The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the first as Gerardo Parra hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. Five batters later, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, the D-backs made it a 2-0 lead as A.J. Pollock hits an RBI single, knocking in Eric Chavez, who had earlier reached base on a fielder’s choice grounder as first baseman Ryan Howard threw home, trying to throw out at the plate Didi Gregorius, who had earlier tripled, but who would get back to third when catcher Erik Kratz took too long before throwing the ball to third baseman Freddy Galvis, while Chavez would move up to second base on the defensive mistake, before going on to third base on Miguel Montero’s fielder’s choice ground out, 3-2, as Kratz tagged out Gregorius at home plate. That would remain the score until the top of the ninth, as Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick is able to hold off the D-backs for the next six innings, followed by Jeremy Horst for an inning, while the D-backs’ starter, Brandon McCarthy shut down the Phils for eight innings. But, the Phils would get on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Delmon Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, just missing a home run, and moving up to third base on Howard’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the D-backs’ lead to 2-1. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all one batter later as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-runner John Mayberry, Jr. The Phils took the lead in the top of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventh save of the season with a scoreless inning.
Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on six hits, as he struck out four. Jeremy Horst pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Justin De Fratus (1-0, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter who he would face. Jonathan Papelbon picked up his seventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless tenth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon McCarthy also received a no-decision as he threw eight strong innings, giving up seven scattered hits, while striking out five Phils. Heath Bell blew his second save attempt of the season, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Brad Ziegler pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Matt Reynolds (0-1, 0.96) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, as he struck out two.
The Phils collected fifteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley (2 Singles, 2 Doubles) leading the team with four hits, followed by Freddy Galvis (Singles) with three and Delmon Young (Single, Double, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, 2 RBIs), pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single) and pinch-hitter Michael Young (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits.
The Phils (18-21, 3rd) have the day off.
The Phils lose another close game with the Braves as they give up three runs in the top of the eleventh as they lose to Braves, 4-1.
The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Cliff Lee hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, and of his career, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves tied the game up at one-all in the fifth as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year. The game then remained tied until the top of the eleventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Alex Gonzalez hits a foul pop that Ryan Howard was unable to catch in foul territory. That would come back to haunt the Phils as Gonzalez later hits an RBI single, scoring pinch runner Wilkin Ramirez, who was pinch running for pinch hitter Eric Hinske, who had just walked, then moved up to second on Jordan Schafer’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Braves then took a 4-1 lead as Brian McCann hits a two-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, knocking in Gonzalez. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel would come in and record his twenty-eighth save of the year with a 1-2-3 bottom of the eleventh.
Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on three hits, and two walks, while striking out nine. Antonio Bastardo and Juan Pierre both pitched a 1-2-3 inning, both man striking out two batters between them. Michael Stutes (3-1, 3.26) took the lost as he gave up three runs on two hits and a walk, while he struck out one. Tommy Hanson also received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty combine for two 1-2-3 innings, both striking out a batter. George Sherrill (2-1, 2.22) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel recorded his twenty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had only six hits in the game, with John Mayberry Jr. getting a double, Raul Ibanez with a single, Carlos Ruiz with a single, Wilson Valdez with a single, Cliff Lee with a home run, his first career home run, and pinch hitter Michael Martinez with a single, as the Braves’ pitching staff handled the Phils’ bats yesterday.
The Phils (56-34, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (54-37, 2nd) with a game now in progress.