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The Phils start their series with the Mets on a losing note, losing 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bats are once again silenced, as the Phils lose to the Mets, 4-1.

The Mets took the lead in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded via a lead-off bunt single by Lucas Duda, a single by Chris Young, moving Duda up to second base and an infield single by Wilmer Flores, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Travis d’Arnaud hits into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping Flores out at second base for the inning’s first out, scoring Duda, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Young up to third base. The Mets then took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Young hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, knocking in Curtis Granderson, who has started the inning off with a walk. The Mets then added to their lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single Zack Wheeler, a force attempt error by third baseman Cesar Hernandez on Juan Lagares’ gounder, which allowed Wheeler to safely reach second base, while Lagares would be safe at first, and a fielder choice’s grounder by David Wright to third baseman Hernandez, which would end up with Wheeler and Lagares both moving up a base, while Wright would be safe at first, and with one man out, Granderson would force in a run with a walk, forcing in Wheeler, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead, while both runners would move up a base. The Phils would finally get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh as, with one man out, Marlon Byrd would hit a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season, making it a 4-1 Mets’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jenrry Mejia collected his fifth save of the season by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth, as he struck out the side.

David Buchanan (1-1, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds inning, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. Mario Hollands pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk. Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) got the win as he went six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out nine. Scott Rice received his sixth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Vic Black collected his first hold of the year as he pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out three. Jenrry Mejia received his fifth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out three.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a single by Ben Revere, a solo home run by Marlon Byrd (RBI), a double by Carlos Ruiz and a single by Cesar Hernandez. The Phils had a stolen base (Revere (14)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Hernandez (2)) and performed two double plays.

The Phils (23-28, 5th) continue their series with the Mets (25-28, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:o5 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.71), who is coming off a lost to the Dodgers on May 25, as he went seven innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-0 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Mets will counter with Rafeal Montero (0-2, 4.96), who is coming of a no-decision against the D-backs on May 25, as he went six innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks, while striking out ten, in the Mets’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying for his first win of 2o14. The Phils will be trying to get back on the winning track tonight.

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 increase their present winning streak to seven straight, as they sweep their second straight three-game series as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

The Phils end their present home stand with a two-series sweep as they sweep the fish, 3-1.

The Marlins ended a 0-0 pitchers’ duel by taking the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI single, knocking in Donovan Solano, who had earlier reached first base on Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error, then was safe at second base on Cliff Lee’s force attempt throwing error of Jose Reyes’ grounder, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Reyes, who had reached first base on C. Lee’s throwing error, moved up to third base. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, ending pitcher Josh Johnson’s no-hit bid, then moved up to second base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, over to third base, just barely beating center fielder Gorkys Hernandez’s throw to third base. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Rollins hits a two-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in pinch hitter Pete Orr, who had just singled, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirty-fourth save of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out the side.

Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six. Phillippe Aumont recorded his third hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his thirty-fourth save of the year by pitching a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out three. Josh Johnson (8-12, 3.81) took the lost as he also pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out six. Ryan Webb pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a single and a two-run home run, knocking in two runs. John Mayberry, Jr, (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single) had the other two hits, as Josh Johnson had the Phils batters under control, before finally allowing three runs to score. The Phils also had four walks and a stolen base (Orr, (2)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (72-71, 3rd East) will start a four-game series with the Astros (45-98, 6th Central), beginning with a game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and is to start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.24), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on September 9, as he threw four innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 7-4 win. He will be trying to help the Phils increase their winning streak to eight games. The Astros will counter with Lucas Harrell (10-9, 3.83), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on September 7, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Astros’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to end the Phils’ present winning streak. The Phils will be trying to avoid their late season troubles with the Astros as they try to stay in the race for the second wild card spot.

The Phils’ bat breaks the game open in the late innings, as they defeat the D-backs, 9-2.

The Phils’ offense erupt for seven runs in the late innings, as they beat the D-backs, 9-2.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Jimmy Rollins started off the game for the Phils by launching the first pitch into the left center field seats for a home run, his fourteenth home run of the year. The D-backs then took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Paul Goldschmidt hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Chirs Young, who had lead off the inning with a walk, giving the D-backs a 2-1 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in their half of the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had started the inning off with a double. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between the Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who only gave up only two more hits after the homer to Goldschmidt, and one more walk after the walk to Young, for the next five innings, while striking out a total of seven batters, and D-backs’ starter Joe Saunders, who would give up no more hits during the next four innings that he’d pitched, while walking a total of three Phils, as he struck out three. The Phils then retook the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits a two-run double, scoring Pence, who had earlier walked, then went to third base on Mayberry’s single, and Mayberry, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead as, with a runner now on third, as Valdez moved up a base on Brian Schneider’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Valdez. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Pence’s single, scored from second base on Mayberry’s infield single, as third baseman Cody Ransom committed a throwing error, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while Pence, who had just singled, would stop at second base.  Two batters later, after a force attempt throwing error by relief pitcher Brad Ziegler on a Valdez grounder loaded up the bases, as Pence beat out Ziegler’s throw to third, while Mayberry would stop at second base, and Valdez would be safe at first, Schneider made it a 7-2 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, scoring Pence, while both Mayberry and Valdez would move up a base, leaving the bases still loaded. Two more batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Mayberry, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils then took a 9-2 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, scoring Valdez, while sending Schneider on to third. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson easily handled the D-backs in the ninth.

Cliff Lee (13-7, 2.83) got the win, becoming the third Phils starter to reach thirteen wins, as he pitched seven innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo received his twelfth hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Joe Saunders (8-10, 3.91) took the lost as he went six innings, plus three batters, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out three. Joe Paterson pitched an inning, giving up two hits. Brad Ziegler pitched to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up fours runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and a walk. Zach Duke pitched an inning, giving up two hits.

 The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with most of their hits coming in their last two at-bats. John Mayberry, Jr. lead the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocked in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single, Double, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double) all followed with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single, 2 RBIs) and Brian Schneider (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Pinch Hitter Ben Francisco knocked in one run with a sac fly, while another run (Howard) scored on Cody Ransom’s throwing error.

The Phils (79-42, 1st East) will conclude their series with the D-backs (69-54, 1st West) with a night game tonight. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (8-1, 2.85), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on August 10, as he went only four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-8 comback win. He will be trying to come back from that bad start. The D-backs will counter with their ace Ian Kennedy (15-3, 3.12), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August12, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the D-backs’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his eighth win in a row. The Phils will be going for another series win, while trying to end Kennedy’s winning streak.

Howardless for at least two weeks, Carlos Ruiz takes up the slack as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 6-1.

Without the services of their big piece, Ryan Howard, for at least two weeks, Carlos Ruiz takes up the slack for at least one night as the Phils, behind Ruiz’s bat and Roy Halladay’s pitching, defeat the fish, 6-1, cutting the Braves lead in the NL East to two games.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. One pitch later, Carlos Ruiz gave the Phils a 2-0 lead as he hits a solo home run of his own, his fourth home run of the season. In the bottom of the second, the Marlins cut the Phils’ lead in half as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run of his own, his twenty-fourth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Francisco, a double by Ruiz, sending Francisco to third base, and an intentional walk to Wilson Valdez, and with two men out, Roy Halladay hits a two-run single down the third base line, knocking in both Francisco and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Valdez to second base. The Phils then made it a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Uggla’s force attempt error on a Placido Polanco grounder, while Polanco, who was safe at first on Uggla’s fielding error, would move up to second base. In the seventh, the Phils added to their lead as, with the bases loaded again, via singles to Polanco and Francisco, with both men moving up a base on Ruiz’s ground out, 4-3, and an intentional walk to pinch hitter Ross Gload, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an infield single, scoring Polanco from third, to give the Phils a 6-1 lead, while moving both Francisco and Gload up a base. That would be the final score as Chad Durbin pitches two scoreless inning, striking out Donnie Murphy for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out nine. His record is now 13-8 with a 2.17 ERA. Chad Durbin threw two scoreless innings, giving up just three hits, while striking out four. Sean West took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. Burke Badenhop pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Brian Sanches and Jose Veras combine for two scoreless innings, giving one hit (Veras) and a walk (Sanches), while striking out two (one batter each).

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team as he went four for five, being a triple short of the cycle, as he had two singles, a double and a solo home run, knocking in two runs, as he raised his average to .294. Ben Francisco followed with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Wilson Valdez was next with two singles, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez and Roy Halladay had the other four Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a double, while Polanco, Ibaanez and Halladay’s hits were all singles, with Halladay knocking in two runs.The Phils’ offense took the lost of Ryan Howard by going on an offensive display, with Ruiz leading the charge. The question is will they be able to continue it tonight.

The Phils (58-48, 2nd) will continue their three-game series with the Marlins (53-53, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 4.44), who is coming off a no-decision against the D-backs on July 29, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 3-2 extra-innings win. In his last three starts, he is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen and one-thirds innings, giving up nine runs on seventeen hits and seven walks, while striking out ten batters. He will be trying to for his third straight strong outing after coming back from Lehigh Valley. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (8-6, 3.33), who is coming off a complete game win against the Giants on July 29, as he gave up just one hit and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Marlins’ 5-0 win. In his last three starts, he is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty-one innings, giving up four runs on fourteen hits and six walks, while striking out nineteen. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be trying to win their first series on the road since they’d took two of three from the Yankees back in June, and get closer to the Braves in the race for the East.

Kyle Kendrick pitches his first complete game start of his career as the bats come alive to crush the Pirates, 12-4.

Kyle Kendrick throws his first complete game start of his career as the Phils’ offense scored early and often, as the Phils finally defeat the Bucos, 12-4.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled. The Phils added to their lead as, with Victorino still on third, and now with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Pirates would cut the Phils’ lead to 2-1 as, with one man out, Pedro Alvarez hits a solo home run, his first major league home run of his career. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the third. With the based loaded, via a walk to Rollins, a Victorino infield single, moving Rollins up to second, and a throwing error by shortstop Bobby Crosby on a force attempt of a Jayson Werth grounder, as Victorino beats the throw to second, while Rollins reached third, and Werth was safe at first, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single, scoring both Rollins and Victorino, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while sending Werth over to third. The Phils then made it 5-1 one batter later, as Ben Francisco hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, as Werth scores from third while Howard was wiped out at second for the inning’s first out, before Francisco beats the throw to first. Two batters later, with two men on base, as Wilson Valdez reaches base with a single, sending Francisco up to second, and with still one man out, Cody Ransom, who the Phils have just called up, hits an RBI single, scoring Francisco, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while sending Valdez up to second base. The Phils then made it 7-1 as, with two men on base, and still with one man out, Dane Sardinha hits an RBI double, knocking in Valdez, while sending Ransom to third. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, making it an 8-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 10-1 in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run home run, scoring Ransom, who had earlier singled. The Pirates got a run back as Ryan Church hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, making it a 10-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils made it 11-2 in the sixth as, with two outs, Francisco hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils added their final run in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had earlier doubled, making it a 12-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates made it 12-3 in the eighth as, with a runner on third and with two men out, pinch hitter Ronny Cedeno hits an RBI double, scoring Delwyn Young, who had earlier reached base on a Ransom fielding error, moved to second on a Jose Tabata’s ground out, 1-3, and went to third on a Neil Walker’s ground out, 3-unassisted. In the ninth, the Pirates made it a 12-4 Phils’ lead as, with runners on the corner, and with two men out, Young hits an RBI single, scoring Alvarez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Church’s single, and then went to third on Crosby’s force out, 6-4, wiping out Church at second base, while sending Crosby, who was safe on the force out, over to second. The game was then ended as Tabata hits into a force out, 1-5, wiping out Crosby at third for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches a complete game, his first career complete game, as he gives up four runs, three of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, as he strikes out four. His record is now 5-3 with a 4.70 ERA. Paul Maholm takes the lost as he goes only three innings, plus two batters, as he gives up eight runs, seven of which were earned, on ten hits and two walks, while striking out just one Phil. His record is now 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA. Justin Thomas pitches three innings, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out one. Brendan Donnelly pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. D.J. Carrasco and Javier Lopez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while striking out two (Carrasco).

The Phils errupted for fifteen hits in the game, with both Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, with Rollins’ hits being a triple short of the cycle, as he had a single, a double and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs, while scoring three runs, while Victorino’s hits were two singles and a triple, as he scored three runs, while knocking in one run. Ryan Howard and Cody Ransom followed with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being two singles, knocking in three runs, while Ransom’s hits were also singles, knocking in a run. Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco, Wilson Valdez, Dane Sardinha and Kyle Kendrick had the other five Phils’ hits, with Werth, Sardinha and Kendrick’s hits being doubles, with Werth and Sardinha both knocking in a run, while Valdez’s hit was a single and Francisco’s hit being a solo home run. Just when it looks like the Phils were feeling sorry for themselves, the bats wake up. Question is, how long will they stay awake, as the Phils face both the Reds and the Braves after today’s game.

The Phils (42-37, 3rd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Pirates (29-52, 6th NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, with the Phils leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth.

The Phils ends their series with the Indians with a rout as they sweep the Indians, 12-3.

The Phils’ offense, helped by some sloppy play by the Indians’ defense, routed the last place Indians, as they sweep the interleague series between the two teams, 12-3.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez, and with nobody out, catcher Carlos Santana committed a missed catch error of third baseman Andy Marte’s force attempt throw on a Dane Sardinha ground ball, as it tipped off of Santana’s glove as he tried to get out of the way, allowing Werth and Ibanez to score, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Valdez up to third, as Sardinha stopped at second on the error. Two batters later, with the bases once again loaded as Joe Blanton is hit by the pitch, and still with nobody out, Victorino hit into an RBI ground out, 1-3, for the first out of the inning, scoring Valdez, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead, while moving Sardinha up to third and Blanton to second base. The Phils then made it 4-0 as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Sardinha, while sending Blanton on to third. The Phils then made it 5-0 as, once again with two men and with still one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Blanton. The Indians cut the Phils’ lead down to 5-2 in the fifth as, with one man on and with one man out, Jason Donald hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Luis Valbuena, who was earlier safe on a force out, 4-6, as Shelley Ducan, who had earlier singled, was forced out at second. The Phils would get the runs back in their half of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard reaches first on a fielder’s choice grounder to first baseman Russell Branyan, allowing Polanco, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Utley’s single, to score, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, while Utley, who had earlier singled, would be safe at second base. One batter later, with two men on base, and with still two men out, Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, making it 7-2 Phils, while Howard would stop at second. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the sixth as Sardinha started the inning off with a lead-off home run, his first of his major league career and the season, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with one man on and with one out, Polanco would hit an RBI double, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with the bases loaded, via an infield single to Utley, sending Polanco to third, and a walk to Howard, sending Utley to third, and with still one man out, Werth hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Polanco, making it 10-2 Phils, while sending Utley to third. Two batters later, with the bases loaded again as Ibanez walks, moving Howard up to second, and now with two men out, Valdez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Howard, giving the Phils a 12-2 lead, while Ibanez stops at third. The Indians then added a run in the eighth as, with one man on and with one man out, Trevor Crowe hits an RBI double, knocking in Donald, who had earlier doubled, making it a 12-3 Phils’ lead. After Blanton got Anderson Hernandez to strikeout swinging, the rains came down in a deluge. The rains would last for over an hour before play resume, with Nelson Figueroa, who has been called up from Lehigh Valley just hours earlier, took the mound in relief of Blanton. Figueroa would proceed to get out the four men whom he would face, leaving the game as a 12-3 Phils’ win.

Joe Blaton gets the win as he pitches seven and two-thirds strong innings, before being taken out because of the deluge, giving up three runs on six hits, while he strikes out eight. His record is now 3-5 with an ERA of 6.53. Nelson Figueroa pitches a scoreless inning and one-third, striking out a batter. Fausto Carmona took the lost as he went only four innings, plus four batters, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned, on nine hits. His record is now 6-6 with 3.64 ERA. Hector Ambriz pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks. Jensen Lewis and Joe Smith combine for two and one-thirds scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Lewis), while striking out two (one each).

The Phils burst out with fifteen hits, with Placido Polanco leading the team with four hits, as he had three singles and a double, knocking in two runs. Chase Utley and Jayson Werth follows with three hits apiece, all singles, as Utley knocked in a run, while Werth scored two runs. Wilson Valdez is next with two hits, both singles, as he knocks in two runs. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez and Dane Sardinha had the other three Phils’ hits, with Victorino and Ibanez’s hits being singles, with Victorino knocking in a run, while Sardinha’s hit was his first career home run, a solo shot. Ryan Howard also knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice ground ball, while the other two runs came in on an error.

The Phillies (38-32, 3rd NL East) will finish Interleague Play with a three-game series against the Blue Jays (39-34, 4th AL East) with the Phils as the away team, although playing the series in Philadelphia, thanks to the security worries of the G20 Summit that is being held this weekend in Toronto, Canada. The Phils presently have an 8-0 lead after five innings.