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The Phils win their first series of the season as they shutout the Cubs, 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils pitched a shutout as they win their first series of the season, defeating the Cubs, 2-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, and his second in two games, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils would increase their lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his first save of the season, redeeming himself for his blown save on Wednesday, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Emilio Bonifacio, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (2-0, 6.00) got the win as he threw seven shutout innings, giving up ten hits, while striking out six. Jake Diekman collected his second hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 1.29) took the lost as he also pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight. James Russell pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Justin Grimm pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run. Ben Revere, Ryan Howard, Don Brown (RBI) and Cliff Lee had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils had five walks (Utley, Howard, Marlon Byrd, Brown (2)), and a stolen base (Revere (3)) in the game, while the Phils’ defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (3-2, 4th East) will conclude their series with the Cubs (1-4, T-4th Central) tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and is to start at 2:20 pm EDT (1:20 pm CDT). A.J. Burnett (0-0, 1.50) will start the game for the Phils, as he comes off a strong start in a no-decision against the Rangers on April 1, as he went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off lost. He will be going for his first win of the season, while trying to give the Phils’ pitching staff their fifth straight quality start. Carlos Villanueva (2-0, 13.50) will make the start for the Cubs, his first for the season, as he last pitched on April 2 against the Pirates in relief as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on four hits, while he struck out a batter, in the Cubs’ 4-3 extra-inning lost. Villanueva will be trying to put a stop to the Cubs’ present slide. The Phils will be trying to come back home with a series sweep under their belts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils bullpen let Kyle Kendrick down, as the Phils lose again in walk-off fashion, losing to the Rangers, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesPhils closer Jonathan Papelbon waste a good performance by Kyle Kendrick, as he blows his first save attempt of the season, as the Phils lose to the Rangers once again in walk-off fashion, 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a single into center field, sending Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, on to third base, before he goes on to score, as center fielder Leonys Martin commits a fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Rangers tried to tie the game up in their half of the first as they put runners on second and third, via a Shin-Soo Choo lead-off single, and a single by Elvis Andrus, sending Choo to third base, as left fielder Dom Brown commits a throwing error, allowing Andrus to reach second base, and with nobody out, before Kyle Kendrick is able to get out of trouble as Prince Fielder strikes out, swinging, for the inning’s first out, then Adrian Beltre reaches base on a fielding error by Kenrdick, before Kendrick picks up the ball and throws it to third base, leading to Choo being put in a run down, 1-5-2-4, before finally being tagged out by Utley for the inning’s second out, as Andrus moved over to third base, and Beltre moved up to second base on the run down, and then finally gets out of the inning as Alex Rios flies out to center for the inning’s final out. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on pitcher Robbie Ross, Jr.’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Rangers would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Mitch Moreland, who had earlier tripled, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Rangers would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltre, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Moreland’s double, while sending Moreland, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Rangers then tied the game up at three-all one batter later as Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Moreland, while sending Adduci on to third base. Two batters later, after Martin has moved up to second base on defensive indifference, and Donnie Murphy was walked, loading the bases, and with still one man out, Choo received an RBI walk, forcing in Adduci with the winning run, as Martin and Murphy both moved up a base, giving the Rangers a 4-3 walk-off win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Mario Hollands collected his first career hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 20.25) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Robbie Ross, Jr. also received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Shawn Tolleson and Pedro Figueroa would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Tolleson) and a walk (Figueroa) between them. Seth Rosin (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Marlon Byrd (Single), Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Cody Asche (Single) and Jayson Nix (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Ruiz, Utley, Mayberry) in the game, while the defense committed three errors (Brown, Kyle Kendrick, Nix) and performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (1-2, 4th) are off today, before playing their next game tomorrow against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The Phils win both of their games at home with the Astros, with the bats winning yesterday’s game 5-1, before winning’s this afternoon’s game on a extra-inning walk-off home run by Hunter Pence, 4-3.

The Phils go onto the road with their first three-game winning streak as they win both of their games against the Astros, winning yesterday’s ballgame behind Joe Blanton’s excellent pitching, 5-1, before taking this afternoon’s game in extra-innings on Hunter Pence’s walk-off home run, defeating the Astros, 4-3.

In Monday night’s game, the Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who was earlier safe at first on a 1-6 force out, as Carlos Ruiz, who had started off the inning by being hit by the pitch, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, then reaching second base on shortstop Jed Lowrie’s force attempt fielding error on John Mayberry Jr’s grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had been safe at first on Lowrie’s error, over to third. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier started the inning off with a triple. Three batters later, after Polanco had hit into a 6-3 force out, wiping out Ruiz at second base for the inning’s second out, then going to third base on Mayberry’s double, and now with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, before Mayberry, who had just doubled, is thrown out at the plate trying to score, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The Astros would get a run back in the eighth as Marwin Gonzalez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Polanco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, and the 2000th hit of his career, as he knocked in Ruiz, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless ninth, getting Chris Snyder to strikeout, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96) got the win as he went seven strong innings, plus two batters, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out seven. Antonio Bastardo collected his seventh hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out two batters. Chad Qualls collected his seventh hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. Lucas Harrell (2-3, 4.40) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Wilton Lopez pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. David Carpenter pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out two.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Freddy Galvis leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in two runs, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Triple), Hunter Pence (Single) and Placido Polanco (Home Run, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits, with Polanco’s hit being his 2000th career hit. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In this afternoon’s game, the Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Brian Schneider hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr. who had earlier reached base on second baseman Jose Altuve’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Astros would get a run back in the seventh as Matt Downs hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Astros made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, scoring Jordan Schafer, who had started the inning off with a double, then went to third on Downs’ ground out, 4-3. The Astros then tied the score up at three-all two batters later, after pinch runner Brian Bogusevic, who was pinch running for Lee, had stolen second base, and now with two men out, J. D. Martinez hits a single to right, moving Bogusevic up to third, before being sent home as right fielder Pence committed a fielding error as he was trying to pick up the ball. The Phils would win the ballgame in the tenth as, win one man out, Pence hits a walk-off solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, and his second home run of the game, giving the Phils a 4-3 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Chad Qualls blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he threw two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Jake Diekman, who was making his major league debut, received the win, (1-0, 0.00), the first win of his career, as he threw one and one-thirds scoreless innings, while striking out three. Jordan Lyles also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Fernando Abad, Fernando Rodriguez and Brandon Lyon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Abad (1), Lyon (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (Abad (1), Lyon (1)). Brett Myers (0-1, 2.08) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with three hits (Single, 2 Home Runs, 2 RBIs), including the game winner, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Brian Schneider (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) had the other Phil hit. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (18-19, 5th East), who have now won four of their last five games, and have their first three-game winning streak, will now go onto the road for a short two-game series with the Cubs (15-21, T-5th Central). The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 7.32), who is pitching in place of Vance Worley, who is not making the trip because of a sore elbow. Kendrick last pitched on May 9 against the Mets in relief, pitching an inning plus, giving up five runs on four hits and two walks, in the Phils’ 10-6 loss. Kendrick will be trying to bounce back from that bad appearance. The Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (2-1, 2.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on May 11, as he went five innings, giving up a run on three hits and five walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 8-7 lost. He will be out to gain his second win against the Phils this season. The Phils will be going out to win their fourth game in a row.

The Phils rally to score four runs in the last two innings to take one from the Cubs, 4-2.

The Phils score four late innings runs to defeat the Cubs, 4-2.

The Cubs took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on second and with nobody out, Stalin Castro hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Reed Johnson, who had started off the Cubs’ half of the first with a lead-off double. After that, Cliff Lee would spend the next six innings dodging several bullets as he gave up six more hits, all but one of them hard hit, as he struck out six batters, while keeping the Cubs from scoring any more runs, while Cubs’ starter Matt Garza pitched seven innings, as he kept the Phils’ offense off-balanced all night, giving up three hits and walked three batters, while striking out five Phils. The Phils were finally able to get onto the scoreboard in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, which led to Garza being taken out of the game, and being replaced by Sean Marshall, then stopping at second base as Michael Martinez greeted Marshall with a single, and Martinez, who has just singled, and just got home before the throw to the plate, tying the game up at two-all. The Phils then took the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Martinez hits a two-run double, scoring pinch hitter Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on an infield single by Rollins on a sharp grounder to third baseman Aramis Ramriez that bounced off his glove and went to shortstop Castro, and Rollins, who had just hit an infield single, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, before he is thrown out trying to go to third on the throw home, 9-2-6-5, for the inning’s final out. That would be the final score as Antonio Bastardo collected his seventh save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, as he struck out six. Michael Stutes (4-1, 3.24) got the win as he went two innings, giving up two hits while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo picked up his seventh save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Matt Garza also received a no-decision as he went seven innings plus a batter, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while he struck out five. Sean Marshall committed his third blown save of the season, before taking the lost (5-4, 3.18), as he pitched two innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while he struck out three.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Michael Martinez (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, Double) led the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Double, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (60-36, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Cubs (39-59, 5th Central) with an afternoon game at Wrigley Field, which is about to start.

Roy Halladay leaves the game early feeling the heat, literally, as the Phils are burned by the Cubs, 6-1.

Roy Halladay leaves the game early thanks to literally feeling the heat in Chicago as the Phils are torched by the Cubs, 6-1.

The Cubs took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Aramis Ramirez hits a solo home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs then added to their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Rodrigo Lopez, a walk by Kosuke Fukudome, sending Lopez on to second base, and a single by Stalin Castro, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Lopez, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead, while sending Fukudome on to third base. The Cubs then took a 3-0 lead as Carlos Pena hits an RBI single, scoring Fukudome, while sending Castro to second base. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the year. The Cubs got the run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Darwin Barney hits an RBI double, knocking in Koyie Hill, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Cubs a 4-1 lead. The Cubs then added another run two batters later as, with a man on third, as Lopez moved Barney over with a sacrifice bunt, 3-4, for the inning’s first out, Fukudome hits an RBI double of his own, scoring Barney. The Cubs then made it a 6-1 lead in the seventh as Pena hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, and the 250th home run of his career. That would be the final score as Carlos Marmol recorded a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.57) took the lost as he lasted only four innings plus one batter, as he was unable to handle the heat, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out only one batter. Andrew Carpenter pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. David Herndon pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while he struck out two. Rodrigo Lopez (2-2, 2.55) got the win as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out one. James Russell pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jeff Samardzija pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), Michael Martinez (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (59-36, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cubs (39-58, 5th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.82), who is coming off a n0-decision against the Braves on July 9, as he went eight innings, giving up just one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. He will once again be going after win number 10. The Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (4-7, 3.97), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 14, as he went seven innings, giving up six hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Cubs’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Cubs the series win. The Phils will be out to even up the series.

After a wild eighth inning, the Phils hold on to defeat the Mets, 8-5.

After getting through a very wild eighth inning, the Phils hold on to leave New York with a series win, as they defeat the Mets, 8-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, via singles by Kyle Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins, with Kendrick stopping at second base, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, and of his career, knocking in both Kendrick and Rollins. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Martinez hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Brian Schneider, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, and then stopped at third on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Mets finally got on the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Scott Hairston hits an RBI single, knocking in Ronny Paulino, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then took advantage of a defensive mistake by the Mets in the top of the eighth as left fielder Jason Bay committed a fielding error on Howard’s fly ball as it hit his glove, allowing Howard to reach first base safely. After Raul Ibanez popped out to the first baseman in foul territory for the inning’s first out, Dom Brown walked, sending Howard to second base. Then, after John Mayberry, Jr., popped out to the first baseman in foul territory for the second out of the inning, Schneider walked, loading up the bases, moving up a base both Howard and Brown, with two men out, while bringing up to the plate pinch hitter Ross Gload. Gload proceeded to walk, forcing in Howard to make it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Brown on to third base and Schnieder up to second base, as the bases remained loaded. The next batter, Rollins, then hits a two-run single, scoring both Brown and Schneider, giving the Phils an 8-1 lead, while sending Gload all the way to third. Martinez then ended the inning by striking out, swinging. The Mets then started to make things close in their half of the eighth as Phils’ reliever Juan Perez would load up the bases by walking Willie Harris, Daniel Murphy and Bay, with nobody out. Charlie Manuel then came out, and replaced Perez with Ryan Madson. Madson then proceeded to get Lucas Duda to hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Bay at second base, as Harris scored, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead, while Murphy would reach third base. Paulino then followed with an RBI single, knocking in Murphy, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. After Madson hits Ruben Tejada with a pitch, sending Paulino up to second base, he reloaded the bases as he walked pinch hitter Nick Evans, moving up a base both Paulino and Tejada. The Mets then made it an 8-4 Phils’ lead as Angel Pagan hits an RBI single, scoring Paulino, while sending Tejada to third, and Evans to second, leaving the bases loaded. Manuel then came out, and called in Antonio Bastardo to attempt a four-out save. Bastardo finally ended the inning by striking out Justin Turner, swinging, as the Mets batted around in the inning. In the ninth, the Mets cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-5 as, with one man on, and with two men out, Luca hits an RBI triple, scoring Murphy, who had earlier doubled. But that would be the final score as Bastardo recorded his sixth save of the year by getting Paulino to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34), got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, pitching his way out of a couple of early jams, as he gave up just one run on six hits and three walks. Juan Perez pitched to three batters, giving up two runs, as he walked all three of the men that he would face. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, as he gives up a run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his sixth save of the year as he went an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Mike Pelfrey (5-9, 4.67) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. D.J. Carrasco pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits. Tim Byrdak pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Pedro Beato pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three unearned runs, as he walked three batters. Ryota Igarashi pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out one. Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in two runs, as he raised his batting average to .271. Raul Ibanez (Singles), Brian Schneider (Singles) and Kyle Kendrick (Singles), all followed with two hits each. Michael Martinez (Home Run, 4 RBIs) and Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits. Ross Gload had the other Phil RBI with a bases loaded walk.

The Phils (59-35, 1st East) will start a three-game series with the Cubs (38-58, 4th Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm EST (7:05 pm CST). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.45), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on July 8, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for win no. 12 on the season. The Cubs will counter with Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 4.02), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 8, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 7-4 lost. He will be trying to beat his old team. The Phils will be trying to start off the series with another opening series victory.

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.

Phils let one slip away as they lose to the Cubs, 4-3.

The Phils let a winnable game slip out of their fingers as Ryan Madson gives up a solo home run in relief as the Phils lose to the Cubs, 4-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the fourth as, with one out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Cubs would tie the game up at one-all in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Aramis Ramirez, a walk to Alfonso Soriano, moving Ramirez up to second base, a Starlin Castro ground out, 6-3, which would send Ramirez to third and Soriano to second, and an intentional walk to Geovany Soto, and with two men out, Cubs’ starter Ted Lily receives a walk, forcing in Ramirez, which moving Soriano to third and Soto up to second base. The Phils retook the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his third in two games and his twentieth home run of the season, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, and then went to second on a Lily wild pitch, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Cubs would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the sixth as, with a runner on second and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, scoring Ramirez, who had earlier doubled. The Cubs took the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Ramirez hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, giving the Cubs a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Carlos Marmol collected his seventeenth save as he struck out the side.

Joe Blanton gets a no-decision as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Ryan Madson took the lost as he gives up a run on one hit. His record is now 2-1 with a 6.57 ERA. Ted Lily also receives a no-decision as he gives up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Sean Marshall gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His record is now 6-2 with an ERA of 1.96. Carlos Marmol collects his seventeenth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Cody Ransom and Carlos Ruiz each collecting a hit, with Victorino’s hit being a solo home run, Howard’s hit being a two-run home run and Ransom and Ruiz’s hits both being singles. The offense could not get anything going, as they were kept off-balanced by Lily and the Cubs’ bullpen.

The Phils (47-42, 3rd NL East) will continue their series with the Cubs (42-40, 4th NL Central) with an afternoon game tomorrow. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will begin at 1:05 pm Eastern (12:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.78), who is coming off a win against the Reds on July 11, as he gave up just six hits and three walks in seven and two-thirds innings of work, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts, he is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-one and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on nineteen hits and eight walks, while striking out nineteen batters. He will be going for his eighth win of the season, while trying to stop the Phils’ recent two-game slide. The Cubs will counter with Randy Wells (4-7, 4.61), who is coming off a lost to the Dodgers on July 8, when he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Cubs’ 3-2 lost. In his last three starts, he is also 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on fourteen hits and six walks, while striking out nineteen. He will be trying to see if he can add to the Phils’ present troubles. The Phils need to bounce back after losing the first two games in the series, to keep from falling any deeper behind the Braves in the NL East.

The Phils starts the second half with a four-game visit to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs.

Inspite of being hurt by the injury bug, the third place Phils (47-40) are still in the thick of the National League Eastern division pennant race as they attempt to become the first National League team, since the 1942-1944 St. Louis Cardinals, to win three straight NL pennants. The Phils will start the second half of the season with a four-game visit to Chicago to face the fourth place Cubs (39-50) of the National League Central, who are having a bad year.

The first game of the four game set will be played tonight within the friendly confines of old Wrigley Field. The game will begin at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phils’ starter for the first game of the series will be grand pappy Jamie Moyer (9-8, 4.51), who is so far having a good season, although he has lost his last start against the Braves on July 7, as he got clubbed for seven runs on seven hits and a walk in five and a third innings of work, as the Braves ganged up on him in the sixth inning for six of those runs, while he struck out only three, in the Phils’ 7-5 lost. In his last three starts, Moyer is 1-2, as he pitched eighteen and a third innings, giving up eleven runs, ten of which were earned, on eighteen hits and three walks, while striking out eighteen batters. He will be trying to end a personal two-game losing streak while trying for the third time to get his tenth win of the season, which would tie him for the club lead with the team’s ace Roy Halladay. The Cubs will counter with Ryan Dempster (7-7, 3.61), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on July 7, as he pitched just five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Cubs’ 8-3 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he also pitched eighteen and a third innings, giving up eleven runs, eight of which were earned, on nineteen hits and seven walks, while striking out twenty-three. He will be going for his eighth win of the year. The Phils’ offense will be trying to break out of its present mini-slump while trying to build on their recent sweep of the National League Central Division leading Reds by trying to get their fifth straight win, while waiting for more of their injured players to come off the disabled list.

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