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The Phils survive both a rain delay and a late Marlins’ rally to defeat the fish, 6-4.

Surviving both a 45 mins. rain delay and a late Marlins’ rally, the Phils defeat the pesky fish, 6-4.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Giancarlo Stanton hits an RBI double, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier singled, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils would take the lead in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via three straight singles by Placido Polanco, Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz, and with two men out, Hector Luna hits a two-run single, knocking in Polanco and Pence, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Ruiz on to third. The score would remain 2-1 through the next three innings, as Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick continuously played Houdini, escaping several Marlins attempts to either tie the game or take the lead. Before the fifth inning would start, the game was stopped as the rain came down harder, with the rain delay lasting around 45 minutes before the game resumed. After Kendrick got through the top of the fifth, the Phils would finally add to their lead in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Pence hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Polanco, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Marlins got a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jose Reyes hit into a 4-3-6 doubleplay, becoming the inning’s second out, before pinch hitter Donnie Murphy, who had earlier singled, is tagged out at second base by Jimmy Rollins, while Chris Coghlan, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Murphy’s single, would score, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-2. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one men out, Rollins hits an RBI ground out to first, three-unassisted, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on pitch hitter Pete Orr’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Luna hits an RBI double, scoring Pence, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Chad Gaudin’s wild pitch, before going to third base on Gaudin’s balk, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while sending Ty Wigginton, who had just walked, on to third base. The Marlins would get a run back in the eighth as Logan Morrison hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead to 6-3. The Marlins then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as pinch hitter Justin Ruggiano hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would pitch a five-out save, for his fifteenth save of the year, first coming in with a bases loaded, one-out situation as John Buck got on base with a walk, to be followed by singles by pinch hitter Donovan Solano and Reyes, as he got Infante to pop out to short, putting into effect the infield fly rule, then striking out Hanley Ramirez on a called third strike, followed by him throwing a scoreless ninth, getting pinch hitter Greg Dobbs to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02) got the win as he threw five and one-third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks, while strucking out four. Chad Qualls collected his tenth hold of the year as he threw two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Jose Contreras pitched to one batter, before being taken out of the game with an elbow injury. Antonio Bastardo collected his eleventh hold of the season as he pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jake Diekman received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his fifteenth save of the year as he threw an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mark Buehrle (5-5, 3.53) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits, while he struck out two. Chad Gaudin pitched two innings, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk, a wild pitch and a balk, while striking out a batter. Randy Choate and Ryan Webb combined for a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (2 Singles, Double), Hunter Pence (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (2 Singles, Double) all leading the ballclub with three hits each, followed by Hector Luna (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils (28-25, 5th) will continue their series with the Marlins (29-23, T-2nd) with a game later this afternoon. The game, which will be nationally televised by Fox Sports, will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 4:05 pm EDT. Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.43) is coming off a win against the Mets on May 28, where he went eight innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 8-4 win. Hamels will be going for his ninth win of the year. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (5-3, 4.26), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on May 27, as he threw seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to make Hamels the majors’ first nine-game winner.

33 games in 31 days: Game #18: The Phils lower their magic number to win the East to three games as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils reduce their magic number to win their fifth straight Eastern Division title to three games, as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Anibal Sanchez’s balk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then may it a 2-0 lead as, now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Pence. The Marlins got a run back in the fifth as Logan Morrison hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Brian Schneider, a walk by Michael Martinez, sending Schneider up to second base, and a single by pinch hitter Chase Utley, moving both men up a base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco forced in a run with an RBI walk, scoring Schneider, while moving both Martinez and Utley up a base, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Marlins threaten to score a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, tried to score on Gaby Sanchez’s single to left, but is cut down at the plate by a strong throw from left fielder Ibanez, as Schneider tagged him out, for the inning’s second out, while pinch hitter Mike Stanton, who had just walked, would stop at second base. After Morrison loads up the bases with a walk, Brad Lodge gets out of the inning by striking out Joe Buck, swinging. The Marlins threaten again in the ninth as the first two batters, Bryan Pattersen and Donnie Murphy, both got on base via singles, with Pattersen stopping at second base, before moving up to third and second base, respectively, on pinch hitter John Baker’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. But Ryan Madson would record his thirty-first save of the season by first striking out Emilio Bonifacio, swinging, for the inning’s second out, before ending the game by getting Infante to foul out to the catcher.

Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.22) got the win as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on two hits. while he struck out six. Michael Stutes received his eleventh hold of the season as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo recorded his seventeenth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brad Lidge received his sixth hold of the year as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his thirty-first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Anibal Sanchez (8-8, 3.62) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Webb pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Chris Hatcher pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Michael Dunn and Jose Ceda combine for a scoreless inning, giving up three hits (Dunn), while striking out a batter (Dunn) between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Brian Schneider (Single), pinch hitter Chase Utley (Single) and pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (96-51, 1st) will conclude their short make-up doubleheader with the Marlins (67-82, 5th) with the night half of the day/night doublebill. The game will be played at Citizen Bank Park and will start at 7:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.44), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on September 10, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 extra-innings win. He will be out to cut the magic number down to 2. The Marlins will counter with Alex Sanabia (0-0,0.00), who will be making his first start of 2011, after pitching an inning of relief against the Pirates on September 9, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. He hopes to be to stay even with Lee. The Phils will be out to cut down their magic number to win the East to two games.

Cole Hamels pitches a three-hitter against his home town team as he collects his twelfth win of the season as the Phils defeat the Padres, 3-1.

Cole Hamels collects his twelfth win of the season as he defeat his home town team as the Phils defeat the Padres, 3-1.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double on a ball that bounced off of center fielder Cameron Maybin’s glove, knocking in Shane Victorino who was earlier safe at first on a fielding error by shortstop Jason Bartlett, before going on to second base on the play. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Ruiz’s walk, and then moved up to third on Ben Francisco’s fly out to center, scored on a balk committed by Cory Luebke, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Ruiz, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz. The Padres got on the scoreboard in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Alberto Gonzalez hits into an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Maybin, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before going to third base on Jesus Guzman’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Cole Hamels would keep the Padres under control for eight innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out ten Padres, seven of them coming in the first three innings, before Ryan Madson recorded his sixteenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (12-5, 2.62) gets the win as he goes eight strong innings, giving up only a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Ryan Madson recorded his sixteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Cory Luebke (3-4, 2.65) took the lost as he went only five innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Luke Gregerson, Josh Spence and Ernesto Frieri combined for three scoreless innings, giving up only a walk (Frieri), while striking out five Phils (Gregerson (1), Spense (2), Frieri (2)) between them.

The Phils had just six hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Michael Martinez (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run scored on a balk, as the Phils’ offense was helped by the Padres’ bad defense.

The Phils (62-36, 1st East) will continue their four-game series with the Padres (44-56, 4th West), with an afternoon game that will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will be televised on Fox Sports. The game will start at 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34), who is coming off a win against the Mets on July 17, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, in the Phils’ 8-5 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the year, while trying to lead the Phils to a three game winning streak. The Padres will counter with Mat Latos (5-10, 4.02), who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on July 17, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Padres’ 4-3 extra-innings lost . He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to continue their present dominance of the Padres.

Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth gives the Phils a hold on first place as the All-Star break approach as they defeat the Braves in extra–innings, 3-2.

A home run by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the tenth guarantee the Phils leading the NL East as the All-Star break approach, as the Phils defeat the Braves in walk-off fashion, in extra-innings, 3-2.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Freddie Freeman hits an RBI single, scoring Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on a Carlos Ruiz passed ball, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then go to second on a Brandon Beachy balk, before going to third on Ruiz’s single. The Braves retook the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI infield single to Vladez, allowing Brian McCann, who had earlier singled, then reached third on Jones’ double, to score, as Valdez is not able to throw home, while Uggla would beat his throw to first, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Phils would retie it at two-all in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Ruiz would hit a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. They would then try to take the lead as the next two batters, Dom Brown and Valdez, would both get on base with singles, with Brown stopping at third, before Valdez would move up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s second out. But Beachy would get out of the inning by getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right. The Braves then threaten to take back the lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Nate McLouth hits a triple on a ball that left fielder Ibanez was unable to catch and then went all the way to the fence. But, Halladay would end the threat by getting pinch hitter Eric Hinske to fly out to left. The game then became a battle between the bullpens, with neither offense being able to do much of anything, as the game goes into extra-innings. In the top of the tenth, Juan Pierre would come into the game in relief, and proceed to strike out, swinging, on nine pitches, Jason Heyward, McLouth and pinch hitter Wilkin Ramirez. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, with one man out, Ibanez would hit a walk-off solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving Pierre his first career win, as the Phils win, 3-2.

Roy Halladay would receive a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Juan Pierre (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side on nine pitches, the 46th pitcher to do so in Major League History. Brandon Beachy would also receive a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out six. Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters, Scott Linebrink and George Sherrill would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)) and two walks (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)), while striking out tw0 (O’Flaherty (1), Venters (1)), between them. Scott Proctor (1-3, 4.24) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (56-33, 1st) will continue their series with the Braves (53-37, 2nd) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and it will be nationally televised on Fox Sports, starting at 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92), who is coming off a lost to the Blue Jays on July 3, as he pitched 7 and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, while he struck out nine, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be going for his tenth win, while trying to recover from his last start. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.52), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on July 4, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. He will be going out to even the series. The Phils will be trying for the series win, putting a bit more distance between them and the Braves before the All-Star break.

The Phils defeat the Red Sox in spring training, 2-0.

In the first spring training game between the two teams that most people expect to be facing each other in the World Series, the Phils defeat the Red Sox, 2-0.

In the top of the second, the Phils took the lead as Jeff Larish hits a one-out, two-run double, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier got on base with a single, then moved up to second base on a Stolmy Pimentel’s balk, then moved on to third on a John Mayberry, Jr., single, and Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled. That would be all the scoring in the game, as Phils’ starter, Cole Hamels, threw four scoreless innings, although running into a bit of trouble in the third as he gave up a lead-off double to Mike Cameron (which turned out to be the only Red Sox’s hit), before moving to third on a 5-3 ground out by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. But, after walking Lars Anderson to put runners on first and third, with one out, Hamel would leave Cameron on third by getting Marco Scutaro to foul out to the cather for the inning’s second out, and then Dustin Pedroia to ground out, 5-3, to end the inning. The next two Phils’ pitchers, Scott Mathieson and Michael Stutes, would both pitch two scoreless innings, as the Red Sox would either hit into first pitch outs, or strikeout looking or swinging on three pitches. The Red Sox would make one last threat in the ninth, with Juan Perez on the mound, as with one out, Michael Martinez would commit a pair of errors, with the first one being a fielding error which allows Oscar Tejeda to reach first base. Then, after Ryan Kalish walks on four pitches, moving Tejeda to second base, Martinez commits his second error of the inning, as he commits a force out error on a Yamaico Navarro grounder, allowing Tejeda to reach third, and Kalish to move up to second base, while Navarro would reach first on the play, loading the bases. But, Perez would then get out of the inning, as he would first get pinch hitter Daniel Nava to foul out to the thrid baseman for the second out, before ending the game by striking out Josh Reddick on three pitches.

Cole Hamels gets the win (1-0, 0.00 ERA) as he pitches four shut out innings, giving up just one hit, while striking out three and walking one. Scott Mathieson and Michael Stutes both followed with two scoreless innings, as they both record a hold, as they combine for four strike outs (two each) while walking only one batter (Mathieson). Juan Perez receive the save as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Stolmy Pimentel took the lost (0-1, 9.00) as he pitches two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Dan Wheeler, Andrew Miller, Bobby Jenks, Jason Rice, Rich Hill, Michael Bowden and Blake Maxwell each pitch a scoreless inning, as they combine to give up four hits (Wheeler (2), Miller (1), Jenks (1)) and three walks (Rice (1), Bowden (2)), while combining for six strike outs (Miller (1), Rice (2), Hill (1), Bowden (1), Maxwell (1)). Phils pitching had an easy time, as the BoSox hitters were very aggressive at the plate, hitting into a lot of one pitch outs.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he increases his spring training batting average to .375, as he scores one of the two Phils’ runs. Shane Victorino follows with a double, Ross Gload, with a single, John Mayberry, Jr., also with a single, as he scores the other Phil run, Jeff Larish, who hit a two-run double, and Dane Sardinha, who had a single. Dom Brown is still struggling at the plate, as he went 0 for 3, with a walk, as he struck out once.

The Phils, with the win, now have a 3-3 grapefruit league spring training record, as they snap a two-game losing streak.

The Phils return to first place in the East after winning a wild battle with the pesky Marlins, 8-7.

The Phils regain first place in the NL East, as the Braves once again lose to the Pirates, as they will a wild game with the ever pesky Marlins, 8-7.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Joe Blanton’s fielding error of Ryan Howard throw of a Logan Morrison’s grounder, and went to third on Hanley Ramirez’s ground out, 4-3, while Morrison, who was safe at first on Blanton’s error, and went to second on Ramirez’s ground out, would move up to third. The Marlins then took the lead as Gaby Sanchez hits an RBI single, scoring Morrison, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Marlins increased their lead to 3-1 in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Brad Davis hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Cameron Maybin, who had earlier tripled. The Phils cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-2 in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in the fifth as Shane Victorino started off the inning with a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the year. Two batters later, with two men out, Howard gave the Phils a 4-3 lead as he hits a solo home, his twenty-seventh home run of the season.  Two batters later, with a runner on second, and still with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. In the seventh, the Marlins cut the Phils’ lead down to 5-4 as, with one man on, and with two men out, Morrison hits an RBI double, scoring Bonifacio, who had earlier walked, before going to third on the late throw to the plate. But Chad Durbin got the Phils out of more trouble, as he would got Ramirez to foul out to Howard for the inning’s second out, and after walking Uggla to put runners on the corners, gets Sanchez to end the inning by flying out to right. The Phils then added to their lead in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, went to second on Davis’ passed ball, then went to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. One batter later, the Phils made it a 7-4 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI triple, scoring Howard, who had earlier been intentionally walked. The Marlins then came back again as the Phils’ bullpen had a meltdown in the eighth. Mike Stanton lead-off the inning by hitting a solo home run off of Jose Contreras, his eighteenth home run of the year, making it a 7-5 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Bonifacio hits a single to right, sending Davis, who had earlier doubled, towards home, before he was stopped by the Marlins’ third base coach. But then, Jayson Werth tried to throw Davis out at third, making a bad throw, thus allowing Davis to score after all, making it a 7-6 Phils’ lead on Werth’s throwing error, while allowing Bonifacio to move up to second base. Contreras is then replaced with J.C. Romero, who then commits a balk, allowing Bonifacio to go to third, before walking Morrison, putting runners on the corners, with still two men out. Ryan Madson is then brought in to replace Romero, and then threw a wild pitch, which allowed Bonifacio to score the tying run, tying the game up at seven-all, while allowing Morrison to reach second base. But Madson then ended the inning by striking out Ramirez. The Phils regained the lead in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, giving the Phils an 8-7 lead. That would be the final score as Madson pitched the ninth, ending the game by striking out pinch hitter Wes Helms swinging.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Antonio Bastardo pitches to one batter, giving up a hit. Chad Durbin collects his thirteenth hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Jose Contreras also collects his thirteenth hold of the season, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on three hits. J.C. Romero pitches to one batter, walking him, while also committing a balk. Ryan Madson committed his fifth blown save of the year, before winning the game, as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while he strikes out three. His record is now 5-2 with an ERA of 2.74. Chris Volstad also receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. Brian Sanches pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jorge Sosa pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jose Veras took the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. His record is now 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez both leading the team with three hits each, with Polanco’s hits being all singles, as he knock in a run, while Ibanez was a double short of hitting the cycle, as he had a single, a triple and a solo home run, knocking in three runs. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins all follow with two hits each, with Victorino’s two hits being a single and a solo home run, knocking in a run, with Rollins’ two hits being singles, knocking in two runs, one by sac fly, and Howard’s two hits being a double and a home run, knocking in a run. Carlos Ruiz had the other Phil hit, a double. The offense opened up to help overcome some defensive boners and several less then stellar bullpen performances to regain first place from the Braves.

The Phils (80-60, 1st) will conclude their series with the Marlins (70-68, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-10, 3.18), as he is coming off a win against the Brewers on September 3, as he went seven shut out innings, giving up three hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-two strong innings, giving up only two runs on twelve hits and four walks, while striking out twenty-one. He will be trying to even up his record, while hoping to increase the Phils’ lead in the NL East. The Marlins will counter with Andrew Miller (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 3, as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Marlins’ 6-1 win. In his last three mound appearances, he is 1-0, as he pitched ten innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on thirteen hits and seven walks, while striking out eight. He will be trying to give the Marlins a chance for a series split. The Phils will be trying to end their latest successful home stand with a win, and staying in first place, before heading off to meet the Mets for three, while hoping that the Pirates can end up sweeping the Braves.

The Phils stratch out a win in extra-innings, as they defeat the Padres, 3-2.

The Phils stratch their way to an extra-innings win as they defeat the Padres, 3-2, regaining the wild card lead while closing the Braves’ lead in the East to two games.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Placido Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had just singled, to second base. The Padres tied the game up at one-all in their half of the third as, on a 1-0 fastball, Yorvit Torrealba hits a lead-off home run to left. The Phils regain the lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Utley, a single by Ryan Howard, sending Utley up to second base, and a walk to Jayson Werth, moving up a base both Utley and Howard, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Howard to third and Werth to second. The Padres then got out of the inning as Luke Gregerson got Shane Victorino to hit into a force out, 1-2, as Howard is thrown out at home plate for the inning’s second out, while Werth and Ibanez both moved up a base, then got Carlos Ruiz to strike out looking. In the ninth, the Padres tied up the game at two-all as, with the bases loaded, via a single to pinch hitter Matt Stairs, who is then pinch run for by Jerry Hairston, who then went to second on David Eckstein’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez, after a Miguel Tejada ground out, 5-3, and hitting Ryan Ludwick, moving up both Hairston and Gonzalez, and with two men out, Hairston scored on a Brad Lidge balk, as both Gonzalez and Ludwick moved up a base, before Chase Headley ends the inning by grounding out, 3-1, sending the game into extra-innings. The Phils took the lead once again in the twelfth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, as he got his hand across the plate before the tag, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead, while Polanco moved up to second on the throw home. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out Will Venable looking, for the final out.

Roy Oswalt gets a no-decision as he pitches eight strong innings, giving up just a run on five hits, as he strikes out six. Brad Lidge had his fifth blown save of the season, as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit, a walk, a hit batter and a balk. Ryan Madson pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Chad Durbin gets the win, as he pitches two inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. His record is now 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA. Mat Latos also gets a no-decision as he pitches seven inning, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while he strikes out six. Mike Adams pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Joe Thatcher pitches to one batter, giving up a hit. Luke Gregerson pitches one and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, striking out a batter. Heath Bell pitches two scoreless innings, walking a batter, while striking out four. Ernesto Frieri takes the lost as he give up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. His record is now 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA.

The Phils had nine hits, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Placido Polanco follows with two hits, both singles, as he knocks in a run. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Roy Oswalt had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles, with Utley and Ibanz both knocking in a run. The Phils’ offense is still having problems knocking in runners in scoring position.

The Phils (71-57, 2nd East) continue their series with the Padres (76-51, 1st West) with an afternoon game, that will be televised nationally on FOX. The game will be played at PETCO Park and will start at 4:10 pm Eastern (1:10 pm Pacific). The Phils will be going for their second win in a row, while trying to decrease the Braves’ lead in the East to a game.