broke the game open as Cody Asche followed with a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Howard and Byrd, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Reds would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Ludwick, who was safe at first on a force out, 6-3, as Mesoraco, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base, then moved up to second base on defensive indifference, would score on second baseman Utley’s fielding error of Neftali Soto’s grounder, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out Todd Frazier, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.18) gets the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out three. Mike Adams collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Tony Cingrani (2-3, 3.76) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, three walks and a balk, while striking out seven. Manny Parra pitched an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jonathan Broxton pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Wil Nieves (Single, Home Run, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Cliff Lee (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley had the Phils’ final RBI on a ground out. The Phils also had five walks (Rollins (2), Ryan Howard (2), Mayberry), a sacrifice bunt (Nieves) and a runner caught stealing/picked off (Asche), while the defense committed an error (Utley).

The Phils (19-22, 5th) have the day off today.

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.

The Phils take the weekend series from the Nats, after losing the series opener, 5-3, by taking the next two games by the scores of 7-2 and 1-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAfter losing the series opener, 5-3, the Phils come back to take the weekend series from the Nats, winning by the scores of 7-2 and 1-0.

On Friday night, the Phils took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd, after right fielder Jayson Werth had committed a fielding error on his foul pop in the right field foul area, hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knowing in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and Ryan Howard, who had just singled, sending Utley to third base. The Nats would get a run back in the top of the third as Tyler Moore hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Nats would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Denard Span hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Moore, who had started the inning off with a single, reached second base on second baseman Utley’s force attempt fielding error of Jose Lobaton’s grounder, and then moved up to third base on Stephen Strasburg’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, while moving Lobaton, who had earlier reached base on Utley’s error, then moved up to second base on Strasburg’s bunt, up to third base. The Nats would tie the game up at three-all in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third and with nobody out, Anthony Rendon hits an RBI single, knocking in Span, who had started the inning off with a double, then stole third base. The Nats then took the lead two batters later, after Werth had hit a single, moving Rendon up to second base, and with still nobody out, as Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Rendon, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, which sending Werth up to second base. The Nats then took a 5-3 lead as Ian Desmond followed with an RBI double, knocking in Werth, while sending LaRoche on to third base. That would end up being the final score as Rafael Soriano collected his sixth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, getting pinch-hitter Freddy Galvis to pop up to the third baseman for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Mike Adam blew his second save of the season before taking the lost (1-1, 8.31) as he pitched to three batters, giving up three runs on three hits. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Stephen Strasburg also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three unearned runs on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Aaron Barrett pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up a hit. Jerry Blevins (2-1, 3.38) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Tyler Clippard collected his sixth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Rafael Soriano collected his sixth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles), Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Cody Asche (Single, Double), all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins (2), Ruiz) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

In Saturday night’s game, the Phils, like on Friday, took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, and Chase Utley, who had just walked. The Phils then added to their lead in the bottom of the second as, with one man out, Cody Asche hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had just doubled. The Phile then made it a 7-0 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Tony Gwynn, Junior, a single by Rollins, sending Gwynn over to third base, and a walk to Utley, moving Rollins up a base, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a two-run single, knocking in Gwynn and Rollins, while moving Utley up to second base. The Nats would get on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Nats would make it a 7-2 Phils’ lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men out, pinch-hitter Zach Walters hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless ninth as he got Sandy Leon to strike out, swinging, to end the ball game.

A.J. Burnett (2-1, 2.06) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on three hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out seven. Mario Hollands pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one. Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo combined for two scoreless innings, striking out five (Adams (2), Bastardo (3)) between them. Tanner Roark (2-1, 4.17) took the lost as he went four innings plus two batters, as he gave up seven runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Ryan Mattheus pitched two innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Craig Stammen pitched two scoreless innings, as he gave up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with four hits, all singles, followed by Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Dom Brown (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Gwynn (1), Chase Utley (2)) and a stolen base (Rollins (5)), while the defense committed an error (Asche).

Yesterday afternoon, the Phils took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had just tripled. That would end up being all the runs the Phils would need as starter Roberto Hernandez would throw seven and a third scoreless innings, giving up just four hits, a single to Jayson Werth in the top of the first, with a man on first, via a one-out walk to Kevin Frandsen, who is thrown out at third base, trying to go from first to third as the ball was deflected off of third baseman Jayson Nix into left field, 7-5, as John Mayberry, Jr. threw him out, as Werth moved up to second base on the throw, a lead-0ff infield single to Ian Desmond in the top of the second, a lead-off single to Denard Span in the top of the third and a lead-off single to Span in the top of the eighth, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Frandsen, 1-4, for the inning’s first out, moving Span up to second base. After a pitching change, Mike Adams gets Werth to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, the Phils get out of trouble after another pitching change, as Bastardo, after walking LaRoche, who is then replaced at first base by pinch-runner Steven Souza, Jr., putting runners on the corners, gets out of the inning by striking out Anthony Rendon, swinging. Jonathan Papelbon would then come in and collect his ninth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Zach Walters, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50) got the win as he pitched seven and a third scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Mike Adams collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his ninth save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 2.91) took the lost as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Jerry Blevins pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had just four hits in the game, a triple by Ben Revere, a triple by Jimmy Rollins, an RBI single by Chase Utley and a single by Jayson Nix. The Phils also had three walks (Rollins, John Mayberry, Jr., Nix) and two sacrifice bunts (Roberto Hernandez, Tony Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Utley) and an outfield assist (Mayberry)

The Phils (15-14, 4th NL East) starts a home-home interleague games series with the Blue Jays (14-17, 5th AL East), beginning the first of two home games, already in progress.

The Phils end their 10-game road trip with a 6-4 record as they take two from the D-backs, winning by the scores of 6-5 and 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils leave the west with a 6-4 road record as they take the final two games from the D-backs, winning by 6-5 and 2-0.

On Saturday night, the D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Paul Goldschmidt hits a sacrifice fly, knowing in A.J. Pollock, who had started the inning off with a single, then get picked off first base by pitcher Cliff Lee, but would end up being safe at second base on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ missed catch error, then stopped at third base on Martin Prado’s ground out, 4-3, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs added to their lead three batters later as, with two men on, via two straight singles by Miguel Montero and Aaron Hill, with Montero stopping at second base, and with two men out, Cody Ross hits an RBI single, scoring Montero, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead, while moving Hill up to second base. The D-backs increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Pollock hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chris Owings, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Bronson Arroyo’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the D-backs a 3-0 lead. The D-backs tired to make it a 4-0 lead as, with Pollock still on third, and with the Phils’ infield drawn in, Prado hits a sharp ground ball to shortstop Rollins, who threw home, cutting down Pollock for the second out of the inning on a fielder’s choice force out, as Prado reached first base safely. The D-backs added to their lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ross hits a two-run single, knocking in Goldschmidt, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Hill’s double, and Hill, who had just doubled, making it a 5-0 D-backs’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ ground out, 3-4-3, making it a 5-1 D-backs’ lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 D-backs’ lead two batters later, after Gwynn had moved up to third base on Ben Revere’s single, before he had moved up to second base on left fielder Ross’ throwing error, putting runners on second and third, and with still one man out, as Rollins hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Gwynn, while moving Revere up to third base. The Phils would make it a 5-3 D-backs’ lead in the top of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via third baseman Prado’s fielding error of Ryan Howard’s grounder, a walk to Marlon Byrd, moving Howard up to second base, and a single by Dom Brown, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, while moving both Byrd and Brown up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all two batters later as pitch hitter Cody Asche hits a two-run double, knocking in Byrd and Brown, while sending Ruiz up to third base. The Phils then took the lead as Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead, while sending Asche up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Montero to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jeff Manship (1-0, 6.75) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo received his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Adams collected his first hold of the season, as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Bronson Arroyo also received a no-decision as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Joe Thatcher pitched two-thirds of an inning, plus a batter, as he gave up an unearned run on a hit. Trevor Cahill blew his first save of the season before taking the lost (1-5, 7.66), as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (RBI) leading the team with three hits, all singles, followed by Ben Revere (Singles, RBI) and Don Brown (Singles) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Marlon Byrd (Single), Cliff Lee (Single), pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Double, RBIs), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Utley, Byrd, Ruiz) and a stolen base (Revere (8)) in the game, while Lee picked off two runners, but only recorded one pick off because of Rollins’ missed catch error.

On Sunday afternoon, the Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who has started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, would score on Marlon Byrd’s infield single as shortstop Owings tried to throw Utley out at third base, but instead hit him with the ball, which would then go into the dugout, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while Byrd would move up to second base on shortstop Owings’ throwing error. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Cody Ross to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-1, 2.15) got the win as he threw eight scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon received his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon McCarthy (0-5, 5.54) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out twelve Phils. Oliver Perez and Brad Ziegler combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ziegler) between them, while striking out one (Ziegler).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, RBI) and Marlon Byrd (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Double) and Wil Nieves (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits, while the other Phil run came in on a throwing error. The Phils also had a walk (Jimmy Rollins), a stolen base (Revere (9)) and a caught stealing (Rollins (2)), while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (13-12, 4th) have the day off today.

The Phils spoil the Cubs’ celebration of the 100th home opener at Wrigley Field, as they defeat the Cubs, 7-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils ruin the 100th home opener at Wrigley Field as they defeat the Cubs, 7-2.

The Cubs take the lead in the bottom of the second as, with two men out, Wellington Castillo hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs would increase their lead in the bottom of the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Darwin Barney, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Travis Wood’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had started the inning off by reaching base on third baseman Luis Valbuena’s fielding error, then stopping at third base on Ryan Howard’s single, making it a 2-1 Cubs’ lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils would take the lead in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils would add to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils would increase their lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Brown, who had lead the inning off with a single, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. That would remain the final score as Mario Hollands and Jeff Manship would combine for a 1-2-3 ninth, with Manship getting pinch-hitter Mike Ott to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 3.38) got the win as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Jake Diekman collected his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Justin De Fratus also collected his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo, Mario Hollands and Jeff Manship would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Bastardo (1), Hollands (1)) between them. Travis Wood (0-1, 4.26) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Hector Rondon pitched to one batter, walking him. Wesley Wright pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Schlitter pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Phils pounded out eleven hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Dom Brown (2 Singles, Double, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Carlos Ruiz (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Ruiz (2), Howard), a hit batter (Ruiz) and a stolen base (Revere (2)) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (2-2, 4th East) will continue their series with the Cubs (1-3, 5th Central) with a day game tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Wrigley Field, and it will start at 2:20 pm EDT (1:20 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40), who is coming off a win against the Rangers on March 31, as he went five innings, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out only one, in the Phils’ 14-10 win. He will be trying to pitched a better start, while trying to help get the Phils over the .500 mark. The Cubs will counter with Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on March 31, as he went seven shutout innings, giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 1-0 extra-inning lost. He will be trying to even up the series for the Cubs. The Phils will once again be trying for the series win tomorrow, while hoping to see their fourth straight quality start from their starters, while the bats continue to hit.

The Phils win opening day in Texas as the offense explodes for 14 runs, defeating the Rangers, 14-10.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils starts the 2014 season with an opening day victory as the offense explodes for 14 runs, as they defeat the Rangers, 14-10.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Carlos Ruiz, who had just walked, up to third base. Two batters later, after Tony Gwynn, Jr. had walked to load the bases, and with still two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Asche and Gwynn. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits a grand-slam home run, his first home run of the season, and his 200th home run of his career, knocking in Asche, Gwynn and Revere. The Rangers got a run back in their half of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Adrian Beltre, an infield single by Alex Rios and a walk by J.P. Arencibia, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Leonys Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltre, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Rios and Arencibia up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Josh Wilson then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as he hits a bases-clearing double, scoring Rios, Arencibia and Martin. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the top of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, had moved up to second base on Marlon Byrd’s single, then moved up to third base, while Byrd would stop at second base, on Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers’ wild pitch, and with one man out, Howard is thrown out at home plate on a fielder’s choice on Ruiz’s grounder to Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, 6-2, for the inning’s second out, as Byrd remained at second base, while Ruiz is safe at first. The Rangers took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Rios hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Prince Fielder, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Beltre’s single, and Beltre, who had just singled, giving the Rangers a 7-6 lead. The Phils tied the game up at seven-all in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Asche’s walk, and Asche, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 9-7 lead. The Rangers would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Martin hits an RBI single, scoring Arencibia, who had just singled, making it a 9-8 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men out, Byrd hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 10-8 lead. The Phils then took an 11-8 lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with two men still out, Asche hits an infield single on a ball that is deflected off of Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando’s leg, which would allow Brown, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, to score from second base, as Rangers shortstop Andrus commits a fielding error on the deflected ball, as Ruiz, who had earlier walked, would safely reach second base. The Phils then increased their lead two batters later as, with the bases loaded, as Mayberry walked, moving both Ruiz and Asche up a base, and with still two men out, Revere hits a two-run single, scoring Ruiz and Asche, giving the Phils a 13-8 lead, while sending Mayberry on to third base. The Rangers would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Beltre, a single by Rios, sending Beltre up to second base, and a walk to pinch-hitter Michael Choice, after B.J. Rosenberg had replaced Jake Diekman, and with nobody out, Arencibia hits into a doubleplay, 6-4-3, as Beltre scored, making it a 13-9 Phils’ lead, as Rios moved up to third base, while Choice is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. Two batters later, after Martin walks to put runners on the corners, and with still two men out, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci hits an RBI single, knocking in Rios, making it a 13-10 Phils’ lead, while sending Martin up to second base. After Rosenberg is replaced by Antonio Bastardo, and Shin-Soo Choo is walked, loading the bases as Martin and Adduci both move up a base, the Phils get out of the inning as Andrus hits into a force out, 4-unassisted, as Choo is wiped out at second base for the inning’s final out. The Phils then made it a 14-10 lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, Asche hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Martin to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. B. J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tanner Scheppers received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up seven runs on eighth hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Pedro Figueroa (0-1, 21.60) took the lost as he went one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Shawn Tolleson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Seth Rosin pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils’ offense opened the season with seventeen hits, with Ben Revere (Singles, 3 RBIs), Chase Utley (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), all leading the team with three hits each, followed by Ryan Howard (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Pinch-Hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, 2 RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils would also have six walks (Howard, Ruiz (2), Asche, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Mayberry) and two stolen bases (Revere (1), Brown (1)) in the game, while the defense would perform a doubleplay.

The Phils (1-0, T-1 NL East) will continue their interleague game road series with the Rangers (0-1, 5 AL West) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Globe Life Park and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Phils to a 2-0 record. The Rangers will counter with Martin Perez (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Rangers to their first victory of 2014. The Phils will be hoping that the offense will continue to hit, while the pitching starts to improve over this afternoon’s performance.

The Phils take the series from the first-place Braves, as they win, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils recovered from Saturday’s thumping to take the series from the first-place Braves, winning, 7-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chase Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead two batters later as, now with runners on the corners, as Michael Young walks, and with still two men out, Delmon Young hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending M. Young up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits a two-run triple, knocking in D. Young, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Darin Ruf’s double, and Ruf, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Braves got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men on, Kris Medlen helped his cause with an RBI single, scoring Brian McCann, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Dan Uggla’s double, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Uggla, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils got that run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Brown hits a solo home run, his team-leading twenty-third home run of the year, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruf, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, then went to third base on pinch-hitter John McDonald’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, would score on relief pitcher’s Alex Wood wild pitch, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on McDonald’s sacrifice bunt, would move up to third base on the wild pitch, before heading home to score on catcher McCann’s throwing error to pitcher Wood, as he tried to cover the plate as Ruf scored, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. The Braves got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with one man out, Chris Johnson hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Braves then made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Jason Heyward hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-hitter Tyler Pastornicky, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Andrelton Simmons’ single, while sending Simmons, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) got the win as he went five and one-third innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jake Diekman collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face. Justin De Fratus collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. J.C. Ramirez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his thirteenth hold of the year as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, as he struck out three. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out a batter. Kris Medlen (6-8, 3.45) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five. Alex Wood pitched two-thirds of an inning, throwing a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Luis Ayala and David Carpenter combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out two (Carpenter).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Dom Brown (Triple, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) leading the team with two hits each. Ben Revere (Triple, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Michael Young (Single), Delmon Young (Single, RBI), Darin Ruf (Double) and John McDonald (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. The final two Phils’ run came in on a wild pitch and a throwing error. The Phils also had three walks (M. Young, D. Young, Ruf) and a sacrifice bunt (McDonald) in the game.

The Phils (43-46, 3rd) start a four-game series with the Nats (46-42, 2nd) with a game already in progress.

The Phils take the series from the Bucos as they defeat the Pirates, 6-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense give Cole Hamels his third win of the season as they defeat the NL Central leading Pirates, 6-4.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run single, knocking in Starling Marte, who had earlier singled, reached second base on Jose Tabata infield single, before reaching third on second baseman Chase Utley’s missed catch error, and Tabata, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on Utley’s error, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead in half in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, before he moved up to third base on center fielder McCurchen’s throwing error to the plate. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in the top of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, with Howard stopping at second base, and a single by Delmon Young, with both Howard and Brown moving up a base, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, and moving both Brown and D. Young up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then took the lead as Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in Brown and D. Young, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Frandsen up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead two batters later, after reloading the bases as Hamels is hit by the pitch, moving Ruiz up to second base, as Revere hits into an RBI force out, 6-unassisted, as Frandsen scores while Ruiz is tagged out by shortstop Clint Barmes, for the inning’s second out, while Hamels reaches second base, and Revere is safe at first. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Michael Young hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in D. Young, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base as Frandsen is hit by a pitch, then moved up to third on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. The Pirates got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Jordy Mercer, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Marte’s single, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Marte, who had just singled, on to third base. The Pirates then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as McCutchen hits into a 5-4-3 double play, wiping out Jones at second base for the inning’s second out, as Marte scored. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamel (3-11, 4.38) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, as he struck out eight. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.94) took the lost as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Vin Mazzaro committed his second blown save of the season as he faced four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a hit batter. Tony Watson pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Reid pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a hit batter and a walk, striking out one.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .290, followed by Chase Utley (Double, Triple .382), Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Delmon Young (Singles, .273) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 2 RBIs, .278) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single) and Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI, .286) had the other three Phils’ hits. Pinch-hitter Michael Young knocked in the final Phil run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks (Howard, Brown), two hit batters (Cole Hamels, Ruiz), and two sacrifice bunts (Hamels, Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (41-45, 3rd) will start a three-game series with the Braves (49-36, 1st), starting with a ball 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 Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on June 29, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will for the third straight start be trying for his tenth win. The Braves will counter with Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.69), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on June 30, as he threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 6-2 win. He will also be going for his tenth win. The Phils will be trying to make up some ground against the Braves.

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