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Jamie Moyer and the bullpen one-hit the Marlins as the Phils increased their lead to five games over the fish, as they defeat the Marlins, 4-0.

A combine one-hit shutout by Jamie Moyer and the bullpen, and three home runs from Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard starts off the Phils’ second half with a win, as they defeat the second place Marlins, 4-0. The victory increased the Phils’ lead in the NL East to five games, guaranteeing that they’ll leave Florida with the lead by the time the four-games series is over.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his second home run of the night, and his twenty-fourth home run of the season, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. In the sixth, the Phils made it 4-0 as, with one man out, Ryan Howard launched a solo shot of his own, his twenty-three home run of the season, and the 200th home run of his career, becoming the fastest man to do so as he broke Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner’s old record of doing so in his 706th game, as he hit his in his 658th career game. Meanwhile, Jamie Moyer was having an easy time with the Marlins, only getting into trouble in the Marlins’ fifth, as he gave up a lead-off single to Jorge Cantu, and a one-out walk to Ronny Paulino, moving Cantu to second base. But, he would then get out of the inning by getting Cody Ross to foul out to the catcher, 2-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, and then getting Brett Carroll to hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Paulino at second base. The Marlins would never threathen again after that, as Moyer handed the ball over to Ryan Madson, who pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and who in turned handed the ball to J.C. Romero, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, preserving both the one-hitter and the shut out.

Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched seven very strong innings, giving up only a single and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 9-6, as he won his 255th career victory, placing him in 41st place on the All-Time Wins List, with a 5.58 ERA. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero combined for two scoreless innings, as they got out all six men that they would face, striking out one batter (Romero) between them. Chris Volstad took the lost, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 6-9 with an ERA of 4.53. Luis Ayala, Brendan Donnelly and Kiko Calero all combined for three scoreless innings, as they gave up three hits, (one hit apiece) and one walk (Donnelly), while they struck out five batters (Ayala (1), Donnelly (2), Calero (2)).

The Phillies would collect ten hits in the game, with both Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez both leading the way with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being a single and a solo home run, the 200th of his career, and Ibanez’s hits being a two-run home run and a solo home run, accounting for all of the Phils’ runs. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz, and Jamie Moyer collected the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils start the second half on a winning note, as they continue to be the best road team in the majors while they increased their winning streak to six games.

The Phillies (49-38, 1st) continue their four-games series with the Marlins (46-45, 2nd) tonight. The game will be played at Land Shark Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm. The Phils starter will be Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.87), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Pirates on July 11, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ dramatic 8-7 come from behind win. He will once again try to show that he is indeed the ace of the Phillies rotation. The Marlins will oppose with Ricky Nolasco (6-7, 5.76), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on July 10, as he pitched six innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out eight, in the Marlins’ 8-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Marlins from trailing the Phils even further in the pennant race. The Phils will be seeing if they can increase their winning streak to seven games while increasing their lead in the NL East to six full games, thus making things easier for them for the rest of the season.

Jamie Moyer is once again denied his 250th career win as the Phillies lose to the fish, 5-3.

Once again, Jamie Moyer is denied his 250th career win as he loses to the Marlin for only the second time in his career, as the Phils lose to the fish, 5-3.

The Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the first, as, with a man on base, and two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked. The Marlins took the lead in the fourth, as, with two men on base via walks, and nobody out, Wes Helms hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the year, scoring both Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu, making it 3-2 Marlins. In the sixth, with two men on, and two men out, Ronny Paulino hits an RBI single, scoring Helms, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Cody Ross’ single, making it a 4-2 Marlins’ lead, as he beats the throw to home plate, while sending Ross to third, while Paulino would move on to second on the throw to the plate. In the Phils’ half of the sixth, they would get a run back, as Howard hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the season, and his second in the game, cutting the Marlins’ lead to 4-3. In the seventh, the Marlins got an insurance run as, with two men on, and two men out, Helms hits an RBI single, scoring Jeremy Hermida, who had earlier singled, making it a 5-3 Marlins’ lead, while sending Cantu, who had earlier walked, over to third. That would be the final score as the Phils’ threat in the ninth fizzle out after Shane Victorino is throw out at second base, caught stealing.

Jamie Moyer took the lost, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out five. His record is now 3-5 with a 7.42 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched three innings of relief, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he also struck out five. Chris Volstad got the win, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six. His record is now 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA. Dan Meyer pitched a third of an inning, getting his eight hold of the season as he retired the only man he would face. Leo Nunez pitched a scoreless inning as he also recorded his eighth hold of the year, striking out a batter. Matt Lindstrom got the save, his ninth of the season, as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk, while striking out one. 

The Phillies had only six hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits apiece, with Howard’s two hits being a pair of home runs, accounting for all three of the Phils’ runs. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino would account for the other two Phils’ hits. The lost leave Jamie Moyer still looking for career win number 250, as folks begin to wonder how much longer this can go on.

The Phillies (24-19, 1st) continues their three-games home stand with the pesky Marlins (21-25, 4th). The game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (2-3, 7.11), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 21, as he pitched only five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 12-5 win. He will be looking to even his record while improving on his last start. The Marlins’ starter will be Andrew Miller (1-1, 4.94), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on May 21, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, as he struck out nine, in the Marlins’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying for his second win of the season. The Phillies will regroup and try to defeat the pesky Marlins tonight, so that they can go out and win the series tomorrow night. Their lead in the National League East is presently a half-game over the Mets.

The Phillies escaped from New York with a series win as they defeated the Yankees in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phillies escape both New York and the Yankees by winning the rubber match of their three-games series with the Bronx Bombers, winning the game 4-3 in extra-innings, in spite of Brad Lidge having his second straight blown save and his third blown save during an otherwise very successful road trip.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the third, as, with a man on, and two men outs, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled. One batter later, Shane Victorino would give the Phils a 2-0 lead by hitting an RBI single, scoring Rollins from second base. The Yankees would get a run back in their half of the second, as, with one man on, and two men outs, Johnny Damon hits an RBI double, knocking in Francisco Cervelli, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1. The next batter, Mark Teixeira, followed with a single to left, sending Damon to home plate. But Damon would be cut down at the plate by a very strong throw from left fielder Jayson Werth, as Phils’ catcher Ruiz blocked home plate, preserving the Phils’ lead. The Phils would make it a 3-1 lead in the sixth as, with one man on base, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Victorino, who had earlier singled. In the Yankees’ half of the inning, they would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as Teixeira hits a ball that had broken his bat in half, that by all rights should’ve been the inning’s first out, but some how instead landed deep in the left field seats for Teixeira’s thirteenth home run of the season. In the ninth, the Phils handed the ball over to Lidge for the save. And, for the second straight day, Lidge blew the save opportunity, as, with a runner on second, and nobody out, he gave up an RBI single to Melky Cabrera, who knocked in pinch runner Ramiro Pena, who had taken over first base from Robinson Cano, who had earlier singled, then stole second, tying the game up at three-all. Lidge then buckled down, and kept the Yanks from doing any more damage, sending the game into extra-innings. In the eleventh, the Phils retook the lead, as, with one man on, and two outs, Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, to make it 4-3 Phils. Clay Condrey would then pitch a 1-2-3 inning to pick up the win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched six strong innings, giving up just two runs on eight hits, while striking out five. Chad Durbin got his third hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit. Scott Eyre recorded his seventh hold as he got out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson received his ninth hold as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hit. Brad Lidge blew his second straight save and his fourth save opportunity of the season, as he gave up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Clay Condrey picked up the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, getting out of a major jam in the tenth. His record is now 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA. C.C. Sabathia also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, while he struck out three. Jose Veras pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, as he struck out two. Mariano Rivera also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brett Tomko took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA. 

The Phillies had eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz leading the way with three hits each. Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard then followed with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins got the other Phils’ hit. Rollins, Victorino, Ibanez and Ruiz each knocked in a run. The Phils will come home to Citizens Bank Park from a very successful road trip, which will include their starters throwing three straight jems against the Yankees in the new Yankess Stadium in which none of them walked a batter. They will be hoping that they can continue their winning ways at home.

The Phillies (24-18, 1st) come home to start a three-games home stand against the Marlins (20-25, 4th). The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies’ starter will be the Marlins tamer Jamie Moyer (3-4, 7.62), who is coming off a good start, even though a lost, against the Reds on May 20, in which he pitched six strong innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He is still looking for his 250th career win, and hoping to keep his spot in the rotation. The Marlins will counter with Chris Volstad (3-3, 3.64), who is coming off a win against the Diamondbacks on May 20, in which he went six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and and a walk, while he struck out nine, in the Marlins’ 8-6 win of the first game of a make-up doubleheader. He will be looking for his fourth win of the year. The Phillies presently have a game and a half lead in the National League East over both the Mets and the Braves. They will be seeing about increasing their lead in the East while putting the Marlins a further distance behind them.

The Phillies win in extra-innings as they once again come from behind to sink the 1st place Marlins, 6-4.

The Phillies won their eighth game of the year, as they performed their eighth come from behind victory, as they for the second straight game defeated the first place Marlins, this time in extra-innings, 6-4.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the third as their starter, Chan Ho Park, hits an one-out, opposite field home run, his first home run of the year. Ryan Howard would make it 2-0 Phils in the fourth as he hits an one-out home run of his own to center field, his third home run of the season. The Marlins then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, as, with two men on base, and no one out, Jorge Cantu hits a three-run home run, his third home run of the year, as he knocked in John Baker, who had earlier singled and had moved over to second base on Hanley Ramirez’s walk, and Ramirez, who had earlier walked, making it 3-2 Marlins. Dan Uggla then followed by hitting a solo home run of his own, his fourth home run of the year, making it 4-2 Marlins. The Phillies then slowly came back. In the sixth, with the bases loaded via a Jimmy Rollins’ single, an Uggla’s fielding error of a Shane Victorino ground ball and then Chase Utley being hit by the pitch, and no one out, Ryan Howard would make it 4-3 Marlins, as he hits into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Utley at second, and sending Victorino to third, as Rollins scored easily. Then, in the ninth, with runners on the corners and one man out, pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, tying the game at four-all, as he knocked in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled and had moved over to third on a Raul Ibanez single. In the tenth, the Phillies retook the lead, 5-4, as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled and then stole second base. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, and still one man out, Werth would make it 6-4 Phils, scoring Utley, who had moved up to third on a Howard single. In the ninth, Brad Lidge was on the mound for the Phils, going for the save. He started the inning off by striking out both Baker and Ramirez. Cantu then got on base with a double to left. Uggla then followed with a walk. Brett Carroll then followed with a walk, sending Cantu to third and Uggla to second, loading the bases. Lidge then proceeded to record his fourth save of the year as he got Cody Ross literally swinging his bat on a 3-2 slider, striking out the side.

Chan Ho Park received a no-decision as he pitched a good seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out two. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Scott Eyre pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson would pick up the win as he pitched a scorless inning, giving up just one hit, as he struck out two. His record is now 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA. Brad Lidge picked up his fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and two walks, as he struck out the side. Chris Volstad also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, as he struck out six. Dan Meyer pitched a scoreless inning, as he held off the Phils, giving up only a walk. Leo Nunez pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk, as he struck out one. Renyel Pinto blew the save, as he allowed in the run credited to Nunez, as he pitched a third of an inning. Kiko Calero pitched a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Logan Kensing took the lost as he gave up two runs on four hits, while striking out one. His record is now 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA.

The Phillies had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits each, with one of Howard’s hits being a solo home run, while one of Victorino’s hits was a triple. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Chan Ho Park getting the other five hits, with four singles and Park’s solo home run. Victorino also stole a base while Utley was hit by the pitch. The Phils also got three walks. Utley, Howard, Werth, Park and Eric Bruntlett each picked up an RBI.

The Phillies (8-8, 3rd) will conclude there three-games series with the Marlins (11-6), as the Phillies go for the series’ sweep. The game is presently in progress at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. The Phillies’ starter is Jamie Moyer (2-1, 6.35), who is coming off his second straight win against the Brewers on April 21, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 11-4 win. Moyer has an 11-1 record with a 2.95  ERA in twelve starts against the fish. He will be going for his third win of the year. The Marlins will counter with Rookie Graham Taylor, who is making his major league debut. The game is presently in progress, with the Phils leading after five innings.

Phillies scored seven runs in the ninth for the win after being kept quiet in the first eight.

After being able to score only two runs in the previous twenty-eight innings, the Phillies exploded for seven runs in the ninth inning off of Marlins’ reliever Matt Lindstrom, for a dramatic, 7-2, come from behind victory over the shocked Marlins.

The Marlins took a quick 3-0 lead in the first, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Dan Uggla hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring John Baker, who had earlier singled and had gone to third on Ross Gload’s single, and Gload, who had earlier singled. That would remain the score for the next seven innings, as Phils’ starter Brett Myers would constantly pitch himself in and out of trouble until he was relieved in the seventh by Clay Condrey, who would then proceed to pitch two scoreless innings, while Marlins’ starter Josh Johnson would three hit the Phils for the first seven innings and Leo Nunez would keep them off the board in the eighth. But, everything suddenly changed in the top of the ninth. With Matt Lindstrom now pitching for the Marlins, the Phils’ bats finally came alive, with a little help from Lindstrom’s own wildness. After Ryan Howard started the inning off by making the inning’s first out, a 4-3 ground out, Jayson Werth got on base with a double to center. Raul Ibanez followed with a walk, putting runners on first and second, with one out. The next batter, pinch hitter Matt Stairs, then knocked in Werth with an RBI pinch hit single, making it a 3-1 Marlins’ lead, while sending Ibanez to third base. After Miguel Cairo went to first to pinch run for Stairs, Lou Marson got on base with a walk, loading the bases, as Cairo moved up to second. After pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett struck out for the inning’s second out, Jimmy Rollins got on base with a walk, forcing home Ibanez, cutting the Marlins lead down to 3-2, and sending Cairo to third and Marson to second, as the bases remained loaded. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then connected for a grand slam home run to right, his second home run of the season and his first career grand slam during the regular season, scoring Cairo, Marson and Rollins, as he gave the Phils a 6-3 lead. Chase Utley followed by hitting a solo home run, also to right field, to give the Phillies a 7-3 lead, as the Phils had batted around. Howard then followed with a double, just missing hitting it out of the park for back-to-back-to-back home runs. After Werth walked, Renyal Pinto, who had earlier been brought in to relieve Lindstrom, was finally able to end the inning as he got Ibanez to strike out swinging. In the bottom of the ninth, the Marlins tried to come back. With two outs, Hanley Ramirez hit a double, sending Alfredo Amezaga, who had started the inning off as a pinch hitter, and getting a walk, over to third. But Ryan Madson then ended the inning by getting Gload to strike out, swinging.

Brett Myers got a no-decision, as he pitched sixth strong innings, giving up only three runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out five. Clay Condrey picked up the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one walk. His record is now 3-0, leading the team in wins, with a low 1.86 ERA. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just one hit and a walk, as he struck out the side. Josh Johnson also pitched a no-decision, throwing seven strong innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, as he struck out eight. Leo Nunez, pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out three. Matt Lindstrom took the lose as he blew his second save of the year, as he gave up seven runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out only one batter, in two-thirds innings of work. His record is now 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA. Renyel Pinto pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phillies had eight hits in the game. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Matt Stairs, Lou Marson and Brett Myers each had a hit, with Victorino and Utley (Home Runs), and Werth and Howard’s (Doubles) hits being extra-base hits. Victorino had four RBIs with his grand slam home run, Utley knocked in one with his solo shot, Stairs brought in a run with his pinch hit single, and Jimmy Rollins brought in the other run with his bases-loaded walk. Although he gave up a home run, Myers was able to keep the Phils in the game, getting himself out of constant jams. Clay Condrey pitched two good frames, giving up only a walk, thus allowing him to be the winning pitcher when the Phils had their ninth inning explosion. With this win, all of the Phils’ victories so  far this year has been of the coming from behind variety. The Phillies need to start dominating games early.

The Phillies (7-8, 3rd) continue their three-games series with the Marlins (11-5, 1st) at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Flordia. The game will start tonight at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Chan Ho Park (0-0, 8.68), who is still looking for his first win, as he comes off his second straight no-decision as a starter, this time against the Padres on April 19, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phillies’ dramatic 5-4 win in the ninth inning. He will be looking for his first win as a Phils’ pitcher. The Marlins will counter with Chris Volstad (2-0, 2.76), who is also coming of  a no-decision against the Nationals, also on April 19, as he went only four and one-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and five walks, as he struck out five, in the Marlins’ 7-4 win. He will be looking for his third win of the season, while trying to end the Marlins’ present four-games slide. The Phillies will be looking for their second straight win and their second road series win.

Final Countdown to the Playoffs: Game 7: Behind solid pitching from Jamie Moyer and the bullpen and a pair of 2-run home runs from Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz, the Phillies sink the Marlins, 5-2. Phillies’ lead goes up to 1 and 1/2 games in the East.

Thanks to good pitching from Jamie Moyer and the bullpen and a pair of two-run home runs from Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz, the Phillies have finally sank the Marlins hopes for a playoff spot as they defeated the fish, 5-2. They increased their lead to a game and a half in the Eastern Division as the Mets’ lost to the Braves thanks to their bullpen emploding once again. The Phillies would take the lead in the third when, with a runner on second and no one out, Chase Utley would hit a two-run home run, his thirty-second home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who has earlier doubled, to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. The Phils would add to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on first and third and two men outs, Rollins would hit a RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz who has earlier singled and would reached third on Marlins’ right fielder’s Cody Ross fielding error on Phillies’ starter Jamie Moyer’s fly ball, giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead, while Moyer would move up to second on Rollins’ single. Marlins’ starter Chris Volstad would then hit Chase Utley with the pitch to load the bases as Moyer and Rollins would both move up a base. Volstad would then get out of the inning by getting Jayson Werth to hit into a force out, as Marlins’s third baseman Jorge Cantu would touch third base before Rollins. The Marlins would then try to score a run in the fifth. After Moyer gets out the first two Marlins’ batters, he would give up a two-out double to John Baker. The next batter, Cantu, would reach base on a fielding error by Ryan Howard on a ball that Howard would be unable to handle, while Baker would move over to third on the play. Mike Jacobs would then hit a ground ball to Howard that would first hit Howard’s glove and then possibly his face, but Howard would still be able to throw Jacobs out at first, with Moyer covering the bag, as Jacobs did not immediately run out of the box, since he’d thought that Ryan has actually caught the ball, ending the threat. The Marlins would then cut the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second and two outs, Alfredo Amezaga would hit a RBI single, scoring Josh Willingham, who has earlier doubled, making it a 3-1 Phillies’ lead. The Marlins would then make the score even closer in the seventh, as, with the bases loaded, thanks to a double (Baker/given up by Chad Durbin), a single (Cantu/also by Durbin) and a walk (Dan Uggla/by J.C. Romero), and two men out, Willingham would hit a sharp ground ball down the third base line that would be stopped by third baseman Greg Dobbs, who would then be unable to make the play, as Baker scores, making it 3-2 Phils, while the bases would remain loaded as Willingham would be credited with a single as Cantu and Uggla would both move up a base. Dobbs’ play would save at least a second run from scoring as Clay Condrey would come in in place of Romero and would get Ross to hit into a force play to third baseman Pedro Feliz, who has just replaced Dobbs, as he has suffered a leg cramp on the previous play, who would throw to Utley to force out Willingham, thus ending the inning. The Phillies would then put the game away in the eighth, as, with a runner on first and no one out, Feliz would hit a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Shane Victorino who has reached base earlier with a single. After Ryan Madson has put the Marlins down 1-2-3 in their half of the eighth, Brad Lidge would be handed the ball in the ninth to end the game. The Marlins would get runners on first and second with two men outs, but Lidge would finally end the game by getting pinch hitter Dallas McPherson to strike out swinging for his fortieth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer would get the win as he would go six innings, giving up just an earned run on six hits while striking out four. His record is now 15-7 with a 3.78 ERA, while his career record against the Marlins is now 11-1. Chad Durbin would pitch one-third of an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits while walking one. Clay Condrey would also pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Ryan Madson would pitch a 1-2-3 scoreless inning. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out two as he records his fortieth save in forty tries. Chris Volstad would take the lost, as he pitches five innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits. His record is now 5-4 with a ERA of 3.10. Doug Waechter would go a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Andrew Miller would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Kevin Gregg would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Joe Nelson would pitch an inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. Ryan Tucker would pitch a scoreless 1-2-3 inning.

Although out hit by the Marlins, the Phillies’ offense would get the hits when they counted on Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz’s two two-run home runs, with the second one helping to take some of the wind out of the Marlins’ sails. The Phillies have won their fourth straight series since losing two of three to the Marlins at home, doing what they needed to do to get into first place in first the wild card chase and then the Eastern Division, as they watch first the Brewers and then the Mets slip out of the lead in the wild card and the division respectively. At the same time, they have put the Marlins out of contention in both the East and the wild card race. For the Phillies, the magic number to get into the playoffs is now set at 3. Hopefully, they can get it done by the time the Braves leave town this Wednesday.

The Phillies (86-68) will be coming home for their final home stand of the regular season, playing three games with the fourth place Braves (69-87). The first game of the series will be played tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter will be rookie J.A. Happ (1-0, 4.24), who is coming off a win against these same Braves on September 17, as he would pitch six shut out innings, giving up only three hits, in the Phillies’ 6-1 win. In three starts this year, Happ’s ERA is 2.12. He will be trying for his second major league win, while trying to get the Phillies even closer to reentering the playoffs. The Braves will counter with Jair Jurrjens (13-10, 3.72), who is coming off a lost to the Phillies on September 17, as he went five innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits, in the Braves’ 6-1 lost. He will be trying to improve on his last start, while trying to slow down the Phillies’ charge towards the playoffs.

With the win, the Phillies have increased their lead over the Mets to a game and a half as they lost to the Braves. They have increased their lead over the Marlins to six and a half games with the win. In the Wild Card race, the Mets now lead the Brewers by one and a half games as they defeated the Reds. The Mets now lead the Astros by four games as they beat the Pirates. The Phillies will now come home, trying to first clinch a spot in the playoffs before going for either the Eastern Division flag or the Wild Card spot.

Final Countdown to the Playoffs: Games 7 and 8: Trying to leave Florida with a series win and regaining first place in the East.

The Phillies (86-68) will continue their final three games series with the third place Marlins (81-72) with two games tonight and tomorrow afternoon. The Phillies’ starter for tonight’s game will be Joe Blanton (7-12 (2-0), 4.82), who will be coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on September 14 in the day half of the day/night doubleheader, as he went seven innings, giving up only three earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 7-3 win. This would be only his third start in which he would go for more than five innings, but it would come at a good time for the Phils. He has faced the Marlins before, recording his second win as a Phil since the trade, as he would defeat them on September 8, going five innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits, in the Phillies’ 8-6 win. He will be going for his second straight long start while trying to improve on his previous start against the fish, while at the same time trying to end the fish’s nine game winning streak. His opponent will be Anibal Sanchez (2-4, 5.87), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on September 14, as he went seven innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, in the Marlins’ 8-7 win. He has faced the Phillies twice before, losing both starts, as he would go a combine total of only six and two-thirds innings, giving up eight earned runs on ten hits. He will be trying to improve his record while also trying to finally defeat the Phils.

The second game, the Phillies’ final game on the road, will be played Sunday afternoon at Dolphin Stadium, and will begin at 4:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starter for this game will be the 45 years old Jamie Moyer (14-7, 3.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 16, as he would only go five and two-thirds innings, giving up six earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 8-7 win.This would only be his second bad start in his last nineteen. Careerwise, he is 10-1 against the fish, losing his last start against them on August 5 as he would only be able to go five innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying for his eleventh win against the fish, trying to regain his dominace over the young Marlin batters, while going for his fifteenth victory overall. The Marlins will be sending to the mound Chris Volstad (5-3, 3.07), who will be coming off a win against the Astros on September 16 as he went eight innings, giving up only an earned run on four hits, in the Marlins’ 5-1 win. In his last two starts against the Phillies, he is 1-0 with a no-decision, which the Marlins would win, as he would go a combine total of nine innings, giving up only an earned run on five hits. He will be trying to improve his record while also trying to hurt the Phillies’ playoff hopes.

The Phillies’ offense just need to continue what they were doing in their recent seven games winning streak and at the beginning of last night’s game: score runs early, and then later on just keep on scoring, and mainly doing it by being as patient as they can when batting against the other team’s starting pitching. At the same time, the two starters, Joe Blanton and Jamie Moyer, will have to go after the Marlins’ young batters, and doing so by throwing them mainly off-speed stuff and only using fastballs when they have the batters confused by the slower stuff, otherwise they are going to find themselves getting pounded by this fastball hitting team and forced to use up the bullpen.

The Phillies trail the Mets by a half game, as they prepare to face the Braves. The Phillies are ahead of the Marlins by four and a half games as they continue their series. In the Wild Card chase, the Phillies are still leading the Brewers by two games, although they are presently trailing the Reds at the moment. They are ahead of both the Marlins and the Astros by four and a half games as the Astros get ready to play the Pirates tonight. The Phillies will be trying to regain the lead in the East while trying to push back the challenge of the now hot Marlins while trying to bury the still slumping Brewers.