Phillies win series with the Cardinals as Ryan Howard hits two home runs to defeat the redbirds, 4-1.

Jamie Moyer pitched seven strong innings as Ryan Howard belted two home runs, taking the major league lead from Chase Utley in the process, as the Phillies defeated the Cardinals, 4-1, to take the series. The Phillies have won their first series at home since they’d took three games out of four from the Reds back on June 2-5. The Phillies took the lead in the bottom of the first as Ryan Howard hit a two-run home run off of Cardinals’ starter, Braden Looper, his now major league leading twenty-sixth home run of the year, scoring Shane Victorino who has earlier singled, giving the Phillies a quick 2-0 lead. They would increase their lead to 3-0 in the third as Chase Utley hit a RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier doubled. The Cardinals would get a run back in the fourth, as Yadier Molina singles in Troy Glaus, who has earlier doubled, making it 3-1 Phillies. The Phillies would get that run back as Howard would hit his major league leading twenty-seventh home run of the year, a solo shot, to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead. But that would turn out to be it as Jamie Moyer would pitch seven strong innings, getting the Cardinals to hit into three double plays while striking out four. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero would together pitch two scoreless frames, with Romero snuffing a threat in the ninth inning, to record his first save of the year.

Jamie Moyer will get the win, going seven innings, giving up only one earned run on seven hits. His record is now 8-6 with a 3.95 ERA. Ryan Madson would pitch one and a third innings of relief, giving up no runs on one hit. J.C. Romero would get his first save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Braden Looper will get the lose, as he pitches six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits. His record is now 9-7 with a 4.25 ERA. Russ Springer would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on two hits. Ron Villone woild go two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Chris Perez would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits.

The Phillies’ offense was able to put up some runs on the scoreboard, thanks to Ryan Howard’s two home runs, and Chase Utley’s RBI double with a man in scoring position. Hopefully, this will mean that the bats are finally awake and are now waiting to do some damage on their next opponent, the presently not so dominating Diamondbacks. Meanwhile, the veteran Jamie Moyer continues to impress as he shuts down the Cardinals, giving up only seven scattered hits, while getting three double play balls behind him to help keep the redbirds from being able to do any damage.

The Phillies (50-43) will conclude their ten games home stand with a three games set against the Diamondbacks (45-46, 1st-T National League West). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-3, 4.39), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on July 6, as he pitched his third straight quality start as he gave up only one earned run on eight scattered hits, in the Phillies’ 4-2 lost. He’ll be for the second time trying for his ninth win of the season, and his fourth straight quality start, while hoping to throw another quality start against the D-backs as he did back on May 7, where he went six innings, giving up only three earned runs on ten hits while receiving a no-decision, in the Phillies’ 5-4 win. The D-backs will send to the mound Doug Davis (3-4, 3.74), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on July 5, where he went eight innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits, in the Diamonbacks’ 4-2 lost. Lifetime against the Phillies he is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in six starts. He will be trying to even his record, while trying to keep the D-backs in first place with the Dodgers.

The Phillies’ lead is still one and a half games over the Mets as the Mets win their game with the Giants. The Phillies are at the moment leading the Marlins by two games, as the fish prepare to start a four games series with the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Phillies have increased their lead over the Braves to six and a half game, as the Braves have an off-day today. The Phillies hope to extend their winning streak while trying to increase their lead in the East before the start of the All-Star break.


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