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The Phils lose the weekend series to the Dodgers, losing the opener 2-0, then winning the middle game 5-3, before being humiliated by being no-hit in the final game, the first time in Philly in 45 years, losing 6-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose the three-game series with the Dodgers, getting humiliated in the final game by being no-hit at home for the first time in 45 years.

On Friday night, the Dodgers took the lead in the top of the first inning as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Yasiel Puig hits an RBI single, knocking in Dee Gordon, who had started the game off with a second, then stole first second base, then third base, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers then made it a 2-0 lead in the top of the second as Carl Crawford hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. That would end up being the final score as the Phils would be three-hit in the game by Dodgers’ pitching, getting only a fourth inning double by Chase Utley, a sixth inning lead-off double by Jimmy Rollins and a lead-off single in the seventh inning by Ben Revere, as the offense is unable to cash in on several scoring opportunities in the later innings, before Kenley Jansen collect his fourteenth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Tony Gwynn, Jr. to lined out to left for the game’s final out.

Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 3.83) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out three. Mario Hollands pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Antonio Bastardo pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out three, Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 3.49) got the win as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out nine. Brandon League pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up a hit and a walk. J.P. Howell collected his tenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up no hits. Brian Wilson collected his seventh hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Kenley Jansen received his fourteenth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a double by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Chase Utley and a single by Ben Revere. They also had four walks (Carlos Ruiz (2), Darin Ruf, Cesar Hernandez) and a sacrifice bunt (Tony Gwynn, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed two double plays.

On Saturday night, the Phils took a quick 2-o lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley, after catcher A.J. Ellis had made a foul pop error on a ball in foul territory, hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Cesar Hernandez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on David Buchanan’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, beating the throw to the plate, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI single, scoring Revere. The Dodgers get a run back in the top of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Carl Crawford hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Justin Turner, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Yasiel Puig’s infield single, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Puig, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then moved up to second base on Adrian Gonzalez’s soft ground out, 1-3, over to third base. The Dodgers then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Dee Gordon hits an RBI single, scoring Erisbel Arruebarrena, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Dan Haren’s ground out, 6-3. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Rollins hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Revere, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then went all the way to third on pitcher Haren’s two-base throwing error, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Dodgers made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Puig, who had started the inning off with a triple, would score on Carlos Ruiz’s passed ball. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon received his thirteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke, swinging, for the game’s final out.

David Buchanan (1-0,  3.60) got the win, the first in his major league career, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out two. Jake Diekman received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up an unearned run on a hit, a walk and a passed ball, while striking out one. Mike Adams collected his sixth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirteenth save of the season, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Dan Haren (5-3, 3.16) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Paul Maholm pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, a hit batter and a balk, while sriking out two.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ben Revere (RBI) leading the team with four hits, three singles and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Marlon Byrd (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Carlos Ruiz, Cesar Hernandez),  a hit batter (Byrd) and a sacrifice bunt (David Buchanan) in the game, while the defense had picked off a runner (Ruiz), committed an error (Buchanan (1)) and performed a double play.

On Sunday, the Dodgers took the lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez hits an RBI double, knocking in Dee Gordon, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Carl Crawford’s fly out to center, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers increased their lead in the top of the first as Justin Turner hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers then made it a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Erisbel Arruebarrena hits an RBI single, knocking in Turner, before going to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Dodgers added to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Gordon, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stole second base, would score on first baseman Ryan Howard’s fielding error of Crawford’s grounder, making it a 4-0 Dodgers’ lead, while Crawford would stop at second base. The Dodgers then made it a 5-0 lead two as, after Yasiel Puig hits a double, which sends Crawford on to third base, and with still nobody out, Adrian Gonzalez hits an RBI single, knocking in Crawford, while sending Puig up to third, putting runners on the corners. The Dodgers then added to their lead as Andre Ethier hits into a double play, 6-4-3, wiping out Gonzalez at second base for the inning’s first out, as Puig scores, making it a 6-0 Dodgers’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Josh Beckett pitches a no-hitter, the first pitched against the Phils since 1978 and the first pitched against them at home since 1969, as he struck out Chase Utley, looking, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Jeff Manship pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Josh Beckett (3-1, 2.43) got the win as he pitched a complete game no-hitter, giving up three walks, while striking out six.

The Phils had no hits in the game. They had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Marlon Byrd) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Ryan Howard (3)) and performed a double play.

The Phils (21-26, 54th NL East) start a three-game home series with the Rockies (27-23, 2nd NL West) with a game in progress.

Four runs in the top of the ninth leads the Phils to a series win, as they defeat the Dodgers, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils earn a series win over LA thanks to four runs in the top of the ninth, as they defeat the Dodgers, 7-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Juan Uribe hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring Adrian Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils got a run back in the top of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then moved up to third base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, would score on first baseman Gonzalez’s force attempt fielding error of Chase Utley’s grounder to first, making it a 2-1 Dodgers’ lead, while Ruiz, who had just singled, would move up to second base, as Utley would be safe at first. Two batters later, after Ryan Howard has hit into a ground out, 1-3, moving up both runners, the Phils took the lead on Marlon Byrd’s two-run double, knocking in both Ruiz and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Dodgers tried to tie the score in their half of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, via singles by Hanley Ramirez and Gonzalez, with Ramirez stopping at third base, and with one man out, Ramirez tried to score on Yasiel Puig’s grounder to third base, as third baseman Cody Asche grabbed the ball and threw it home to Ruiz, beating Ramirez to the plate, before he is tagged out at home plate by Ruiz on a 5-2 fielder’s choice force out for the inning’s second out, as Gonzalez moved up to second base and Puig was safe at first. Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly then comes out, and asks for the play to be reviewed, claiming that Ruiz had not given Ramirez a lane to enable him to score before he had the ball. The play was then reviewed and the ruling was confirmed, so Ramirez was out trying to score. The Dodgers would tie the game up at three-all in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man out, Gonzalez hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils would retake the lead in the top of the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ruiz hits a two-run double, his second double of the night, knocking in Asche, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Revere’s single, and Revere, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Phils then made it a 7-3 lead as, three batters later, with the bases loaded, via an intentional walk to Utley, and Howard being hit by the pitch, moving up both runners, and with still one man out, Marlon Byrd hits a two-run single, knocking in Ruiz and Utley, while moving Howard up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would throw a scoreless ninth inning as he got Gonzalez to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jake Diekman received his third hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter whom he would face. Mike Adams blew his first save of the season as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out three. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Dan Haren also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Chris Withrow and Chris Perez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Withrow) between them, while striking out one (Perez). Brian Wilson (0-2, 15.75) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits, a walk, and a hit batter. Jamey Wright pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Single, 2 Doubles, 2RBIs) and Marlon Byrd (Single, 2 Doubles, 4RBIs) both leading the team with three hits, followed by Ben Revere (Singles) with two. Chase Utley (RBI), Dom Brown and Cody Asche had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had five walks (Ruiz (2), Utley, Brown (2)), a hit batter (Ryan Howard) and a stolen base (Brown (2)) in the game.

The Phils (11-11, 4th East) will start a three-game series with the D-backs (7-18, 5th West)  starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Chase Field and will start at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roberto Hernandez (1-0, 5.75), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on April 20, as he pitched four innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 10-9 win. He is still looking for his second win of the season, while trying to do better after his previous start. The D-backs will counter with Josh Collmenter (0-2, 4.50), who is coming off a lost against the Dodgers on April 20, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the D-backs’ 4-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win of the season, while hoping to end his two game losing streak. The Phils hope to take care of the D-backs while hoping not to enter the usual house of horrors while they are playing in Chase Field.

The Dodgers spoil Cole Hamels’ return, as the Phils lose to the Dodgers, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCole Hamels’ return is spoiled by the Dodgers, as the Phils lose to LA, 5-2.

The Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Uribe hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in Matt Kemp, who had started the inning off with a double, then went on to third base on Scott Van Slyke’s single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Chase Utley’s ground out, 6-3. The Dodgers would retake the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Yasiel Puig hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Butera, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Zack Greinke’s walk, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, while sending Greinke, who had just walked, up to second base. The Dodgers then added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Puig hits an RBI triple, knocking in Greinke, who had just doubled, giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the eighth as Jayson Nix hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Dodgers’ lead. The Dodgers would get the run back in their half of the eighth as Hanley Ramirez hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. The Dodgers would then make it a 5-2 lead four batters later as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Justin Turner hits an RBI single, scoring Van Slyke, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Uribe’s ground out, 5-3. That would end up being the final score as Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Dom Brown, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 3.00) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Jeff Manship pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out two. Mario Hollands pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Shawn Camp also went two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. Zack Greinke (4-0, 2.45) got the win as he pitched seven innings, plus a batter, as he gave up two runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out eleven. J.P. Howell received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Kenley Jansen collected his eighth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, a double by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Chase Utley, an RBI single by Ryan Howard, a single by Cole Hamels and a solo home run by Jayson Nix. The Phils also had a walk (Howard) in the game, while Hamels picked-off a runner.

The Phils (10-11, 4th East) will conclude their four-game series with the Dodgers (13-9, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and is to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will start Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 3.60), who is coming off a lost against the Rockies on April 19, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, as he struck out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win, while hoping to give a good enough performance to help the Phils win the series. The Dodgers will send to the mound Dan Haren (3-0, 2.16), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on April 19, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits, while striking out five, in the Dodgers’ 8-6 win. He will be trying to help lead the Dodgers to a series split. The Phils will be trying to leave LA with a series win.

The Phils win their first series of the second half of the season as they defeat the Cubs in a laughter, 12-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils defeat the Cubs in a laughter, winning 12-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI infield single, scoring Darin Ruf, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Cody Asche’s double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Asche, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead one batter later as Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Asche, while sending Mayberry over to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ruf hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier doubled. The Cubs got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as Nate Schierholtz hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then proceeded to bust the game open in their half of the fourth as, with runners on the corners and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a RBI bunt single, knocking in Martinez, who had started the inning off with a single, had reached second base on Ethan Martin’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then reached third base as he beat Cubs’ pitcher Jeff Samardija’s throw to third on Kevin Frandsen’s fielder choice’s grounder to the pitcher, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Frandsen, who was safe at first on the fielder’s choice, up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead as Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Frandsen, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to third base. The Phils then made it an 8-1 lead as Dom Brown hits a two-run single, scoring both Ruiz and Utley. The Phils then made it a 10-1 lead two batters later as, with a man on, and now with two men out, Asche hits a two-run home run, his first career home run, knocking in Brown. The Phils then made it a 12-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, John McDonald hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Raul Valdes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Ethan Martin (1-1, 6.75) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched five strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, as he struck out four. Zack Minor, Cesar Jimenez and Raul Valdes combined for four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Jimenez) and a walk (Minor) between them, while striking out four (Minor (2), Jimenez (1), Valdes (1)). Jeff Samardija (6-11, 4.23) took the lost as he lasted only three and a third innings, giving up nine runs on eleven hits, while striking out three. Eduardo Sanchez pitched two and a third innings, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out three. Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Bowden pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Cody Asche (2 RBIs) leading the ballclub with three hits, a single, a double and a two-run home run, the first of his career, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI), Chase Utley (Doubles, RBI), Darin Ruf (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), and Michael Martinez (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Dom Brown (Single, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) and John McDonald (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Utley, Ruf and pinch-hitter Erik Kratz) and one sacrifice bunt (Ethan Martin) in the game.

The Phils (52-62, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (54-60, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound John Lannan (3-4, 4.10), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on August 3, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, in the Phils’ 5-4 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to give his old team fits. The Nats will counter with Dan Haren (6-11, 5.14) who is coming off a win against the Brewers on August 3, as he went seven innings, giving up four scattered hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Nats’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to pitch well against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to start their present series on a good note.

The Phils hold on to win the opener of their four-game series with the Nats, winning 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesJohn Lannan threw eight scoreless inning against his old club, before the Phils hang on in the ninth to defeat the Nats, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI infield single, on a ball that was deflected to first baseman Adam LaRoche by starting pitcher Dan Haren, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, then was the leader in a double steal, reaching third base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while moving Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stole second base as the back end of a double steal, up to third base. The Phils then increased their lead later in the inning as, with the bases loaded, after Brown had moved up to second base on Haren’s wild pitch, and then Michael Young walked, and with two men out, Darin Ruf forced in a run with a walk, forcing in Rollins, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while moving up a base both Brown and M. Young. The Phils added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Revere, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Nats finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Bryce Harper, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Ryan Zimmerman’s double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Zimmerman, who had just doubled, up to third base. The Nats then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead one batter later as LaRoche hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Zimmerman. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would finally record his nineteenth save of the season as he got pinch-hitter Chad Tracy to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

John Lannan (2-3, 4.23) got the win as he threw eight shut-out innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out four. Jonathan Papelbon collected his nineteenth save of the season as he went an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Dan Haren took the lost (4-10, 6.00) as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, three walks, and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Fernando Abad pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Ross Ohlendorf threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI) and Michael Young (Singles), with two hits each. Dom Brown (RBI), Delmon Young and Darin Ruf (RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks (Brown, M. Young, Ruf) and two stolen bases (Revere (21), Rollins (9)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (44-46, 3rd) continue their series with the Nats (46-43) with a game tonight, already in progress.

The Phils score two runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Nats, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBefore a national television audience, the Phils break up a 3-3 tie by scoring two runs in the eighth inning, before going on to defeat the second place Nats, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with two men out, Dom Brown hits a solo home run, his team leading ninth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Erik Kratz followed with a solo home run of his own, his fourth home run of the season. The Nats got a run back in the bottom of the third as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Denard Span, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Bryce Harper’s single, then went to third base on Ryan Zimmerman’s line out to center, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Nats tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Span hits an RBI single, scoring Steve Lombardozzi, as he reached base on an infield single, before going on to second base on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ throwing error, then went to third on Jonathan Pettibone’s wild pitch. The Phils regain the lead in the top of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Rollins redeemed himself with an RBI double, knocking in Pettibone, who had earlier doubled, his second career hit, and the first double of his career, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats would retie the game at three-all in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, LaRoche hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils would retake the lead in the top of the eighth as, with a man on first and with two men out, Delmon Young hits an RBI single, that went down the right field line far enough to allow Michael Young, who had just walked, to score, as he went around the backside of the plate, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Phils then added an insurance run as, after D. Young was replaced by pinch-runner Michael Martinez, Brown hits an RBI double which split the right center field gap, knocking in Martinez, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, a walk and a wild pitch, striking out sixth. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks. Chad Durbin (1-0, 7.71) got the win as he also went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jeremy Horst collected his second hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Jonathan Papelbon would received his ninth save of the year, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. Dan Haren also received a no-decision as he went six inning, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out ten Phils. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning, as he hit a batter. Drew Storen (0-1, 5.21) took the lost as he went an innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Fernando Abad pitched a scoreless inning, as he walked a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, a home run, and a double, knocking in two runs. Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Delmon Young (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) and Jonathan Pettibone (Double) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Michael Young, D. Young, pinch-hitter Humberto Quintero) and a hit batter (pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen), in the game.

The Phils (24-25, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Nats (25-24, 2nd), with an afternoon game already in progress, as they hope to win the series and put themselves in a second place tie with the Nats.

Cliff Lee dominates as he throws a two-hitter against the D-backs, going 4-0 in four starts since being traded to the Phils.

For the fourth time in as many start, Cliff Lee dominates the opposing batters, this time by pitching a complete game two-hitter, as he allowed in only an unearned run, as the Phils defeat the D-backs, 8-1. They increase their lead over the Marlins to five-and-a-half games as the fish lose to the Astros.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a runner on first, and with one out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run to center field, his twenty-fifth home run of the season, scoring ahead of him Shane Victorino, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The D-backs would cut the Phils’ lead in half in the fourth as, with a man on third base, and with one man out, Stephen Drew hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ryan Roberts, who had earlier reached base on a Pedro Feliz fielding error as he misplayed the ball, going to second on the error, then reaching third on Augie Ojeda’s ground out, 4-3, making it 2-1 Phils. That would turn out to be as much offense as the D-backs will be able to mustard. In the fifth, the Phils would bust the game wide open as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hit a three-run bomb into left center field, his thirty-first home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier double, and had gone to third on Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who had earlier singled, to give the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils then made it 6-1 as Jayson Werth followed Howard with a solo home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the season. In the top of the sixth, with one man out, pinch hitter Chad Tracy got on base with a pinch hit single, ending Lee’s no-hit bit at five and a third innings, before being stranded at first as the next two D-back hitters flew out to right (Roberts) and struck out looking (Ojeda). The Phils would increase their lead to 7-1 in the bottom half of the inning as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Lee, who had earlier got on base with a single, and then went to second on a wild pitch. In the seventh,the Phils added another run as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his second of the night and his twenty-seventh home run of the year, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. That would be more than enough for Lee, as he would only allow two more base runners after giving up the single, a hit batter in the top of the seventh (Rusty Ryal) and a single in the eighth (Alex Romero), mowing down the D-backs in the ninth inning with a fly out to right (Josh Whitesell), a fly out to left (Drew) and a strike out swinging (Mark Reynolds), as he recorded a two-hitter, and his fourth straight victory since becoming a Phil and his seventh straight win in his last seven starts.

Cliff Lee picked up the win as he pitched a complete game, his second since joining the Phils, as he gave up an unearned run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out eleven batters, tying a career high. His record is now 11-9 (4-0) with an ERA of 2.72 (0.82). Dan Haren took the lost as he lasted only five innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 12-8 with a 2.74 ERA. Clay Zavada pitched one and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Juan Gutierrez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while he struck out one. Blaine Boyer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with three hits, with two of his hits being solo home runs, raising his average to .267. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and yes, Cliff Lee, followed with two hits apiece, with one of Shane’s hits being an RBI double, while one of Utley’s hits was a two-run home run. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Paul Boko had the other four Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ being a double, and Howard’s being a three-run bomb which broke the game wide open. All but one of the Phils’ run came via the long ball, something the Phils do very well, but they will need to rely on less if they hope to win their second straight league title and world series championship. 

The Phillies (68-49, 1st National League East) will conclude their short home stand with the Diamondbacks (54-67, 4th National League West) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (7-6, 3.88), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on August 14, where he pitched seven innings, giving up just two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be trying for his first win in about a month, while also going for the series sweep. He will be opposed by Doug Davis (7-10, 3.59), who is coming off a no-decision of his own against the Dodgers on August 15, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the D-backs’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to prevent the sweep. The Phils will be trying to end the short home stand on a positive note, before going onto the road to face the hurting Mets for four games, and then the lowly Pirates for three, with a good chance to increase their lead in the East over the Marlins by the time they come back home.