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The Phils’ bats come out to support Roy Halladay as they beat the first-place Reds, 12-5.

The Phils’ offense refuse to let up as they defeated the Reds, 12-5.

The Reds took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Zack Cozart, Chris Heisey and Brandon Phillips, and with noone out, Jay Bruce hits an RBI double, knocking in Cozart, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, before Heisey is thrown out at the plate on a good throw by second baseman Chase Utley, after first catching right fielder’s Dom Brown throw into the infield, with Erik Kratz applying the tag, for the inning’s first out, while Phillips stops at third base. The Red then made it a 2-0 lead as Scott Rolen hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Phillips. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier doubled, then stole third base, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the third as, with two men out, Howard hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Kratz hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Reds tied the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with a runner on third and with two men out, Heisey hits an RBI double, scoring Devin Mesoraco, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Mike Leake’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4. Two batters later, after Heisey moved up to third base on Phillips’ single, the Reds retook the lead as Bruce hits an RBI single, knocking in Heisey, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead, while sending Philips on to third base. The Reds then took a 5-3 lead as, with Rolen batting, Bruce got picked off first base, and was soon caught in a run down, 2-3-4-3-6, before finally being tagged out by shortstop Jimmy Rollins, caught stealing, but not before Philips scored from third base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier singled, making it a 5-4 Reds’ lead. Two batters later, after Howard is intentionally walked, the Phils tied up the ballgame at five-all as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard on to third base. The Phils then took the lead for good as Brown followed with an RBI double, knocking in both Howard and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, on which Pierre would reach first safely, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead. The Phils then took a 10-5 lead two batters later as Mayberry hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Pierre, who had earlier stole second base. The Phils then made it an 11-5 lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base when Kratz was hit by a pitch, then went to third base when Rollins hits into a force out, 5-4, as Kratz is wiped out st second base for the inning’s second out, while Rollins, who was safe at first on the force out, would stop at second base. The Phils then took a 12-5 lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Mayberry, a walk by Brown, moving Mayberry up to second base, and a single by Polanco, and with one man out, Kratz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Mayberry, while sending Brown on to third base. That would be the final score as Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (7-7, 3.95) gets the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out just three Reds. B.J. Rosenberg, Antonio Bastardo and Josh Lindblom combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Rosenberg (1), Bastardo (1)) and a walk (Lindblom) between them, while striking out three (Bastardo (2), Lindblom (1)). Mike Leake (5-8, 4.50) took the lost as he went four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. Sam LeCure pitched two-thirds of an inning, plus two batters, as he gave up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jose Arredondo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Logan Ondrusek pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two.

The Phils collected fifteen hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (2 Singles, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the ballclub with three hits apiece, followed by Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Erik Kratz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Chase Utley (Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Double, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks, a hit batter (Kratz) and two stolen bases (Pierre (30 & 31)) in the game.

The Phils (57-65, T-3rd East) will continue their series with the Reds (74-49, 1st Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on August 16, when he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out twelve, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be once again trying for his first win at home since last September. The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (10-8, 4.16), as he is coming off a lost to the Mets on August 16, as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Reds’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to record their fourth straight win.

The Phils defeat the World Champs in extra-innings as they defeat the Cards, 8-7.

The Phils win a wild one with the Cards as they win in extra-innings, 8-7.

The Cards took the lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Matt Carpenter hits an RBI double, knocking in Jon Jay, who had started the ballgame off with a walk, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run RBI triple, just beating Cards’ third baseman Carpenter’s tag, as he knocked in Juan Pierre, who had started the Phils’ half inning off being hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Kevin Frandsen’s bunt single, and Frandsen, who had just reached base on a bunt single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead as Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, that got past Cards’ second baseman Daniel Descalso. The Cards cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the third as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had earlier reached base as he hit into a 5-4 force out, as Carpenter, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out. The Cards then tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Rafael Furcal, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Lance Lynn’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, would stop at third base on Jay’s single to left, as Pierre’s throw towards the plate goes past the cut off man, allowing Jay to try to reach second base, drawing the throw from Phils’ catcher Erik Kratz, who commits a throwing error, as the ball goes past Utley, allowing Jay to reach second base, while Furcal scores, before Jay would head on to third base. The Cards then took a 4-3 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in their half of the fourth as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Cards retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jay hits a two-run double, knocking in Tony Cruz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Frucal’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and pinch hitter David Freese, who had just walked, giving the Cards a 6-4 lead, before moving up to third base on the late throw to the plate. The Cards then made it a 7-4 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils then retied the game at seven-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kratz’s hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, and pinch runner Nate Schierholtz, who was pinch running for Howard, who had earlier walked. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the eleventh inning as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Pierre would hit a grounder to Cards’ shortstop Furcal, who would slip while making the throw to first base, allowing Pierre to beat the throw for an infield single, as Jimmy Rollins, who had been safe at first on a fielder’s choice force out, as Kratz, who had started the inning off with a double, committed a base running blunder by trying to go to third on the grounder, 6-5, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Brian Schneider’s ground out, 3-unassisted, then stole third base, crossed the plate with the winning run, giving the Phils an 8-7 extra-innings, walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four. Raul Valdes pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.13) got the win, his first major league win, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, as he struck out three. Lance Lynn also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. Fernando Salas and Edward Mujica combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Salas) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). Marc Rzepczynski pitched to two batters, walking both of them. Mitchell Boggs committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up three runs on a hit, while striking out a batter. Barret Browning (0-2, 4.24) took the lost, his second in three days, as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Erik Kratz (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Chase Utley (Triple, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks, a hit batter (Pierre) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (18)) in the game.

The Phils (52-62, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Marlins (52-63, 5th), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park, and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.08), who is coming off a complete game shutout of the Braves on August 7, as he gave up only five hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to help the Phils put some distance between them and the Marlins. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (3-7, 4.33), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 8, as he went five innings, giving up four hits and six walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 13-0 rout. He will be trying to put the Marlins back into fourth place. The Phils will be trying to put some distance in the standings between them and the fish.

The Phils sweep the Brewers as they perform one more come from behind win, winning in extra-innings, 7-6.

For the fourth day in a row, the Phils would score the winning run in their last at-bat, as they come from behind for the third straight day, as they once again defeat the Bewers, this time in extra-innings, 7-6.

The Brewers took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Martin Maldonardo hits an RBI single, scoring Corey Hart, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Rickie Weeks’ single, giving the Brew Crew a 1-0 lead, while sending Weeks, who had just singled, over to thrid base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had just doubled. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead two batters later as, with a man on third, as Utley moved up to third base on Ryan Howard’s soft ground out, 1-3, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, via a Kratz lead-off double, who is then moved up to third on a Vance Worley sacrifice bunt, 1-3, and a walk to Victorino, and with two men out, Utley hits a two-run double, knocking in both Kratz and Victorino. The Brewers got a run back in the sixth as Weeks hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Brew Crew made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead four batters later as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Carlos Gomez hits an RBI double, knocking in Cody Ransom, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa’s single, while sending Ishikawa, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Brewers then tied the game up at five-all in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a two-run home run, his twenty-eighth home run of the season, knocking in Gomez, who had earlier singled. The Brewers took the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Aramis Ramirez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Gomez, who had earlier reached base on Ty Wigginton’s fielding error of his pop up, as he did not catch the ball, stopping at second base, and then moved up to third base on pinch hitter Cesar Izturis’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Brewers a 6-5 lead. The Phils then tied the game back up at six-all in their half of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Kratz’s double. The Phils then won the game as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, his second walk-off hit in the last four days, scoring pinch runner Mike Fontenot, who was pinch running for Kratz, as he beat the late throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 7-6 walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six. Kyle Kendrick collected his second hold of the season as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo was tagged with his third blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer (2-1, 3.86) got the win, his second in two days, as he pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a walk. Marco Estrado also received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up  five runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out four. Tyler Thornburg, Livan Hernandez and John Axford combined for five scoreless innings, giving up four hits (Thornburg (2), Hernandez (2)) between them, while striking out three (Axford). Francisco Rodriguez was tagged with his sixth blown save of the season before taking the loss (2-6, 4.80) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs) and Eric Kratz (Single, 2 Doubles, RBI) leading the team with two hits apiece, followed by Juan Pierre (Doubles) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard, (Single), Hunter Pence (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Vance Worley (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. Pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phil run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had four walks and a stolen base (Utley (3)) in the game.

The Phils (45-54, 5th) will have the day off today, before starting a three game series with the Braves (54-44, 2nd) in Atlanta.

Cole Hamels is denied his eleventh win before the All-Star break as Papelbon is unable to stop a Mets’ rally in the ninth, as the Phils lose in walk-off fashion, 6-5.

The Phils’ Cole Hamels is denied his eleventh win as Papelbon is unable to put out a Mets’ rally in the ninth inning, as the Phils lose 6-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who was safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a walk, is wiped out at second base, then moved on to second base as Carlos Ruiz is hit by a pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Ruiz, who had just been hit by a pitch, moved over to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Cole Hamels’ single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Hamels, who had just singled, over to third base. The Mets got a run back in their half of the second as Scott Hairston hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Mets would tie the game-up at two-all in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, David Wright hits an RBI single, knocking in R.A. Dickey, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Daniel Murphy’s single, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils regain the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Fontenot, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Mets took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Wright hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, scoring Ruben Tejada, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at four-all in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI triple, knocking in Hamels, who had earlier singled. The Phils then retook the lead as Rollins scored on Pierre’s suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Phils tried to increased their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Fontenot, who had earlier reached base with a ground-rule double, is sent home on pinch hitter Chase Utley’s single to left field, and is thrown out at the plate by a good throw by left fielder Hairston, 7-2, as catcher Josh Thole apply the tag, for the inning’s second out, while Utley would move up to second base on the play. The Mets would tie the game up at five-all in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off double by Ike Davis, who is then pinch run for by Ronny Cedeno, before moving up to third on Josh Thole’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, for the inning’s first out, pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin then reaching base as he is hit by the pitch two batters later, before stealing second base, and a walk to Tejada, and with two men out, Murphy hits an RBI infield single, as Jonathan Papelbon is unable to come up with the ball, allowing Cedeno to score the tying run, while Valdespin and Tejada both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Mets then got the 6-5 walk-off win as Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Valdespin.

Cole Hamels recieved a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo recorded his sixteenth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon blew his second save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-3, 3.45), as he gave up two runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he threw seven innings as well, giving up five runs on eleven hits, a walk and a hit batter, as he struck out seven. Jon Rauch, Tim Byrdak and Pedro Beato combined for a scoreless inning, giving up two hits (Rauch (1), Brydak (1)) and a walk (Brydak) between them. Bobby Parnell (2-1, 2.91) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, Triple, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Mike Fontenot (Single, Double) and Cole Hamels (Singles) with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single), Placido Polanco (Single) and pinch hitter Chase Utley (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. Juan Pierre had the final Phil RBI with a suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt. The Phils also had two walks and a hit batter in the game.

The Phils (37-47, 5th) with start a three-game home stand with the Braves (43-39, 3rd), the final series before the All-Star break, 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 Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35), who is coming off a lost to the Pirates on June 28, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to improve on his last start. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (6-4, 3.87), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals on July 1, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Braves’ 8-4 win. He will be going for his seventh win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get some kind of momentum going before the All-Star break.

The Phils begin their four-game series with the Dodgers with a lose as Papelbon is unable to keep the Dodgers from scoring in the top of the ninth, as the Phils lose, 4-3.

The Phils lose their third straight game, as Papelbon is unable to secure the ninth inning, as the Phils drop one to the Dodgers, 4-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Juan Rivera hits an RBI single, scoring Elian Herrera, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, while sending Andre Ethier, who had just walked, on to third base. The Dodgers then took a 2-0 lead as Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single, knocking in Ethier, while moving Rivera up to second base. The Dodgers added to their lead in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Dee Gordon hits an RBI single, scoring Adam Kennedy, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Clayton Kershaw’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 3-1 Dodgers lead. The Phils then tied up the ballgame at three-all three batters later, after Vance Worley moves Galvis up to second base on a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Galvis. The game would remain tied until the ninth inning as the Dodgers retake the lead as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Herrera hits an RBI single, knocking in Gordon, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jensen converted his seventh save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Joe Savery and Antonio Bastardo combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits ( one hit each) between them, while striking out six (three each). Jonathan Papelbon (0-2, 2.31) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Clayton Kershaw also received a no-decision as he threw seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out five. Ronald Belisario (1-0, 1.26) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kenley Jensen collected his seventh save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two Phils.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple), Placido Polanco (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Freddy Galvis (Singles, RBI) all leading the Phils with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (28-28, 5th East) continue their series with the Dodgers (34-21, 1st West) with a game now in progress.

Joe Blanton has his third straight bad outing, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 6-3.

Joe Blanton has his third staright bad start, giving up six runs this time, as the Phils drop one to the Mets, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins, who had started the ballgame off with a double, then went to third on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, would score on Jeremy Hefner’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Mets would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Mike Baxter, who had started the inning off by being hit by a pitch, then going to third on Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ single, while sending Nieuwenhuis, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mets then took the lead three batters later as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Ike Davis hits an RBI single, knocking in Nieuwenhuis, who had reached third base on Daniel Murphy’s force out, 4-6, as Wright is wiped out at second base on Murphy’s grounder, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead, while sending Murphy, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Phils would tie the score up at two-all in the second as, with two men out, Brian Schneider hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Mets retook the lead in their half of the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Baxter hits an RBI double, knocking in Omar Quintanilla, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third base on Hefner’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Hefner hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season and of his career, as well as his first major league hit. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a double to left, sending Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, to third base, before he would head home on left fielder Baxter’s fielding error, making it a 4-3 Mets’ lead, while Pence would go on to third on the error. The Mets would increase their lead in their half of the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Scott Hairston hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Quintanilla, who had started off the inning with a double, giving the Mets a 6-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Frank Francisco recorded his fourteenth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, striking out Schneider on a called third strike.

Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus two batters, giving up six runs on nine hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Raul Valdes threw a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman and Joe Savery combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Savery) between them, while striking out three (Diekman (2), Savery (1)). Jeremy Hefner (1-2, 5.60) got the win, the first of his career, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, as he struck out four. Bobby Parnell collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.  Jon Rauch received his fifth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Frank Francisco collected his fourteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Placido Polanco (Singles) both leading the team with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single), Hunter Pence (Double), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Brian Schneider (Home Run, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The 0ther two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and an error.

The Phils (26-25, 5th) will conclude their series with the Mets (28-22, T-2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-3 extra-innings win. He is still looking for his first win of the 2012 season. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on May 25, as he threw seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Mets’ 6-1 win. He will be trying to lead the Mets to a series win. The Phils will be going for the series win, while trying to give Lee his first victory of 2012.

Cole Hamels threw eight shutout innings as he help to end the Phils’ four-game losing streak, as the Phils beat the Nats, 4-1.

Cole Hamels becomes the major leagues’ first seven-game winner as he threw eight shutout innings at the Nats as he help end the Phils’ four-game losing streak, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Mike Fontenot hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Freddy Galvis’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Galvis, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Ruiz’s single, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to third base. The Nats tried to get on the scoreboard in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa, who had just doubled, tried to score on Bryce Harper’s single to right, but is thrown out at home plate for the inning’s second out on a strong throw by right fielder Pence, as he is tagged out by Ruiz. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Fontenot, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third on Cole Hamel’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, would score on Juan Pierre’s excellently executed suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Nats would finally get on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would end the ballgame by getting Xavier Nady to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17) got the win, becoming the majors’ first seven-game winner, as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out two. Edwin Jackson took the lost (1-2, 3.38), as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Henry Rodriguez pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he lifted his batting average to .357. He was followed by Shane Victorino (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Mike Fontenot (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Single) had the other Phil hit. Juan Pierre had the final Phil RBI, performing a successful suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (22-23, 5th East) will now go on the road to start a four-game series with the 2011 World Champions Cardinals (25-19, 1st Central), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Busch Stadium (III), and is to start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74), who is coming off a lost against the Red Sox on May 19, as he went only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from that awful start. The World Champs will counter with Jake Westbrook (4-3, 3.21), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on May 19, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Cardinals’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to bounce back from his lost. The Phils will be trying to start off their present road trip with a victory, while hoping that Blanton will recover from his bad start.

An error and a leaky bullpen allows the Pirates to win their second straighth walk-off victory against the Phils as the Phils lose, 5-4.

An error on a strikeout, and a leaky bullpen allows the Pirates to pull off another walk-off win against the Phils as they lose in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Pence hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Pirates got a run back in the fifth as Pedro Alvarez hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits a two-run single, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, before going on to third as second baseman Neil Walker committed a missed catch error on pitcher Jared Hughes’ throw, and Galvis, who was safe at first on Walker’s error, before going on to second base on the error, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Pirates got a run back in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on first, as Alvarez reaches first base on a strikeout,  as Wigginton committed a fielding error on Brian Schneider’s throw for the out attempt, and with two men out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI double, scoring Alvarez, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Alex Presley hits an RBI single, knocking in McGehee. The Pirates then tied the game up at four-all in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Matt Hague hits an RBI single, his first major league hit, scoring Andrew McCutchen, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, while sending pinch hitter Yamaico Navarro, who had earlier walked, on to second base. The Pirates then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, McCutchen hits an RBI single, scoring pinch runner Josh Hamilton, who was pinch running for McGehee, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Presley sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Pirates a 5-4 walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went six strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Michael Stutes collected his first hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, while striking out two. Kyle Kendrick picked up his first hold of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo received his first blown save of the season as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. David Herndon (0-1, 13.50) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out a batter. James McDonald also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while he struck out three. Jared Hughes pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Evan Meek pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Joel Hanrahan (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Singles, 2 RBI) and Hunter Pence (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the ball club with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single) had the other Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had two stolen bases as Pierre and Victorino were involved in a double steal. The offense is performing some early small ball. Sadly it is not translating into runs, as they are presently leaving too many men in scoring position.

The Phils (1-2, 3rd) will start their first home stand of the season with a three-game series with the Marlins (1-3, 4th). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound for their home opener Cole Hamels (0-0, -.–) who ended 2011 with a 14-9 record with an ERA of 2.79 and a WHIP of 0.99. He pitched in 32 games, all but one of them as a starter, throwing a total of 216 innings, in which he struck out 184 batters, while walking only 44. Cole will be trying to continue where he left off last year, while trying to end the Phils present losing streak. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (0-0, -.–), who is coming off a 2011 season with a record of 8-9, with a 3.67 ERA and a WHIP of 1.28. Sanchez started in 32 games, for a total of 196.1 innings, striking out 202 batters, while walking just 64. He will be trying to stop the Marlins early slide. The Phils will be trying to end their first losing slide, after spoiling two straight quality starts with so-so offense.

Lack of offense comes back to haunt the Phils as they lose to the Pirates on an extra-innings walk-off infield single, losing 2-1.

The Phils lack of offense would come back to haunt them late in the ballgame, before they finally lose to the Pirates in extra-innings on a walk-off infield single, as they lose to Pittsburgh 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI infield single to the shortstop, scoring in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Placido Polanco’s single, then stopped at third on Jimmy Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Rollins’ sacrifice bunt, to third. The Pirates would tie the game up at one-all in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Yamaico Navarro, who had earlier walked, would stop at second base on Jose Tabata’s single, then stopped at third on Alex Presley’s force out, 4-6, wiping out Tabata at second base for the inning’s second out, would score on Cliff Lee’s wild pitch, crossing the plate after Lee misses Carlos Ruiz throw back to him as he tried to cover home plate, while Presley, who was safe on the force out, would move up to second base. The game then became a duel between both teams’ bullpens until the bottom of the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Presley hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Michael McKenry, who was pinch running for Rod Barajas, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Clint Barmes’ sacrifice bunt, 5-4, as Presley beat out Rollins’ throw to first, giving the Pirates a 2-1 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on two hits, two walks and a costly wild pitch, while striking out four batters. Kyle Kendrick, Chad Qualls, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined f0r three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Qualls (1), Stutes (1)) and a walk (Bastardo) between them. Joe Blanton (0-1, 13.50) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter. Jeff Karstens also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Tony Watson, Jason Grilli and Joel Hanrahan combined for three scoreless innings, giving up just two walks (Hanrahan), while striking out three (Grilli (1), Hanrahan (2)) between them. Juan Cruz (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game with Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco both leading the team with two hits apiece, all singles. Jimmy Rollins, Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Pence) in the game.

The Phils (1-1, 3 NL East) will conclude their three-game series with the Pirates (1-1,  T-2 NL Central) with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon at PNC Park. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (0-0, -.–), who is coming off a rookie season in which he ended up with a record of 11-3, with a 3.01 ERA and a WHIP of 1.23, as he appeared in 25 games, 21 of which were starts, as he pitched a total of 131.2 innings, striking out 119 batters, while walking only 50.  Worley will be trying to help the Phils leave Pittsburgh with a series win, while out to prove that the previous season was not a fluke. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (0-0, -.–), who last season had a record of 9-9 with a 4.21 ERA, as he started in 31 games, totaling 171 innings pitched, as he struck out 142 batters, while walking 78. He will be trying to give the Pirates the series win. The Phils will be out to win the series while trying to see if they can establish some kind of offense before coming back to Philly for their home opener.

Spring Training: The Phils end spring training in Florida with their fourth tie of the spring.

The Phils end their grapefruit league schedule as the Braves scored six unanswered runs as the two teams end up in a 7-7 tie.

The Braves took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out,  Brian McCann hits an RBI single, scoring Julio Teheran, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Tyler Pastornicky’s single, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Placido Polanco, and then walks by Jimmy Rollins, sending Polanco up to second base, and Jim Thome, moving up both runners, and with no one out, Polanco scored as Hunter Pence hits an RBI force out, wiping out Thome at second for the inning’s first out, while Rollins would move up to third base. The Phils then took the lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Pence on to third base. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead as Pence would score on a missed catch error by McCann on a fielder’s choice attempt throw to the plate by third baseman Drew Sutton on a grounder by Carlos Ruiz, as Victorino would move up to third base, before Ruiz would move up to second base on the error. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Freddy Galvis followed with an RBI single, scoring Victorino, while Ruiz would stop at third base. The Phils then added to their lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Cliff Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Galvis on to third base. The Phils then batted around, as Juan Pierre brought home Galvis with a suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while sending Lee up to second base.  The Phils than made it a 7-1 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Victorino’s walk, while sending Victorino on to third base. The Braves got a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, J.C. Boscan hits an RBI double, scoring Matt Diaz, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Braves made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jordan Parraz hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jose Yepez, who was pitch running for Freddie Freeman, who had earlier doubled, before moving up to third on pitch hitter Eric Hinske’s ground out, 4-3.  The Braves then cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-5 in their half of the ninth as, with one man on, and with no one out, Josh Wilson hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring Boscan, who had started the inning off with a walk. The Braves then made it a 7-6 Phils’ lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Pastornicky, a fielding error by shortstop Galvis on a Luis Durango grounder, sending Pastornicky up to second base, and a fielding error by pitcher Frank Gailey on pinch hitter Jose Peraza’s sacrifice bunt, moving up a base both Pastornicky and Durango, and with still nobody out, Yepez hits into a double play, 6-4-3, wiping out at second base Peraza for the inning’s first out, scoring Pastornicky, while sending Durango on to third base. The Braves then tied it up at seven-all as Hinske hits an RBI double, knocking in Durango.  The game would finally end as a seven-seven tie as Boscan popped out to first for the final out.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as pitched four strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Joe Savery pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks. Jeremy Horst pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Brian Sanches pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Frank Gailey pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on two hits and two waks. Ryan Duke pitched a third of an innings, walking two batters. Julio Teheran also received a no-decision as he pitched three and one-third innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on three hits and two walks. Yohan Flande pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks. Jonny Venters, Cory Gearrin,  Dusty Hughes and Adam Russell combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Venters (1), Gearrin (2)), while striking out three (Venters (1), Gearrin (1), Russell (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placino Polanco (Single, Double) leading the ballclub with two hits. Juan Pierre (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Shane Victorino (Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI), Freddy Galvis (Single, RBI), Cliff Lee (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Lou Montanez (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. Hunter Pence brought in the other Phil RBI on a force out, while the final Phil run came in on a missed catch error to the plate. The Phils also had four walks in the game.

The next Phils game with be the first of two games with the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park for the on-deck series. The game is to start at 7:05 EDT.

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