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The Phils end their 10-game road trip with a 6-4 record as they take two from the D-backs, winning by the scores of 6-5 and 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils leave the west with a 6-4 road record as they take the final two games from the D-backs, winning by 6-5 and 2-0.

On Saturday night, the D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Paul Goldschmidt hits a sacrifice fly, knowing in A.J. Pollock, who had started the inning off with a single, then get picked off first base by pitcher Cliff Lee, but would end up being safe at second base on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ missed catch error, then stopped at third base on Martin Prado’s ground out, 4-3, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs added to their lead three batters later as, with two men on, via two straight singles by Miguel Montero and Aaron Hill, with Montero stopping at second base, and with two men out, Cody Ross hits an RBI single, scoring Montero, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead, while moving Hill up to second base. The D-backs increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Pollock hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chris Owings, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Bronson Arroyo’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the D-backs a 3-0 lead. The D-backs tired to make it a 4-0 lead as, with Pollock still on third, and with the Phils’ infield drawn in, Prado hits a sharp ground ball to shortstop Rollins, who threw home, cutting down Pollock for the second out of the inning on a fielder’s choice force out, as Prado reached first base safely. The D-backs added to their lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ross hits a two-run single, knocking in Goldschmidt, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Hill’s double, and Hill, who had just doubled, making it a 5-0 D-backs’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ ground out, 3-4-3, making it a 5-1 D-backs’ lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 D-backs’ lead two batters later, after Gwynn had moved up to third base on Ben Revere’s single, before he had moved up to second base on left fielder Ross’ throwing error, putting runners on second and third, and with still one man out, as Rollins hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Gwynn, while moving Revere up to third base. The Phils would make it a 5-3 D-backs’ lead in the top of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via third baseman Prado’s fielding error of Ryan Howard’s grounder, a walk to Marlon Byrd, moving Howard up to second base, and a single by Dom Brown, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, while moving both Byrd and Brown up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils would tie the game up at five-all two batters later as pitch hitter Cody Asche hits a two-run double, knocking in Byrd and Brown, while sending Ruiz up to third base. The Phils then took the lead as Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead, while sending Asche up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Montero to fly out to left for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jeff Manship (1-0, 6.75) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo received his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Adams collected his first hold of the season, as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Bronson Arroyo also received a no-decision as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out two. Joe Thatcher pitched two-thirds of an inning, plus a batter, as he gave up an unearned run on a hit. Trevor Cahill blew his first save of the season before taking the lost (1-5, 7.66), as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out two. J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (RBI) leading the team with three hits, all singles, followed by Ben Revere (Singles, RBI) and Don Brown (Singles) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Marlon Byrd (Single), Cliff Lee (Single), pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Double, RBIs), had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Utley, Byrd, Ruiz) and a stolen base (Revere (8)) in the game, while Lee picked off two runners, but only recorded one pick off because of Rollins’ missed catch error.

On Sunday afternoon, the Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who has started the game off with a single, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, would score on Marlon Byrd’s infield single as shortstop Owings tried to throw Utley out at third base, but instead hit him with the ball, which would then go into the dugout, making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while Byrd would move up to second base on shortstop Owings’ throwing error. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his eighth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Cody Ross to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-1, 2.15) got the win as he threw eight scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Jonathan Papelbon received his eighth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon McCarthy (0-5, 5.54) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out twelve Phils. Oliver Perez and Brad Ziegler combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ziegler) between them, while striking out one (Ziegler).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, RBI) and Marlon Byrd (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Double) and Wil Nieves (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits, while the other Phil run came in on a throwing error. The Phils also had a walk (Jimmy Rollins), a stolen base (Revere (9)) and a caught stealing (Rollins (2)), while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils (13-12, 4th) have the day off today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Phils win opening day in Texas as the offense explodes for 14 runs, defeating the Rangers, 14-10.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils starts the 2014 season with an opening day victory as the offense explodes for 14 runs, as they defeat the Rangers, 14-10.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Cody Asche hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Carlos Ruiz, who had just walked, up to third base. Two batters later, after Tony Gwynn, Jr. had walked to load the bases, and with still two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Asche and Gwynn. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits a grand-slam home run, his first home run of the season, and his 200th home run of his career, knocking in Asche, Gwynn and Revere. The Rangers got a run back in their half of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Adrian Beltre, an infield single by Alex Rios and a walk by J.P. Arencibia, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Leonys Martin hits an RBI single, knocking in Beltre, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Rios and Arencibia up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Josh Wilson then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as he hits a bases-clearing double, scoring Rios, Arencibia and Martin. The Phils tried to add to their lead in the top of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, had moved up to second base on Marlon Byrd’s single, then moved up to third base, while Byrd would stop at second base, on Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers’ wild pitch, and with one man out, Howard is thrown out at home plate on a fielder’s choice on Ruiz’s grounder to Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, 6-2, for the inning’s second out, as Byrd remained at second base, while Ruiz is safe at first. The Rangers took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Rios hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Prince Fielder, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Beltre’s single, and Beltre, who had just singled, giving the Rangers a 7-6 lead. The Phils tied the game up at seven-all in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Asche’s walk, and Asche, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 9-7 lead. The Rangers would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Martin hits an RBI single, scoring Arencibia, who had just singled, making it a 9-8 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men out, Byrd hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 10-8 lead. The Phils then took an 11-8 lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with two men still out, Asche hits an infield single on a ball that is deflected off of Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando’s leg, which would allow Brown, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, to score from second base, as Rangers shortstop Andrus commits a fielding error on the deflected ball, as Ruiz, who had earlier walked, would safely reach second base. The Phils then increased their lead two batters later as, with the bases loaded, as Mayberry walked, moving both Ruiz and Asche up a base, and with still two men out, Revere hits a two-run single, scoring Ruiz and Asche, giving the Phils a 13-8 lead, while sending Mayberry on to third base. The Rangers would get a run back in the bottom of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk by Beltre, a single by Rios, sending Beltre up to second base, and a walk to pinch-hitter Michael Choice, after B.J. Rosenberg had replaced Jake Diekman, and with nobody out, Arencibia hits into a doubleplay, 6-4-3, as Beltre scored, making it a 13-9 Phils’ lead, as Rios moved up to third base, while Choice is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. Two batters later, after Martin walks to put runners on the corners, and with still two men out, pinch-hitter Jim Adduci hits an RBI single, knocking in Rios, making it a 13-10 Phils’ lead, while sending Martin up to second base. After Rosenberg is replaced by Antonio Bastardo, and Shin-Soo Choo is walked, loading the bases as Martin and Adduci both move up a base, the Phils get out of the inning as Andrus hits into a force out, 4-unassisted, as Choo is wiped out at second base for the inning’s final out. The Phils then made it a 14-10 lead in the top of the eighth as, with one man out, Asche hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, getting Martin to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. B. J. Rosenberg pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tanner Scheppers received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up seven runs on eighth hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Pedro Figueroa (0-1, 21.60) took the lost as he went one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Shawn Tolleson pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Seth Rosin pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils’ offense opened the season with seventeen hits, with Ben Revere (Singles, 3 RBIs), Chase Utley (2 Singles, Double, RBI) and Cody Asche (Single, Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs), all leading the team with three hits each, followed by Ryan Howard (Singles) and Marlon Byrd (Single, Home Run, RBI) with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Pinch-Hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, 2 RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on an error. The Phils would also have six walks (Howard, Ruiz (2), Asche, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Mayberry) and two stolen bases (Revere (1), Brown (1)) in the game, while the defense would perform a doubleplay.

The Phils (1-0, T-1 NL East) will continue their interleague game road series with the Rangers (0-1, 5 AL West) tomorrow night. The game will be played at Globe Life Park and will begin at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Phils to a 2-0 record. The Rangers will counter with Martin Perez (0-0, -.–), who will be trying to lead the Rangers to their first victory of 2014. The Phils will be hoping that the offense will continue to hit, while the pitching starts to improve over this afternoon’s performance.

Yesterday, the Phils lose their third straight spring training game, as they lose to the Rays, 6-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesYesterday afternoon, the Phils get creamed for five runs in the bottom of the seven inning, before they lose to the Rays, 6-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, knocking in Leandro Castro, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Freddy Galvis’ single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, before Galvis, who had earlier singled, is thrown out at third base, 9-5, for the inning’s second out. The score would remain 1-0 Phils until the bottom of the seventh as the Rays tied the game up at one-all as, with two men on, and with one man out, Justin Christian, who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Jeremy Moore’s double, would score on Vince Belnome’s fielder’s choice ground ball to first baseman Darin Ruf, beating the throw to the plate, as Moore, who had earlier doubled, would move up to third base on the throw home. The Rays then took the lead three batters later, with the bases now loaded, after Moore is thrown out on a fielder’s choice throw to the plate on Eddy Rodriguez’s ground ball to the pitcher Michael Stutes, 1-2, for the inning’s second out, while Belnome would move up to second base, and then a walk to Jerry Sands, moving up both runners, and with two men out,  Ray Olmedo hits a two-run single, knocking in Belnome and Rodriguez, giving the Rays a 3-1 lead, while sending Sands over to third base. The Rays then made it a 5-1 lead as Cole Figueroa hits a two-run double, scoring both Sands and Olmedo, before going on to third on the throw to the plate. The Rays added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men out. Moore hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Rays a 6-1 lead. That would be the final score as Kirby Yates threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roberto Hernandez pitched three strong innings, giving up just a hit, while striking out three. Jeff Manship recorded his first hold of the spring as he recorded two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, as he struck out two. Phillippe Aumont also recorded his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, hitting a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first blown save of the spring before taking the lost (0-1, 22.50), as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Matt Moore pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. C.J. Riefenhauser pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk. Heath Bell pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Brandon Gomes and Josh Lueke combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk between them (Gomes), while striking out two (Gomes). Merrill Kelly (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Kirby Yates threw a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Maikel Franco leading the team with two hits, both singles. Ben Revere (Single), Darin Ruf (Single), Leandro Castro (Double), Freddy Galvis (Single) and Wil Nieves (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hit. The Phils also had four walks (Dom Brown (2), Ruf, pinch hitter Reid Brignac), and a stolen base (Revere (1)), in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay.

The Phils’ next game is being played tonight against the Blue Jays at Bright House Field in a game already in progress.

The Phils offense give Cole Hamels his career-high 17th win as they defeat the Marlins, 4-1.

Cole Hamels wins his career-high 17th start as they Phils defeat the Marlins, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a walk, then reached third base on Juan Pierre’s single, as he beat center fielder Gorkys Hernandez’s throw, while Pierre would move up to second base on the throw, just beating the throw to second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, easily scoring Pierre. The Phils then added to their lead two batters later as, with Ruiz still on second base, as he just got back to second base as shortstop Jose Reyes’ throw to second base, after he had caught Dom Brown’s line drive for the inning’s second out, went wide of the bag, and with two men out, Nate Schierholtz hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Marlins tried to get on the scoreboard in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Bryan Petersen, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Reyes’ double, tried to score on Giancarlo Stanton’s grounder to third, but is tagged out at the plate by catcher Ruiz, thanks to an excellent throw home by third baseman Pete Orr, for a 5-2 fielder’s choice out, as Stanton reached first base on the play, while Reyes, who had earlier doubled, stayed at second base. One batter later, after Cole Hamels had committed a throwing error as he tried to pick off Reyes at second base, allowing both Reyes and Stanton to move up a base, with runners once again on second and third, and now with two men out, the Marlins finally got on the scoreboard as Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead as Reyes scores, but, as Stanton tries to score as well, he is thrown out at home thanks to a strong throw by right fielder Brown, 9-2, as Ruiz applies the tag, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. That would end up being the final as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (17-6, 3.05) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Antonio Bastardo collected his twenty-sixth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Jonathan received his thirty-eighth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Nathan Eovaldi (4-13, 4.30) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Dan Jennings pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Dunn pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Ryan Webb would pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Heath Bell pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (RBI) leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Nate Schierholtz (RBI) with two singles. Juan Pierre, Chase Utley (RBI), Darin Ruf and Pete Orr had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. Dom Brown knocked in the final Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks in the ballgame.

The Phils (80-79, 3rd) will play their final series of the 2012 season against the Nats (96-63, 1st), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on September 26, as he lasted only two innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out a batter, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to end 2012 with a good start. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (4-0, 4.23), who is coming off a win against the Phils on September 26, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 8-4 win. He’ll be going for his third straight win against the Phils. The Phils will be out to keep the Nats from winning the division tonight.

The Phils are one-step closer to not making the playoffs as they lose their final home game to the Nats, 7-3.

The Phils are closer to being eliminated as they lose their final home game to the Nats, 7-3.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with one man out, Bryce Harper hits a solo home run, his twenty-first home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Chase Utley, who then stole second base, then walks to Ryan Howard and John Mayberry, Jr., with both Utley and Howard moving up a base on Mayberry’s walk, and with two men out, Darin Ruf hits a bases-clearing double, knocking in Utley, Howard and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the second as Michael Morse hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season. The Nats tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Morse hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Ryan Zimmerman, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Adam LaRoche’s fly out to center. The Nats retook the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Harper hits an RBI single, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Gio Gonzalez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while sending Jayson Werth, who had just walked, over to third base. The Nats increased their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Morse hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the year, and his second home run of the ballgame, knocking in LaRoche, who had started the inning off with a double, giving the Nats a 6-3 lead. The Nats then made it a 7-3 lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single by pinch hitter Mark DeRosa, who is then pinch runned for by Eury Perez, a stolen base by Perez, and then walks by Werth and Harper, with Perez and Werth moving up a base on Harper’s walk, and with nobody out, Perez would score as pitcher Jeremy Horst threw a wild pitch on a strikeout of Zimmerman, while both Werth and Harper would move up a base. The Nats tried to make it an 8-3 lead as the next batter, LaRoche hits a grounder to second baseman Utley, who threw a strike to home plate, cutting down Werth, who is tagged out by Kratz for the inning’s second out, as Harper moved up to third base, while LaRoche would be safe at first on the fielder’s choice force out. That would be it for the scoring as Drew Storen ended the game by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 4.91) took the lost as he pitched five innings, plus two batters, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Jeremy Horst pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out three. Phillippe Aumont pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Gio Gonzalez (21-8, 2.89) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Burnett) between them, while striking out two (Clippard).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (Single, Double) and Darin Ruf (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single) and Dom Brown (Double) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Utley (10)) in the game.

The Phils (78-78, 3rd) with start their next to last series of the season with the Marlins (66-90, 5th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.18), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on September 23, as he went eight innings, giving up two run, only one of which was earned, on nine hits, as he struck out eleven, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his seventh winning start. The Marlins will counter with Mark Buehrle (13-13, 3.84), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on September 22, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to see if he can dominate the Phils again. The Phils will be trying to see if they can end the season with a winning record.

Four solo home runs help lead the Phils to victory over the Braves, 6-2.

Four home runs by the Phils’ offense lead the Phils to a 6-2 victory over the playoffs bound Braves.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Juan Pierre, who had earlier tripled, just miss hitting a home run. The Braves would tie it up at one-all in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Brian McCann hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, knocking in Freddie Freeman, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Dan Uggla’s double, while Uggla, who had just doubled, would move up to third base. The Braves tried to take the lead as Uggla headed home on contact, as Jose Constanza hits a grounder back to Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who then threw home, putting Uggla into a rundown, until he was tagged out at third base by third baseman Kevin Frandsen in a 1-2-5 fielder’s choice out, while Constanza would move up to second base on the rundown. The Phils took the lead in the third as Frandsen hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, and his third home run in as many games, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run of his own, his fifteenth home run of the season. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier walked, stole second base, then moved up to third base on Tommy Hanson’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Braves got a run back in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Constanza hits an RBI single, knocking in Uggla, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on McCann’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-2. The Phils got the run back in the eighth as, with one man out, Utley hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning.

Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out six. Jeremy Horst collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Antonio Bastardo collected his twenty-third hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46), took the lost as he went five and one-third innings, giving up five runs on four hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Cory Gearrin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Luis Avilan pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out two.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in two. Juan Pierre (Triple), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (Home Run, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Utley (9)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (77-74, 3rd) continue their series with the Braves (86-65, 2nd) with a ballgame this afternoon. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is suppose to begin at 4:05 pm EDT. The game is to be televised by Fox Sports. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Astros on September 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to continue the present Phils’ winning streak. The Braves will counter with Mike Minor (9-10, 4.31) who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 16, as he threw six innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Minor will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to keep their playoff hopes alive.