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The Phils are once again unable to find ways to win at home, as they drop one to the D-backs, 4-2.

The Phils lose another game at home, as they drop one to the D-backs, 4-2.

The D-backs took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Justin Upton hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs increased their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Paul Goldschmidt hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Aaron Hill, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Jason Kubel’s fly out to center field, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, the D-backs made it a 3-0 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still two men out, Chris Johnson hits an RBI single, knocking in Upton, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Miguel Montero’s infield single, before moving up to third on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error on the play, while sending Montero, who had reached base on an infield single, would move up to second base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year, making it a 3-1 D-backs’ lead. The Phils then cut it to a 3-2 D-backs’ lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, and with one man out, Nate Schierholtz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had begun the inning by being hit by a pitch, moved up to second base on Brian Schneider’s walk, then went to third base on pinch hitter Michael Martinez’s sacrifice bunt. The Phils tried to tied the game up at three-all in the sixth as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. who had earlier doubled, tried to score on Frandsen’s single to right, but is called out at the plate on a throw by right fielder Upton, with catcher Montero applying the tag, although instant replay would show that Mayberry was actually safe at home. The D-backs added to their lead in the ninth as Kubel hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the year, giving the D-backs a 4-2 lead. That would be the final score as J.J. Putz picked up his twentieth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45), who was starting in place of Joe Blanton, who had been traded to the Dodgers earlier yesterday, took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits, while he struck out two. Jeremy Horst, B.J. Rosenberg and Antonio Bastardo combined for four scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Horst) between them, while striking out five (Horst (1), Rosenberg (3), Bastardo (1)). Josh Lindblom pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Ian Kennedy (10-8, 4.15) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out a batter. Takashi Saito collected his second h0ld of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. David Hernandez collected his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. J.J Putz received his twentieth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double. Nate Schierholtz (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits, as they did not record a hit after the sixth inning. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (47-59, 5th East) will continue their series with the D-backs (55-51, 3rd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (4-6, 4.33), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 29, as he went six innings, giving up six runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. Halladay will be trying to improve on the last few innings of his previous start. The D-backs will counter with Joe Saunders (5-7, 3.62), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on July 29, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the D-backs’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to give the D-backs the series win. The Phils will be trying to even up the series with a win tonight.

The Phils are unable to complete the sweep as they are blanked by the Nats, 3-0.

The Phils are prevented from completing the sweep as they get blanked by the Nats, 3-0.

The Phils tried to take the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier reached base on a force out, 5-4, as Ty Wigginton, who had lead-off the inning reaching base on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s fielding error, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s walk, is sent home on Michael Martinez’s single to right, but is instead thrown out at the plate by a strong throw from right fielder Bryce Harper, as catcher Sandy Leon applies the tag for the inning’s second out, while Brown, who had just walked, would stop at second base on the play. The Nats took the lead in their half of the second as Adam LaRoche hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats increased their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then stopped at second base on Michael Morse’s single, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Morse, who had just singled, up to third base, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Nats then took a 3-0 lead as Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Morse, while moving Zimmerman up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Tyler Clippard recorded his twenty-first save of the season by striking out Ryan Howard on a third called strike, with two men on base, for the final out.

Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Ross Detwiler (6-4, 3.02) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Sean Burnett collected his twenty-fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Tyler Clippard received his twenty-first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters, while striking out one.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, singles by Kevin Frandsen, Chase Utley and Michael Martinez, as they kept on helping the Nats’ pitching staff by going after bad pitches. They also had four walks in ballgame.

The Phils (47-58, 5th East) will come home to start a three-game series with the D-backs (54-51, 3rd West) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (8-9, 4.59), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 28, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on fours hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to once again even up his record. The D-backs plan to counter with Ian Kennedy (9-8, 4.20), who is coming off a win against the Mets on July 28, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the D-backs’ 6-3 win. He will be going for win no. 10. The Phils will be trying to start off the new homestand on a winning note.

The Phils win the series from the Rockies as they defeat Colorado by the scores of 8-5 and 5-1.

The Phils took the series from the Rockies, their first series win in about a month, as they defeat Colorado by the scores of 8-5 and 5-1.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man  out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after a walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and with still one man out, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, scoring both Utley and Howard. The Rockies got a run back in the third as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Dexter Fowler hits an RBI single, knocking in Josh Rutledge, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Jeremy Guthrie’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Rockies cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 two batters later as, with a runner on second, as Fowler moved up to second base on Marco Scutaro’s ground out, 5-3, and now with two men out, Carlos Gonzalez hits an RBI double, scoring Fowler. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Vance Worley helped his own cause with a two-run double, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, and Mark Fontenot, who had been intentionally walked, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. The Rockies would cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-5 in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilin Rosario hits a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, scoring Tyler Colvin, who had been hit by a pitch, and Jordan Pacheco, who had just walked, moving Colvin up to second base. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI triple, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had just reached base with a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-5 lead as Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his nineteenth save of the season by completing a five-out save, getting Gonzalez to strike out, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (5-5, 3.47) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a walk and a hit batter. Brian Sanches pitched to a batter, giving up a hit and a run. Jonathan Papelbon received his nineteenth save of the year as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, striking out two batters. Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 6.14) took the lost as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three. Matt Reynolds pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Adam Ottavino pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Mike Ekstrom pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Matt Belisle pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Rex Brothers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Juan Pierre (Singles) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double),  Shane Victorino (Single, Triple, RBI) and Vance Worley (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the final Phil’s hit and RBIs, as the offense was able to keep scoring enough runs to win the game. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Pierre (21)) in the game.

On Sunday, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, then moving up to third base on Ty Wigginton’s ground out, 3-1. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on pitcher Drew Pomeranz’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt, and Victorino, who had just walked. The Rockies would get on the scoreboard in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Gonzalez hits an RBI triple, scoring Marco Scutaro, who had just walked, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.07) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Drew Pomeranz (1-4, 3.79) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. Carlos Torres, Mike Ekstrom and Rafael Betancourt combined for four scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Betancourt) between them, while striking out two (Torres (1), Ekstrom (1)).

The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Triple), Hunter Pence (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco knocked in the other Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had four walks in the game.

The Phils (39-51, 5th East) will start a three games series with the Dodgers (48-42, 2nd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 7, as he pitched six and one-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to lead the Phils to their third straight win. The Dodgers will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (1-5, 4.21), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on July 5, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win. He will be shooting for his second straight win. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak to three games.

The Phils drop a pair, as they lose a day-night twinbill to the Rays, losing 3-2 and 7-3.

The Phils lose a day-night doubleheader to the Rays, inspite of a good pitching performance by Cole Hamels in the first game, as they lose by the scores of 3-2 and 7-3.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the sixth, breaking up a 0-0 tie, as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Rays took the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Pena hits a three-run home run, knocking in Elliot Johnson, who had started the inning off with a run, then moved up to second base on B.J. Upton’s walk, and Upton, who had just walked, giving the Rays a 3-1 lead. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ty Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Hunter Pnce, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, making it a 3-2 Ray’s lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Fernando Rodney recorded his twenty-first save of the year as he recorded a scoreless ninth, striking out Pence, swinging, to end the game.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while he struck out seven. Antonio Bastardo blew his second save attempt of the year, before taking the lost (2-2, 3.75) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and two walks. Chad Qualls pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter. Michael Schwimer threw a 1-2-3 inning. David Price (10-4, 2.95) got the win a he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while he struck out eight. Burke Badenhop collected his third hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jake McGee collected his eighth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Fernando Rodney collected his twenty-first save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Hunter Pence (Single, Double) with two hits. Carlos Ruiz (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single, RBI) and Hector Luna (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits, as they are once again unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities. The Phils also had four walks and two stolen bases (Shane Victorino (16), Rollins (12)) in the ballgame.

In the nightcap, the Rays took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Sean Rodriguez hits an RBI double, knocking in Jeff Keppinger, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Ben Zobrist’s single, while Zobrist, who had just singled, would stop at third base. The Rays then made it a 3-0 lead as Brooks Conrad hits a two-run double, scoring both Zobrist and Rodriguez. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had started the inning off with a walk, making it a 3-1 Rays’ lead. The Phils then cut it down to 3-2 Rays’ lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Rays increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Conrad hits a two-run double, knocking in Zobrist, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Rodriguez’s walk, and Rodriguez, who had just walked, giving the Rays a 5-2 lead, before going on to third base on the throw home. The Phils got a run back in their half of the sixth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Polanco hits an RBI double, his second of the game, knocking in Pence, who had started the inning off with a walk, cutting the Rays’ lead down to 6-3, before moving on to third base on the throw to the plate. The Rays made it a 6-3 lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via walks by Upton,  who then stole second base, Zobrist, and Conrad, and with two men out Jose Lobaton forced in a run with a walk, scoring Upton, while moving both Zobrist and Conrad up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Rays then took a 7-3 lead as Brandon Gomes forced in a run with a walk, forcing in Zobrist, while both Conrad and Lobaton moved up a base. That would be the final score as J.P. Howell pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine. B.J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four walks. Jake Diekman pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Cesar Ramos received a no-decision as he pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up three walks, while striking out two. Wade Davis pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Brandon Gomes (2-2, 3.97) got the win as he threw two and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. J.P. Howell pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had just four hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both doubles, knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks and a stolen base (Victorino (17)) in the game.

The Phils (34-40 5th East) will start a four-game series with their cross-state rival, the Pirates (38-33, 2nd Central), beginning with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.04), who is coming of a no-decision against the Rockies on June 20, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-6 walk-off win. He will be trying for his third straight winning start. The Pirates will counter with Jeff Karstens (0-1, 4.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on April 17, his last previous start in the majors, as he pitched just an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, in the Pirates’ 5-4 win. He’ll be trying for his first win of 2012. The Phils will be out to start their final series of the homestand on a good note.

An anemic offense, an imploding bullpen and now defensive mishaps do in the Phils as they lose to the Mets, 7-4.

An offense that seems to be mainly in neutral, a bullpen that is leaking losses and now a defense that is making mistakes, help the Phils lose their second straight series, as they lose to the Mets, 7-4.

The Phils jumped off to a quick 2-0 lead as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had reached first base on shortstop Jordany Valdespin’s throwing error, before stopping at second base on the error, then moving to third base on pitcher Miguel Batista’s throwing error on his pickoff attempt, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Orr, who had stolen second base, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, on to third base. The Mets got a run back in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Daniel Murphy hits an RBI single, knocking in Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on David Wright’s fly out to right, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Lucas Duda, who had just walked, up to second base. The Mets cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Nieuwenhuis hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdespin, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Andres Torres’ single, while sending Torres, who had just singled, up to second base. The Mets then made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Wright hits an RBI single to right, scoring Torres, while sending Nieuwenhuis to third on the late throw to the plate, before the Mets would tied it up a four-all as the Phils blew an attempt to end the inning as Carlos Ruiz tried to cut down Wright as he tried to move up to second base on the throw, as he threw the ball to Orr, but the rundown that followed, involving Orr and Rollins, is messed up by Orr worrying a bit too much about Nieuwenhuis at third, before Orr, as he tried to pick off Nieuwenhuis, committed a throwing error as the ball gets past third baseman Placido Polanco into the left field foul area, allowing Nieuwenhuis to score the tying run, and for Wright to reach third base on the error. The Mets then took a 5-4 lead as Duda hits an RBI single, scoring Wright. The Mets added to their lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Nieuwenhuis hits a sacrifice fly, scoring pinch hitter Mike Baxter, who had earlier walked, then moved up to third on Torres’ single, giving the Mets a 6-4 lead, while sending Torres up to second base. The Mets then made it a 7-4 lead two batters later as Duda hits an RBI single, knocking in Torres. That would be the final score as Jon Rauch recorded his first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Pence to end the ballgame by grounding out, 5-3, for the final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Chad Qualls committed his third blown save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (1-1, 3.48), as he faced only one batter, giving up an unearned run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Jose Contreras pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Michael Schwimer pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Joe Savery pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Miguel Batista also received a no-decision as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Manny Acosta (1-2, 8.59) got the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, as he struck out a batter. Ramon Ramirez received his first hold of the season as he threw one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Tim Brydak received his seventh hold of the year as he got out the only man that he would face. Jon Rauch received his first save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Singles), John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles) and Pete Orr (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Double, RBI), Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Double), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense was once more (this is starting to sound like a BROKEN RECORD) unable to get the big hit that would’ve help put the game away before the Mets’ four-run rally in the seventh. The Phils also had three walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (5), Orr (1)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (14-17, 5th) will conclude their series with the Mets (17-13, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee ( 0-1, 1.96), who is coming back from an injury in early April. In his last start, a no-decision against the Giants on April 18, he went ten scoreless innings, giving up seven scattered hits, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 1-0 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ present losing streak, while trying to capture his first victory of the season. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (2-2, 4.50), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on May 4, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Mets’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to lead the Mets to a series sweep. The Phils will be out to keep from being swept, as they try to get out of their present rut.

The Phils continue their short road trip with a visit to the nation’s capital to meet the presently first-place Nats.

The Phils will continue their two-series road show with a three-game visit to Washington, D.C. to face the presently first place Nationals. The first game of the series will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT.

The Phils (13-13, 4th) have just finished a three-game series with the Braves in which they took two out of three games, including Joe Blanton’s complete-game, three-hit gem as the Phils won the get away game by the score of 4-0. The Phils’ offense is contining to hit, while they are now starting to score runs as well, including scoring 13 in the losing end of a 15-13 extra-innings lost to the Braves on Wednesday night. Their opponent, the Nationals (16-9, 1st) have just finished a three-game series at home with the D-backs, in which they have also won two of three games.

The Phils will be sending to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59), who is still looking for his first win of the season, as he continues to pitch in place of the still recovering Cliff Lee. He had lost his last start against the Cubs on April 29, as he went six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. Against the Nats, he has a losing record of 2-3 with a high ERA of 5.46, while striking out 32 Nationals. He will be trying to pitch himself to his first win of 2012, while hoping to feed off of his previous start. The Nats will counter with Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.13), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 29, where he went seven strong innings, allowing just a run on five scattered hits, while he struck out nine, in the Nationals’ 4-3 lost. Career-wise, Strasburg has a record of 0-0 against the Phils, with a 2.08 ERA, as he struck out only six Phils. He will be trying to give the Nats the first victory in the opening contest between the two ballclubs. The Phils will be looking towards bringing themselves a bit closer to first-place in the Eastern Division, while trying to defeat the hard throwing right hander.

Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the year as the Phils defeat the Cubs, 6-4.

Jonathan Papelbon collected his eighth save in as many attempts as the Phils’ offense get a late-inning key hit from Placido Polanco as they defeated the Cubs, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off for the Phils with a bunt single, then stopped at second base on Shane Victorino’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, up to second base. Three batters later, after Ty Wigginton had stuck out, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and Laynce Nix had walked to load up the base, as Victorino and Pence both moved up a base, and with two men out, the Phils took a 3-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Pence, while sending Nix up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead as Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Nix, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Ruiz up to third base, before Orr would move up to second base on catcher Geovany Soto’s missed catch error on right fielder David DeJesus’ throw to the plate. The Cubs would finally get on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Alfonso Soriano, a walk by Ian Stewart and a single by Blake DeWitt, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Soto hits into a 5-3 doubleplay, wiping out at third base Stewart for the inning’s first out, as Polanco touches the bag, before throwing on to first base, as Soriano scores, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Cubs then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Tony Campana, who had earlier walked, then stole second base. The Cubs then tied the game up at four-all as Bryan LeHair hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in Castro. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits a two-run double, knocking in pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who had been hit by the pitch, then went to third base on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 6-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out Campana, looking, to end the ballgame.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while he had struck out five. Antonio Bastardo collected his second hold of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Chad Qualls blew his first save opportunity of the year before collecting the win (1-0, 3.24) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, as he walked a batter, while striking out one. Chris Volstad also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out four. Shawn Camp pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Scott Maine (0-1, 1.59) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit batter, as he struck out one. Rafael Dolis pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game with Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Ty Wigginton (Singles) and Pete Orr (Singles, RBI) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Hunter Pence (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, 2 RBIs), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense had a pair of clutch two-outs hits, one early in the game, and one late.

The Phils (11-12, 4th) will now go on the road to begin a three-game series with the Braves (14-9, 2nd). The game will be played at Turner Field, and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73), who is coming off a win against the Diamondbacks on April 25, as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 7-2 win. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while trying to continue his dominance of the Braves. The Braves will counter with Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 25, as he went six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Braves’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to help the Braves start the series off with a win. The Phils will be trying to get back into the divisional race, by trying to go for a win in the opener of the series.