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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 scored four runs in their last at-bat to defeat the Brewers, 7-6.

The Phils score four times in their last at-bat to come back from behind to beat the Brew Crew, 7-6.

The Brewers took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Aramis Ramirez hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Gomez, who was earlier hit by a pitch, then stole second base, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers then made it a 2-0 lead as Corey Hart hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, and his second home run in two days, making it a 2-1 Brewers’ lead. The Phils then tied it up at two-all as Ryan Howard’s long fly to left center field, originally called a double, is called a home run by the umpires after seeing that it had cleared the home run line along the fence, giving Howard his fourth home run of the season, and his third home run in the last four games. The Brewers regain the lead in the third as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Ryan Braun hits an RBI single on a ball that bounces off of Howard’s glove, knocking in Gomez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, for his second steal of the night, giving the Brew Crew a 3-2 lead. The Brewers then made it a 6-2 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Gomez hits a three-run home run, on a ball that hits the left field foul pole, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Randy Wolf, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Norichika Aoki’s single, and Aoki, who had just singled. The Phils would get a run back in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre, who then perform a double steal, moving up to third and second base respectively, and a walk to Utley and with one man out, Rollins would score on catcher George Kottaras’ passed ball, cutting the Brewers’ lead down to 6-3, while allowing Pierre to move up to third base, and Utley to go to second base. The Phils then began a rally in the ninth as, after pinch hitter Laynce Nix struck out for the inning’s first out, Rollins  would get on base with a walk. Pierre followed with a single to right, sending Rollins all the way to third, putting runners on the corners. While Utley was batting, Pierre stole second base, his second steal of the game. Utley then walked, loading up the bases. Howard then came to the plate, and after falling behind in the count, 0-2, hits a single up the middle, knocking in Rollins and Pierre, cutting the Brewers’ lead down to 6-5, while sending Utley to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at six-all as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving Howard up to second base. Hunter Pence then worked a walk, reloading the bases, as Howard and Ruiz both moved up a base. Erik Kratz is then sent in to pinch run for Howard. Ty Wigginton then comes to the plate and hits a fly ball to left, that would score Kratz from third, beating the off-line throw to the plate, for the walk-off 7-6 win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he threw six innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, a hit batter and a walk, while striking out three. Michael Schwimer and Jake Diekman would combine for two scoreless innings, walking two batters (one each) between them, while striking out four (two batters each). Joe Savery (1-2, 5.63) gets the win, his first career win, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Randy Wolf also got a no-decision as he also went six innings, as he gave up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Manny Parra pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on three walks and a passed ball. John Axford received his first hold of the season as he threw one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Francisco Rodriguez received his fifth blown save of the year before taking the lost (2-5, 4.47), as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits (Single, Double, Home Runs, 3 RBIs), followed by John Mayberry, Jr. who had two hits (Single, Double). Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hit. Ty Wigginton had the final Phil RBI, via a sacrifice fly, while the final run came in on a passed ball. The Phils also had nine walks and three stolen bases (Rollins (16) & Pierre (22 & 23)) in the game.

The Phils (43-54, 5th East) will continue their series with the Brew Crew (44-51, 4th Central) 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 Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on July 18, as he went eight strong innings, giving up just a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-3 extra-innings lost. He will once more be trying to record his second win of the season. The Brewers will counter with Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57), who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 13, as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Brewers’ 10-7 win. He will be going for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be going for their third straight win at home.

The Phils’ 2012 season keeps getting worst as they enter the All-Star being swept by the Braves as they lose the last two games of the series, by the scores of 6-3 and 4-3.

The Phils enter the All-Star as they are swept at home by the Braves, losing the last two games of the series by the scores of 6-3 and 4-3.

On Saturday, the Braves took the lead in the second as, with two men out, Brian McCann hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season, and his second home run of the series, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phils tried to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Hunter Pence’s single, is thrown out at home plate on a fielder’s choice ground ball hit to third baseman Chipper Jones by Placido Polanco, 5-2, as McCann applied the tag, while Pence, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base, while Polanco is safe at first. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all one batter later as Juan Pierre hits an RBI double, scoring Pence, while sending Polanco to third base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. is intentionally walked to load the bases, the Phils take the lead as Joe Blanton helps his own cause by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while moving up a base both Pierre and Mayberry. The Phils increased their lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Blanton at second base for the inning’s second out, while Pierre scores, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, as Mayberry moved up to second base, while Rollins reaches first base. The Braves got a run back in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Martin Prado hits an RBI double, scoring Michael Bourn, who had just singled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Braves tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, McCann hits an RBI single, knocking in Jones, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddie Freeman’s single, while sending Freeman, who had just singled, up to second base, before going on to third base on Pence’s fielding error. Two batters later the Braves took the lead as, with runners still on the corners, and now with one man out, Andrelton Simmons hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Freeman, giving the Braves a 4-3 lead. The Braves increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Prado hits an RBI single, scoring Simmons, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Tommy Hanson’s sacrifice bunt, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, giving the Braves a 5-3 lead, while sending Bourn, who had just walked, up to second base. One batter latter, after Bourn and Prado were involved in a double steal, Bourn would score as Jason Heyward strikes out, swinging, going to the plate as Ruiz was throwing to first to complete the strikeout, giving the Braves a 6-3 lead. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel collected his twenty-fourth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up six runs, only five of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jake Diekman pitched an inning and a third, walking a batter, while striking out one. Jeremy Horst pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Tommy Hanson (10-5, 3.71) got the win as he pitched seven innings, plus one batter, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six. Eric O’Flaherty received his fifteenth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Craig Kimbrel converted his twenty-fourth save of the season throwing a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles. Carlos Ruiz (Double), Juan Pierre (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Joe Blanton (Single, RBI) had the other six Phils’ hits. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil RBI on a force out. The Phils also had a walk in the ballgame.

In Sunday’s game, the Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jason Pridie hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single. The Braves tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits a two-run home run of his own, his twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Freddie Freeman, who had just doubled. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pridie hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Braves would retied the game at three-all in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Brian McCann hits an RBI single, scoring Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Jason Heyward’s single, while sending Heyward, who had just singled, up to second base. The Braves took the lead in the seventh as, with two men out, McCann hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, and his third home run of the series, giving the Braves a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Craig Kimbrel recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley got a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out five. Raul Valdes (2-2, 3.80) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Jeremy Horst and Jonathan Papelbon would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Papelbon), while striking out two batters (Papelbon) between them. Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.97) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Kris Medlin collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Craig Kimbrel collected his twenty-fifth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Singles) and Jason Pridie (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the ballclub with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils enter the All-Star break with a 37-50 record, in fifth place in the NL East, fourteen games behind the Nats. The team will be off until Friday night.

Saturday: The Phils are unable to give Cole Hamels some run support as they lose to the Marlins, 3-2.

Cole Hamels receives no run support, as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 3-2.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Hunter Pence’s single. The Marlins retook the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Stanton hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier doubled, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Justin Ruggiano hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Reyes, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before stealing third as the lead man of a double steal, giving the Marlins a 3-1 lead, while Stanton, who had been intentionally walked, then stole second base in the double steal, would move up to third base. The Phils got a run back in the seventh as, with one man out, Pence hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Marlins’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Heath Bell recorded his sixteenth save by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.08) took the loss as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out five. Michael Schwimer threw a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Mark Buehrle (7-8, 3.48) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Mike Dunn collected his four hold of the season as he pithced a 1-2-3 inning. Heath Bell received his sixteenth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in a run, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) with two hits. Chase Utley, Shane Victorino (RBI) and Cole Hamels had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had a walk in the game, as the offense was unable to get a key hit in the game.

The Phils lose two straight games as both games starters are hurt by home runs, as they drop a pair to the Marlins, losing 5-4 and 5-1.

Phils starters are hurt by the long ball, as the team loses a pair to the Marlins, losing by the scores of 5-4 and 5-1.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits into an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Hunter Pence’s walk, then stole third as the front part of a double steal, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while moving Pence, who had earlier walked, then stole second base as part of a double steal, up to third base. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI infield single, beating third baseman Hanley Ramirez’s throw to first, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Freddy Galvis’ double, while sending Galvis, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils then added to their lead in the third as Pence hits a lead-off home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins would get on the scoreboard in the fourth as Ramirez hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1. The Marlins would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead three batters later as, with one man on, and with one man out, Justin Ruggiano hits an RBI double, knocking in Logan Morrison, who had earlier singled. The Marlins took the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame, knocking in Omar Infante, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Marlins a 4-3 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Jose Reyes hits an RBI double, scoring Chris Coghlan, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Ricky Nolasco’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Marlins a 5-3 lead. The Phils would get a run back in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Pence hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 5-4 Marlins’ lead, while sending Pierre, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, his second steal of the ballgame, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell recorded his eleventh save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth, as he got Rollins to pop out to the shortstop for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out eight. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Michael Schwimer and Raul Valdes combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Schwimer) between them. Ricky Nolasco (6-3, 4.35) got the win as he went seven innings, plus two batters, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Steve Cishek received his sixth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Heath Bell received his eleventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple, RBI), Juan Pierre (2 Singles) and Placido Polanco (Singles) each leading the team with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single) and Freddy Galvis (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phil run with a ground out. The Phils also had three walks and three stolen bases (Pierre (7 & 8) and Pence (4)) in the ballgame.

On Sunday, the Marlins took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Carlos Zambrano helped his own cause by hitting a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Marlins a quick 1-0 lead. The Marlins made it a 2-0 lead in the fourth as Hanley Ramirez hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, and his third home run in two days. The Marlins increased their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to John Buck, a single by Chris Coghlan, sending Buck up to second base, and a bunt single by Zambrano, moving both runners up a base, and with no one out, Jose Reyes hits a two-run double, knocking in both Buck and Coghlan, giving the Marlins a 4-0 lead, while sending Zambrano over to third base. Two batters later, with runners still on second and third, and now with one man out, Zambranon scores on Chad Qualls’ wild pitch, making it a 5-0 Marlins’ lead, while Reyes would move up to third base. It would then stay a 5-0 Marlins’ lead as Ramirez hits a grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who threw out Reyes at the plate on a fielder’s choice force out, as Brian Schneider apply the tag, as Ramirez is safe at first on the play. The Phils would finally score in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Scheider, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then moved up to second base on Zambrano’s wild pitch, making it a 5-1 Marlins’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Heath Bell recorded his twelfth save of the year by getting Schenider to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.27) took the lost as he went six innings, plus four batters, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Chad Qualls pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Jake Diekman and Michael Schwimer combined for one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Diekman) between them. Carlos Zambrano (4-3, 2.81) got the win as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Steve Cishek pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Heath Bell recorded his twelfth save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in the Phils’ lone run. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco and Brian Schneider had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had two walks in the ballgame.

The Phils (28-27, 5th East) with begin a four-game series with the Dodgers (33-21, 1st West) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be sending to the mound Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07), who is coming off an injury. His last start was a win against the Padres on May 11, where he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to keep the Phils in the game, while being kept on a pitch count. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.42), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on May 30, as he went for five and two-thirds innings, giving up five run on eight hits and four walks, while striking out seven, in the Dodgers’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to get at least split the series with the Dodgers.

The Phils increase their winning streak to five games as they stop a ninth inning rally to defeat the Cubs, 8-7.

The Phils hold off a Cubs’ rally in the ninth to win their fifth straight game, and their sixth in seven games, as they defeat the Cubs, 8-7.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, then moved up to second base on Juan Pierre’s slow ground out, 6-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Cubs would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits a sacrifice fly, scoring David DeJesus, who had started off the inning with a double, then moved up to third on Tony Campana’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils retook the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Roy Halladay, a walk by Rollins, moving Halladay up to second base, and a single by Pierre, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI ground out on a soft grounder to first, three-unassisted, scoring Halladay, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Rollins up to third base, and Pierre on to second base. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Pierre. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Pence, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on Cubs’ pitcher Casey Coleman’s wild pitch. The Cubs got a run back in the seventh as Castro hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Halladay, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Rollins’ walk, then move over to third base on Cubs’ catcher Wellington Castillo’s passed ball, and Rollins, who had earlier walked, then moved to second base on Castillo’s passed ball, would both score on Cubs’ pitcher Blake Parker’s throwing error of Pence’s grounder back to the mound, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead, while Pence would end up on second base on the costly error. The Phils then took an 8-2 lead as Ruiz hits an RBI double, scoring Pence. The Cubs would get a run back in their half of the eighth as Castillo would hit a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 8-3. The Cubs then made it an 8-6 Phils’ lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to lead-off man Campana, Campana moving up to second base on defensive indifference, a walk to pinch hitter Jeff Baker, and Ian Stewart being hit by a pitch, moving both men up a base, and with two men out, Castillo hits a three-run double, knocking in Campana, Baker and Stewart. The Cubs then cut the Phils’ lead down to 8-7 as Darwin Barney hits an RBI single, scoring Castillo. That would end up being the final score as Johnathan Papelbon recorded his eleventh save of the season by getting Reed Johnson to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Roy Halladay (4-3, 3.22) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out four. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on a hit, two walks, and a hit batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eleventh save of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Chris Volsatd (0-6, 7.46) took the loss as he pitched just two innings, as he gave up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out just two batters. Casey Coleman pitched four innings, giving up a run on four hits, a wild pitch and a walk, while striking out two. Blake Parker pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up three unearned runs on two hits and a passed ball, along with a very costly throwing error, while he struck out two. Michael Bowden pitched an inning and a third, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (3 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, as he raised his average to .363. Juan Pierre (Singles), Hunter Pence (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Roy Halladay (Singles) followed with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins, Hector Luna, Freddy Galvis and pinch hitter Mike Fontenot had the other four Phils’ hit, all singles. Shane Victorino knocked in the final Phil RBI with a ground out, while the last two Phils’ runs came in on a two-base throwing error. The Phils also collected five walks in the game, along with two stolen bases as part of a double steal in the first inning by Victorino (12) and Ruiz (1).

The Phils (20-19, 5th National League East) will begin their first Interleague Play series with a night game tonight against the Red Sox (18-20, 5th American League East). 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 Cole Hamels (5-1, 2.28), who is coming off a win against the Padres on May 13, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going out to win his sixth start while trying to continue his early season dominance. The BoSox will counter with Daniel Bard (3-4, 4.30), who is coming off a win against the Indians on May 13, as he threw six strong innings, giving up a run on six hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Red Sox’s 12-1 rout. He will be trying to start off the series for the Red Sox with a win. The Phils will be looking for their sixth straight victory since their fiasco series with the Mets.

The Phils’ offense explodes for six runs in the ninth as they defeat the Cubs for their fourth straight win, 9-2.

The Phils win their fourth straight game for the first time this season as the offense explodes for six runs in the ninth inning as they defeated the Cubs, 9-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr’s soft grounder near the plate, 2-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Cubs took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Alfonso Soriano hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Bryan LaHair, who had reached second base on Juan Pierre’s two-base fielding error as he allowed LaHair’s fly ball to hit off of his glove, giving the Cubs a 2-1 lead. The Phils would tied the game up at two-all in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI infield single, beating the throw to first by second baseman Darwin Barney, although replay would show that the umpire might have made a bad call, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Pierre’s double, while sending Pierre, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils then took the lead in the eighth as, with one man out, a still red hot Ruiz hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils then put the game away in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Galvis, his second of the ballgame, Mike Fontenot being hit by a pitch, and a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving up a base both Galvis and Fontenot, and with nobody out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run single, knocking in both Galvis and Fontenot, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Rollins up to second base. Four batters later, with the bases once again loaded, after a double steal by Rollins and Wigginton, with Rollins stealing third, and Wigginton stealing second base, and with an intentional walk to Ruiz, and now with two men out, pinch hitter Hector Luna busted the game wide open with a grand slam home run, his first home run of the season, as well as his first hit of the season, scoring Rollins, Wigginton and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Raul Valdes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out LaHair, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits, as he struck out four. Jose Contreras (1-0, 8.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his eighth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Raul Vlades pitched a 1-2-3 inning, also striking out two Cubs. Matt Garza also received a no-decision as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, as he struck out two. James Russell pitched a third of an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Shawn Camp (2-2, 3.43) took the lost as he gave up a run on a hit, as he struck out two. Scott Maine pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, giving up three runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batter. Michael Bowden pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Single, Double), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Doubles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Kyle Kendrick (Single), pinch hitter Mike Fontenot (Single) and pinch hitter Hector Luna (Home Run, 4 RBIs), had the other six Phils’ hits, with both Fontenot and Luna getting hits in their first official at-bats as a Phil, as the offense decided to break a tight game open in their last at-bat.

The Phils (19-19, 5th East) will be playing the final game of their two-game series with the Cubs (15-22, 5th Central) tonight. The game will be played at Wrigley Field, and is to start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-3, 3.20), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on May 12, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. Halladay will be out to end his personal three-game losing streak, while trying to lead the Phils to their five straight win. The Cubs will counter with Chris Volstad (0-5, 6.92), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on May 12, as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out a batter, in the Cubs’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to lead the Cubs to a split. The Phils will be looking for a series sweep before coming back home for their first interleague game series.