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Back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth leads to a dramatic come from behind win, as the Phils defeat the Reds, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA pair of unexpected back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth leads to the Phils coming from behind to defeat the Reds, 3-2.

The Reds took the lead in the top of the second as Jay Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the season, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Reds added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Todd Frazier hits an RBI double, knocking in Joey Votto, who had started the inning off with a single, then reached second base after Dom Brown, who had made a sliding catch of Bruce’s fly ball to left field for the inning’s second out, attempted to double him off first base to end the inning, but instead committed a throwing error as the ball hit Votto and then rolled away from first baseman Michael Young, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. Meantime, the Phils were frustrated for seven innings by Reds’ starter Homer Bailey, who only gave up five hits and a walk, while striking out three, as the Phils’ scoreless streak, which had started the previous night, increased to sixteen innings. The Phils would finally score in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single to left, scoring Ben Revere, who had earlier got on base with an infield single, sliding head first across the first base bag beating pitcher Jonathan Broxton to the bag, then stole second base, making it a 2-1 Reds’ lead, while sending M. Young, who had just walked, up to second base. Then in bottom of the ninth, the Phils started a rally as pinch-hitter Delmon Young started the inning off with a walk, before he was replaced at first base by pinch-runner Cliff Lee. But, it would look like the Phils’ rally would be killed by another base running blunder, as Lee would be caught leaning too much off of first base by Reds’ reliever Aroldis Chapman, and then caught in a rundown before he is finally tagged out, 1-4-6-1, for the inning’s first out. After an upset at himself Lee goes back into the dugout and sits down, the batter, Erik Kratz, who was in the game because the original starting catcher, Carlos Ruiz, had been hurt while running the bases earlier in the game, crushed a three-two fastball into left field for a home run, his third home run of the season, tying the game up at two-all, making Lee even more upset as that would have led to a walk-off win. But, Lee would then be taken fully off the hook as the next batter, Freddy Galvis, followed with a solo home run of his own to left, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and three hits, while striking out four. Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 2.51) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Homer Bailey also received a no-decision as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out three. Jonathan Broxton collected his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Sean Marshall collected his sixth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Aroldis Chapman blew his second save attempt of the year before taking the lost (3-2, 3.32) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Singles, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Home Run, RBI) following with two hits apiece. Lanyce Nix (Single) and Eric Kratz (Home Run, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Michael Young, Utley, pinch-hitter Delmon Young) in the game.

The Phils (21-23, 3rd) begin a three-game series with the Marlins (12-32, 5th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and is supposed to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-6, 4.61), who is coming off a lose to the Indians on May 15, as he went five innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 10-4 lost. He will once again be looking for his second win of the season, while trying to regain command of his pitches, while hoping that the bats will give him some badly needed runs support. The Marlins will counter with Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00), who is coming off a loss against the Reds on May 15, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 4-0 lost. He’ll be looking to for his third win of the season. The Phils hope to once again take advantage of the weak Marlins, while trying to get themselves over .500.

The Phils take the series as the offense comes out smoking as they beat the Mets, 9-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense comes out smoking as they take the series from the Mets, defeating New York, 9-4.

The Mats took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jordany Valdespin hits an RBI double, scoring Ike Davis, who had earlier doubled, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Jonathan Pettibone, who had earlier singled, his first major league hit, then stopped at second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, while Rollins, who had just singled, would stopped at third. The Phils then took the lead as, with Michael Young batting, Rollins would score on a Shaun Marcum wild pitch, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Utley would move up to third base. Two batters later, after Young strikeouts for the inning’s first out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly to left, knocking in Utley, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Mets would get a run back in the bottom of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by David Wright and Lucas Duda, sending Wright to third base, and a walk to John Buck, sending Duda up to second base, and with nobody out, Davis hits a sacrifice fly, for the inning’s first out, bringing in Wright, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-2. Pettibone then got out of the inning by first getting Valdespin to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Buck at second base for the inning’s second out, while sending Duda up to third base, while Valdespin was safe at first, then striking out pinch-hitter Justin Turner, looking, for the final out. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Young, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then busted the game wide open as Dom Brown hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Young and Howard, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-2 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. followed with a solo blast of his own, his second home run of the season. The Mets got the run back in their half of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Wright hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had earlier doubled, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI single, knocking in Young, who had started the inning off with a single, then reached third base on right fielder Mike Baxter’s fielding error of Howard’s fly ball, giving the Phils a 9-3 lead, while sending Howard, who had reached based on Baxter’s error, up to second base. The Mets would get a run back in the bottom of the ninth as Buck lead off the inning with a home run, his eighth home run of the season, making it a 9-4 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Jeremy Horst would get out the next three batters to end the game.

Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Raul Valdes and Chad Durbin combined for three 1-2-3 innings, striking out three batters (Valdes (2), Durbin (1)) between them. Jeremy Horst pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Shaun Marcum (0-1, 6.75) took the lost in his first start for 2013, as he went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out three. Robert Carson pitched an inning, tagged for five runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. LaTroy Hawkins pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, striking out a batter. Scott Rice pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while he struck out two.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Michael Young leading the team with three hits (Singles), followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Dom Brown (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Double, RBI), Howard (Single, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, RBI), Laynce Nix (Single, RBI) and Jonathan Pettibone (Single), had the other five Phils’ hit, with Pettibone’s hit being his first career hit. The Phils’ other run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had four walks (Rollins, Young, Mayberry, Nix) in the game.

The Phils (11-14, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Mets (10-12, 3rd) with a daygame that is in progress.

Four solo home runs help lead the Phils to victory over the Braves, 6-2.

Four home runs by the Phils’ offense lead the Phils to a 6-2 victory over the playoffs bound Braves.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier tripled, just miss hitting a home run. The Braves would tie it up at one-all in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Brian McCann hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Freddie Freeman, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Dan Uggla’s double, while Uggla, who had just doubled, would move up to third base. The Braves tried to take the lead as Uggla headed home on contact, as Jose Constanza hits a grounder back to Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who then threw home, putting Uggla into a rundown, until he was tagged out at third base by third baseman Kevin Frandsen in a 1-2-5 fielder’s choice out, while Constanza would move up to second base on the rundown. The Phils took the lead in the third as Frandsen hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, and his third home run in as many games, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run of his own, his fifteenth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier walked, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Tommy Hanson’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Braves got a run back in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Constanza hits an RBI single, knocking in Uggla, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on McCann’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-2. The Phils got the run back in the eighth as, with one man out, Utley hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning.

Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out six. Jeremy Horst collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Antonio Bastardo collected his twenty-third hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46), took the lost as he went five and one-third innings, giving up five runs on four hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Cory Gearrin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Luis Avilan pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out two.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in two. Juan Pierre (Triple), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (Home Run, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Utley (9)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (77-74, 3rd) continue their series with the Braves (86-65, 2nd) with a ballgame this afternoon. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is suppose to begin at 4:05 pm EDT. The game is to be televised by Fox Sports. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on September 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to continue the present Phils’ winning streak. The Braves will counter with Mike Minor (9-10, 4.31) who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 16, as he threw six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Minor will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Phils spilt their four-game series with the Brewers by winning the last two games of the series, winning by the scores of 4-3 and 8-0.

The Phils leave Milwaukee with a series split as they defeat the Brewers by the scores of 4-3 and 8-0.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, knocking in Laynce Nix, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Erik Kratz gave the Phils a 3-0 lead as he followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixth home run of the season. The Brewers would get a run back in their half of the second as Aramis Ramirez hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, and his second in three days, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Brewers made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a two-run home run, his thirty-third home run of the season, and his fourth home run in three games, knocking in Jonathan Lucroy, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and pitched a four-out save, his twenty-seventh save of the season, getting Cody Ranson to strike out, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Johnathan Papelbon collected his twenty-seventh save of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, striking out three. Mike Fiers (6-6, 2.90) took the lost as he lasted five innings, giving up four runs on five hits, four walks and a hit batter, while striking out five. Kameron Loe, Francisco Rodriguez and Jim Henderson combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Loe (1), Henderson (1)), while striking out six (Loe (1), Rodriguez (3), Henderson (2)).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits apiece. John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) and Juan Pierre (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks and a hit batter (Kevin Frandsen) in the game.

On Sunday, the Brewers tried to take a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, via a triple by Nyjer Morgan, and with nobody out, Morgan broke for home on a grounder that Rickie Week had hit directly to Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who then made Morgan run back to third base, before finally tagging him out, 1-unassisted, for the inning’s first out. The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Dom Brown, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Kevin Frandsen and Ryan Howard, with Frandsen stopping at second base, and a walk by Ty Wigginton, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Brown hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Frandsen, Howard and Wigginton, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils tried to make it a 6-0 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Laynce Nix, who had earlier reached base on Ryan Braun’s fielding error, then went to third base on Brown’s single, is thrown out at home plate on a fielder’s choice grounder, on a good play by first baseman Travis Ishikawa, after he had caught Martinez’s sharp grounder to first, 3-2, as catcher Jonathan Lucroy applied the tag, for the inning’s second out, while Brown would move up to second base on the play. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Brian Schneider hits a two-run double, knocking in both Brown and Martinez. The Phils then make it an 8-0 lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Mayberry, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on John Axford’s wild pitch, while sending Nix, who had just walked, on to second base. That would end up being the final score as Michael Schwimer would get Cody Ransom to strike out, swinging, with runners on the corners, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (6-9, 4.20) would get the win as he pitched eight shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Randy Wolf (3-10, 5.69) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out four. Mike McClendon pitched an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits. John Axford pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (Singles) and Dom Brown (2 Singles, Double, 4 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles), Michael Martinez (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Brian Schneider (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (56-65, 4th East) start a four-game series with the Reds (74-48, 1st Central) with the game already in progress.

Home runs once again hurt the Phils as they lose the series opener to the Brew Crew, 7-4.

The Phils’ bullpen allows another game to get away in the eighth inning, via a grand slam home run, as the Phils lose to the Brew Crew, 7-4.

The Brewers took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a solo home run, his thirtieth home run of the season, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers then made it a 2-0 lead as Aramis Ramirez followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixteenth home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then stole first second base, and then third base, would score on Ryan Howard’s grounder to second baseman Rickie Weeks, who threw to second base in an attempt to start a double play, except that shortstop Jean Segura would make a missed catch error on the force attempt, allowing Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, to be safe at second base, while Howard would reach first base, making it a 2-1 Brewers’ lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the fourth as Braun hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-first home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Howard, a walk by Dom Brown, moving Howard up to second base, and a single by Laynce Nix, moving Howard to third base, and Brown to second base, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits a bases clearing double, scoring Howard, Brown and Nix, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Brewers retook the lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via Weeks reaching first base on Frandsen’s throwing error, an intentional walk to Braun, moving Weeks up to second base and a walk to Aramis, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Corey Hart hits a grand slam home run, his twenty-third home run of the year, scoring Weeks, Braun and Aramis, giving the Brew Crew a 7-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jim Henderson picked up his third save of the year as he got Erik Kratz to hit into a 5-3 ground out with the bases loaded, ending the game.

Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits, while striking out twelve. Josh Lindblom blew his third save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-3, 3.76) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and two walks. Marco Estrada also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Jose Veras pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Manny Parra received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jim Henderson collected his third save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (2 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Juan Pierre (Singles) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins, Dom Brown, Laynce Nix and Cliff Lee had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had five walks and three stolen bases (Rollins (2, 19 and 20) and Pierre (29)) in the game, as they left too many men on base.

The Phils (54-64, 4th East) will continue their series with the Brewers (53-64, 4th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (6-7, 3.97), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on August 12, as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 8-7 extra-innings win. He will be trying to improve on his last start. The Brewers will counter with Yovani Gallardo (11-8, 3.78), who is coming off a win against the Astros on August 12, as he threw seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Brewers’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to trying to give the Phils’ some fits. The Phils will be trying to even up the series.

The Phils take the series as they defeat the D-backs on Saturday and Sunday by the scores of 3-0 and 5-4.

The Phils take the weekend series from Arizona by defeating the D-backs by the scores of 3-0 and 5-4.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the third as Erik Kratz hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ryan Howard, a double by John Mayberry, Jr., with Howard stopping at third base, and a walk to Dom Brown, and with two men out, Kratz forced in a run as he took a walk, bringing home Howard, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Mayberry and Brown. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Mike Zagurski’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02) got the win as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Josh Lindblom collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-fourth save of the year by throwing a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Joe Saunders (5-8, 3.57) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Brad Ziegler pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Mike Zagurski pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Matt Albers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the ballclub with two hits, both singles. Kevin Frandsen (Single), Chase Utley (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single, 2 RBIs) Nate Schierholtz (Single) and pinch hitter Ty Wigginton (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In Sunday’s game, the D-backs took the lead in the second as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Chris Johnson hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in Justin Upton, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs then took a 3-0 lead as Stephen Drew followed with a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, would score on Trevor Cahill’s wild pitch, cutting the D-backs’ lead down to 3-1, while Brown would move up to third. The Phils then made it a 3-2 lead as Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in Brown. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. The D-backs retook the lead in the sixth as Paul Goldschmidt hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 4-3 lead. The Phils would retie the game at four-all in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Brown hits a line drive towards the mound that would bounce off of David Hernandez, and then heads towards the first base line, which Dom would then beat out for an infield single, as Hernandez’s throw to first would hit Brown’s left hand. As this was going on, Mayberry, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on a wild pitch by Hernandez, would move up to third base on the play, slowing down as he touched the bag, before running home to score on Hernandez’s throwing error, beating catcher Henry Blanco’s tag. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who moved up to second base on Nate Schierholtz’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, a single by pinch hitter Laynce Nix, which sent Pierre to third base, an intentional walk to Utley, moving Nix up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single to right, knocking in Pierre, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while he struck out five. Jonathan Papelbon (3-4, 3.00) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Trevor Cahill also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out six. David Hernandez committed his fifth blown save of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Takashi Saito pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Josh Collmentor (3-3, 4.23) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single, Double) and Erik Kratz (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Kevin Frandsen, Ryan Howard (RBI), John Mayberry, Jr, Cliff Lee, pinch hitter Juan Pierre and pinch hitter Laynce Nix had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and an error. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (49-59, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Braves (62-46, 2nd), starting with a night game 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 Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 1, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to start off the series with the Braves with a win. The Braves will counter with Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46) who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on August 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Braves’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning ways at the Bank.

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.