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The Phils win their third game in a row as they hang on to win a squeaker in LA, beating the Dodgers, 3-2.

The Phils hang on to win a close one in LA, as they beat the Dodgers, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Dodgers would get a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Matt Kemp hits into a double play, 5-4-3, scoring Jerry Hairston, who had started the inning off with a double, then reached third base on first baseman Howard’s missed catch error of second baseman’s Chase Utley throw to first of Mark Ellis’ grounder, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ellis, who had reached first base on Howard’s error, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Dodgers then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Juan Rivera, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on James Loney’s single, then stopped at third base on Luis Cruz’s force out, 1-6, as Loney, who had just singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, as Cruz reaches first base, would score on pitcher’s Joe Blanton’s wild pitch, while Cruz, who had been safe at first on the force out, would move up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twentieth save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth.

Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twentieth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.33) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three Phils. Shawn Tolleson, Scott Elbert and Ronald Belisario combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a run (Elbert) and a walk (Elbert) between them, while striking out six (Tolleson (3), Belisario (3)).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles, Triple) leading the team with three hits. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Juan Pierre (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the ballgame.

The Phils (40-51, 5th East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (48-43, 2nd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium, and is supposed to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (4-5. 3.98), who is coming off the disabled list. His last start was on May 27 against the Cardinals, where he had received a lost, going just two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He hopes that he will have improved over the way he was pitching before the injury. The Dodgers, as of the present moment, have not announced their starter. The Phils will be looking to increase their winning streak to four games, while hoping that Halladay will have returned to form.

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.

Cliff Lee four hits the Dodgers and hits his second career home run on his way to his twelfth win of the season, as the Phils defeat the Dodgers, 2-1.

Cliff Lee four hits the Dodgers, while striking out ten, as well as hit his second career home run, as he collects his twelfth win of the year, as the Phils defeat the Dodgers, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the seventh as, with one man out, Lee hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Casey Blake hits an RBI single, scoring Matt Kemp, who was safe at first on a force out, 5-4, as Andre Ethier, who had earlier singled, is wiped out at second base, then moved up to second base on pitch hitter Juan Rivera’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. But that would be the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-first save of the season by striking out Rod Barajas, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (12-7, 2.83) gets the win as he pitches eight shutout innings, giving up just four hits and two walks, while striking out ten. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-first save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Ted Lilly (7-12, 4.71) took the lost as he also pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Blake Hawksworth pitched a 1-2-3 inning, strking out a batter.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Single), Hunter Pence (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single) and Cliff Lee (Home Run, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (76-40, 1st East) will conclude their three-game series with the Dodgers (52-63, 4th West) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium, and will begin at 3:10 pm EDT (12:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (8-1, 2.35), who is coming off a win against the Giants on August 5, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-2 rout. He will be trying to give the Phils a sweep of the series. The Dodgers will counter with Chad Billingsley (10-9, 4.17), who is coming off a win against the Diamondbacks on August 5, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Dodgers’ 7-4 win. He will be trying to help the Dodgers avoid the sweep. The Phils will be out to end the road trip with a 9-1 record.

The Phils hold off the Dodgers as they secure Roy Halladay’s 15th win of the season, winning 5-3.

The Phils hold off the Dodgers as Roy Halladay wins his 15th start of the year as they come out on top, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Chase Utley’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then went the third on first baseman James Loney’s throwing error of Michael Martinez’s grounder, and Martinez, who was safe at first on Loney’s error, then went to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. The Dodgers got a run back in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Casey Blake hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Jamey Carroll, who had earlier singled, went to second base on Hiroki Kuroda’s bunt single, on a ball that Howard hoped would go foul as it went up the first base line, but didn’t, then went to third on Tony Gwynn, Jr., sacrifice bunt, while Kuroda went to second base, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Dodgers got that run back in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Aaron Miles hits an RBI single, scoring Matt Kemp, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, thanks to a throwing error by Michaeal Stutes as he tried to pick off Miles, allowing him to reach second base, before moving on to third on Laney’s fly out for the inning’s first out, and then a walk to Rod Barajas, before he is replaced by pinch runner Eugenio Velez, pinch hitter Juan Rivera hits an RBI pinch hit single, scoring Miles, making it a 4-3 Phils lead, while sending Velez up to second base.  The Phils then added an insurance run in the ninth as, with one man out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the year, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his twentieth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (15-4, 2.51) got the win, becoming the NL’s first 15 game winner, as he went six and a third innings, giving up a run on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo got his tenth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting the only batter that he would he face to hit into a double play. Michael Stutes received his seventh hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Brad Lidge recorded his first hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson recorded his twentieth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Hiroki Kuroda (7-14, 3.01) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Scott Elbert pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Matt Guerrier pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Mike MacDougal pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two doubles and a home run, knocking in a run. Ryan Howard (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Singles) followed with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Double, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Michael Martinez (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (75-40, 1st East) continue their series with the Dodgers (52-62, 4th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will begin at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (11-7, 2.96), who is coming off a win against the Giants on August 4, as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up just seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be out trying to give the Phils their fourth straight series win. The Dodgers will counter with Ted Lilly (7-11, 4.86), who is coming off a lost to the Padres on August 3, as he went five innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Dodgers’ 3-0 lost. He will be out to even up the series. The Phils will be out to win their eighth win on a so far very successful road trip.

The Phils’ nine-game winning streak ends as they are once again unable to handle Lincecum as they lose the series’ finale to the Giants, 3-1.

The Phils present winning streak ends at nine-game as they are unable to defeat Lincecum as they drop the finale to the Giants, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Roy Oswalt, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, beating out first baseman’s Aubrey Huff”s throw to second base, after he had tagged first base, beating out Rollins to the bag, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Giants tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval, a pop single by Huff, with Sandoval staying at second base, and a single by Nate Schierholtz, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Chris Stewart hits an RBI single, knocking in Sandoval, while moving both Huff and Schierholtz up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Giants then tried to take the lead as Tim Linececum attempted a sucide squeeze sacrifice bunt, which dropped in front of home plate. But the attempt backfired as Carlos Ruiz grabbed the ball with his bare hand and then tagged out Huff before he could cross home plate for the inning’s second out, 2-unassisted, while Schierholtz and Stewart both moved up a base, and Lincecum was safe at first on the force out. The Giants tried to take the lead again in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Jeff Keppinger, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Carlos Beltran’s single, tried to score on Sandoval’s grounder to Ryan Howard, who threw the ball home, which was caught by Ruiz, who was soon forcing Keppinger back to third base, before tagging him out for the inning’s first out on the fielder’s choice grounder, 3-2, while Beltran would stop at second base, and Sandoval would be safe at first. Two batters later, after Huff had walked, moving both Beltran and Sandoval up a base, to load the bases, Orlando Carbera hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Beltran, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants then added to their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Keppinger hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Stewart, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Lincecum’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then stopped at third on Andres Torres’ single, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Brian Wilson recorded his thirty-fourth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84) took the loss as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits, tying a career high, and two walks, while striking out four. Brad Lidge and Michael Stutes combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stutes) and two walks (Lidge), while striking out two (one batter each) between them. Tim Lincecum (10-9, 2.69) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Javier Lopez recorded his seventeenth hold of the year as he got out the only man that he would face. Brian Wilson recorded his thirty-fourth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with both Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits apiece, all singles, with Utley knocking in the lone Phil run. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Michael Martinez (Single), pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Double) and Roy Oswalt (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense is once again unable to adjust to Lincecum.

The Phils (74-40, 1st East) will conclude their ten-game road trip with a three-game series against the Dodgers (52-61, 4th West), starting tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will begin at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send their ace Roy Halladay (14-4, 2.55), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on August 3, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 8-6 win. He will be trying to become the NL’s first fifteen game winner, while also trying to do better than his last start. The Dodgers will counter with Hiroki Kuroda (7-13, 2.96), who is coming off a win against the Padres on August 2, as he went seven innings, giving up four hits and two walks, while striking out eight, in the Dodgers’ 1-0 win. He will be trying to continue being a pain to the Phils. The Phils will be out to start a new winning streak.

The Phils once again are unable to score runs behind Roy Halladay, while just escaping being no-hit, as they lose to the Dodgers, 3-0.

The Phils once again give their ace no runs support while just barely escaping being no-hit as they lose to the Dodgers, 3-0. They are now once again trailing the Braves by three games in the NL East race.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, James Loney hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Theriot, who had earlier walked, and then went to second on Andre Ethier’s single, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, before Ethier, who had earlier singled, was thrown out, 9-5, trying to reach third base, to end the inning. The Dodgers increased their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Rod Barajas hits into a 5-4-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second James Carroll, who had just singled, while scoring from third Casey Blake, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Carroll’s single, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers then made it 3-0 in the fifth as Barajas hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. That would be all the runs that Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda would need, as he would no-hit the Phils for seven and one-third innings, striking out six, while allowing two walks (Carlos Ruiz in the sixth, Jayson Werth in the eighth) and a hit batter (Werth in the second) to reach base, before, with a runner on first (Raul Ibanez, after hitting into a force out, 6-4, as Werth, who had just walked, takes out second baseman Theriot with a take-out slide to stop the doubleplay attempt) and with one man out, Shane Victorino gets a single, breaking up the no-hit bid, while sending Ibanez up to second base. But the Phils would be denied a change to score as Kuroda strikes out Ruiz, swinging, for his seventh strike out of the game, before Hong-Chih Kuo is brought in, getting pinch hitter Mike Sweeney to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Victorino at second base, to end the inning. The Phils would then go down 1-2-3 in the ninth, with Placido Polanco ending the game by lining out to Loney.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches seven inning, giving up three runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 16-10 with an ERA of 2.27. David Herndon and J.C. Romero combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Romero), while striking out a batter (Romero). Hiroki Kuroda gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds shut out inning, giving up a hit, two walks and hitting a batter, while striking out seven. His record is now 10-11 with a 3.39 ERA. Hong-Chih Kuo pitches an inning and a third, recording his seventh save of the year.

The Phils had only one hit, a single by Victorino in the eighth, as they once again just avoid being no-hit, as the bats were a bit too aggressive at the plate for their own good.

The Phils (73-58, 2nd East) continue their three-game series with the Dodgers (68-64, 4th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm Eastern (7:10 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (8-7, 4.64), who is coming off a lost to the Astros on August 26, when he went six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he pitched eighteen and a third innings, giving up ten runs on twenty-four hits and five walks, while striking out seven. He will be trying to end his personal two game losing streak, while hoping that the bats will finally wake up and do some real damage. The Dodgers will counter with Carlos Monasterios (3-4, 3.54), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on August 26, when he went four and a third innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 7-1 win. In his last three appearances on the mound, two of which were starts, his record is 0-1 with two no-decisions, as he pitched ten and a third innings, giving up five runs, three of which were earned, on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to even up his record against a cold Phils’ offense. The Phils will be trying to break out of their present slump, so that they can stay close to the Braves while continuing to hold their present lead in the wild card chase.

A pair of three-run bombs help propel the Phils past the Dodgers, 8-6, to take a 1-0 lead in the 2009 NLCS.

Two three-run home runs by Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez and a two-run double by Ryan Howard help lead the Phils to an 8-6 victory in the first game of the 2009 National League Championship Series. The Phils lead the seven-games series with the Dodgers, 1-0.

The Dodgers struck first in the bottom of the second as James Loney hits a solo home run, his first in the series, over the right field fence to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The game then developed into a pitchers’ duel for the first four innings between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels and Dodgers’ starter Clayton Kershaw. During those four innings, Kershaw had the Phils’ bats quieted, giving up only one hit and two walks, while striking out two batters. Meanwhile, Hamels, besides Loney’s home run, gave up three hits and a walk, pitching himself out of a two on, two out jam in the first inning, while striking out three Dodgers. The Phils then struck in the fifth as, with two men on, via a single to Raul Ibanez, who then moved up to second on a wild pitch, and then a walk to Pedro Feliz, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run shot to left, his first home run of the series, scoring both Ibanez and Feliz, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. Five batters later, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who got on base on a force out, wiping out Hamels at second, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on a wild pitch as Shane Victorino struck out, swinging, and then moved to third on the third wild pitch in the inning, and Chase Utley, who had just walked, to give the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Dodgers then came back in their half of the inning as, with runners on the corners, and with one out, Andre Ethier hits into a force out, 6-4, knocking in Russell Martin, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, and then went to third on Rafael Furcal’s single, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead, as Furcal, who had just singled, was forced out at second base, before Ethier would move up to second as Utley’s throw to first went into the Phils’ dugout. The next batter, Manny Ramirez, then made it a 5-4 Phils’ lead, as he hits a two-run home run into left center field, his first home run of the series, scoring Ethier. The Dodgers would threathen to score in the sixth, as they loaded up the bases on singles by Loney and Ronnie Belliard and a walk to pinch hitter Jim Thome, who was then pinch run for by Randy Wolf, with two men out. But, J.A. Happ, who was pitching in relief of Chad Durbin, who had earlier come in in relief of Hamels, ended the inning by getting Furcal to ground out, 4-3. The Dodgers then threathen again in the seventh as Ethier lead off the inning with a double. But, Chan Ho Park, pitching in relief of Antonio Bastardo, turned back the Dodgers by getting Ramirez to ground out, 5-3, then struck out Matt Kemp, swinging, before ending the inning by getting Casey Blake to also ground out, 4-3. The Phils then increased their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a three-run bomb to right, knocking in Howard and Jayson Werth, who had both walked, giving the Phils an 8-4 lead. The Dodgers then tried to come back in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Loney, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Belliard’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead to 8-5, while sending Belliard, who had just singled, over to second. Two batters later, after pinch hitter Juan Pierre hits into a force out, 1-4, as a low throw to second from reliever Ryan Madson killed a possible double play attempt, wiping out Martin at second, while Belliard moved up to third, Furcal hits a sacrifice fly for the inning’s second out, knocking in Belliard, to make it an 8-6 Phils’ lead. Madson would then get out of the inning by getting Ramirez to ground out 5-3, with runners on first and third. Brad Lidge was then given the ball in the ninth to save it. Lidge was greeted with a lead-off single by Kemp. But, he then got Blake to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, wiping out Kemp at second base, for outs number one and two. Loney then worked a walk, after falling behind 0-2, to keep the game alive. After Loney took second on defensive indifference, Lidge finally recorded the save, his first for the series, by getting Belliard to pop up to Rollins for the final out.

Cole Hamels got the win, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record in the series is now 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA. Chad Durbin picked up his first hold of the series as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. J.A. Happ also picked up his first series hold as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Chan Ho Park got his first hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, as he gave up two runs on four hits. Brad Lidge got the save, his first in the series, as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Clayton Kershaw took the lost as he went just four and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on four hits, five walks and three wild pitches, while he struck out three. His series record is now 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA. Ramon Troncoso pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter he would face. Ronald Belisario and Hong-Chih Kuo combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Kuo), while striking out two (Kuo). George Sherrill pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks. Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out a batter.

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, making the most of them, along with the seven walks that they received. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz led the team with two hits apiece, with both Ibanez and Ruiz each hitting a three-run home run. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard had the other two Phils’ hits, with Howard’s hit being a two-run double. The Phils did very well with runners in scoring position as they went 3 for 5.

The Phils (1-0) continues their NL Championship Series with the Dodgers (0-1) with an afternoon game at Dodgers Stadium. The game will start at 4:07 pm Eastern (1:07 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (5-1, 3.63), who last pitched on September 30 against the Astros, as he went only four innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two as he received a no-decision in the Phils’ 10-3 win, as they clinched the NL East pennant. This will be his first start of the 2009 post-season, as he hope to give the Phils a chance to take a 2-0 lead back to Philadelphia. The Dodgers will counter with Vicente Padilla (12-6 (4-0), 4.46 (3.20)), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on October 4, as he pitched five innings, giving up just a run on four hits, as he struck out ten, in the Dodgers’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to even up the series before the two teams head for Philadelphia. The Phillies hope to continue their road success before they head back home to continue the series with home field advantage.