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The Phils drop their home opener as they lose to the Padres, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils lose their first game at home to the Padres, losing by the score of 4-3.

The Padres took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jon Jay hits an RBI double, knocking in Alexei Ramirez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Alexi Amarista’s single, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Amarista, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Padres then made it a 2-0 lead as Cory Spangenberg hits an RBI groundout, 6-3, scoring Amarista, while moving Jay over to third base. The Padres then added to their lead in the top of the fourth as Wil Myers hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Odubel Herrera hits an RBI single, knocking in Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 3-1 Padres’ lead. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Padres’ lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Peter Bourjos hits an RBI double, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the bottom of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Hernandez, a single by Herrera, moving Hernandez up to second base, and a single by Maikel Franco, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Darin Ruf hits a sacrifice fly which sends home Hernandez, before Herrera is doubled up trying to go to third base, 6-5, while Franco moves up to second base, a play which the Phils then challenged and is later upheld by the umpires. The Padres retook the lead in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Derek Morris, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Ramirez’s infield single to third baseman Franco, whose throw to first was challenged by the Padres and was overturned by the umpires, scored on Amarista’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Padres a 4-3 lead, while moving Ramirez, who had earlier reached base on a single, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Fernando Rodney collected his first save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth, getting Rupp to pop out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.

Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.21) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out nine. James Russell and Dalier Hinojosa combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two walks (one walk each) between them. Andrew Cashner received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, plus three batters, as he gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Brad Hand committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Kevin Quackenbush (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Carlos Villanueva collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brandon Maurer also received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Fernando Rodney collected his first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Maikel Franco leading the club with three hits, all singles, followed by Odubel Herrera (RBI) with two hits, also singles. Cesar Hernandez (Triple), Cameron Rupp (Double), Peter Bourjos (Double, RBI) had the other three hits. The Phiis’ final run came in on pinch-hitter Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly-double play. The Phils’ offense had a walk (Hernandez) in the game, while the defense performed two doubleplays.

The Phils (2-5, 4th NL East) will continue their opening series at home with the Padres (3-4, 4th West) with a night game tonight. 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 Charlie Morton (0-1, 14.73), who is coming off a bad start against the Reds on April 7, as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on fives hits and two walks, in the Phils 10-6 lost. He will be trying to even up his record while trying to even up the present home series. The Padres will counter with Robbie Erlin (1-0, 0.00), who is coming off a win in relief against the Rockies on April 8, as he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two, in the Padres’ 13-6 win. He will be trying to win the series for the Padres. The Phils will be trying to even up the series while going for their first win at home.

The Phils starts the 2016 season with the bullpen blowing a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth, before losing the game to the Reds, 6-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils begin the 2016 campaign with their bullpen blowing their first late-inning lead as they give up five runs in the bottom of the eighth, as they lose to the Reds in Cincinnati, 6-2.

The Reds took an early lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, via Zack Cozart’s lead-off double, and with nobody out, Eugenio Suarez hits a ground ball to shortstop Freddy Glavis, who then throws to first, as Cozart heads for third base. The throw eludes first baseman Ryan Howard for a missed catch error, allowing Cozart to score from third base on the error by Howard for the game’s first run, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Suarez would be safe at first on the error. The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Galvis would hit 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, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. It would stay that way as the Phils’ opening day pitcher, Jeremy Hellickson, would pitch six strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits, followed by Jeanmar Gomez, who would pitch a scoreless inning. But then the wheel came off in the bottom of the eighth as the Reds loaded up the bases via a lead-off walk by Adam Duvall, a double by Scott Schebler, sending Duvall on to third base, and a walk by Billy Hamilton, and with nobody out, Cozart would hit a sacrifice fly to right for the inning’s first out, scoring Duvall from third base, tying the game up at two-all, while sending Schebler up to third base and Hamilton on to second base, thanks to how deep the ball went. Two batters later, after Suarez is walked to reload the bases, Joey Votto would hit an RBI single, knocking in both Schebler and Hamilton, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead, while moving Suarez up to second base. The Reds then made it a 6-2 lead two batters later, after they had reloaded the bases as Brandon Phillips is hit by the pitch, moving both runners up a base, and with still one man out, as Jay Bruce hits a two-run single, knocking in Suarez and Votto, while Philips would go on to third base, before attempting to score on center fielder Odubel Herrera’s fielding error, but is thrown out at the plate by a throw from Galvis, with catcher Ruiz putting on the tag, for the inning’s second out. That would end up being the final score as J.J. Hoover would come in to pitch the top of the ninth, throwing a 1-2-3 inning, getting Peter Bourjos to ground out for the game’s final out.

Jeremy Hellickson received a no-decision in spite of pitching six strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits, while striking out six. Jeanmar Gomez received his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. David Hernandez (0-1, *.**) took the lost as he pitched to just third batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks. James Russell committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Hector Neris pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while also hitting a batter. Raisel Iglesias also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven. Jumbo Diaz pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Tony Cingrani pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Ross Ohlendorf (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he also pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he’d faced. J.J. Hoover pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Cesar Hernandez leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double. Maikel Franco followed with a single, Carlos Ruiz with a single, Freddy Galvis with a home run (two RBIs) and the Phils’ starter Jeremy Hellickson with a single. The Phils also had a walk in the game (Odubel Herrera). The defense would perform one double play while committing two errors, a missed catch error by Ryan Howard and a fielding error by Herrera.

After taking yesterday off, the Phils and the Reds will continue their three-game series in Cincinnati with a night game tonight at Great American Ball Park. The game is to begin at 7:30 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound Aaron Nola (0-0, -.–) who will be starting his first game of 2016, having ended 2015 with a record of 6-2 and an ERA of 3.59, in 13 starts. He will be trying to give the Phils their first victory of 2016, as well as gain his first win of the season. The Reds will counter with Brandon Finnegan (0-0, -.–) who had a record of 5-2 last season, pitching for both the Royals and the Reds, with an ERA of 3.56, in 20 games, four of which were starts. He will also be going for his first win of 2016, as well as trying to give the Reds the series win. The Phils will be trying for their first victory of the young season, as they hope the bullpen won’t blow another late lead.

The Phillies start their 2015 spring training season with a 5-5 tie with the visiting Yankees.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phillies begin their grapefruit league season with a tie against the visiting Yanks, as they allow a victory to slip away from them as they give up four runs in the top of the ninth.

The Yanks took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jose Pirela hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Young, who had earlier singled, then moved up to third base on Garrett Jones’ single to right on a ball that was deflected by first baseman Ryan Howard, giving the Bronx Bombers a 1-0 lead, while sending Jones, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the bottom of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Howard redeemed himself with an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Grady Sizemore’s single. The Phils then took the lead three batters later, after Dom Brown had loaded up the bases with a single, moving up a base both Sizemore and Howard, and with one man out, as Cody Asche hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Sizemore, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Ben Revere’s ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, them went to third base on Galvis’ ground out, 4-3, for the inning’s second out, scored on a balk by pitcher Diego Moreno, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base as Koyje Hill strikes out for the inning’s first out, scores on a throwing error by Yanks’ second baseman Rob Refsnyder on a grounder by Odubel Herrera, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, while Herrera would move up to second base on the errant throw. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead two batters later as, now with two men out, Aaron Altherr hits an RBI single, knocking in Herrera. The Yanks would come back in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on third and with two men out, Jake Cave hits an RBI infield single, knocking in Mason Williams, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Cole Figueroa’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Yanks then tied the game up at five-all two batters later as, after Slade Heathcott hits a single, moving Cave up a base, with still two men out, Aaron Judge hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring both Cave and Heathcott. That would end up being the final score as the Phils ruined a two on, one out, opportunity in the bottom of the ninth.

David Buchanan pitched two innings for the Phils, giving up a run on five hits. Jerome Williams, Joely Rodriguez and Jeanmar Gomez followed with six scoreless innings between them, giving up three hits (Williams (1), Gomez (2)) and two walks (Rodriguez (1), Gomez (1)), while striking out three (one each). Mario Hollands pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits, while striking out one. Luis Garcia pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings for the Yanks, giving up a hit. Luis Severino pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two batters. Diego Moreno pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on a walk and a balk, while striking out a batter. Nick Goody pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jacob Lindgren pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on two hits, while striking out a batter. Branden Pinder pitched one and a third innings, striking out a batter. Chasen Shreve pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and hitting a batter, while striking out two.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, all singles, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, knocking in a run. Freddy Galvis, Grady Sizemore, Aaron Altherr (RBI), Dom Brown, Cesar Hernandez and Cord Phelps had the other six hits, while Cody Asche had the other RBI via a sacrifice fly, while the other two Phils’ runs came in on a balk and an error. The Phils’ offense also had a walk (Cameron Rupp) and two stolen bases (Brown (1), Hernandez (1)) in the game. The Phils’ defense performed a double play.

The next Phils spring training game will be played tomorrow afternoon against the Yankees in Tampa Bay at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EST. Kevin Slowey will be starting for the Phils while Nathan Eovaldi will start for the Yanks. The Phils will hopefully have a better result than the one they had this afternoon.

The Phils take the series from the Mariners as they hold on to win, winning by the score of 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils hang on to take the series from the Mariners, as they defeat Seattle, 4-3.

The Mariners took the lead in the top of the second as Kendrys Morales hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, while sending Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, up to third base. The Mariners retook the lead in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Logan Morrison hits an RBI double, knocking in Kyle Seager, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Chris Denorfia’s infield single, before stopping at third base on third baseman Andres Blanco’s throwing error, giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead, while sending Denorfia, who had just singled, up to third base. The Mariners then took a 3-1 lead three batters later, after Denorfia was thrown out trying to steal home, 2-5-1, for the inning’s first out, a single by Jesus Sucre, sending Morrison, who had stayed on second base during the steal attempt, to third base, before moving up to second base on James Paxton’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Morrison would score on pitcher Cole Hamels’ wild pitch, while Sucre would move up to third base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Wil Nieves, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved all the way to third base on pitcher Paxton’s throwing error of Blanco’s grounder, allowing Blanco to reach second base, would score on catcher Sucre’s passed ball, making it a 3-2 Mariners’ lead, while Blanco would move up to third base. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all two batters later as Ben Revere hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Blanco. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Paxton’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his thirtieth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, striking out Morales on a called third strike for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while striking out four. Jake Diekman collected his fourteenth hold of the season as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out four. Ken Giles collected his seventh hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon received his thirtieth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two. James Paxton (3-1, 2.20) took the lost as he pitched just four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, two walks, a passed ball and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Tom Wilhelmsen, Joe Beimel, Brandon Maurer and Danny Farquhar combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Wilhelmsen (2), Maurer (1)) and a walk (Wilhelmsen) between them, while striking out four (Wilhelmsen (1), Beimel (1), Maurer (1), Farquhar (2)).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Wil Nieves (2 Singles, Double) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) with two hits. Ben Revere (RBI), Chase Utley (RBI), Marlon Byrd (RBI), Andres Blanco and Pinch-Hitter Grady Sizemore had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The final Phils run came in on a passed ball. The Phils also had three walks (Utley, Ryan Howard, Blano), and a stolen base (Revere, 37), while the defense committed an error (Blanco (1)) and caught a runner trying to steal home.

The Phils (56-71, 5th) have tomorrow off.

The Phils start their new home stand with a win, powered by Andres Blanco three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth, as they defeat the Mariners, 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils welcome newcomer Jerome Williams with a victory, powered by Andres Blanco three-run home run, as they defeat the Mariners, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Marlon Byrd hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Andres Blanco hits a three-run home run to right, his first home run of the season, knocking in Darin Ruf, who had earlier doubled, and Cody Asche, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Mariners would get on the board in the top of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dustin Ackley hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Taylor, who had started the inning off being hit by a pitch, then stopped at second base on pinch-hitter Endy Chavez’s single, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Chavez, who had earlier singled, up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-ninth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Brad Miller to pop out to the third baseman for the game’s final out.

Jerome Williams, whom the Phils have recently picked up off the waiver wire, (3-5, 5.91), got the win as he pitched seven, plus one batter, strong innings, giving up just a run on three hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Ken Giles pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon received his twenty-ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Roenis Elias (9-10, 4.09) took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up a run on three hits, six walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. Dominic Leone pitched two innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Tom Wilhelmsen, Charlie Furbush and Fernando Rodney combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Wilhelmsen (1), Furbush (1)) between them, while striking out two (Wilhelmsen (1), Furbush (1)).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Darin Ruf (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Marlon Byrd (Double, RBI), Cody Asche (Single) and Andres Blanco (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Carlos Ruiz (3), Howard (2), Ruf (1), Asche (1)), a stolen base (Revere (36)) and a hit batter (Chase Utley) in the game, while the defense performed a double play, and caught a runner trying to steal a base.

The Phils (55-70, 5th NL East) continue their interleague play series with the Mariners (67-57, 3rd AL West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-13, 4.35), who is coming off a lost against the Angels on August 13, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils the series win, while trying to bounce back from the lost. The Mariners will counter with Hisashi Iwakuma (11-6, 2.72), who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on August 13, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Mariners’ 2-0 win. He will be going for his twelfth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win.

The bats come alive as the Phils take the series from the Astros, winning 10-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe bats welcome back rookie Dave Buchanan with a five-run first inning, before taking the series from the Astros, winning by the score of 10-3.

The Astros took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jon Singleton hits into a force out RBI, scoring Jose Altuve, who had started the game off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Chris Carter’s single, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while Carter was forced out at second base, 4-6, for the inning’s second out. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ double, and Rollins, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-1 lead three batters later, after both Marlon Byrd and Gary Sizemore had walked, loading up the bases, and with still one man out, Howard would score on pitcher Brad Peacock’s wild pitch, while both Byrd and Sizemore would move up a base. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead as Wil Nieves hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Byrd. The Phils increased their lead two batters later as, with two men on, after Cody Asche is intentionally walked, and with two men out, Dave Buchanan helped his own case with an RBI single, his first hit of his career, knocking in Nieves, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Asche over to third base, before he is tagged out at second base, 9-5-6, as he tried to move up to second base on the late throw to third base, a call which is later upheld when the Phils challenged the call. The Astros would get a run back in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jake Marisnick hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Matt Dominguez, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Carlos Corporan’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils would break the game open in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, scoring Buchanan, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ single, and Rollins, who had just singled, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Astros would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Altuve hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Gregorio Petit, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pinch hitter Marc Krauss’ single, then moved up to third base on Byrd’s fielding error, while Krauss would move up to second base, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Byrd hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils an 9-1 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 10-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Revere, who had just tripled, would score on pitcher Michael Foltynewicz’s wild pitch. That would end up being the final score as Cesar Jimenez pitches a scoreless ninth, getting Altuve to pop out to the shortstop for the game’s final out.

Dave Buchanan (6-5, 4.39) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, while striking out five. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one, while giving up a wild pitch. Justin De Fratus and Cesar Jimenez would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Jimenez) between them, while striking out a batter (De Fratus). Brad Peacock (3-8, 5.44) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Darin Downs pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Foltynewicz pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a wild pitch, while striking out two.

The Phils collected twelve hits in the game, with Ben Revere leading the team with four hits, three singles and a triple, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Ryan Howard (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Marlon Byrd (Single, RBI) and Dave Buchanan (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. Wil Nieves had the last Phil RBI via a sac fly, as the other two runs came home on wild pitches. The Phils also had in the game four walks (Byrd, Gary Sizemore, Cody Asche and Buchanan) and a stolen base (Revere (31)) while the defense committed an error (Byrd (2)).

The Phils (51-63, 5th NL East) will conclude their three game interleague play series with the Astros (47-67, 4th AL West) with a game already in progress.

The Phils start their series against the now American League Astros with a walk-off win, as they win in extra-innings, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyan Howard gives the Phils a walk-off victory with an RBI single, as the Phils defeat the Astros in fifteen innings, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Astros would tie the game up at one-all in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Jon Singleton hits an RBI single, knocking in Chris Carter, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on Jason Castro’s single, while sending Castro, who had just singled, all the way to third base. Kyle Kendrick then pitched himself out of the inning by first getting Matt Dominguez to fly out to right, with it not being deep enough to score Castro, then getting Jake Marisnick to hit into a 6-3 double play, wiping out Singleton at second base for the inning’s second out. The score would remain tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the fifteenth when, with two men on, and with two men out, Howard hits an RBI single to right, scoring Gary Sizemore, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Ben Revere’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Phils a walk-off 2-1 win.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Ken Giles, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus and Mario Hollands combined for seven scoreless innings, giving up one hit, (Diekman), four walks (Papelbon (2), Diekman (1), Bastardo (1)) and a wild pitch (Bastardo) between them, while striking out thirteen (Giles (2), Papelbon (3), Diekman (1), Bastardo (6), Hollands (1)). Hector Neris (1-0, 0.00) got the win, the first of his major league career, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Dallas Keuchel also received a no-decision as he also threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Tony Sipp, Josh Fields, Darin Downs and Jose Veras combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sipp) and a walk (Sipp) between them, while striking out two (Downs (1), Veras (1)). Jake Buchanan (1-2, 4.95) took the lost as he threw three and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Cody Asche (Singles) and Gary Sizemore (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley had the final Phil hit, a single. The Phils also had four walks (Utley (3), Marlon Byrd) and a sacrifice bunt (Revere) in the game, while the defense caught a runner trying to steal a base and performed a double play.

The Phils (50-63, 5th NL East) continue their three-game interleague play series with the Astros (47-66, 4th AL West) with a night game tonight. 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 Dave Buchanan (5-5, 4.40), who is coming back to the majors because of Cliff Lee’s season ending injury. His last major league start was a win over the Brewers on July 10, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 9-1 rout. He’ll be trying to continue from his last start. The Astros will counter with Brad Peacock (3-7, 4.93), who is coming off a lost against the Athletics on July 23, as he went three and two-thirds innings, as he gave up seven runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out only two, in the Astros, 9-7 lost. He will be trying to even the series for the Astros. The Phils will be trying to win the series with the Astros.