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Three solo home runs help power the new look Phils into a two-game winning streak against the first-place Nats, defeating Washington, 3-2.

Three solo home run, including a pair from Jimmy Rollins, for his second and third home runs in two straight days, help push the Phils past the first-place Nats, 3-2.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Bryce Harper, a walk to Chad Tracy, sending Harper to second base, and a fielding error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen on a Michael Morse grounder to third, allowing both runners to move up a base, and Morse to safely reach first base, and with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Harper, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while moving up a base both Tracy and Morse, leaving the bases loaded. The Nats then took a 2-0 lead as Danny Espinosa hits into a 4-6 force out, for the inning’s second out, as LaRoche is wiped out at second base, while Tracy scores, and Morse moves up to third base.  The Nats then tried to increase their lead in the second as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Edwin Jackson, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Steve Lombardozzi’s ground out, 5-3, tried to score on Harper’s single to left, but is gun down on a strong, one-hop throw by left fielder Dom Brown, as catcher Erik Kratz blocked the plate before applying the tag for the inning’s final out, keeping it a 2-0 Nats’ lead. The Phils then made it a 2-1 Nats’ lead in the third as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, and his second home run in as many games. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the fifth as Rollins strikes again, as he hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home-run of the year and his third home run in two days. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Nate Schierholtz followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixth home run of the season, and his first as a Phil, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. That would be the final score, as the pitching staff held off the Nats, until Jonathan Papaelbon recorded his twenty-third save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo received his eighteenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Josh Lindblom recorded his sixteenth hold of the year, his first as a Phil, as he also threw a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst recorded his first hold of the season as he went a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-third save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.57) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six. Michael Gonzalez pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out three. Ryan Mattheus and Sean Burnett combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Burnett) between them, while striking out two (one batter each), as the Phils’ pitching staff combined for two straight good games since the trade deadline.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Home Runs, 2 RBIs), Nate Schierholtz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Chase Utley (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr., Erik Kratz and pinch hitter Ty Wigginton had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, while the offense was unable to pick up the first three batters, who had gone six for thirteen, with two walks, after they had gotten on base.

The Phils (47-57, 5th) will conclude their series with the Nats (61-42, 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 Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.31) who is coming off a lost against the Braves on July 27, as he got tagged for five runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and six walks, as he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 6-1 lost. He will be out to redeem himself after such a bad performance, and lead the Phils to a sweep of the Nats. The Nats will counter with Ross Detwiler (5-4, 3.24), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on July 27, as he went just four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Nats’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Nats from being swept. The Phils will be out to sweep the first-place Nats.

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.

The Phils’ losing streak is now at four games as Roy Halladay loses his first start against the Nats, as the Phils lose 5-2.

Roy Halladay loses his first start against the Nationals as the Phils’ losing streak rises to four games as they lose to the Nats, 5-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hector Luna hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Hunter Pence, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats then took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Bryce Harper hits a two-run triple, knocking in Jordan Zimmermann and Steve Lombarozzi, who had both singled, with Zimmermann stopping at second base on Lombarozzi’s single, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats added to their lead two batters later as, with Harper still on third, and now with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Harper, and giving the Nats a 3-1 lead. The Nats then made it a 4-1 lead as Ian Desmond hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Nats then took a 5-1 lead in the fourth as Rick Ankiel hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as, with one man out, pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, and the first home run of his career, making it a 5-2 Nats’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Tyler Clippard recorded his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Jake Diekman, Jose Contreras and Antonio Bastardo would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Diekman) between them, while striking out six (Diekman (4), Contreras (1), Bastardo (1)). Jordan Zimmermann (3-4, 2.47) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Tom Gorzelanny pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Tyler Clippard collected his first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, singles by Placido Polanco, Hunter Pence, Brian Schneider, Freddy Galvis, Mike Fontenot and Roy Halladay, doubles by Shane Victorino and Hector Luna and a home run by pinch hitter Erik Kratz, the first home run of his career, as the offense once against squandered several scoring opportunities in the early innings to get back into the game.

The Phils (21-23, 5th) will conclude their series with the Nats (26-17, 1st) with a night game for tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (6-1, 2.48), who is coming off a win against the Red Sox on May 18, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 6-4 win. He will be out to end the Phils’ present losing streak as he goes for win no. 7. The Nats will counter with Edwin Jackson (1-1, 3.31), who is coming off a no-decision against the Orioles on May 18, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Nats’ 2-1  extra-innings lost. He will be trying to lead the Nats to a series sweep of the Phils at home. The Phils will be out to end this bad home stand with a win before going on the road.

The Phils lose their third game in a row, thanks in part to a baserunning blunder, as they fall to the Nationals, 2-1.

A baserunning mistake comes back to bite the Phils before they drop one to the Nats, 2-1.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Ian Desmond hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats then increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Desmond hits an RBI single, knocking in Bryce Harper, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, which sending Adam LaRoche, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils tried to get on the board in the sixth as they put two men on base, via a walk to Placido Polanco, and then a double by Shane Victorino, and with nobody out. But then, as Hunter Pence lined out to center field for the inning’s first out, with center fielder Rick Ankiel having to jump into the air to be able to catch the ball, Polanco made a base running blunder by not going back to third base to tag up and score, instead staying at third. That would hurt even more as the next batter, Carlos Ruiz, hits a ball sharply to first baseman LaRoche, who caught the ball and then threw it home for the fielder’s choice out, as catcher Jesus Flores tagged out Polanco for the inning’s second out, while Ruiz reached first base safely. To add further insult, Victorino stayed at second base on the play. John Mayberry, Jr. then flew out to right to end the inning, leaving the score 2-0 Nats. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ty Wigginton hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Mayberry, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on pitcher Henry Rodriguez’s wild pitch, then stopped at third base on Mike Fontenot’s single, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Sean Burnett recorded his second save of the year by getting Polanco to lined out to second base, with the tying run on second base, as Fontenot had moved up to second on Rodriguez’s second wild pitch of the inning, for the game’s final out

Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 5.23) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Raul Valdes pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters. Gio Gonzalez (6-1, 1.98) got the win as he threw six scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out nine. Craig Stemmen collected his second hold of the year as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Henry Rodriguez collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk and two wild pitches. Sean Burnett received his second save of the year as he pitch two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter.

The Phils had only six hits in the game with Placido Polanco (Singles) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double) both leading the ballclub with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre and Mike Fontenot had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as the Phils’ offense was kept quiet during most of the game. Pinch hitter Ty Wigginton knocked in the only Phil run with a sacrifice fly, as a baserunning mistake by Polanco kept them from scoring earlier in the game, becoming real big in the ninth inning as they attempted a late rally. The Phils also had five walks in the game.

The Phils (21-22, 5th) will continue their series with the Nats (25-17, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is set to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (4-3, 3.22), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on May 17, as he threw eight strong innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 8-7 win. He will be trying to end the Phils’ latest losing streak. The Nats will counter with Jordan Zimmermann (2-4, 2.58), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on May 17, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 5-3 lost. He will be out to add to the Phils’ present woes. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500 with a win tonight.

A six-run third supports a fine pitching performance by Roy Halladay as the Phils proceed to sweep the Nats, 7-4.

A six-run third and a fine pitching performance by their ace Roy Halladay leads the Phils to a sweep of the hapless Nats, 7-3.

The Phils broke the game wide open in their half of the third as they send ten men to the plate. They took a 2-0 lead as, with Jimmy Rollins on first, via a single, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring Rollins. Three batters later, after Placido Polanco had reached base with a single, and then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, John Mayberry, Jr. gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI double, knocking in Polanco, while sending Howard to third base. A red-hot Raul Ibanez then followed with a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Ibanez scored on a Wilson Valdez single. The Nats got on the scoreboard in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Ramos hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on an Adam LaRoche single, and was called safe by the home plate umpire on a play that he might have missed, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending LaRoche, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Jerry Hairston had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both LaRoche and Ramos up a base, Ian Desmond hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in LaRoche, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, and his second in two days, as he give the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Nats made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Alex Cora’s single. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.19) gets the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he struck out ten. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (2-4, 5.09) took the lost as he pitched two innings plus six batters, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brian Broderick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Todd Coffey pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out five. Henry Rodriguez and Doug Slaten combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Rodriguez) and two walks (one walk each), while striking out four (Rodriguez (3), Slaten (1)) between them. Halladay is presently the second starter in the National League to reached five wins.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with a red-hot Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Wilson Valdez (Singles, RBI) each followed with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. The slight adjustment in their line-up, along with Ibanez getting hot (8-11), have gotten the offense rolling again. I just hope it last for a while.

The Phils (21-9, 1st) begin a three-game weekend series with the Braves (18-15, 3rd), that will begin tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.66) who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on May 1, as he went a strong seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-innings lost. He will be looking to get his third victory of the year. The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (2-3, 3.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cards on May 1, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Braves’ 6-5 walk-off win. He will be trying to once again be a pain in the Phils’ side. The Phils will be going for their four straight win, and their sixth win on the home stand.

The Phils’ offense come alive once again as they continue to handle the Nats, beating them, 7-4.

The Phils’ offense broke out as they once again defeat the Nats, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the fifth as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Brian Schneider, before he was forced out at second base on a ground ball hit by Wilson Valdez, 6-4, a single by Vance Worley, sending Valdez up to second base, and a walk to Jimmy Rollins, sending both runners up a base, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, while sending Worley up to third base, and Rollins up to second base. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Worley. The Nats got a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI double, scoring Danny Espinosa, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second on an Ian Desmond ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Ben Francisco, and singles by both Ibanez and Schneider, and with nobody out, Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while seniding Ibanez to third and Schneider up to second, leaving the bases loaded. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, the Phils took a 5-1 lead as Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, while sending both Schneider and Valdez up a base each, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then added to their lead as Victorino hits a ground to the second baseman, who then forced out Rollins at second base for the inning’s second out, 4-6, before the shortstop, Desmond, committed a throwing error to first base, allowing both Schneider and Valdez to score, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead, while letting Victorino to reach second base on the error. The Nationals cut the Phils’ lead to 7-4 in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Espinosa hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Laynce Nix, who had earlier singled, then went to third on pinch hitter Matt Stairs’ single, his 100th pinch hit of his career, and Stairs, who had just singled, then went to second base on defensive indifference. But, that would be it as Danys Baez finally ended the game by getting Desmond to ground out, 6-3.

Vance Worley (2-0, 0.75) gets the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and a hit batter, while striking out seven. J.C. Romero and Michael Stutes combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Stutes), while striking out two batters (one each). Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Jason Marquis (3-1, 3.66) took the lost as he went five innings plus four batters, as he gave up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, while he struck out two. Brian Broderick pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Sean Burnett and Todd Coffey combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Coffey) between them.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Brian Schneider (Singles) followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI) and Vance Worley had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a Nats’ throwing error.

The Phils (20-9, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Nats (14-16, 5th) with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.14) who is coming off a complete game win against the Mets on April 30, as he gave up a run on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to win his fifth start while trying to lead the Phils to a sweep. The Nats will send to the mound John Lannan (2-3, 3.78), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on April 30, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, in the Nats’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to stop the Nats current losing streak. The Phils will once again be trying for their third sweep of the season.

The Phils make it eight wins in a row as they defeat the D-backs in extra-innings on a walk-off single, 3-2.

Wilson Valdez’s walk-off single in the eleventh give the Phils their eighth straight win, and their eleventh straight victory at home, as the Phils sweep the D-backs, 3-2.

After being scoreless for the first four and a half innings, the Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Cody Ransom, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it 2-0 in the sixth as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. The D-backs would cut the Phils’ lead in half in the seventh as, with one man out, Miguel Montero hits a solo home run, his third home run of the year, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The D-backs would tie the game up at two-all in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Montero hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Justin Upton, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Adam LaRoche’s single, while sending LaRoche, who had just singled, up to second base, before being replaced by pinch runner Rusty Ryal. The D-backs then tried to take the lead as they loaded the bases, via a Mark Reynolds intentional walk, and a walk to Stephen Drew, moving up both Ryal and Reynolds, and with still one man out, but are stopped as Gerardo Parra hits into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Drew at second, to end the inning, before Parra is thrown out of the game for throwing him helmet in frustration. The Phils won the game in the eleventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Ransom, who had earlier walked, and had gone on to second on Ruiz’s single, as the throw to the plate hits the mound, slowing it up, giving the Phils’ a walk-off 3-2 win.

Kyle Kendrick gets a no-decision as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out five. Chad Durbins collects his ninth hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson receives his first hold of the year as he pitches an inning, plus a batter, giving up a run on one hit. J.C. Romero threw his second blown save of the year, as he pitches an inning, giving up a hit and two walks. Brad Lidge pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Jose Contreras gets the win, as he pitches a scoreless inning, as he walks a batter, and strikes out one. His record is now 5-3 with a 3.86 ERA. Joe Saunders also took a no-decision in his first start as a D-back, as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on nine hits, while he strikes out four. Aaron Heilman pitches two 1-2-3 innings. Esmerling Vasquez took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on three hits and three walks, as he strikes out two. His record is now 1-4 with a 4.62 ERA.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run, the game winner. He was followed by Placido Polanco, Cody Ransom and Carlos Ruiz, who had two hits each, with Polanco and Ruiz’s hits being both a single and a double, with Ruiz knocking in a run, while Ransom’s hits were both singles, as he scored two runs. Raul Ibanez and Kyle Kendrick had the other two Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a solo home run, and Kendrick’s hit being a single. The offense struck at the right moment to win the ball game.

The Phils (56-46, 2nd) will now go on the road to face the Nationals (44-58, 5th) for three in Washington, D.C. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Roy Oswalt (0-0, -.–) who they have just gotten from the Astros in a trade completed yesterday. In his last start for the Astros, he received a lost against the Reds on July 24, as he pitched five innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Astros’ 7-0 lost. In his last three starts for the Astros, his record is 1-2, as he pitched eighteen innings, giving up eight runs on seventeen hits and three walks, while he struck out sixteen. He will be trying to show his new team that he was worth the trade and will give the team a 1-2-3 punch along with the Doc, and King Cole. The Nationals will counter with Craig Stammen (2-4, 5.50), who is coming off a no-decison against the Brewers on July 23, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 7-5 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched sixteen and a third innings, giving up eight runs on seventeen hits and six walks, while he had struck out eleven. He will be trying to hand the Phils’ their first lost in nine games. The Phils’ will be trying to extend their winning streak to nine games at the expense of the Nats, while hoping to shrink the Braves’ lead in the East to a game and a half.