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An eight-run first help leads to the Phils 16-1 rout of the Mets.

Two big innings lead to the Phils routing of the Mets as they win by the score of 16-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, then stopped at second base on Juan Pierre’s bunt single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pierre, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single, over to third base. Ryan Howard then gave the Phils a 2-0 lead with an RBI single, scoring Pierre, while sending Utley up to second base. After John Mayberry, Jr. had loaded up the bases with a soft fly single to right, moving up a base both Utley and Howard, Dom Brown gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard on to third base, and Mayberry to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Kevin Frandsen walked, forcing in Howard, while moving up a base both Mayberry and Brown, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils, after the Mets had sent in relief pitcher Collin McHugh, in place of starter Jeremy Hefner, increased their lead to 5-0 as Erik Kratz is hit by a pitch, forcing in Mayberry, while sending Brown to third base, and Frandsen to second base, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils then batted around as Tyler Cloyd hits into a 1-2-3 doubleplay, as McHugh caught his grounder and threw home, forcing out Brown for the inning’s first out as catcher Kelly Shoppach touched home plate, before throwing to first base for the second out, while Frandsen would move up to third base, and Kratz would stop at second base on the play. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Rollins hits a two-run single, his second hit of the inning, scoring both Frandsen and Kratz. Two batters later, as Pierre had his second hit of the inning, sending Rollins up to second base, the Phils made it an 8-0 lead as Utley hits an RBI single, his second hit in the inning, scoring Rollins, while sending Pierre up to second base. Howard then grounded out, 6-3 for the inning’s final out, as the Phils sent thirteen men to the plate. The Phils tried to make it a 9-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, via singles by Brown and Frandsen, as Brown would stop at second base, and with one man out, Brown tried to score on Kratz’s single to left, but is gunned down at the plate by a good throw by left fielder Lucas Duda, as Shoppach applied the tag, for the inning’s second out. The Mets would finally get on the scoreboard in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Mike Baxter hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, making it an 8-1 Phils lead. The Phils finally took a 9-1 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, his fourth hit of the game, and his third RBI, knocking in Cloyd, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Pierre’s single, his fourth hit of the game, while moving Pierre, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded via Frandsen reaching first base on a force out, 6-4, as Brown, who had earlier singled, is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, a walk to Kratz, moving Frandsen up to second base, and a single by pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Rollins is walked, forcing in Frandsen, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead, as both Kratz and Schierholtz moved up a base. The Phils then made it an 11-1 lead as Pierre hits an RBI infield single, on a ball that went up the first base line and stayed fair, for his fifth hit of the night, scoring Kratz, while moving up a base both Schierholtz and Rollins, as the bases stayed loaded. The Phils then took a 12-1 lead as Utley is hit by a pitch, forcing in Schierholtz for Utley’s fourth RBI of the night, while moving up a base both Rollins and Pierre. After Michael Martinez is sent in to pinch run for Utley, Howard ended the scoring as he hits a grand-slam home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins, Pierre and Martinez, giving the Phils a 16-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as B.J. Rosenberg came in and pitched a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on only three hits and two walks, as he struck out six. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jeremy Hefner (2-7, 5.79) took the lost as he faced seven batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up seven runs on six hits and a walk. Collin McHugh pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter. Justin Hampson, Jenrry Mejia, Robert Carson and Manny Acosta combined for four scoreless innings, giving up six hits (Mejia (3), Carson (2), Acosta (1)) between them. Elvin Ramirez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Jeurys Familia pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Josh Edgin pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up two runs on a hit and a hit batter. Ramon Ramirez pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face.

The Phils had a season high twenty-one hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with five hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Chase Utley followed with four hits, three singles and a double, knocking in four runs. Dom Brown followed with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Singles, 3 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 5 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles) were next with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (RBI), Erik Kratz (RBI) and pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had four walks and two hit batters (Kratz and Utley) in the ballgame.

The Phils (76-74, 3rd) with begin a three-game series with the Braves (86-64, 2nd), starting with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 4.33) who is coming off a lost to the Astros on September 15, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to recover from his first bad start in almost two months. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on September 15, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Braves’ 5-4 win. He will be out to try and hinder the Phils’ playoff hopes. The Phils will be trying to keep themselves in the race for the second wild card spot.

The Phils win the battle of the long ball as they defeat the Braves in extra-innings, 8-5.

The Phils outlast the Braves as they win the game in extra-innings, 8-5.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Martin Prado hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Mike Minor, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Braves then added to their lead as, with one man on, and now with two men out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, scoring Chipper Jones, who had just walked, giving the Braves a 4-1 lead. The Phils got two runs back in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Jimmy Rollins and Kevin Frandsen, with Rollins stopping at second base, and a bunt single by Chase Utley, with Rollins moving up to third base and with Frandsen stopping at second base, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, knocking in Rollins and Frandsen, making it a 4-3 Braves’ lead, while sending Utley on to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at four-all as Ty Wigginton hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley. The Braves then retook the lead in their half of the sixth as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, giving the Braves a 5-4 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all in the ninth as Erik Kratz hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Phils took the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a three-run home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, knocking in Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Christian Martinez’s balk, then went to third on Utley’s ground out, 3-1, and Howard, who had been intentionally walked, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 tenth.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched just four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three. Jeremy Horst pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo and Philippe Aumont combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Aumont) between them, while striking out three (Bastardo (2), Aumont (1)). Josh Lindblom (3-3, 3.58) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirty-first save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Mike Minor also received a no-decision as he went five innings, plus four batters, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chad Durbin committed his second blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonny Venters collected his seventeenth hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Eric O’Flaherty collected his twenty-second hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Craig Kimbrel blew his third save opportunity this season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Cristhian Martinez (5-4, 4.39) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, a walk and a balk, while striking out two.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Erik Kratz (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Kevin Frandsen (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ty Wigginton (RBI), and pinch hitter Placido Polanco had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (63-69, 3rd) continue their series with the Braves (74-58, 2nd) with an afternoon game that will be televised on Fox, in a game now in progress .

The Phils defeat the World Champs in extra-innings as they defeat the Cards, 8-7.

The Phils win a wild one with the Cards as they win in extra-innings, 8-7.

The Cards took the lead in the first as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Matt Carpenter hits an RBI double, knocking in Jon Jay, who had started the ballgame off with a walk, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run RBI triple, just beating Cards’ third baseman Carpenter’s tag, as he knocked in Juan Pierre, who had started the Phils’ half inning off being hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Kevin Frandsen’s bunt single, and Frandsen, who had just reached base on a bunt single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead as Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, that got past Cards’ second baseman Daniel Descalso. The Cards cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the third as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI double, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had earlier reached base as he hit into a 5-4 force out, as Carpenter, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out. The Cards then tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Rafael Furcal, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Lance Lynn’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, would stop at third base on Jay’s single to left, as Pierre’s throw towards the plate goes past the cut off man, allowing Jay to try to reach second base, drawing the throw from Phils’ catcher Erik Kratz, who commits a throwing error, as the ball goes past Utley, allowing Jay to reach second base, while Furcal scores, before Jay would head on to third base. The Cards then took a 4-3 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils tied the game up at four-all in their half of the fourth as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Cards retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jay hits a two-run double, knocking in Tony Cruz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Frucal’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and pinch hitter David Freese, who had just walked, giving the Cards a 6-4 lead, before moving up to third base on the late throw to the plate. The Cards then made it a 7-4 lead as Carpenter hits an RBI single, scoring Jay. The Phils then retied the game at seven-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kratz’s hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Howard’s walk, and pinch runner Nate Schierholtz, who was pinch running for Howard, who had earlier walked. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the eleventh inning as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Pierre would hit a grounder to Cards’ shortstop Furcal, who would slip while making the throw to first base, allowing Pierre to beat the throw for an infield single, as Jimmy Rollins, who had been safe at first on a fielder’s choice force out, as Kratz, who had started the inning off with a double, committed a base running blunder by trying to go to third on the grounder, 6-5, then moved up to second base on pinch hitter Brian Schneider’s ground out, 3-unassisted, then stole third base, crossed the plate with the winning run, giving the Phils an 8-7 extra-innings, walk-off win.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four. Raul Valdes pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.13) got the win, his first major league win, as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, as he struck out three. Lance Lynn also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out two. Fernando Salas and Edward Mujica combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Salas) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). Marc Rzepczynski pitched to two batters, walking both of them. Mitchell Boggs committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up three runs on a hit, while striking out a batter. Barret Browning (0-2, 4.24) took the lost, his second in three days, as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Erik Kratz (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Chase Utley (Triple, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks, a hit batter (Pierre) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (18)) in the game.

The Phils (52-62, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Marlins (52-63, 5th), starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park, and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.08), who is coming off a complete game shutout of the Braves on August 7, as he gave up only five hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to help the Phils put some distance between them and the Marlins. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (3-7, 4.33), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 8, as he went five innings, giving up four hits and six walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 13-0 rout. He will be trying to put the Marlins back into fourth place. The Phils will be trying to put some distance in the standings between them and the fish.

The Phils finally end their losing streak with the Braves, as Hamels five-hits Atlanta, leading to a 3-0 win.

Cole Hamels five-hit the Braves as the Phils finally end their losing streak with Atlanta, winning 3-0.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double. Two batters later, with Brown still on second base, and now with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. That would turn out to be more than enough for Cole Hamels, as he threw a complete game shutout, the fifth of his career, allowing only five hits, all singles, to the Braves: a lead-off single to Chipper Jones in the second, who is, two batters latter, wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, on a 4-6-3 doubleplay ball hit by Brian McCann; a two-out single in the fifth by McCann, who is thrown out at second base, 8-4, trying to stretch it into a double, by a strong throw by left fielder Brown as second baseman Chase Utley applies the tag; a lead-off bunt single in the seventh by Michael Bourn, who is then left stranded at first base; a lead-off single in the eighth by Freddie Freeman , who is, two batters later, wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, on a 6-4-3 doubleplay ball hit by Reed Johnson and a one-out single in the ninth by pinch hitter Tyler Pastornicky, before Hamels ended the game two batters later by getting Martin Prado to ground out, 6-3, for the final out.

Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.14) got the win, his first since signing his new contract, as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits, which striking out six. Mike Minor (6-8, 4.95) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Luis Avilan and Cory Gearnin combined for a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter (Avilan).

The Phils had seven hits in the ballgame, with Erik Kratz (Single, Double) and Nate Schierholtz (Singles) both leading the club with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Double), Dom Brown (Double, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (50-60, T-4th) will conclude their series with the Braves (63-47, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT.  The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45), who is coming off a lost to the D-backs on August 3, after replacing Joe Blanton, who had been traded to the Dodgers, as he went four innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits, as he struck out two, in the Phils’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to pitched the Phils to their third straight series win. The Braves plan to counter with their ace Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45), who is coming off a win against the Astros on August 3, as he went seven and a third innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. He will be going for his twelfth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win tonight.

Saturday: The Phils lose an extra-innings home run derby with the Giants, as they lose in ten innings, 6-5.

An expected pitchers’ duel end up being a home run derby, with both team’s starters hitting a home run, before the Phils finally lose to the Giants in ten innings, 6-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Giants tied it up at one-all in the third as Matt Cain hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. The Giants took the lead four batters later as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Buster Posey hits a two-run home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Melky Cabrera, who has just walked, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the third as, with one man out, Cole Hamels returned the favor by hitting a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the season, and the first home run of his career, making it a 3-2 Giants’ lead. The Giants added a run in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Posey hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Theriot, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Giants a 4-2 lead. The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the season, and his second in two days, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Shane Victorino’s single, his 1000th hit of his career, and Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Giants would tie the game up at five-all in the eighth as Cabrera hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year. The Giants would take the lead in the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Posey’s single, would score on Gregor Blanco’s bunt single near the first base foul line, giving the Giants a 6-5 lead, while sending Posey, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Santiago Casilla recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year with a scoreless inning, getting Rollins to line out to the second baseman for the final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and three walks, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, as he got out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon (2-4, 3.46) took the lost as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Matt Cain also received a no-decision as he threw eight innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Javier Lopez pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Sergio Romo (3-1, 0.64) got the win as went two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Santiago Casilla recorded his twenty-fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the ballgame, a single by Shane Victorino, his 1000th career hit, a home run by Chase Utley (RBI), a home run by Ryan Howard (3 RBIs), a single by Carlos Ruiz and a home run by Cole Hamels (RBI), his first career home run. The Phils also had three walks in the game, as the offense stayed mainly in neutral, despite the home run display.

The Phils lose two straight games as both games starters are hurt by home runs, as they drop a pair to the Marlins, losing 5-4 and 5-1.

Phils starters are hurt by the long ball, as the team loses a pair to the Marlins, losing by the scores of 5-4 and 5-1.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits into an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s walk, then stole third as the front part of a double steal, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while moving Pence, who had earlier walked, then stole second base as part of a double steal, up to third base. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI infield single, beating third baseman Hanley Ramirez’s throw to first, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Freddy Galvis’ double, while sending Galvis, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils then added to their lead in the third as Pence hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins would get on the scoreboard in the fourth as Ramirez hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1. The Marlins would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead three batters later as, with one man on, and with one man out, Justin Ruggiano hits an RBI double, knocking in Logan Morrison, who had earlier singled. The Marlins took the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame, knocking in Omar Infante, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Marlins a 4-3 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Jose Reyes hits an RBI double, scoring Chris Coghlan, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Ricky Nolasco’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Marlins a 5-3 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Pence hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 5-4 Marlins’ lead, while sending Pierre, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, his second steal of the ballgame, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell recorded his eleventh save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth, as he got Rollins to pop out to the shortstop for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out eight. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Michael Schwimer and Raul Valdes combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Schwimer) between them. Ricky Nolasco (6-3, 4.35) got the win as he went seven innings, plus two batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Steve Cishek received his sixth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Heath Bell received his eleventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple, RBI), Juan Pierre (2 Singles) and Placido Polanco (Singles) each leading the team with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phil run with a ground out. The Phils also had three walks and three stolen bases (Pierre (7 & 8) and Pence (4)) in the ballgame.

On Sunday, the Marlins took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Carlos Zambrano helped his own cause by hitting a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Marlins a quick 1-0 lead. The Marlins made it a 2-0 lead in the fourth as Hanley Ramirez hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, and his third home run in two days. The Marlins increased their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to John Buck, a single by Chris Coghlan, sending Buck up to second base, and a bunt single by Zambrano, moving both runners up a base, and with no one out, Jose Reyes hits a two-run double, knocking in both Buck and Coghlan, giving the Marlins a 4-0 lead, while sending Zambrano over to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on second and third, and now with one man out, Zambranon scores on Chad Qualls’ wild pitch, making it a 5-0 Marlins’ lead, while Reyes would move up to third base. It would then stay a 5-0 Marlins’ lead as Ramirez hits a grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who threw out Reyes at the plate on a fielder’s choice force out, as Brian Schneider apply the tag, as Ramirez is safe at first on the play. The Phils would finally score in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Scheider, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then moved up to second base on Zambrano’s wild pitch, making it a 5-1 Marlins’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell recorded his twelfth save of the year by getting Schenider to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.27) took the lost as he went six innings, plus four batters, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Chad Qualls pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Jake Diekman and Michael Schwimer combined for one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Diekman) between them. Carlos Zambrano (4-3, 2.81) got the win as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Steve Cishek pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Heath Bell recorded his twelfth save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in the Phils’ lone run. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco and Brian Schneider had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had two walks in the ballgame.

The Phils (28-27, 5th East) with begin a four-game series with the Dodgers (33-21, 1st West) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07), who is coming off an injury. His last start was a win against the Padres on May 11, where he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to keep the Phils in the game, while being kept on a pitch count. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.42), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on May 30, as he went for five and two-thirds innings, giving up five run on eight hits and four walks, while striking out seven, in the Dodgers’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to get at least split the series with the Dodgers.

A complete game effort by Joe Blanton gives the Phils the series win as they shutout the Braves, 4-0.

A three-hit complete game shutout by Joe Blanton, thus giving the bullpen a much needed day off, lead the Phils to a series win over the Braves, 4-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Juan Pierre’s bunt single, then moved up to third on Shane Victorino’s fly out to right, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year, scoring Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Joe Blanton threw a three-hit shutout by getting Martin Pardo to lined into a 4-3 doubleplay, doubling off at first Michael Bourn, who had just singled, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (3-3, 2.83) took the win as he threw a complete game shutout, as he gave up just three hits, while striking out six. Randall Delgardo (2-3, 5.14) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out five. Livan Hernandez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Singles) and Laynce Nix (Single, Home Run, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Pete Orr (Single) and Joe Blanton (Single) had the other five hits, as the offense continues to hit.

The Phils (13-13, 4th) will continue their road trip with a three-game visit with the Nationals (15-9, 1st), starting 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 Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59), who is coming off a lost to the Cubs on April 29, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be going for his first win of the season. The Nats will counter with Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.13) who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 28, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out nine, in the Nats’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to tame the presently hot Phils’ bats. The Phils wil be trying to get themselves above .500, while at the same time getting themselves closer to the top two spots in the division.