Behind a Cliff Lee six-hitter, the Phils win the series by shutting out the American League Champions Rangers, 2-0.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as Ryan Howard breaks out of his 0-for-23 slump by hitting a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season. The Phils then added a run in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-o lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just walked, up to second base, before he is caught in a run down between second and third and is then tagged out, 7-6-4-5, for the inning’s third out. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his ninth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.
Cliff Lee (3-4, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up five hits and two walks, while striking out ten. Ryan Madson received his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit. Colby Lewis (4-5, 3.69) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six. Arthur Rhodes and Brett Tomko combine for one and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Tomko), while striking out one batter (Rhodes) between them.
The Phils had eight hits in the game with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and Cliff Lee (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits. Cliff Lee also stole a base, the first stolen base of his career.
The Phils (28-17, 1st NL East) will conclude their Interleague Play preview with the Rangers (23-23, T-1st AL West) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:35 PM EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.09), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 17, as he pitched five innings, giving up just one run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his fourth win of the year, while trying to give the Phils a sweep over the American League Champs. The Rangers will counter with Matt Harrison (3-4, 4.27), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the White Sox on May 17, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out six, in the Rangers’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to help the Rangers avoid being swept. The Phils will be trying to complete the sweep.
Two home runs by the Phils supported a fine pitching performance by their ace Roy Halladay as the Phils start off interleague play with a victory over the Rangers, 3-2.
The Rangers took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, the Rangers perform a double steal as Ian Kinsler strikes out for the inning’s first out, as Mitch Moreland, who had just singled, stole second base, before Elvis Andrus, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third on Moreland’s single, stole home, beating the throw, giving the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. The Rangers cut the Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Moreland hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Endy Chavez, who had earlier hit a pinch hit double, then went to third on Andrus’ ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead to 3-2. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the season as, with one man on base, and with two men out, David Murphy was caught stealing, 2-4, by a good throw to second by Carlos Ruiz.
Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.21) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson recorded his eighth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. C.J. Wilson (4-3. 3.42) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out ten Phils. Dave Bush pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.
The Phils had only four hits last night, a single by Placido Polanco, a single by Carlos Ruiz, a two-run home run by Ben Francisco, knocking in two runs and a solo home run by Raul Ibanez. The offense continues to make a lot of bad outs, although getting two home runs to win the ballgame for the Doc.
The Phils (27-17, 1st NL East) will continue their series with the Rangers (23-22, 1st AL West) later today, which will be televised nationally by Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-4, 3.84), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on May 16, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and six walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. Lee will be trying to end his own third-game losing streak, while trying to give the Phils a series win. The Rangers will counter with Colby Lewis (4-4, 3.81), who is coming off a complete game win against the White Sox on May 16, as he gave up just five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Rangers’ 4-0 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their first series in over a week, while also trying to give Lee his third win of the season.