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A.J. Burnett strike out twelve Nats in seven strong innings of work, as the Phils hang on to defeat the division leading Nats, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the series opener from the division leading Nats as A.J. Burnett throw seven strong inning, winning 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Marlon Byrd’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Byrd, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as Cody Asche hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats would get a run back in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Anthony Rendon hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils would get the run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Nats would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the top of the ninth as, with two men out, Wilson Ramos hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon then buckled down to collect his thirty-second save of the season.

A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out twelve. Jake Diekman received his sixteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-second save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Tanner Roark (12-8, 2.81) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jerry Blevins pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out one. Ross Detwiler pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Dom Brown (RBI) both leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Ryan Howard (Double), Marlon Byrd (Single), Cody Ache (Home Run, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk (Howard), a hit batter (Darin Ruf) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (27)) in the game.

The Phils (59-72, 5th) continue their series with the Nats (75-55, 1st) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53), who is coming off a win against the Mariners on August 20, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to give the Phils their third straight series win with a victory tonight. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 3.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on August 21, as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 1-0 walk-off win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their third straight series, and their third straight game with a win tonight.

The Phils take the series from the Nats as they defeat Washington, 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils gain a tie for second place in the NL East with Washington, as they defeat the Nats, 4-2.

The Nats took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Michael Young, who had started the inning of with a double, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils tried to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Cliff Lee tried to help his on cause with a single to center, as Delmon Young, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Kevin Frandsen’s ground out, 5-3, tried to score. but is gunned down at the plate by a strong throw home by center fielder Denard Span, 8-2, with catcher Kurt Suzuki applying the tag before D. Young could cross the plate, for the inning’s final out. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, M. Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. Five batters later, the Phils made it a 4-1 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Rollins, sending M. Young to third base, and Howard being hit by a pitch, sending Rollins up to second base, and with two men out, Frandsen hits a two-run single, knocking in M. Young and Rollins, while sending Howard up to second base. The Nats got a run back in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, pinch-hitter Jeff Kobernus hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his fourteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.53) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out nine. Jonathan Papelbon received his fourteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.34) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two hit batters, while striking out four. Craig Stammen and Drew Storen combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out three (Stammen (2), Storen (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Michael Young (RBI) leading the team with three hits, all doubles. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Triple, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two hit batters (Delmon Young, Howard) in the game.

The Phils (34-37, T-2nd) will conclude their series with the Nats (34-35, T-2nd) with a ballgame tonight, looking for the sweep.

The Phils give Cole Hamels his career high 16th win, as they made sure that the Nats will not clinch the East in Philly as they win by the score of 6-3.

The Phils made sure that the Nats will not be having a division clinching celebration at the Bank, as they secure Cole Hamels career high 16th win as they defeat the Nats, 6-3.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Kurt Suzuki hits an RBI single, knocking in Danny Espinsosa, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a solo home run, his first career home run, and his first career hit. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Chase Utley’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Utley, who had just walk, up to second base. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as Carlos Ruiz followed with a three-run home run, his career high sixteenth home run of the season, scoring both Utley and Howard. The Nats got a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Bryce Harper hits an RBI single, scoring Suzuki, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Ross Detwiler’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Nats then made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead as Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, knocking in Harper. The Phils added an insurance run in the sixth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his thirty-seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (16-6, 3.11) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six. Scott Lindblom collected his twenty-second hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus collected his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his twenty-fourth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Phillippe Aumont collected his fifth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-seventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two batters. Ross Detwiler (10-7, 3.28) took the lost as he pitched five innings as well, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Craig Stammen pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, as he struck out a batter. Michael Gonzalez pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Zach Duke pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out three.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Darin Huf (RBI) leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (Double) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks in the game.

The Phils (78-76, 3rd) will continue their series with the Nats (93-61, 1st) with a ballgame 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 (10-11, 3.89) who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 21, As he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out six,  in the Phils’ 6-2 win. He will be out to even his record. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (3-0, 4.43), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on September 19, as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to help even up the series. The Phils will be out to win the series.

The Phils are unable to complete the sweep as they are blanked by the Nats, 3-0.

The Phils are prevented from completing the sweep as they get blanked by the Nats, 3-0.

The Phils tried to take the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier reached base on a force out, 5-4, as Ty Wigginton, who had lead-off the inning reaching base on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s fielding error, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s walk, is sent home on Michael Martinez’s single to right, but is instead thrown out at the plate by a strong throw from right fielder Bryce Harper, as catcher Sandy Leon applies the tag for the inning’s second out, while Brown, who had just walked, would stop at second base on the play. The Nats took the lead in their half of the second as Adam LaRoche hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats increased their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then stopped at second base on Michael Morse’s single, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Morse, who had just singled, up to third base, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Nats then took a 3-0 lead as Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Morse, while moving Zimmerman up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Tyler Clippard recorded his twenty-first save of the season by striking out Ryan Howard on a third called strike, with two men on base, for the final out.

Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Ross Detwiler (6-4, 3.02) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Sean Burnett collected his twenty-fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Tyler Clippard received his twenty-first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters, while striking out one.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, singles by Kevin Frandsen, Chase Utley and Michael Martinez, as they kept on helping the Nats’ pitching staff by going after bad pitches. They also had four walks in ballgame.

The Phils (47-58, 5th East) will come home to start a three-game series with the D-backs (54-51, 3rd West) starting 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 Joe Blanton (8-9, 4.59), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 28, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on fours hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to once again even up his record. The D-backs plan to counter with Ian Kennedy (9-8, 4.20), who is coming off a win against the Mets on July 28, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the D-backs’ 6-3 win. He will be going for win no. 10. The Phils will be trying to start off the new homestand on a winning note.

Three solo home runs help power the new look Phils into a two-game winning streak against the first-place Nats, defeating Washington, 3-2.

Three solo home run, including a pair from Jimmy Rollins, for his second and third home runs in two straight days, help push the Phils past the first-place Nats, 3-2.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Bryce Harper, a walk to Chad Tracy, sending Harper to second base, and a fielding error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen on a Michael Morse grounder to third, allowing both runners to move up a base, and Morse to safely reach first base, and with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Harper, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while moving up a base both Tracy and Morse, leaving the bases loaded. The Nats then took a 2-0 lead as Danny Espinosa hits into a 4-6 force out, for the inning’s second out, as LaRoche is wiped out at second base, while Tracy scores, and Morse moves up to third base.  The Nats then tried to increase their lead in the second as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Edwin Jackson, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Steve Lombardozzi’s ground out, 5-3, tried to score on Harper’s single to left, but is gun down on a strong, one-hop throw by left fielder Dom Brown, as catcher Erik Kratz blocked the plate before applying the tag for the inning’s final out, keeping it a 2-0 Nats’ lead. The Phils then made it a 2-1 Nats’ lead in the third as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, and his second home run in as many games. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the fifth as Rollins strikes again, as he hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home-run of the year and his third home run in two days. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Nate Schierholtz followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixth home run of the season, and his first as a Phil, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would be the final score, as the pitching staff held off the Nats, until Jonathan Papaelbon recorded his twenty-third save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo received his eighteenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Josh Lindblom recorded his sixteenth hold of the year, his first as a Phil, as he also threw a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst recorded his first hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-third save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.57) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six. Michael Gonzalez pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out three. Ryan Mattheus and Sean Burnett combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Burnett) between them, while striking out two (one batter each), as the Phils’ pitching staff combined for two straight good games since the trade deadline.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Home Runs, 2 RBIs), Nate Schierholtz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Chase Utley (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr., Erik Kratz and pinch hitter Ty Wigginton had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, while the offense was unable to pick up the first three batters, who had gone six for thirteen, with two walks, after they had gotten on base.

The Phils (47-57, 5th) will conclude their series with the Nats (61-42, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.31) who is coming off a lost against the Braves on July 27, as he got tagged for five runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and six walks, as he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be out to redeem himself after such a bad performance, and lead the Phils to a sweep of the Nats. The Nats will counter with Ross Detwiler (5-4, 3.24), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on July 27, as he went just four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Nats’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Nats from being swept. The Phils will be out to sweep the first-place Nats.

33 games in 31 days: Game #25: The Phils are swept in the doubleheader, as they lose the nightcap, 3-0

The Phils lose the second game of their doubleheader, as they fall to the Nats, 3-0.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. The Nats took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ross Detwiler helped his own cause with an RBI single, scoring Espinsoa, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Wilson Ramos’ single, while Ramos, who had earlier singled, would stop at third on the late throw to the plate. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Michael Morse’s single, would score as Carlos Ruiz’s pick-off throw hits him and gets away from third baseman Placido Polanco, allowing him to score, while Morse would move up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen picked up his fortieth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (16-8, 2.38) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eleven hits, while he struck out nine.  Justin De Fratus and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon) between them. Ross Detwiler (3-5, 3.30) got the win as he pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up just three hits and one walk, while striking out three. Henry Rodriguez collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Drew Storen received his fortieth save of the year, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had just three hits in the ballgame, all singles, with Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits, while Placido Polanco had the other one. With this game, the team has hit a low point during this present period of getting few hits and scoring fewer runs. Seriously guys, this is not the way to build momentum going into the playoffs. Quit fooling around, or else you won’t get past the first round. Start playing up to your game, and cream the Nats for the next couple of games.

The Phils (98-56, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (74-79, 3rd) 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 Vance Worley (11-2, 2.85), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on September 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-2 extra-innings lost. He will be seeing if he can help end the Phils’ present four game losing streak. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (9-13, 3.68), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 16, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out one, in the Nats’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils their first five game losing streak. The Phils will be out to put an end to their present slide and try to start building some momentum for the playoff.

33 games in 31 days: Game #24: The Phils drop their third game in a row as they lose to the Nats in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils lackluster offense continues as they lose their third game in a row, this time to the Nats, in extra-innings, 4-3.

The game starts out as a six innings pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who gives up just four hits, while striking out four, and Nats’ starter Tom Milone against the Phils C-team line-up, who also gave up only four hits, while striking out two. The Nats took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run on the season, scoring Alex Cora, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Ian Desmond’s grounder, as Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Cora’s single, is tagged out at home plate, tw0-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in Pete Orr and Michael Martinez, who had both singled, with Orr stopping at second base on Martinez’s single. The Nats retook the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Michael Morse, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on a Erik Kratz’s passed ball, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while sending Danny Espinosa, who had earlier been intentionally walked, on the third base, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. That would be the final score as Drew Storen would collect his thirty-ninth save by pitching a scoreless tenth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision, as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up four hits, while striking out four. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Joe Savery made his major league debut as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Stutes (6-2, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Tom Milone also received a no-decision, as he also pitched six shutout inning, giving up just four hits, while striking out two. Doug Slaton pitched to two batters, with both men reaching base, as he gave up two runs on two hits. Tyler Clippard committed his seven blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Sean Burnett pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Tom Gorzelanny (4-6, 4.09) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Drew Storen collected his thirty-ninth save of the season as he pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. and Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Wilson Valdez (Single), Erik Kratz (Double), Pete Orr (Single), Michael Martinez (Single), pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and pinch hitter Placido Polanco (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to struggle stringing together hits and scoring runs.

The Phils (98-55, 1st) will continue their doubleheader with the Nationals (73-79, 3rd), with a night game. 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 (16-7, 2.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 15, as he went nine innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out twelve, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning win. He will once again go for win no. seventeen, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present slide. The Nats plan to counter with Ross Detwiler (2-5, 4.42), who is coming off a no-decision against Mets on September 12, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats a sweep, while hoping the Phils don’t decide to wake up from their offensive sleepwalking and take it out on him.  The Phils will be out to end their present offensive ineptitude.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 4: The Phils second string crushed the Nats, as the Phils win, 7-1.

The Phils’ bench players crushed the Nats to win their next to last road series, as they defeat the Nats, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Mike Sweeney hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the season, and his second home run as a Phil, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ben Francisco hits a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the year. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry Jr. hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the year, scoring both Sweeney, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Francisco’s single, and Francisco, who had just singled. The Nats got a run back in their half of the fourth as Ian Desmond hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Danny Espinosa’s ground out, 3-unassisted, before moving up to third on Sweeney’s throwing error when he tried to double up Morgan at second base, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the game, and his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. That would be the final score as Joe Blanton and the bullpen would contain the Nats, with Brad Lidge recording a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Willie Harris to end the game by flying out to center.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 4.74 ERA. J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Madson and Lidge one each) between them. Ross Detwiler took the lost as he last only four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. Miguel Batista, Collin Balester, Joel Peralta and Doug Slaten combine for four and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Batista), while striking out two (Slaten) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, a single and two home runs, knocking in three runs. He was followed by John Mayberry, Jr. and Greg Dobbs, who each had two hits, with Mayberry’s hits being a single and a three-run home run, and with Dobbs’ hits being both singles. Mike Sweeney had the other Phil hit, a solo home run. A few of the bench players caused some damaged last night.

The Phils (95-64, 1st) have the day off today, before going to Atlanta to play the Braves (90-69, 2nd) for their last road series of the regular season, as they prepare for the playoffs.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 5: The Phils lose in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off home run by Adam Dunn, as they lose a close one to the Nats, 2-1.

The Phils lose a close game in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off, lead-off home run to Adam Dunn, as they drop one to the Nats, 1-0.

The Nats took the lead in the first, without getting a hit, as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Adam Dunn hits an RBI ground out, 3-1, knocking in Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier walked, stole second base, then was safe at third as third baseman Greg Dobbs committed a missed catch error on Roy Oswalt’s throw of Ian Desmond’s fielder’s choice ground to Oswalt, while allowing Desmond, who had gone to second base on the error, to go to third, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the fourth as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his sixteenth home run of the year. The game then became a pitchers’ duel, in which the Phils’ offense allowed several scoring opportunities to slip away, while Oswalt and the Phils’ bullpen allowed the Nats only two hits, a single by Danny Espinosa in the fourth and a single by Jason Marquis in the fifth, along with three walks and a hit batter. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Dunn ended the game by hitting a 2-0 fastball into the right field seats for a lead-off, walk-off home run, his thirty-eighth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 2-1 win.

Roy Oswalt receives a no-decision as he pitches five strong innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out three. Danys Baez, David Herndon, J.C. Romero and Antonio Bastardo combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Baez), while striking out six (Baez (1), Herndon (1), Romero (1), Bastardo (3)) between them. Jose Contreras took the lost as he pitches to one batter, giving up a run on one hit, a home run. His record is now 6-4 with a 3.46 ERA. Jason Marquis also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Tyler Clippard pitches two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two batters. Drew Storen gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.74 ERA.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco both leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Chase Utley, Dom Brown and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other five Phils’ hits, with all but Ibanez’s hit being singles, while Ibanez’s hit was a solo home run, which accounted for the Phil’s only run. The offense did not get the key hit, which could have given them the win before Dunn’s walk-off home run.

The Phils (94-64, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Nats (66-90, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will starts at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (8-6, 4.94), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 24, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen innings, giving up seven runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out twenty-two batters. He will be trying to contain the Nats tonight while getting in pitching shape for the playoffs. The Nats will counter with Ross Detwiller (1-2, 2.52), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 23, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, in the Nats’ 7-2 win. In his last three appearances, his record is 1-0, as he pitched ten innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. He will be trying to give the Nats a chance to win the series against the Phils. The Phils will be trying, for the second straight day, to give most of their regulars a rest, while giving those who will be on the bench during the playoffs a chance to gets some at-bats so that they will be ready when they have to come off the bench to bat.

Saturday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 14: The Phils hurt the Nats with the long ball as they win, 5-2.

The Phils hits three home runs as they go on to defeat the Nats, 5-2, staying three games ahead of the Braves in the NL East.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI triple, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had earlier singled, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats tried to add to their lead latter that inning, as they loaded up the bases via Ryan Zimmerman being hit by the pitch, and then a walk to Michael Morse, moving Zimmerman up to second base, and now with two men out, but Kyle Kendrick got out of the inning by getting Wilson Ramos to ground out, 4-3, to end the inning. The Phils then tied it up at one-all in the second as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the season. Three batters later, with two men on, and with still nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a man on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his thirtieth home run of the season, establishing a new club record as he now has hit 30 or more home runs and driven in 100 or more RBIs in five straight seasons, breaking the old record held by both him and Hall of Famer Chuck Klein, as he knocks in Chase Utley, who had just walked, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with one man out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Nats get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Morse hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as the Phils’ bullpen would handle the Nats for the last three innings, with Brad Lidge recording his twenty-third save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Desmond to end the game by grounding out softly to the pitcher, 1-3.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 10-9 with a 4.78 ERA. Chad Durbin collects his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitches his thirteen hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Brad Lidge would record his twenty-third save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth. Jordon Zimmermann took the lost as he pitches only three innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Craig Stammen, Ross Detwiller, Tyler Clippard and Collin Balester combine for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits, (Detwiller (2), Balester (1)) and three walks (Detwiller (1), Clippard (1), Balester (1)) between them.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez both leading the team with three hits each, with Ibanez’s hits being two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run, while Vladez’s hits were two singles and a double, also knocking in a run. Shane Victorino followed with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hits, with Utley and Ruiz’s hits being singles, while Howard’s hit was a two-run home run, and Werth’s hit was a solo home run. The Phils’ offense continue to gets hit, as they now head for a sweep with the Nats, while keeping a three-game lead over the Braves, as they defeat the Mets in an afternoon game.

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