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The new Vice Roy wins his first start as a Phils as the Phils defeat the Dodgers in a tight one, 2-0.

Roy Oswalt finally win his first start as a Phils as he and the back end of the bullpen throws a nine-inning goose egg at the Dodgers as the Phils win, 2-0.

The game was a tight one between the Phils and the Dodgers for the first three and a half innings pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starters Roy Oswalt, who was pitching in front of his new home town fans for the first time, and the Dodgers’ starter Chad Billingsley. During the first four innings that he faced the Dodgers, Oswalt gave up only three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter, as he pitched his way out a two on, and one out jam in the second, and a two on, two out jam in the third, while his opponent, Billingsley, gave up only a hit, while striking out three in his first three innings of work. But that would change in the bottom of the fourth as the Phils loaded up the bases via a single to Placido Polanco, and walks to Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth, and with one man out, when Dom Brown hit a grounder to second baseman Ryan Theriot, who then threw to second to force out Werth, 4-6, for the inning’s second out, but Brown would beat out shortstop Jamey Carroll’s throw to first, allowing Polanco to score and give the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Ibanez would move up to third. After Oswalt gets himself out of another two on, two outs jam in the top of the fifth, the Phils tried to add to their lead in their half of the inning, as Wilson Valdez lead-off the inning with a triple. But Billingsley would turned the Phils back as he gets Oswalt to ground out to short, 6-3, for the inning’s first out, then got Jimmy Rollins to ground out to second, 4-3, on one pitch, for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Polanco to fly out to left. The Phils would finally add to their lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Mike Sweeney, who took over second from Ross Gload, who had earlier doubled, but had come up lame as he headed for second base, with Sweeney later staying in the game to play first base, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. That would end up being the final score, as Oswalt would pitch seven scoreless inning, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out five, before handing the ball over to the back-end of the Phils’ bullpen, who then threw two more scoreless innings, allowing the Dodgers only one more hit, before Brad Lidge would nail down his fifteenth save of the season by striking out both Jay Gibbons and Carroll swinging.

Roy Oswalt gets the win, his first as a Phil, as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 7-13 (1-1) with an ERA of 3.34 (2.79). Ryan Madson collects his fourth hold, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Brad Lidge records his fifteenth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. Chad Billingsley took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.78 ERA. Kenley Jansen and Hong-Chih Kuo combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one apiece), while striking out three (Jansen (2), Kuo (1)).

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits as he increased his personal hitting streak to eighteen games, as he had a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Ross Gload (before he was taken out of the game for a groin injury), Jayson Werth and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils’ hits, with Rollins, Polanco and Werth’s hits being singles, Gload’s hits being a double and Vladez’s hit being a triple. The Phil’s other run was knocked in by Dom Brown as he hit an RBI ground ball. The Phils, after a hitting display in a losing cause on Tuesday, had just enough hits to give Oswalt the win.

The Phils (63-50, 2nd NL East) will conclude their three-games series with the Dodgers (59-55, 4th NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.65), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on August 6, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-5 win. In his last three starts, he has an 1-0 record with two no-decisions, as he had pitched nineteen innings, giving up eight runs on twenty-two hits and four walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be trying to end the home stand on a high note, hoping to give the Phils their fifteenth home win in their last seventeen home games. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (10-7, 3.19), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on August 6, as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Dodgers’ 6-3 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched twenty-one innings, giving up eight runs on twenty hits and seven walks, while striking out eighteen. He will be trying to end his present two-game losing streak. The Phils will be trying to end the home stand on a high note, before heading to New York for a three-game set.

You ever have one of those days…? The Phils are crushed by the Dodgers, 15-9.

The Phils’ pitching staff is beaten up by the Dodgers’ bats, despite the offense supplying some runs, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 15-9.

The Dodgers took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Andre Ethier hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Ryan Theriot’s ground out, 6-3. The Dodgers added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ethier hits an RBI double, scoring Theriot, who had just singled, to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Jay Gibbons hits an RBI single, scoring Ethier, who had moved up to second base on James Loney’s walk, then went to third when Casey Blake’s hit a grounder to third, for a 5-4 force out at second of Loney for the inning’s second out, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead, while sending Blake, who was safe at first on the force out, to third. The Dodgers then increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Brad Ausmus, who then moved up to second as Jimmy Rollins made a miss catch error on a throw from Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick on a ball hit by Dodgers’ starter Vicente Padilla, who was then safe on first on the error, and a single by Podsednik, which sent Ausmus to third, and Padilla to second, and with nobody out, Theriot hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ausmus, to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead, while moving Padilla to third base after the catch. After Kendrick is replaced by Antonio Bastardo, he is greeted by Ethier with an RBI single, scoring Padilla, giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead, while sending Podsednik up to second base. The next batter, Loney, gave the Dodgers a 6-0 lead with an RBI single, scoring Podsednik, while moving Ethier to second base. Blake then followed with an RBI single, knocking in Ethier, giving the Dodgers a 7-0 lead, while sending Loney to third base. The Phils tried to make a come back in their half of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Placido Polanco and walks to Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Polanco, making it a 7-1 Dodgers’ lead. The Phils then made it a 7-2 Dodgers’ lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Polanco hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Rollins’ single, while moving Rollins up to second base. The next batter, Ross Gload, then followed with a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Rollins, cutting the Dodgers’ lead to 7-4. The Dodgers would get a run back in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Loney hits an RBI double, scoring Theriot, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the Dodgers an 8-4 lead, while sending Ethier, who had just walked, to third base. The Dodgers then made it a 9-4 lead as, with runners on second and third, and with still nobody out, Blake hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ethier. The Dodgers then took an 11-4 lead as Gibbons hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Loney. The Phils then made it an 11-5 Dodgers’ lead as, with one man out, Brown hits a solo home run, his first career home run. The Dodgers then added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded again, via a single by Theriot, a single by Ethier, sending Theriot to second base, a force out by Loney, 1-6, forcing out Ethier at second, while Theriot went to third and Loney would beat the throw to first, and a walk to Blake, moving Loney up to second base, and with two men out, pinch hitter Matt Kemp hits a two-run single, scoring both Theriot and Loney, giving the Dodgers a 13-5 lead, while moving Blake up to third. The Phils would make it a 13-7 Dodgers’ lead as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Gload hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year and his second home run of the night, knocking in pinch hitter Greg Dobbs, who had just singled. The Dodgers then made it 15-7 in the ninth as, with a runner on base, and with one man out, Blake hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Ethier, who was earlier hit by the pitch. The Phils then cut the Dodgers’ lead down to 15-9 as, with the bases loaded, via Gload reaching base on a force out, 4-6, wiping out Rollins, who had earlier singled, at second base, a Raul Ibanez single, sending Gload to second, and a Werth walk, moving both runners up a base, and with two men out, Brown hits a two-run double, scoring both Gload and Ibanez, while sending Werth on to third. But that would be it as pinch hitter Cole Hamels flied out to left, ending the game.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches just three and a third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 7-5 with a 4.60 ERA. Antonio Bastardo pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. David Herndon pitches two innings, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Jose Contreras pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just one walk, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, striking out a batter. Chad Durbin pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Vicente Padilla gets the win as he pitches five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 6-3 with a 3.32 ERA. Ronald Belisario pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Carlos Monasterios pitches one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two. George Sherrill pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Octavio Dotel pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Ross Gload leading the team with three hits, a single and two two-run home runs, knocking in four runs. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins, Dom Brown and Wilson Valdez who each had two hits, with Rollins and Valdez’s hits being singles, with both man scoring a run, while Brown’s hits were a double and a solo home run, his first in the major, as he knocks in four runs, one via a sacrifice fly. Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs and pinch hitter Mike Sweeney had the other five Phils’ hit, all singles, with Polanco knocking in a run. The Phils’ offense was unable to catch up as the bullpen was unable to stop the previously slumping Dodgers.

The Phils (62-50, 2nd NL East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (59-54, 3rd NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (0-1 (6-13), 4.38 (3.50)), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on August 5, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 0-2 with a no-decision, as he pitched, seventeen and a third innings, giving up thirteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on nineteen hits and seven walks, while striking out twelve. He will be trying to impress the home crowd while trying one again for his first win as a Phil. The Dodgers will counter with Chad Billingsley (9-6, 3.82), who is coming off a lost to the Padres on August 5, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Dodgers’ 5-0 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched eighteen and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and seven walks, while striking out thirteen. He will be trying for his tenth win of the year. The Phils will be trying to rebound from the thumping that the Dodgers gave them last night, to even up the series.

A ninth inning melt down by the Cubs’ closer leads to the Phils beating the Cubs, 4-1.

The Cubs’ closer Carlos Marmol had a melt down in the top of the ninth, allowing the Phils to come back to win the game, as the Phils defeated the Cubs, 4-1.

The game for the first six and a half innings was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who in six scoreless innings would give up six hits and two walks, while striking out six Cubbies, while Cubs’ starter Randy Wells would pitch seven shut out innings, giving up seven hits and two walks, while striking out five Phils. The Cubs would finally take the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Stalin Castro, who had earlier doubled, and then moved to third on pinch hitter Xavier Nady’s ground out, 6-3, would score on Ryan Theriot’s bunt single on a grounder to Hamels, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. After neither team scored in the eighth, the Cubs sent their closer, Carlos Marmol, to the mound to wrap up the game. Instead, he had a melt down on the mound. After getting out the lead-off batter, he walks pinch hitter Brian Schneider. He then walks pinch hitter Ross Gload, sending Schneider up to second. After getting Shane Victorino to strike out swinging for the inning’s second out, the just returned Placido Polanco followed by hitting an RBI single, scoring Schneider, who crossed the plate sliding head first as the Cubs’ catcher Geovany Soto is unable to hold onto the throw from the left fielder, tying the game up at one-all, while Gload would go to third on the throw, while Polanco moved up to second. One batter later, Marmol would walk his third batter of the inning, Jimmy Rollins, loading the bases, but Soto allowed ball four to get past him and go to the backstop, allowing Gload to score on the wild pitch, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Polanco would move up to third, putting runners on the corners. After Rollins steals second base, Ryan Howard is intentionally walked, to load the bases. Jayson Werth then follows with the fifth walk of the inning, scoring Polanco from third, to give the Phils a 3-1 lead, while both Rollins and Howard both moved up a base. That would be it for Marmol, as he is taken out of the game and replaced by James Russell. Raul Ibanez welcome Russell by hitting an infield single to first baseman Derek Lee, as he had no one to throw to at first, scoring Rollins from third, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Howard and Werth up a base. After pinch hitter Cody Ransom hits into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Ibanez to end the inning, the Phils handed the ball to their closer Brad Lidge for the save. Lidge proceeded to record his seventh save of the year, by getting Theriot to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while he strikes out six. Chad Durbin gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA. Brad Lidge records his seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out one. Randy Wells also receives a no-decision, as he pitches seven innings, giving up only seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Sean Marshall records his twelfth hold, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Marmol blew his fourth save attempt, before taking the lost, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on one hit and five walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA. James Russell pitches to just one batter, giving up a hit. Andrew Cashner pitches a third of an inning, giving out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez each leading the team with two hits apiece, with Victorino and Ibanez each having two hits, all singles, with Ibanez knocking in a run, while Werth had a single and a double, knocking in a run on a bases loaded walk. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard and Wilson Valdez had the other three Phil’s hits, all singles, with Polanco knocking in a run, as the Phil’s other run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense is still trying to break out of its scoring and hitting slump, as they did not get a key hit until the ninth during Marmol’s melt down.

The Phillies (48-42, 2nd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Cubs (41-51, 4th NL Central) with a night game tonight, trying to end the series with a series split. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (10-7, 2.19), who is coming off a nine innings no-decision against the Reds on July 10, as he gave up only five hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 1-0 extra-innings win. In his last three starts, he went 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-six innings, giving up five runs on twenty-three hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-six batters. He will be trying to collect his eleventh win of the year, while hoping the bats will give him some real runs support. The Cubs will counter with Tom Gorzelanny (4-5, 3,16), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on July 10, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Cubs’ 7-3 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched sixteen innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on fifteen hits and ten walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to end the four game series with a split before going on to St. Louis to meet the Cardinals for four.

The Phils start off the second half on a bad note as they lose to the Cubs, 12-6.

The Phils begin the second half of the 2010 season by losing to the Cubs as both Jamie Moyer and Jose Contreras get hammered, as the Phils lose to the Cubs, 12-6.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Cubs would tie the game up at two-all as, with two men on, and with two men out, Aramis Ramirez hits a two-run double, scoring both Tyler Colvin and Marlon Byrd, who both got on base after being hit by a pitch. The Cubs took the lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Starlin Castro would steal home plate as Cubs’ starter Ryan Dempster missed the ball on a suicide squeeze bunt attempt, but the bouncing ball would get away from catcher Carlos Ruiz, giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead. The Cubs increased their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Derek Lee hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Colvin, who had earlier singled, to give the Cubs a 5-2 lead. Three batters later, with two men out, Alfonso Soriano hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, making it a 6-2 Cubs’ lead. The Cubs would break the game wide open in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ramirez hits his second two-run double of the ballgame, knocking in Lee, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second when Byrd was hit by the pitch, and Byrd, who was hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, giving the Cubs an 8-2 lead. The Cubs then made it 9-2 as Soriano hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez. The Cubs then increased their lead to 11-2 as Geovany Soto hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, knocking in Soriano. The Cubs then added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Ryan Theriot, a single to Lee, sending Theriot to second base, and a walk to Byrd, moving both Theriot and Lee up a base, and with two men out, Soriano hits an RBI single, scoring Theriot, making it a 12-2 Cubs’ lead, while moving both Lee and Byrd up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then started a come back in the ninth. With a runner on second, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 12-3 Cubs’ lead. The Phils then cut the lead to 12-4 as, with a runner once again on second, and with still two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier moved up to second base on defensive indifference. Ryan Howard then made it a 12-6 Cubs’ lead as he hit his second two-run home run of the night, his nineteenth of the season, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier moved up to second base on defensive indifference. But Andrew Cashner would finally end the rally by getting Jayson Werth to pop up to second baseman Theriot for the game’s final out.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he gave up six runs on five hits and three hit batters, while striking out one. His record is now 9-9 with a 4.88 ERA. David Herndon, Kyle Kendrick and Chad Durbin combined for three scoreless innings, giving up only two hits (Kendrick (1), Durbin (1)), while striking out a batter (Herndon). Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on five hits and a hit batter. Danys Baez pitches an inning, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he strikes out two. Ryan Madson pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Dempster gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine. His record is now 8-7 with a 3.57 ERA. Sean Marshall collects his eleventh hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Justin Berg would also pitch two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Bob Howry also pitches two-thirds of an inning, as he gives up four runs on four hits. Andrew Cashner would pitch a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits, an infield single and two two-run home runs, knocking in four runs. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez all followed with two hits each, all singles, with Victorino and Ibanez both knocking in a run. Greg Dobbs had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils’ offense’s late rally was a bit of too little too late to overcome the Cubs’ huge lead.

The Phils (47-41, 3rd NL East) will continue their four-game series with the Cubs (40-50, 4th NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the game presently in a 0-0 tie.

The Phils waste another good start as they lose to the Cubs, 4-1.

The Phils’ offense continues to snooze as another good starting efoort, this time by Jamie Moyer, is wasted, as the Phils fall to the Cubs, 4-1.

The Cubs took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single off the glove of third baseman Placido Polanco, knocking in Ryan Theriot, who had earlier singled, and then stole second, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs would make it 2-0 in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and once again with two outs, Jeff Baker hits a sharp RBI single off the glove of Polanco, scoring Alfonso Soriano, who had earlier doubled. The Phils cut the Cubs lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI ground out, 1-3, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Utley’s single, making it a 2-1 Cubs’ lead, while moving Utley, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Cubs would get a pair of insurance runs in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Derrick Lee, Marlon Byrd being hit by the pitch, sending Lee to second, and a walk to Soriano, moving both Lee and Byrd up a base, and with two men out, pinch hitter Xavier Nady hits a two-run pinch hit single, knocking in Lee and Byrd, giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead, while sending Soriano up to second base. That would be the final score as a Phils’ rally in the bottom of the ninth goes nowhere as Carlos Marmol records his seventh save of the season by striking out Shane Victorino with two men on base.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 5-3 with an ERA of 4.30. Chad Durbin pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on one hit, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Tom Gorzelanny  gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds scoreless innings, as he is knock out of the box by a line drive in the seventh, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 2-4 with a 3.09 ERA. John Grabow receives his six hold of the season as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Carlos Zambrano records his third hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Carlos Marmol records his seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk and hitting a batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, a double by Placido Polanco, and singles by Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez, with Howard having the only RBI on a ground out.

The Phils (24-15, 1st East) play the Cubs (19-22, 3rd Central) in the final game of the two game set in an afternoon game, already in progress. The Phils, behind Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.49), are presently leading the Cubs, behind Ryan Dempster (2-4, 3.49), 1-0, in the top of the fifth. The Phils are trying for a series spilt.  

The bats appear to have come alive as the Phils crush the Cubs while giving some runs support to Pedro Martinez as he returns to the majors.

The Phillies’ bat appear to have decided to come out of hiding as they crush the Cubs, 12-5, as they give runs support to Pedro Martinez as he pitched his first game back in the major leagues. Their lead has now gone back up to four and a half games over both the Marlins and the Braves as the Marlins lose to the Astros.

The Phils jumped to a quick lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead as Ryan Howard tripled home Utley. The Cubs would cut the lead in half in the second as, with one man on, and one out, Jeff Baker hits an RBI single, knocking in Kosuke Fukudome, who had earlier doubled, making it a 2-1 Phils lead. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a man on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had just doubled, making it 4-1 Phils. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the fourth. With two men on, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Pedro Feliz’s single, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while Feliz who go all the way to third on Cubs’ center fielder Fukudome’s throwing error, while Ruiz would move up to second base. Two batters later, after Phils’ starter Pedro Martinez had grounded out, 4-3, for the inning’s first out, Jimmy Rollins hits a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, knocking in both Feliz and Ruiz, while giving the Phils an 8-1 lead. Four batters later, with two men on base, and two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a three-run bomb of his own, his twenty-seventh home run of the year, knocking in Utley, who had earlier singled, and Howard, who had just walked, moving Utley to second, as the Phils took an 11-1 lead, while batting around. Two batters later, Feliz would make it a 12-1 Phils lead, as he hit an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had just doubled. After Ruiz walked, moving Feliz up to second, the Cubs would finally get out of the inning as Martinez struck out swinging. The Cubs got a run back in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Koyie Hill, a walk by Sean Marshall and a single by Ryan Theriot, and with nobody out, Milton Bradley hits an RBI single, scoring Hill, making it a 12-2 Phils’ lead, while Marshall and Theriot moved up to third and second respectively. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded and with one man out, Jake Fox hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Marshall, making it a 12-3 Phils’ lead, while also sending Theriot to third. On the play, Victorino, who caught the ball, had a cup of beer thrown at him from the stand by one of the Cubs fans. After the play, Victorino showed his displeasure by looking at the fan, who was quickly removed from the ballpark by security. I don’t know what that idiot was thinking, cause Fox would’ve been called out by the umpires for fan interference if Victorino had dropped the ball. Folks, I don’t want to hear any excuses, cause that guy was a moron, pure and simple!!!! In the ninth, with runners on the corners, and one man out, Aaron Miles hits into an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, scoring Sam Fuld, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Eric Bruntlett’s fielding error of a Hill ground ball, making it a 12-4 Phils’ lead, while Hill, who was safe on Bruntlett’s error, moved up to second base. The next batter, Theriot, then hits an RBI single, scoring Hill, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 12-5. But that would be it as pinch hitter Geovany Soto grounded out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Pedro Martinez got the win as he went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five in his first start in the majors since last September. His record is now 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched three scoreless innings, as he struck out three. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up two runs, neither of which were earned, on two hits. Jeff Samardzija took the lost, as he pitched only three and a third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits, as he struck out four. His record is now 1-2 with an ERA of 7.81. Sean Marshall pitched three and a third innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. Aaron Heilman and Carlos Marmol combined for two and a third scorless innings, striking out a batter between them (Marmol).

The Phils exploded for fourteen hits, with each of the regulars having at least one hit. Chase Utley lead the team with three hits, including a double, knocking in a run, while scoring two, as he raised his average to .296. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz followed with two hits a piece, with Rollins’ hits being a double and a three-run homer, while Victorino’s two hits were a triple and a two-run home run and one of Werth’s two hits was a double. Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz each had a hit, with Howard’s hit being a triple and Ibanez’s hit being a three-run home run. Besides the runs knocked in by Utley, Rollins, Victorino and Ibanez, Howard, Feliz and Ruiz each knocked in a run. The Phils had a total of eight extra-base hits in last night’s game (3 (2B), 2 (3B), 3 (HR)). Hopefully, this will mean that the offense has returned.

The Phils (63-48, 1st National League East) will conclude with an afternoon game against the Cubs (58-54, 2nd National League Central). The game is already in progress and is being played at Wrigley Field. The Phils’ starter is Cliff Lee (9-9 (2-0), 2.95 (1.13)), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 6, where he went seven innings, giving up only one run on six hits and a walk, as he struck out nine, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He is trying to lead the Phils to a sweep over the Cubs. The Cubs will counter with Ryan Dempster (6-5, 4.04), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 8, where he went six innings, giving up just two runs on nine hits, while striking out two, in the Cubs’ 6-5 win. He will be trying to avoid the sweep. The Phils are presently leading the Cubs, 5-1, after six innings, trying to perform a sweep of the Cubbies, before going on to Atlanta to see if they can push the Braves back, as well as increase their lead in the NL East.

Update: Turns out security threw out the wrong person last night, as the moron who threw the beer let someone else take the rap for his misdeed. But, both the Cubs and Victorino have filed a complaint against the toad, while his face is getting plastered all over the place. Hopefully it’ll be only a matter of time before the Chicago boys in blue come knocking at his door.

The Phils win in extra-innings in spite of weak bats, as they defeat the Cubs, 4-3.

The Phils are able to defeat the Cubs, 4-3, in spite of very little offense as they are only able to get three hits. Their lead over the Marlins remains three and a half games.

The Cubs took the lead in the third as, with two men on base, and with nobody out, James Fox hits an RBI single, scoring Milton Bradley, who had earlier doubled, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead, while sending Derek Lee, who had earlier walked, to second base. Later, with the based loaded, thanks to a Geovany Soto walk, which sent Lee to third, and Fox to second, with still nobody out, Alfonso Soriano’s sacrfice fly made it a 2-0 Chicago lead, as Lee scored. The Phils would tie it up in the sixth, as with a man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, his fourteen home run of the year, as he knocked in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked. Rollins’ home run broke up Rich Harden’s no-hit bid and shut out, while Ruiz’s walk ended Harden’s perfect game bid after Harden had gotten out the previous sixteen batters. The Phils would take the lead in the eighth, as, with the bases loaded, via a Ruiz walk, Shane Victorino being hit by the pitch, and Chase Utley being walked, with two men out, Ryan Howard took a four-pitch walk, forcing in Ruiz and giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. It looked like the Phils had made it a 4-2 ballgame in the top of the ninth, as Ruiz hits a 1-2 pitch towards the left field foul line, being called a home run by the third base umpire. But, that turned out to have been the wrong call, as the ball had actually landed several feet foul. A review by the crew overturned the wrong ruling (Which was the right thing to do, as the ball was indeed foul), before Ruiz would finally end the inning with a 6-3 ground out. The Cubs then tied the score up at three-all in their half of the ninth as, with a man on, and with one man out, Bradley hits an RBI single, scoring pinch hitter Kosuke Fukudome, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Ryan Theriot’s sacrifice bunt, as Brad Lidge blew his league leading seventh save. In the bottom of the eleventh with, two men out, and with the count on him at 2-1, Bradley would hit a ball deep to center field, which he thought would be a home run. Sadly, for Bradley, it instead stayed in the park, and was caught by Victorino for the inning’s final out. In the twelfth, the Phils took the lead as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the year, and his second home run since being traded to the Phils, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin, just back from the disabled list, put the Cubs down in their half of the twelfth, earning his second save of the season.

J.A. Happ got a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and four walks, as he struck out three. Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while he struck out two. Ryan Madson recorded his eighteenth hold of the season as he pitched a scorless inning, giving up just a hit, while striking out two. Brad Lidge blew his league leading seventh save, as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while he struck out one. Tyler Walker pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up only a hit. Scott Eyre got the win as he pitched an inning and a third, striking out a batter. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 1.80. Chad Durbin recorded his second save, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk, as he struck out a batter. Rich Harden also received a no-decision, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on two hits and two walks, as he struck out six. Carlos Marmol pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on no hits, three walks and a hit batter. John Grabow pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter. Angel Guzman pitched two scoreless innings. Kevin Gregg took the loss, pitching two innings, giving up a run on one hit, while he struck out two. His record is now 4-4 with an ERA of 4.02.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a two-run home run by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Ryan Howard, and a solo home run by Ben Francisco, bringing in the game winner. Howard had the fourth Phil RBI via a bases loaded walk. The Phils offense is still not doing anything, as they were only able to bring in one runner in scoring position, mainly because they were not able to get people on base last night.

The Phils (62-48, 1st National League East) continue their three-games series with the Cubs (58-53, 2nd National League Central) with a night game. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will begin at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (0-0, -.–), who is making his first start since last September. He will be trying to prove to the Phils that he is worth the money that they are presently paying him. He will be opposed by Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 6.29), who is making his first start for the Cubs. He has previously pitched in relief, with his last appearance being on August 7 against the Rockies, where he pitched four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out one, in the Cubs’ 6-2 lost. He will see if he can do better than he did when he pitched in relief and gave up the winning home run to Jayson Werth in extra-innings. The Phils will be trying to make it two wins in a row, while trying to get the offense jump started.

Winning streak ends as Jamie Moyer, bullpen, gets lit up by the Cubs as the Phils fall to the Cubbies, 10-5.

The Phils winning streak ends at ten games as Jamie Moyer and the bullpen give up ten runs as the Phils lose to the Cubs, 10-5.

The Cubs took the lead in the fourth, as with the bases loaded via singles to Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Milton Bradley, and with nobody out, Alfonso Soriano hits an RBI single, knocking in Lee, giving the Cubs a quick 1-0 lead, while moving both Ramirez and Bradley up a base. The Cubs then made it 3-0 as the next batter, Jeff Baker, hits a two-run double, scoring both Ramirez and Bradly, as Soriano went on to third base. On the play, Chase Utley committed a fielding error as he is unable to catch the throw into second base by Shane Victorino, which would allow Soriano to score, making it 4-0 Chicago, while Baker moved up to third. The Cubs would make it 5-0 in the fifth as, with two men on, and one man out, Bradley hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Theriot, who had earlier singled and then stole second base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with the bases loaded via singles to Pedro Feliz, Paul Bako and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., and one man out, Victorino hits into a force out, 3-6, scoring Feliz from third base, making it a 5-1 Cubs’ lead, as Mayberry is wiped out at second, while Bako moved up to third, putting runners on the corners. The Phils would make it 5-3 in the sixth as, with two men on, and one man out, Feliz hits a two-run single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, would move up to second on Jayson Werth’s single, before moving to third on Theriot’s throwing error, and Werth, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Theriot’s error. The Cubs then increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and nobody out, Ramirez hits a two-run double, scoring both Theriot and Lee, who had both walked, making it a 7-3 Cubs’ lead. Three batters later, after the Cubs had loaded the bases via a Bradley walk, and a Soriano singled, that had moved both Ramirez and Bradley up a base, pinch hitter Jake Fox hits a sacrifice fly for the inning’s first out, scoring Ramirez, making it an 8-3 Cubs’ lead. The Phils cut the lead to 8-5 in their half of the seventh, as, with the bases loaded via a single by Victorino, a walk to Howard and a single by Werth, and two outs, Greg Dobbs hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Howard, while sending Werth over to third. The Cubs added to their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded via Andres Blanco being hit by the pitch, a walk to Koyie Hill and a single to Kosuke Fukudome and one man out, Reed Johnson hits an RBI single, knocking in Blanco, making it a 9-5 Cubs’ lead, while sending Hill to third and Fukudome to second base. Two batters later, Lee made it a 10-5 lead with a bases loaded walk, forcing in Hill, while moving up a base both Fukudome and Johnson. That would be the final score as Kevin Gregg pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his nineteenth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer took the lost, as he pitched just five innings, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 9-7 with a 5.65 ERA. Clay Condrey pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Chad Durbin pitched to five batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on two hits and three walks. Scott Eyre pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only a hit and a walk, as he struck out one. Brad Lidge pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out two. Ryan Madson pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Carlos Zambrano picked up the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on ten hits and three walks, while he struck out seven. His record is now 7-4 with a 3.48 ERA. Sean Marshall pitched to one batter, who got a hit. Angel Guzman recorded his ninth hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk. Kevin Gregg recorded his ninteenth save as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up just a walk, while he struck out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the games. Shane Victornio, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs and Pedro Feliz each recorded two hits, with Ryan Howard, Paul Bako and John Mayberry, Jr. getting the other three Phillies’ hits. Dobbs and Feliz both knocked in two runs, while Victorino knocked in one. The Phils will now be trying to rebound as they prepare to build on their recent winning ways.

The Phillies (53-39, 1st National League East) will be playing a make up game with the Padres (37-58, 5th National League West). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm tonight. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 17, where he went five innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 6-5 extra-innings win. He will once again be going for his sixth win of the year, while trying to continue the dominance that he showed in his last start. The Padres will send to the mound Kevin Correia (6-7, 4.34), who is also coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on July 18, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Padres’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to even his record, while hoping to give the Phillies’ offense a bad time. The Phils will once again try to go over .500 at home, while at the same time try to continue their winning ways.

Werth’s three-run blast in extra-innings put the Phils over .500 at home while extending their winning to ten games.

Jayson Werth’s walk-off three-run home run extends the Phils’ winning streak to ten games while getting the team above the .500 mark at home, as the Phils defeat the Cubs in extra-innings, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year, making it a 1-0 Phils’ lead. The Cubs would tie the game up in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and two men out, Kosuke Fukudome hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Theriot, who had earlier singled. The game then developed into a long pitchers’ duel, first between the starters, Joe Blanton and Rich Harden for seven innings, with Blanton only giving up five hits, as he struck out five, while Harden only gave up four hits and two walks, as he struck out six, then the bullpens, with the Phils’ bullpen giving up no hits or walks, while striking out six Cubs for six innings, while the Cubs’ bullpen kept the Phils off the scoreboard for five and two-thirds innings, giving up one hit and three walks, while striking out six Phils before the bottom of the thirteenth inning. In the thirteenth, Jeff Samardzija began his second inning of work for the Cubs. Shane Victorino started the inning off for the Phils by flying out to left for out number one. Chase Utley followed by flying out to center for the second out. Ryan Howard than took a four pitch walk, putting a runner on first, with two outs. Raul Ibanez then followed by working a walk, putting runners on first and second, as Howard moved up to second base, putting the winning run in scoring position for the second time in the last three innings. Jayson Werth came up to the plate, and with the count one and one, he hits a changeup into the left field seats for a walk-off three-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, scoring Howard and Werth before him, and giving the Phils a 4-1 win.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hit, while he struck out four. Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge and Chan Ho Park combined for five 1-2-3 innings, as they struck out six Cubs (Madson (1), Park (5)). Clay Condrey got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 6-2 with a 3.50 ERA. Rick Harden also received a no-decision, as he also pitched seven strong innnings, giving up only one run on four hits and two walks, while he struck out six. Carlos Marmol, Angel Guzman, Sean Marshall and Aaron Heilman combined for four innings of shut out ball, giving up only one hit (Marmol) and three walks (Marmol, Marshall and Heilman one walk each), while striking out six (Marmol (4), Marshall (1), Heilman (1)). Jeff Samardzija took the lost as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on one hit and two walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits a piece, with one of Rollins’ hits being a solo home run, while one of Werth’s hits was the gaming winning three-run home run. Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz had the other two hits, both singles. The victory give the Phils a seven games winning streak at home, a winning record at home for the first time this year, their fourth straight series win at home, their fifth straight series win, and their tenth win in a row.

The Phillies (53-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their three-games series with the Cubs (47-45, 2nd-T National League Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils are sending to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-6, 5.58), who is coming off a gem against the Marlins on July 16, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. He will be going for win number ten on the season. The Cubs will counter with Carlos Zambrano (6-4, 3.36), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 17, as he went five innings, giving up no runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out six in the Cubs’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to keep the Cubs from being swept. The Phils will be going for their eleventh win in a row, and their eighth straight win at home, while trying to once again add to their lead in the NL East.

The Phils extend their winning streak to nine games as they club the Cubs, 10-1.

The Phils continue their recent winning ways at home, as they crush the Cubs, 10-1, increasing their winning streak at home to six games and their overall winning streak to nine. They are now a .500 team (23-23) at home.

The Phils took an early lead in the first as, with two men on, and two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Shane Victorino’s double, and Victorino, who had earlier doubled, making it 3-0 Phils. The Phils increased their lead in the second as, with one man on, and nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had just walked, making it 5-0 Phils. The Phils would then bust it wide open in the fourth. With two men on, and nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Feliz’s single, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead, and sending Feliz, who had earlier singled, to third. Two batters later, now with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Feliz, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while Ruiz would move up to third. It would become 8-0 Phils as Cubs’ left fielder Alfonso Soriano committed a fielding error on Victorino’s fly ball, allowing Ruiz to score, while Victorino was safe at second on the two-base error. Chase Utley would make it 9-0 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Victorino, before he would be tagged out at second base when he tried to move up to second on the throw, 9-3. The Cubs would get a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Ryan Theriot hits an RBI single, scoring Andres Blanco, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Kosuke Fukudome’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 9-1 Phils’ lead. Other than that, Phils’ starter Rodrigo Lopez had an easy six innings, as he gave up only one run on five hits and three walks, before handing the ball over to Chad Durbin in the seventh. In the eighth, Ryan Howard made it 10-1 Phils with a lead-off home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year. Durbin then proceeded to end the game by pitching a scoreless ninth inning as he got Koyie Hill to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out at second Soriano, who had earlier singled, to record his first save of the year.

Rodrigo Lopez got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits and three walks, as he struck out five. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 2.60. Chad Durbin pitched three scoreless inning, giving up only a hit, while striking out two, as he recorded his first save of the year. Ted Lilly took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up nine runs, only seven of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.59 ERA. Jeff Stevens and Aaron Heilman together pitched three scoreless innings, while striking out two batters (one strikeout apiece). Angel Guzman pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit while striking out two.

The Phils collected nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz leading the way with two hits a piece, with one of Victorino’s hits being a double, while Ruiz’s two hits were a double and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz had the other five Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a three-run home run, and Howard’s being a solo shot. Besides Ibanez and Ruiz’s three RBIs and Howard’s one, Rollins and Utley both knocked in a run, with Rollins’ being on a sac fly. The Phils have now even their record at home as they have won ten of their last eleven home games and thirteen of their last fourteen overall, since being swept by the Braves. They will be trying to make it ten wins in a row tonight.

The Phillies (52-38, 1st National League East) will continue their three-games set with the Cubs (47-44, 2nd National League Central) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44) who last start, on July 18 against the Marlins, was cancelled due to rain after he had given up two runs in the first inning. He will once again be going for his seventh win of the season. The Cubs will counter with Rich Harden (6-6, 5.06), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 16, when he went six innings, giving up no runs on three hits, while striking out seven, in the Cubs 6-2 win. He will be trying for his seventh win as well, while hoping that he will be able to stop the presently hot Phillies’ offense. The Phils will be going for their tenth win in a row tonight, while trying to further increase their lead in the NL East.

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