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The Phils even their series with the redbirds on Ryan Howard’s solo shot, as they defeat the Cards 1-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesPhils’ pitching blank the Cards as Ryan Howard hits a solo home run for the game’s only run, as the Phils beats the Cardinals, 1-0.

The Phils and the Cards are involved in a pitchers’ duel for the first five innings, as Phils’ starter Aaron Nola gives up just two hits, a lead-off double to Matt Carpenter in the bottom of the first and a two-out infield single to Yadier Molina in the bottom of the fourth, as well as a two-out walk to Kolten Wong in the bottom of the second, while Cards’ starter Michael Wacha gave up four hits, a two-out double to Maikel Franco in the top of the first, a two-out double to Nola in the top of the second, a lead-off single to Odubel Herrera in the top of the third, and a lead-off double to Cesar Hernandez in the top of the fifth, along with a two-out walk to Ryan Howard in the top of the first, and a two-out walk to Herrera in the top of the fifth. The Phils would finally break up the tie in the top of the sixth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run to right center field, his sixth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez collected his ninth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Matt Adams to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Aaron Nola (2-2, 2.93) got the win as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Hector Neris received his sixth hold of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Jeanmar Gomez collected his ninth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Wacha (2-2, 2.65) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Jonathan Broxton pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had five hits in the game, a single by Odubel Herrera, a double by Maikel Franco, a home run (RBI) by Ryan Howard, a double by Cesar Hernandez and a double by Aaron Nola. The Phils also had three walks (Herrera, Howard, Cameron Rupp) in the game, while Herrera was caught stealing.

The Phils (16-11, 3rd NL East) will conclude their three-game series with the Cardinals (13-14, 3rd NL Central) tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Busch Stadium and is to start at 8:15 pm EDT (7:15 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Adam Morgan (0-0, 5.40), who is coming off a no-decision against the Indians on April 29, where he went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3, extra-innings, walk-off win. He will be trying for his first win, while trying to pitched the Phils to their third straight series win. The Cardinals will counter with Mike Leake (0-3, 5.83), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on April 29, where he went seven innings, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Cards’ 5-4 lost. He is still looking for his first win of the season, while hoping to lead the Cards to the series’ win. The Phils will be going for their third straight series’ win.

The Phils sweep the Nats by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth, breaking up a scoreless game, beating Washington 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils sweep the Nats as they scored three runs in the top of the ninth to break up a 0-0 tie, winning 3-0.

The Phils and the Nats spent the first eight innings involved in a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Aaron Nola and relief pitchers Dalier Hinojosa, who was taken out of the game with an injury, and Elvis Araujo and Nationals’ starter Tanner Roark and relief pitcher Shawn Kelley, in which neither pitching staff would give up a run. The Phils would finally break up the scoreless tie in the top of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Odubel Herrera, a double by Freddy Galvis, with Herrera stopping at third base, and an intentional walk to Maikel Franco, and with one man out, as pinch-hitter Darin Ruf struck out, swinging, for the inning’s first out, Cameron Rupp hits a two-run double, knocking in Herrera and Galvis, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Franco over to third base. The Phils added a run two batters later as, with runners still on second and third, and now with two men out, David Lough hits an RBI single, knocking in Franco, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while moving Rupp up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez would notch his seventh save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Jayson Werth to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, rubbing out at second base Ryan Zimmerman, who had started the inning off with a single, for the inning’s second out, for the game’s final out.

Aaron Nola received a no-decision as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Dalier Hinojosa would pitch two-thirds of an inning, before being taken out of the game with an injury to his right hand after being hit by a line drive to the mound, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Elvis Araujo (1-0, 2.45) would pick up the win as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeanmar Gomez would receive his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Tanner Roark also received a no-decision as he also went seven scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out six. Shawn Kelley pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Felipe Rivero (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he faced three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on two hits and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out one.

The Phils had six hits in the game, a single by Odubel Herrera, a double by Freddy Galvis, a single by Ryan Howard, a double by Cameron Rupp (2 RBIs), a single by Cesar Hernandez and a single by David Lough (RBI). The Phils also had three walks (Herrera, Franco (2)), and a stolen base (Hernandez (2)), in the game, while one runner was caught stealing, (Herrera), while the defense performed a double play.

The Phils (12-10, 3rd NL East) will start a three-game Interleague Play series with the Indians (10-9, 3rd AL Central) tomorrow, starting with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils have yet to announce a starter, while the Indians will send to the mound Corey Kluber (1-3, 4.67), who is coming off a win against the Tigers on April 23, as he went eight strong innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out ten, in the Indians’ 10-1 blow-out. He will be trying to get his second victory of the season. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak to four games, while hoping to start off Interleague Play on a good foot.

The Phils take the series from the Nats as their pitchers combine for a two-hit shutout, defeating the Nationals 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils take the series from the Nats as they two-hit Washington, winning 3-0.

Phils’ starter Jeremy Hellickson spends the first five innings in a pitchers’ duel with Nationals’ starter Gio Gonzalez, giving up only two hits, a second inning lead-off ground-rule double to Daniel Murphy and a one-out single to Murphy in the fifth, along with three walks, while striking out eight Nats. The Phils would finally break the tie in the top of the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Darin Ruf hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3, then went to third base on Gonzalez’ wild pitch, giving the Phils’ a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Peter Bourjos hits a fielder’s choice grounder to drawn-in third baseman Anthony Rendon, who then committed a throwing error with a high throw to home plate, allowing Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a single, had moved up to second base on Tyler Goeddel’s single, then went to third base on Hellickson’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, to safely cross home plate, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Goeddel, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Hellickson’s sacrifice bunt, to move up to third base on the grounder, while Bourjos would be safe at first on the play. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the top of the eighth as, with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez would collect his sixth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Ryan Zimmerman, looking, for the game’s final out.

Jeremy Hellickson (2-1, 3.81) took the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Hector Neris would collect his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Jeanmar Gomez received his sixth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 1.42) took the lost as he threw six and a third innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Sammy Solis pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, singles by Odubel Herrera, Maikel Franco, Darin Ruf (RBI), Cesar Hernandez, Tyler Goeddel and Peter Bourjos and a home run by Carlos Ruiz (RBI). The other Phils’ run came in on a fielder’s choice throwing error to the plate. The Phils also had five walks (Herrera (2), Franco, Ruiz and Hernandez), a sacrifice fly (Ruf) and two sacrifice bunts (Freddy Galvis, Jeremy Hellickson) in the game, while the defense performed a double play.

The Phils (11-10, 3rd) will completed their three-game series with the Nats (14-6, 1st) today with an afternoon game, already in progress, after a rain delay. The Phils will be going for a series sweep while the Nats will be trying to salvage a win.

The Phils take the series opener from the 1st place Nats as they once again reach the .500 mark, winning 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils return to .500 as they hang on to defeat the Nats, winning 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Andres Blanco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the game off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats would get a run back in the bottom of the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa knock in the runner via a suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 4-3, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on pitcher Vince Velasquez’s wild pitch, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cesar Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on David Lough’s fielder’s choice grounder, 3-2 as Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Rupp’s double, is thrown out at home plate, with catcher Jose Lobaton applying the tag, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Lough, who had safely reached first base on the force at home, moved up to second base. The Nats would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Bryce Harper hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Taylor, who had earlier walked, moving up to second base Max Scherzer, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Anthony Rendon’s force out grounder, five-unassisted, as third baseman Maikel Franco touched the third base bag to force out Scherzer, while sending Rendon, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Nats then tied the game up at three-all one batter later as Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, knocking in Rendon, while sending Harper on to third base. The Phils regained the lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Franco hits an RBI double, knocking in Blanco, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Harper to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Vince Velasquez (3-1, 1.78) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. David Hernandez collected his sixth hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Hector Neris collected his fourth hold of the season as he also threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while also striking out two. Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Max Scherzer received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Oliver Perez (1-1, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Shawn Kelley pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Matt Belisle and Felipe Rivero would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rivero), while striking out two (Rivero).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Andres Blanco (Home Run, Double, Single, 2 RBIs) and Cesar Hernandez (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with three hits each. Odubel Herrera (Single), Maikel Franco (Double, RBI) and Cameron Rupp (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense also had five walks (Herrera (2), Blanco, Ryan Howard and David Lough) and a sacrifice bunt (Vince Velasquez) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Velasquez).

The Phils (10-10, 3rd) continue their three-game series with the Nationals (14-5, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 5.21), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 20, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-4, extra-inning win. He will be going for his second win of the season, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.42), who is coming off a win against the Twins on April 22, as he went six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out eight, in the Nats’ 8-4 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be going for their third straight road series win.

The Phils take the series’ lead behind strong pitching from Jerad Eickhoff, as they defeat the Padres, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesStrong pitching from Jerad Eickhoff and Maikel Franco’s bat leads the Phils to a win against the Padres, winning 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men out, Maikel Franco hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Franco hits an RBI double, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had just reached base on an infield single, then moved up to second base on second baseman Cory Spangenberg’s throwing error. That would stay the score as Phils starter Jerad Eickhoff would pitch seven strong innings, giving up just four hits as he struck out nine. The Padres tried to threaten in the top of the eighth as they loaded up the bases, via a lead-off single by Alexi Amarista, who then moved up to second base on a force attempt throwing error by first baseman Ryan Howard on a grounder hit by Jon Jay, who was safe on first on the play, and a walk to Spangenberg, moving both runners up a base, with only one man out. But the Phils would then get out of the inning as reliever David Hernandez came back by first striking out Matt Kemp, swinging, for the inning’s second out, then ending the inning by getting Wil Myers to also strike out, swinging. The Padres finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Brett Wallace hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch-hitter Derek Norris, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez collected his fourth save of the season as he got pinch-hitter Alexei Ramirez to pop out to shortstop for the game’s final out.

Jerad Eickhoff (1-1, 1.50) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up four hits, while striking out nine. David Hernandez collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out the side. Jeanmar Gomez collected his fourth save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Colin Rea (0-1, 5.56) took the lost as he also pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. Ryan Buchter pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had five hits in the game, with Maikel Franco, (Home Run, Double, 2 RBIs) leading the team with two hits. Cesar Hernandez, Odubel Herrera and Cameron Rupp had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks (Franco, Ryan Howard (Intentional) and Freddy Galvis), stolen base (Emmanuel Burriss) and a hit batter (Burriss) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Howard).

The Phils (4-5, 2nd NL East) conclude their series with the Padres (3-6, T-4th NL West) today with an afternoon game.

The Phils even the series as they blank the Padres, winning 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their first home game as they blank the Padres, 3-0.

The Phils break up a pitchers’ duel by taking the lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Odubel Herrera hits an RBI triple, knocking in Tyler Goeddel, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Padres’ pitcher Robbie Erlin’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by pinch-hitter Cedric Hunter, a walk by pitch-hitter Emmanuel Burris, moving Hunter up to second base and a walk to Herrera, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Maikel Franko hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Hunter, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, before Burris comes home on second baseman Cory Spangenberg’s throwing error to first base, allowing Franco to reach base, and giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Padres then challenged the play, claiming that Herrera should’ve been called out for his slide under the new slide rule, which was rejected by the umpires, who upheld the call, allowing the two runs to score. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez picked up his third save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Alexi Amarista to ground out, 4-3, for the game’s final out.

Charlie Morton (1-1, 5.23) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up just three hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Hector Neris received his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. David Hernandez also collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeanmar Gomez received his third save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Robbie Erlin (1-1, 0.93) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up a run, on three hits, a wild pitch and two walks, while striking out seven. Ryan Buchter pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kevin Quackenbush pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on no hits and two walks. Brad Hand pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, an RBI triple by Odubel Herrera, a single by Ryan Howard, a single by Freddy Galvis and a single by Tyler Goeddel. The Phils also had five walks (Herrera (2), Carlos Ruiz, pinch-hitter Cedric Hunter, pinch-hitter Emmanuel Burris) in the game, while the defense threw out a base runner, performed two double plays and committed an error (Howard).

The Phils (3-5, T-3 NL East) will continue their four-game series with the Padres (3-5, T-4 NL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jerad Eickhoff (0-1, 3.60), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on April 8, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 7-2 lost. He will be trying to even up his record, while trying to give the Phils the lead in the series. The Padres will counter with Colin Rea (0-0, 12.46), who is coming off a bad start against the Rockies on April 8, as he pitched three and a third innings, giving up five runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five in the Padres’ 13-6 win. He will be trying for his first win of the season while trying to give the Padres the series’ lead. The Phils will be trying to take the series’ lead.

The Phils drop their home opener as they lose to the Padres, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose their first game at home to the Padres, losing by the score of 4-3.

The Padres took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jon Jay hits an RBI double, knocking in Alexei Ramirez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Alexi Amarista’s single, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Amarista, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Padres then made it a 2-0 lead as Cory Spangenberg hits an RBI groundout, 6-3, scoring Amarista, while moving Jay over to third base. The Padres then added to their lead in the top of the fourth as Wil Myers hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Odubel Herrera hits an RBI single, knocking in Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 3-1 Padres’ lead. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Padres’ lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Peter Bourjos hits an RBI double, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the bottom of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Hernandez, a single by Herrera, moving Hernandez up to second base, and a single by Maikel Franco, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Darin Ruf hits a sacrifice fly which sends home Hernandez, before Herrera is doubled up trying to go to third base, 6-5, while Franco moves up to second base, a play which the Phils then challenged and is later upheld by the umpires. The Padres retook the lead in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Derek Morris, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Ramirez’s infield single to third baseman Franco, whose throw to first was challenged by the Padres and was overturned by the umpires, scored on Amarista’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Padres a 4-3 lead, while moving Ramirez, who had earlier reached base on a single, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Fernando Rodney collected his first save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth, getting Rupp to pop out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.

Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.21) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out nine. James Russell and Dalier Hinojosa combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two walks (one walk each) between them. Andrew Cashner received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, plus three batters, as he gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Brad Hand committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Kevin Quackenbush (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Carlos Villanueva collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brandon Maurer also received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Fernando Rodney collected his first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Maikel Franco leading the club with three hits, all singles, followed by Odubel Herrera (RBI) with two hits, also singles. Cesar Hernandez (Triple), Cameron Rupp (Double), Peter Bourjos (Double, RBI) had the other three hits. The Phiis’ final run came in on pinch-hitter Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly-double play. The Phils’ offense had a walk (Hernandez) in the game, while the defense performed two doubleplays.

The Phils (2-5, 4th NL East) will continue their opening series at home with the Padres (3-4, 4th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Charlie Morton (0-1, 14.73), who is coming off a bad start against the Reds on April 7, as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on fives hits and two walks, in the Phils 10-6 lost. He will be trying to even up his record while trying to even up the present home series. The Padres will counter with Robbie Erlin (1-0, 0.00), who is coming off a win in relief against the Rockies on April 8, as he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two, in the Padres’ 13-6 win. He will be trying to win the series for the Padres. The Phils will be trying to even up the series while going for their first win at home.

Phils win their opening spring training road game as they defeat the Yanks, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their first Grapefruit League game of 2015 as they defeat the Yanks in Tampa, Fla., winning 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Cord Phelps hits an RBI single, knocking in Darin Ruf, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Grady Sizemore’s ground out, 3-1, for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Maikel Franco hits an RBI single, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, before Dom Brown, who had earlier walked, then went all the way to third on the hit, is gunned down at home plate, 8-1-2-5-2, trying to score after the errant throw to third base by center fielder Mason Williams, then being caught in a rather short run down before finally being tagged out by catcher Brian McCann for the inning’s final out. The Yanks got a run back in the bottom of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off double by Williams, a single by Cito Culver, sending Williams up to third base, and a walk to Alex Rodriguez, moving Culver up to second base, with pinch runner Kyle Higashioka replacing Rodriguez at first base, and with nobody out, Gary Sanchez hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Williams, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run base in the top of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Aaron Altherr hits an RBI single, knocking in Herrera, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Galvis’ ground out, 5-3, for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Justin De Fratus collected his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless ninth, striking out Nick Noonan, looking, for the game’s final out.

Kevin Slowey (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Paul Clemens followed with two scoreless innings, as he gave up a walk. Ethan Martin pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Hector Neris pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Justin De Fratus received his first save of the spring as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Nathan Eovaldi (0-1, 4.50) took the lost as he threw two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Kyle Davies pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter. Danny Burawa pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. James Pazos pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Wilking Rodriguez and Tyler Webb combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter each.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Odubel Herrera leading the club with three hits, all singles, followed by Cord Phelps (RBI) with two hits, both singles. Maikel Franco (Single, RBI), Darin Ruff (Double) and Aaron Altherr (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense also had a walk (Dom Brown), a hit batter (Gary Sizemore), three stolen bases (Herrera) and a sacrifice bunt (Freddy Galvis) in the game. The defense performed two double plays.

The next Phils’ (1-0-1) Grapefruit League game will be played tomorrow afternoon against the Houston Astros (0-0) at Osceola County Stadium in Osceola, Florida. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee, who will be making his first start since his season ending operation. The Astros will counter with Collin McHugh. The Phils will be going for their second straight victory on the road.

Kyle Kendrick wins his tenth start in what could be his last game as a Phil, as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesKyle Kendrick wins what may well be his last game as a Phil, as the Phils hang on to beat the Marlins, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the seventh as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Kyle Kendrick help his own cause as he breaks up a 0-0 tie with an RBI double, scoring Darin Ruf, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Enrique Hernandez hits an RBI double, knocking in Garrett Jones, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Maikel Franco, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending up to second base Ryan Howard, who had just walked. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (10-13, 4.61) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. Ken Giles recorded his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-eighth save of the season by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit while striking out a batter. Brad Hand received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Chris Hatcher (0-3, 3.27) took the lost as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. A.J. Ramos pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Carter Capps pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils recorded nine hits in the game, with Kyle Kendrick (2 Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team, followed by Maikel Franco (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Darin Ruf (Double) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks (Ben Revere, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Ruf, pinch hitter Dom Brown) in the game, while the defense performed a double play.

The Phils (72-86, 5th) will conclude their series with the Marlins (75-82, 4th) in a game already in progress.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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