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The Phils get crush as they lose to the Marlins, 14-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bullpen give up eight runs late in the game, as the Phils end up being crushed by the fish, losing to the Marlins, 14-5.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who was safe at first on first baseman Garrett Jones’ missing catch error, after having originally been called out, which was then overturned on Phils’ manager Ryne Sandberg’s challenge, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Marlon Byrd followed with an RBI single, scoring Howard. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in Derek Dietrich, who had earlier doubled, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Giancarlo Stanton, who had just walked, over to third base. The Marlins then tied the game up at two-all as Jones hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Stanton. The Marlins took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Stanton hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Dietrich, who had just tripled, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Phils would retie the game up at three-all in the top of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Byrd, who had started the inning off with a single, stopped at second base on Cody Asche’s single, then moved up to third on Dom Brown’s soft ground out, 1-3, while sending Asche, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Brown’s ground out, up to third base. The Marlins regained the lead in their half of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Marcell Ozuna hits an RBI single, scoring Jones, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s fly out to center field, making it a 4-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Ed Lucas, who had just walked, up to second base. The Marlins added to their lead two batters later, after Nathan Eovaldi had hit a sacrifice bunt that loaded up the bases, as Lucas and Ozuna both moved up a base, and with still one man out, Christian Yelich hits an RBI single, scoring Lucas, giving the Marlins a 5-3 lead, while moving up both runners up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then made it a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Yelich hits an RBI triple, knocking in Ozuna, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Lucas, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Marlins then broke the game wide open in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Jones, a walk by Saltalamacchia, moving Jones up to second base, and a single by Lucas, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Ozuna hits a grand slam home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Jones, Saltalamacchia and Lucas, giving the Marlins a 10-3 lead. The Phils got two runs back in the top of the eighth as, with one man and with nobody out, Brown hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Asche, who had started the inning off with an infield single, making it a 10-5 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with the bases loaded once again, via a single by Yelich, who then moved up to second base on pitcher Luis Garcia’s wild pitch, a walk by Dietrich, and then a walk to McGehee, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Jones received a walk, forcing in Yelich, making it an 11-5 Marlins’ lead, while Dietrich and McGehee both moved up a base. The Marlins then made it an 13-5 lead as Saltalamacchia hits a two-run single, knocking in Dietrich and McGehee, while moving Jones up to second base. The Marlins added another run two batters later as, with the bases loaded once again, after Lucas had grounded out 4-3, moving up both runners and Ozuna had walked, and now with two men out, pinch-hitter Donovan Solano hits an RBI infield single to the pitcher Garcia, scoring Jones, while Saltalamachia and Ozuna both moved up a base, making it a 14-5 Marlins’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Kevin Slowey pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Asche to strike out, swinging, to end the game.

Kyle Kendrick (0-5, 4.53) took the lost as he lasted five and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Jeff Manship pitched an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and a walk. Luis Garcia also pitched an inning, as he gave up four runs on three hits, four walks and a wild pitch, striking out two. Nathan Eovaldi (3-2, 3.41) got the win as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on ten hits and a walk, while striking out two. Mike Dunn collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Matt Capps pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batter. Kevin Slowey pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils banged out fourteen hits in a losing effort, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, becoming tied for second place with Richie Ashburn for most career hits as a Phil with 2217), Marlon Byrd (Singles, RBI), Cody Asche (Singles) and Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Singles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), Dom Brown (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Kyle Kendrick (Single), Reid Brignac (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walls (Byrd, Gwynn) and a stolen base (Gwynn (2)) in the game.

The Phils win their third game in a row as they hold on to defeat the Marlins, defeating the fish, 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils hang on to win their third straight game, as they defeat the always pesky Marlins, 6-5.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, and sending Chase Utley, who has just walked, up to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Marlon Byrd hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Utley. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI single, scoring Derek Dietrich, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then stopped at second base on Giancarlo Stanton’s walk, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, and sending Stanton, who had just walked, up to second base. The Marlins then made it two-all three batters later as, with the bases loaded, thanks to Garrett Jones’ single, moving up both runners, and now with two men out, Marcell Ozuna forced in a run with a walk, scoring Stanton, as McGehee and Jones both moved up a base. The Marlins took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jones hits an RBI double, knocking in Stanton, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead, before moving up to third base on the late throw to the plate. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in A.J. Burnett, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Byrd, a walk to Cody Asche, a wild pitch by pitcher Brad Hand moving both runners up a base, and an intentional walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr., and with two-men out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run single, knocking in Byrd and Asche, giving the Phils a 6-3 lead, and sending Gwynn up to third base. The Marlins get a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, after Asche had committed a foul pop error in foul territory, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits an RBI single, scoring McGehee, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Jones’ double, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Stanton, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, as Dietrich, who has been safe at first on an even earlier force out, 6-4, as Christian Yelich, who had started the inning off with a walk, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, then moved up to second base on defensive indifference, while sending McGehee, who had just walked, up to third base. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twelfth save of the season by getting Saltalamacchia to fly out to center field for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (3-3, 3.32) gets the win as he went five innings, giving up three runs on three hits, four walks and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jake Diekman collected his five hold of the year as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Mike Adams also collected his fifth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon received his twelfth save of the season by pitching an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Anthony De Sclafini (1-1, 5.56) took the lost as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. Brad Hand pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Randy Wolf and A.J. Ramos combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ramos) and three walks (Wolf (1), Ramos (2)) between them, while striking out four (two batters each).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with two hits. Chase Utley (Double), Ryan Howard (Double, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Double, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), A.J. Burnett (Double) and pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, 2 RBIs), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Utley, Howard, Cody Asche (2), Tony Gwynn, Jr.) and two stolen bases (Rollins (6), Gwynn (1)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Asche).

The Phils (20-22, 4th) continue their series with the Marlins (23-23, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and is to start at 7:10 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 3.96), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on May 16, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils 3-0 lost to the Reds. He is still looking for his first win since 2013, while hoping that the Phils’ offense will finally help him out. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 3.62), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on May 15, as he went four and a third innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Marlins’ 6-4 lost. He will be trying to even the series. The Phils will be trying for their fourth straight win and their second straight series win, while trying to give Kendrick his first win as a starter since last season.

The Phils sweep the Marlins thanks to Utley’s solo home run in the eighth inning, as they defeat the fish, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA solo home run in the eighth inning by a red-hot Chase Utley leads the Phils to a sweep of the Marlins, defeating the fish, 4-3.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in Christian Yelich, who had started the game by reaching base on Ryan Howard’s fielding error, before stopping at second base on the error, then moving up to third base on Adeiny Hechavarria’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins increased their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Yelich hits an RBI single, scoring Jeff Mathis, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Henderson Alvarez’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 2-0 Marlins’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the third as, with one man out, Howard hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins would get that run back in the top of the fifth as, with one man out, Garrett Jones hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 3-1 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wil Nieves hits a two-run double, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled. The Phils would take the lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men out, Utley hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his third save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Yelich to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. B. J. Rosenberg pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo (1-1, 2.45) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his third save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth. Henderson Alvarez also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out five. A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Mike Dunn (0-1, 6.35) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils belted out thirteen hits in the game, with Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, Home Run, RBI) and Wil Nieves (2 Singles, Double, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single), Dom Brown (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other four Phils’ hit. The Phils also had six walks (Utley, Howard, Byrd, Brown, Cody Asche (2)), a stolen base (Brown (2)) and a sacrifice bunt (Kendrick)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Howard).

The Phils (6-6, 3rd) start a four-game series with the Braves (8-4, 1st) with a game that’s already in progress.

The Phils end their four-game losing streak as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their first game at home as they defeat the Marlins, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlin Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier reached base on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s second out, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, before Byrd is thrown out at home plate by right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, 9-2, for the inning’s final out. The Marlins would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Derek Dietrich hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as he earlier reached base on a force out. The Phils retook the lead in the bottom of the third as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Tony Gwynn, Jr., a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving Gwynn up to second base and a single by Utley, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Howard had an RBI walk, forcing in Gwynn, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while moving both Rollins and Utley up a base. Marlins’ starter Jose Fernandez then got himself out of trouble by striking out Byrd, Brown and Carlos Ruiz, all swinging, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then made a threat of their own in the top of the fifth as they loaded up the bases via a lead-off single by Marcell Ozuna, who then moved up to second base on pitcher A.J. Burnett’s wild pitch, then walks to first Garrett Jones and then to Casey McGehee, moving up both runners, and with one man out, after Burnett was taken out of the game for an injury, Jake Diekman got the Phils out of trouble by striking out both Saltalmacchia and Dietrich, swinging. The Phils then added to their lead in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. After Howard followed with a single, moving Utley up to second base, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard up to second base. Two batters later, after Brown hits a single which loaded up the bases as both Howard and Byrd moved up a base, the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Ruiz hits into a 4-6-3 doubleplay. wiping out Brown at second base for the inning’s first out, while Howard scored, and Byrd moved up to third base. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jeff Baker hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Saltalmacchia, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base as pinch-hitter Reed Johnson was hit by the pitch, then moved up to third on Adeiny Hechavarria’s fly out to right, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his second save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Jones to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett threw a no-decision as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits, six walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Jake Diekman (1-0, 4.26) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men whom he would face. Mario Hollands pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits , while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a walk and a hit batter, while striking out one. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jose Fernandez (2-1, 3.78) pitched four innings, plus four batters, as he gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks, while striking out six. Kevin Slowey pitched three innings, giving up two hits and two walks. Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with  Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple), Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Double) had the other two Phils’ hits, while the other Phil run came in on a bases loaded doubleplay. The Phils also had seven walks (Tony Gwynn, Jr., Rollins (2), Utley, Howard (2), Freddy Galvis), a stolen base (Rollins (2)) and a sacrifce bunt (Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (4-6, T-4th) continued their series with the Marlins (5-6, 3rd) 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 Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, -.-), who will be making his first start of 2014. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 3.46), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on April 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to end the Marlins’ present slide. The Phils will be going for the series win.

The Phils are unable to overcome a five-run first as they drop one to the Pirates, 5-4.

The Phils are unable to overcome a five-run first inning as they end up splitting the series with the Pirates, losing 5-4.

The Pirates took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Sutton, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, then went to third on Andrew McCuthen’s fly out to right, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead, while sending Walker, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Pirates then took a 4-0 lead as Casey McGehee hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in both Walker and Sutton. The Pirates then made it a 5-o lead as Pedro Alvarez followed with a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would then settle down, and keep the Pirates off the scoreboard for the next six and two-thirds innings, while the Phils tried to chip away at the Pirates’ lead. The Phils made it a 5-2 Pirates’ lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled. The Phils then cut the Pirates’ lead down to 5-3 in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Hunter Pence’s single, as Pence, who had just singled, is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out. The Phils then made it a 5-4 Pirates’ lead in the eighth as Pence hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Joel Hanrahan collected his twentieth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Brian Sanches and Jeremy Horst combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sanches) and three walks (Sanches (1), Horst (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.31) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Juan Cruz collected his thirteenth hold of the season as he threw a third of an inning, walking a batter. Jason Grilli received his eighteenth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, striking out two batters. Joel Hanrahan recorded his twentieth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, RBI) leading the ballclub with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Juan Pierre (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single), Mike Fontenot (Single) and Erik Kratz (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other nine hits, as the offense was unable to get the key hit to either tie or win the game. The Phils also had three walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (18), Rollins (13)) in the game.

The Phils (36-42, 5th) will go on the road to start a series with the Marlins (35-40, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72), who is coming off a lost against the Rays on June 24, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 7-3 lost. Lee will be out to finally end his long winless streak. The Marlins will counter with Josh Johnson (4-5, 3.96), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on June 23, where he went seven innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Marlins’ 7-1 lost. He’s be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be out to win their first game since Chase Utley’s return to the line-up.

The Phils’ bullpen ruin Chase Utley’s return, as the Phils lose to the Pirates, 11-7.

The Phils’ bullpen spoil Chase Utley’s return to the club as they can not hold down the Pirates, as the Phils lose to the Bucos, 11-7.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a dramatic solo home run, his first home run of the season, as well as his first hit of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz followed with a solo home run of his own, his eleventh home run of the year. The Pirates took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Michael McKenry hits a three-run home run, knocking in Neil Walker, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Jose Tabata’s single, and Tabata, who had just singled, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead. The Pirates added to their lead in the fourth as Casey McGehee hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Pirates a 4-2 lead. The Pirates then took a 5-2 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, James McDonald hits an RBI single, scoring Walker, who had earlier doubled, then reached third base on Pedro Alvarez’s ground out, 4-3, while moving McKenry, who had just been intentionally walked, on to third base. The Pirates increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Sutton, who had lead-off the inning with a walk, then moved up to second base on Andrew McCutchen’s single, giving the Pirates a 6-2 lead, while sending McCutchen, who had earlier singled, up to third base. The Pirates then made a 7-2 lead as Tabata hits an RBI single, scoring McCutchen, while sending Walker on to third base. The Pirates then took an 8-2 lead as McKendry hits an RBI single, scoring Walker, while sending Tabata up to third base. The Phils started a comeback in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz, who had been safe at first as Utley, who had reached first base on an infield single, is wiped out at second base on a 6-4 force out, cutting the Pirates’ lead down to 8-3. The Phils then made it an 8-4 Pirates’ lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead down to 8-5 in the seventh as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI triple, knocking in Hector Luna, who had started the inning off by reaching base on third baseman’s Alvarez’s fielding error. The Phils then made it an 8-6 Pirates’ lead as Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Utley send Pierre to third base with a single to right, and with still nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Pierre, cutting the Pirates’ lead down to 8-7, while sending Utley up to second base. The Pirates then increased their lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Sutton hits an RBI double, scoring pinch hitter Alex Presley, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Pirates a 9-7 lead. The Pirates then made it an 11-7 lead as McCutchen hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Sutton. That would end up being the final score as Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless ninth.

Raul Valdes (2-1, 3.24) took the lost as he only pitched two innings, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Savery pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning and a third, giving up four hits, while striking out three. Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Chad Qualls pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. James McDonald (7-3, 2.44) got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jared Hughes pitched a third of an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on a hit and a walk. Tony Watson pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up a run on three hits. Brad Lincoln collected his first hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning. Jason Grilli pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI), leading the team as he played in his first game after coming off the dl, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI) and Shane Victorino (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (17), Victorino (19)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (36-41, 4th East) conclude their series with the Pirates (39-35, 2nd Central) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park, already in progress.

The Phils increase their winning streak to two games as they hold on in a close game to defeat the Pirates, 5-4.

The Phils hold on to win a close game with the Pirates as they increase their winning streak to two game, winning 5-4.

The Pirates tried to take the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Vance Worley, after catching Garrett Jones’ grounder back to the mound, threw the ball home for a fielder’s choice out, as Jose Tabata, who had started the game by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, before going to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3, is tagged out by Carlos Ruiz for the inning’s second out, while Walker, who had earlier walked, and went to second base on McCutchen’s ground out, would move up to third, while Jones would be safe at first on the play. Worley then got out of trouble by getting Casey McGehee to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Jones at first base. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates would tie the game up at one-all in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Michael McKenry hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Pedro Alvarez, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on Clint Barmes’ ground out, 6-3. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Fontenot, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Worley’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, before Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, is thrown out trying to go to third base, 7-5-3, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in McCutchen, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Jones’ ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Drew Sutton hits an RBI double, knocking in Barmes, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on McKenry’s single, while McKenry, who had just singled, would stop at third base. After Michael Schwimer replaces Worley on the mound, the Phils would get out of further trouble as Tabata grounds out to the pitcher,  1-3, after Schwimer looks McKenry back to third, for the inning’s first out, then Walker flies out to left for the inning’s second out, before John Mayberry, Jr. throws a strike to home plate, as McKenry tries to score on the fly out, but is tagged out by Ruiz for the inning’s third out on a fly out-doubleplay, keeping the score 4-3 Phils. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, a career high, as he gives the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the ninth as, with one man out, McHenry hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, making it a 5-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighteenth save of the season by getting out the next two batter, as he got Tabata to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92) gets the win as he pitched six inning, plus three batters, as he gives up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Schwimer collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, getting out the two men that he would face, thanks to a fly out-doubleplay. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his eighteen save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Juan Cruz pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tony Watson pitched an inning, getting out all three men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Triple), Shane Victorino (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Victorino (18)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (36-40, 4th East) will continue their series with the Pirates (38-35, 3rd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Raul Valdes (2-0, 1.84) who will be making a spot start, as the Phils plan to use the bullpen tonight. Valdes last pitched on June 23, throwing two innings in relief against the Rays, giving up no runs on a hit, while striking out four. Valdes hopes to keep the Phils in the game. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (6-3, 2.19), who is coming off a complete game win against the Twins on June 21, as he gave up a run on six hits, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 9-1 blow out. He will be trying to stop the Pirates’ present losing streak. The Phils will be going for the series win, while hoping that Chase Utley will be ready to go both on the field and at the plate.