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33 games in 31 days: Game #24: The Phils drop their third game in a row as they lose to the Nats in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils lackluster offense continues as they lose their third game in a row, this time to the Nats, in extra-innings, 4-3.

The game starts out as a six innings pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who gives up just four hits, while striking out four, and Nats’ starter Tom Milone against the Phils C-team line-up, who also gave up only four hits, while striking out two. The Nats took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run on the season, scoring Alex Cora, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Ian Desmond’s grounder, as Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Cora’s single, is tagged out at home plate, tw0-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in Pete Orr and Michael Martinez, who had both singled, with Orr stopping at second base on Martinez’s single. The Nats retook the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Michael Morse, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on a Erik Kratz’s passed ball, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while sending Danny Espinosa, who had earlier been intentionally walked, on the third base, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. That would be the final score as Drew Storen would collect his thirty-ninth save by pitching a scoreless tenth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision, as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up four hits, while striking out four. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Joe Savery made his major league debut as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Stutes (6-2, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Tom Milone also received a no-decision, as he also pitched six shutout inning, giving up just four hits, while striking out two. Doug Slaton pitched to two batters, with both men reaching base, as he gave up two runs on two hits. Tyler Clippard committed his seven blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Sean Burnett pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Tom Gorzelanny (4-6, 4.09) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Drew Storen collected his thirty-ninth save of the season as he pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. and Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Wilson Valdez (Single), Erik Kratz (Double), Pete Orr (Single), Michael Martinez (Single), pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and pinch hitter Placido Polanco (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to struggle stringing together hits and scoring runs.

The Phils (98-55, 1st) will continue their doubleheader with the Nationals (73-79, 3rd), with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 15, as he went nine innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out twelve, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning win. He will once again go for win no. seventeen, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present slide. The Nats plan to counter with Ross Detwiler (2-5, 4.42), who is coming off a no-decision against Mets on September 12, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats a sweep, while hoping the Phils don’t decide to wake up from their offensive sleepwalking and take it out on him.  The Phils will be out to end their present offensive ineptitude.

The Phils come up short as they lose to the Nats, 2-1.

The Phils come up a little short as they drop the series to the Nats as they lose, 2-1.

The Nats took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Roger Bernadina, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, would score on a Alex Cora fielding error of a Carlos Ruiz grounder, while Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, would stop at second base, while Ruiz would be safe at first. The Phils tried to take the lead in the third as, with John Mayberry, Jr., who was earlier hit by the pitch, and then stole second base, and with two men out, tried to score on a grounder hit into right center field by Howard against the infield shift for an infield single, but was thrown out at home plate by second baseman Danny Espinosa, 4-2, for the inning’s final out. The Nats then retook the lead in their half of the third as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Phils tried to retied the game in the sixth, as they loaded the bases, via a walk by Francisco, a single by Raul Ibanez, sending Francisco up to second base, and a walk by pinch hitter Jimmy Rollins, and with two men out, but ended up being denied as pinch hitter Dom Brown flied out to left for the final out. That would be the last threat the Phils would mustard before Drew Storen would come in and collect his tenth save with a scoreless ninth.

Roy Oswalt (3-3, 2.70) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three (Stutes (2), Bastardo (1)) between them. John Lannan (3-5, 4.05) gets the win, his first against the Phils, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits, a hit batter and three walks, while striking out a batter. Todd Coffey received his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, as he walked a better. Doug Slaten also collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Tyler Clippard collected his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings. Drew Storen picked up his tenth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, an infield single and a double. Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Jimmy Rollins (Bunt Single), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense could not get a key hit, as their only run came in on a Nats’s error.

The Phils (34-22, 1st) have the day off tomorrow, before starting a three-game series with the Pirates (25-28, 4th Central) in Pittsburgh.

The Phils make the Doc a seven game winner as they come from behind to beat the Nats, 5-4.

The Phils once again come from behind, giving Doc Halladay his seventh win of the season, as they defeat the Nats, 5-4.

The Nats took the lead in the second as Michael Morse hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Livan Hernandez performed a sucide squeeze bunt RBI out, 3-unassisted, scoring Jerry Hairston, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Alex Cora’s single, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Cora, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils cut the Nats’ lead in half in the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead. The Phils then tied it up at two-all as Ryan Ibanez hits a solo home run of his own, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as, with a man on second, and with still one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats tied it up at three-all in the fifth as, with two men out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Nats then retook the lead in the sixth as Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils retied the game at four-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Chase Utley’s walk, while sending Utley, who had just walked, to third base. The Phils then took a 5-4 lead as Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley.  The Nats tried to retie the game in their half of the seventh as they put runners on the corners, via a double by Cora, and a single by Ian Desmond, which sent Cora to third base, with no one out. Roy Halladay then got out of the inning by first getting Rick Ankiel to hit a grounder to him, before he threw home, catching Cora in a rundown before he is tagged out at third, 1-2-5, for the inning’s first out, while Desmond moved up to second base and Ankiel was safe at first, then getting Espinosa to fly out to left for the inning’s second out, before striking out Jayson Werth for the final out. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would record his twelfth save in twelve tries as he pitched a strong 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (7-3, 2.56) gets the win as he goes seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, as he struck out five. Antonio Bastardo recorded his third hold of the year as he gets out the only man that he would face in a third of an inning. Jose Contreras received his second hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, hitting a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his twelfth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Livan Hernandez received a no-decision as he went six and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four. Sean Burnett blew his fourth save before taking the lost (0-2, 5.59) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Todd Coffey pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to roll.

The Phils (34-20, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (22-31, 5th) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.50), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 26, as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 10-4 rout. He’ll be trying for his fifth win of the year. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (5-2, 4.26), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on May 25, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out only one, in the Nats’ 6-4 lost. He will be trying to do better than his last start against the Phils. The Phils will be going for their third straight series win.

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.

Jayson Werth help to defeat his old teammates, as the Phils lose to the Nats, 7-4.

Jayson Werth help to defeat his former club, as the Phils lose to the Nationals in Washington, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Laynce Nix’s single. The Nats then took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ramos hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Matt Stairs’ ground out, 6-3, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats then increased their lead as, now with the bases loaded, after an infield single by Nix, sending Ramos to third, and a walk to Espinosa, sending Nix up to second base, and with still one man out, Jerry Hairston hits an RBI single, scoring Ramos, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead, while moving up both Nix and Espinosa, leaving the bases loaded. The Nats then took a 4-1 lead as Livan Hernandez performed a successful suicide squeeze, 1-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Nix, while sending Espinosa on to third base, and Hairston to second base. The Nats then took a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils tried to get back into the game in the seventh as they loaded the bases, via a single by Raul Ibanez, a single by Carlos Ruiz, sending Ibanez up to second base, and an infield single by Wilson Valdez, moving Ibenez to third base, and Ruiz to second base, with one man out, before they were turned back as Hernandez struck out pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., for the inning’s second out, before handing the ball over to reliever Tyler Clippard, who ended the threat by striking out Shane Victorino. The Nats then increased their lead in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Rick Ankiel, a walk by Werth, sending Ankiel to second base, a double steal by Ankiel and Werth, and a walk by pinch hitter Michael Morse, and with two men out, Ramos received an RBI walk, forcing in Ankiel, making it a 6-1 Nats’ lead, while sending Werth to third base, and Morse to second base. The Phils would finally get a run back in the eighth as, once again with the bases loaded, via a single to Jimmy Rollins, a walk to Howard, moving Rollins up to second base, and a walk to Ben Francisco, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Ibanez hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, scoring Rollins, to make it a 6-2 Nats’ lead, and sending Howard to third base, as Francisco is wiped out at second base, while upsetting shortstop Ian Desmond enough to allow Ibanez to reach first base before the throw. The Phils then cut the lead to 6-3 as, with runners now on the corners, and now with two men out, Howard would score on Sean Burnett’s wild pitch, while Ibanez would move up to second base. The Nats got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Alex Cora hits an RBI single, knocking in Espinosa, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Ivan Rodriguez’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 7-3 Nats’ lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 7-4 Nats’ lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went to second on pinch hitter Michael Martinez’s ground out 5-3. That would be the final score as Burnett recorded his third save of the season by getting Rollins to line out to Desmond for the final out.   

Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and walk, while he struck out four. David Herrndon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and one walk, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, walking two batters. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Livan Hernandez (1-1, 3.50) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on seven hits, while striking out six. Tyler Clippard recorded his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Sean Burnett received his third save of the season as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits. The Phils’ relief corps did not do well last night, as they allowed two runs to score, thanks in part to four walks coming back to haunt them, with three of them coming in a row in the seventh, forcing in a run with the bases loaded.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (RBI), Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez all leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Ryan Howard (HR, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. The fourth Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The offense was not able to go to work on Livan Hernandez because he messed them up with his slow pitches, mixed in with some faster stuff.

The Phils (7-3, 1st) will continue their three-games series with the Nats (5-5, T-2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.69), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 6, as he went seven innings, giving up no runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 11-0 rout of the Mets. He will be going for his second win, while trying to even up the series between the two teams. The Nats will try to counter with John Lannan (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on April 7, as he pitched only five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Nats’ 5-3 extra-innings win. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win over the Phils. The Phils will be out to even up the series behind the pitching arm of Roy Halladay, while hoping that the offense will be out to once again score runs in bunches.

Roy Halladay throws a complete game shutout at the Mets as the Phils’ bat wake up to pound on their NL East rival, 10-0.

As the Phils’ bats pound out thirteen hits against Mets’ pitching, Roy Halladay pitches his third complete game start and his second shutout of the season as the Phils defeat the Mets, 10-0, putting them half a game behind the first place Mets as they head into the rubber match of the series.

The game started as a three and a half innings pitchers’ duel between Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey, who gave up only one hit, a lead-off double to Shane Victorino in the first, while Phils’ starter Roy Halladay gave up three hits, getting out of jams in the second, third and fourth innings, leaving it a 0-0 ballgame. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single on a pop up that Mets’ second baseman Alex Cora is unable to catch, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier singled on a pop up that Mets’ shortstop Jose Reyes was unable to catch, and then moved up to second on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had already singled, up to second base. Two batters later, with two men still on base, and with one man out, Juan Castro hit a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Werth, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. After Castro is thrown out at home by Mets’ centerfielder Angel Pagan, 8-2, on a Carlos Ruiz’s single for the second out of the inning, and then a single by Halladay, which sent Ruiz up to second, the Phils made it 6-0 as Victorino hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run triple, knocking in Utley, who had earlier doubled, and went to third on Howard’s fly out, and Werth, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. The Phils made it 9-0 in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one out, Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had earlier doubled. Three batters later, with two men on base, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who was safe on a throwing error by Mets’ first baseman Ike Davis on an Ibanez’s grounder, making it 10-0 Phils, while sending Ibanez, who was safe on Davis’ error, on to third. That would be the final score as Halladay would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the shut out win.

Roy Halladay threw a complete game shut out, giving up only three hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA. Mike Pelfrey took the lost as he goes only four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk, as he strikes out only two. His record is now 4-1 with a 2.40 ERA. Raul Valdes pitches three innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, as he strikes out six batters. Manny Acosta pitches a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils’ bats break out for thirteen hits, with Chase Utley leading the way with three hits, for two doubles and a single, as he scores three runs. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz follows with two hits each. Victorino hits were a double and a three-run home run, knocking in three RBIs. Werth had two singles, knocking in two runs, while scroing three. Ruiz also had two singles, knocking in a run, while scoring a run. Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Roy Halladay each recorded a hit, with Howard and Halladay’s hits being singles, with both man scoring a run, Ibanez’s hit being a triple, knocking in two runs, while Castro’s hit was a double, also knocking in two runs.

The Phils (13-10, 2nd?) will conclude their series with the Mets (14-10, 1st) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. The Phils will send to the mound the ageless Jamie Moyer (2-2, 5.25), who is coming off a lost against the Giants on April 27, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. Moyer will be going for his third victory of the season, while trying to help the Phils regain first place. The Mets will counter by sending to the mound the Phils’ nemesis Johan Santana (3-1, 2.08), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on April 27, as he pitched six innings, giving up no runs on four hits and three walks, which striking out six, in the Mets’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to continue his dominance of the Phils while trying to keep the Mets in first place. The Phils will be trying for both a series win and regaining first place in the NL East.

Blanton and the bullpen blanks the Mets as the Phils sweep their major rival in the East, 2-0.

For only the third time at home this season, the Phils have swept a series, doing it for the first time against a team not named the Nationals as they defeated the Mets with a 2-0 win over their ace Johan Santana.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, on a 1-0 fastball, Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run into the left field seats, his seventh home run of the year, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The game then developed into a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who would give up only a single and a walk during his first five innings, while Mets’ starter Johan Santana would give up only one more hit, a single to Rollins, and a walk, after giving up the solo shot to Rollins, in five innings. The Mets then threathen to score in the sixth as they loaded the bases on a walk to Luis Castillo, a single to Santana, moving Castillo up to second base, a sacrfice bunt by Alex Cora, 5-4, moving both runners up a base, and a walk to Daniel Murphy, with only one man out. But Blanton was able to get out of the inning by getting the next batter, David Wright, to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Murphy at second, to keep it a 1-0 ballgame. Then, in the Phils’ half of the sixth, with two men out, Chase Utley made it a 2-0 Phils’ lead by hitting an 0-2 fastball into the right field seats for a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year. After putting the Mets down in the seventh, although giving up a single, Blanton started off the eighth by giving up a single to Castillo. After striking out pinch hitter Gary Sheffield for the inning’s first out, Charlie Manuel replaces Blanton with J.C. Romero, to face Cora. Sadly, the move did not work as Romero hits Cora with his second pitch, moving Castillo up to second base, putting the tying run on base, with still one man out. Manuel then replaces Romero with Chan Ho Park, to face pinch hitter Fernando Tatis. Park got the job done as he got Tatis to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, the Phils’ third double play of the game, wiping out Cora at second, and keeping it a 2-0 Phils’ lead. In the ninth, Brad Lidge threw his sixteenth save of the season, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side as he preserves the shut out.

Joe Blanton got the win as he pitched a strong seven and a third innings of shut out ball, giving up just four hits and three walks, while striking out five. His record is now 5-4 with his ERA reduced to 4.69. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, hitting him. Chan Ho Park recored his fifth hold, as he pitched to one batter, getting a double play ball, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Brad Lidge recorded his sixteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Johan Santana took the lost, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. His record is now 9-7 with an ERA of 3.29. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, with a resurging Jimmy Rollins collecting two of the three hits, a home run and a single, raising his average to .217, as he has gotten seven hits in his last four starts. Chase Utley has the Phils’ other hit, a solo home run. The win keeps the Phils a game ahead of the Marlins and four games ahead of both the Braves and the Mets.

The Phillies (42-37, 1st National League East) continue their ten-games home stand with a four-games series with the Reds (40-40, 4th National League Central). The first game of the series will start at 7:05 pm tonight and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Coel Hamels (4-5, 4.98), who is coming off his worst start of the season, as he was pummeled by the Braves on July 1, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out only one batter, in four innings of work, in the Phils’ 11-1 lost. The Phils will be looking for Hamels to act like their ace again, while he will be looking to stop his own three games losing streak. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto (8-4, 2.69), who is coming off a win against the D’backs on July 1, as he pitched six strong innings, giving up no runs on only one hit and four walks, while striking out eight, in the Reds’ 1-0 win. He will be trying for his ninth win of the season. The Phils will be looking for Hamels to pitch the fourth straight quality start from a Phils’ starter, while trying to increase their present winning streak at home to four games.