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Countdown to the Playoffs, 15 games left: The Phils have three at home with the Nats.

With a three-game lead in the NL East, and having the best record in the National League, the Phils come back home to Philadelphia for their final home stand of the season. For the nine-game home stand, the Phils get to face the last place Nationals, the second place Braves and the fourth place Mets, with the Mets series being the last time that they’ll meet their rival to the North this year.

First up will be the Nationals, who presently have the third-worst record in the National League (with the D-backs and the Pirates sporting the second worst and the worst record in the NL respectively). This year, the Phils have a 7-5 record against the Nationals, with six games left to play. The Phils will be trying to win both remaining series between the two clubs, trying to go at least 4-2, with a best of 6-0, the later of which will not be easy as the Nats have been known to play tough with the Phils, although with it never being reflected in the season records between the two teams.

The first game of the three-game series, to be played at Citizens Bank Park, will start at 7:05 pm tonight. The Phils (86-61, 1st) will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (6-1 (12-13) 1.98 (2.94)), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 12, as he pitched a complete game shut out, giving up just four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0, as he had pitched twenty-two and a third innings, giving up four runs on eleven hits and eight walks, while striking out nineteen. Against the Nationals, since being traded to the Phils by the Astros, his record is 1-1, as he had pitched thirteen innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out twelve. He has pitched one game against the Nats as an Astros, going 0-1, as he pitched just two and one third innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. Thus, in three previous starts against the Nationals, his overall record is 1-2, as he had pitched fifteen and a third innings, giving up nine runs, eight of which were earned, on sixteen hits and six walks, while striking out fifteen. He will be pitching on normal rest, as his position in the rotation was switched with Kyle Kendrick, so that he would be facing the Braves next Wednesday night, as part of the three aces against the Braves in the middle series of the home stand. Oswalt will be going for his seventh win as a Phil, his thirteenth win of the season, to even up his season record, and his fourth win in a row. The Nats (62-84, 5th) will counter with Jason Marquis (2-8, 6.60), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on September 11, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Nats’  4-1 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 2-1, as he had pitched seventeen and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out eleven. In three previous starts against the Phils, his record is 0-3, as he has pitched thirteen and a third innings, giving up fourteen runs, thirteen of which were earned, on eighteen hits and nine walks, while striking out just four. He will be trying to not become the Phils punching bag, as he was back in April. The Phils will be trying to not look past the Nats before they face the Braves to lock in their control of the NL East.

The Phils’ bullpen fail to do its job as the Phils lose to the Nats, 7-5.

For the first time this season the Phils’ bullpen fail to do its job as it gives up six runs in the last three innings as the Nats avoid being swept as they defeat the Phils’ 7-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, and his fourth in the series, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats would tie it up at one-all in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Cristian Guzman would hit into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier walked, was caught stealing second but reached base on Ryan Howard’s throwing error, then moved up to third on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils retook the lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Placido Polanco, and walks to Jayson Werth, which moved Polanco up to second base and Raul Ibanez, which moved Polanco to third and Werth up to second base, and with two men out, Juan Castro hits a two-run single, knocking in both Polanco and Werth, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez to third, before Castro would move up to second on the throw. After Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked to reload the bases, the Phils make it 4-1 as pinch hitter Greg Dobbs takes a walk, forcing in Ibanez, while Castro and Ruiz both moved up a base. The Nats cut the Phils lead to 4-2 in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Alberto Gonazlez, who had earlier singled, then went to second on Willie Harris’ ground out, 3-unassisted. In the eighth, the Nats made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead as Adam Dunn hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. Three batters later, with a runner on first, and with one man out, the Nats’ took the lead as pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Ivan Rodriguez, who had earlier walked, to make it 5-4 Nats. In the ninth, the Nats added to their lead as, with two men on, and with two outs, Rodriguez hits a two-run single, knocking in Desmond, who had earlier singled, stole second base, and then went to third on Dunn’s ground out, 3-unassisted, and Wily Taveras, who was pinch running for Josh Willingham, who had earlier walked, and then stole second, giving the Nats a 7-4 lead. The Phils made it a 7-5 game in the ninth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season. But, that would be the final score as Matt Capps would record his fourth save of the season as he gets Werth to fly out to center with a runner on second to end the game. 

J.A. Happ would receive a no-decision as he pitches five and a third innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and a walk. Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out both men that he would face. Antonio Bastardo would record his second hold of the season as he pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Danys Baez blows his first save of the season before taking the lost, as he gives up three runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two, in one inning of work. His record is now 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. Ryan Madson pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Scott Olsen also receives a no-decision as he pitches five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five. Tyler Clippard receives the win as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up no runs on one hit and two walks, while he strikes out one. His record is now 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA. Sean Burnett records his second hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Matt Capps records his fourth save of the year as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on three hits, as he strikes out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Juan Castro leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he knocks in two runs, as he raises his batting average to .333. Placido Polanco follows with two hits, also singles, as he knocks in a run, while lifting his average to .475. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hits, with Victorino and Utley’s hits being solo hime runs, while Howard and Ruiz’s hits were doubles. Greg Dobbs got the Phils’ other RBI with a bases loaded walk.

The Phils (7-2, 1st) continue their home stand with a three-games set against the Florida Marlins (6-4, 2nd). The game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.56), who is coming off a complete game win against the Astros on April 11, as he gave up an unearned run on seven hits, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to get his third win of the year in his first start before the home fans. The Marlins plan to send Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 6.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 11, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Marlins’ 6-5 win. He will try to keep the Marlins in the game by hoping to shut down the Phils’ offense.

The Phils win their first home opener since 2005 as the come from behind to defeat the Nats, 7-4, increasing their winning streak to four games.

The Phils win their first home opener since 2005 as they increase their winning streak to four games by coming from behind to defeat the Nationals, 7-5.

The Nationals took the lead in the second as, with nobody out, Josh Willingham hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats would then extend their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ivan Rodriguez hits an RBI single, scoring Cristian Guzman, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second when Adam Dunn was hit by the pitch, making it 2-0 Nats, while sending Dunn, who had been hit by a pitch, up to second base. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, thanks to a walk to Adam Kennedy, moving Rodriguez over to second base, and still with two men out, Nats’ starter Jason Marquis helped his own cause by hitting a two-run double, knocking in both Dunn and Rodriguez, giving the Nats a 4-0 lead, while sending Kennedy over to third. The Phils would start their comeback in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on a Chase Utley walk, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 4-1, while Utley, who had just walked, moved up to third. Jayson Werth then followed by hitting into an RBI force out, 5-4, wiping out Howard at second base, while Utley scored, making it a 4-2 Nats’ lead. The Phils would strike again in the fifth as, with two men on base, and with one men out, Juan Castro, who was starting the game in place of the injured Jimmy Rollins, hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second base on a force attempt throwing error on Cole Hamels’ bunt attempt, making it 4-3 Nats, while sending Hamels, who had reached first base on Rodriguez’s throwing error, over to third. Polanco then gives the Phils the lead with a two-run single, scoring both Hamels and Castro, making it 5-4 Phils. Utley then makes it a 7-5 Phils’ lead with a two-run shot off the foul pole, his second home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as the bullpen would come in to pitch three and a third-innings of shut out ball, with Ryan Madson recording his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he has another so-so performance as he pitches five and two-third innings, giving up four runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. His record is now 2-0 with a high ERA of 5.06. Chad Durbin records his third hold as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Jose Contreras records his first hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Danys Baez records his second hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Ryan Madson records his second save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Jason Marquis took the lost as he pitches only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 12.96. Jesse English, Tyler Walker, Sean Burnett and Miguel Batista would combine for three and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up just two hits (English (1), Burnett (1)) and one walk (Batista), while striking out two Phils (English (1), Batista (1)).

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco’s two hits being singles, as he knocked in two runs, while Howard’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in a run. Juan Castro, who was in the game because Jimmy Rollins had hurt himself before the start of the game, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz all followed with a hit each, with Castro’s hit being a double, knocking in a run, while Utley’s hit was a two-run home run off of the foul pole. Werth knocked in the Phils’ other run on a force out, before getting a single, after which he took himself out of the game because of a sore left hip.

The Phils (6-1, 1st) will continue their three games series with the Nats (3-4, 4th) with a night game Wednesday night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 11.25), who is coming off a bad outing a week ago against these same Nats, as he received a no-decision on April 8, going only four innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to redeem himself tomorrow night. The Nats’ will counter with Craig Stammen (0-0, 7.20), who also received a no-decision on April 8, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out one, in the Nats’ 6-5 win. He will be trying for his first win of the season. The Phils hope to make it five wins in a row while continuing their hot hitting, although now with Rollins and Werth being injured.

Roy Halladay pitches his 50th career complete game as he wins his 150th victory as the Phils sweep the Astros, 2-1.

Roy Halladay, as he pitches his 50th complete game, wins his 150th career game as he outduels the Astros’ Ray Oswalt, as the Phils defeat the Astros’ 2-1. The Phils, now 5-1, are off to their best start since 1993, when they started that pennant season with an 8-1 start.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, on the second pitch of the game, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Phils would make it 2-0 in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled and had gone to third on Shane Victorino’s single, while Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between the Phils’ Roy Halladay and the Astros’ Roy Oswalt, with Oswalt giving up no more runs before leaving the game in the sixth, having given up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight Phils, while Halladay, through five, gave up only three hits while striking out five Astros. The Astros then threathen in the sixth as they loaded up the bases on singles to pinch hitter Chris Johnson and Michael Bourn, with Johnson moving up to second base, and an error to third base by Halladay on a bunt attempt by Jeff Keppinger, allowing Johnson to reach third, while Bourn moved up to second on the throw to third, with nobody out. But the next batter, Cory Sullivan then hits into a 6-3 double play, forcing out Keppinger at second base, while Johnson scored, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while Bourn moved up to third, where he would stay as the next batter, Carlos Lee, pops up to Rollins for the final out of the inning. The Astros then threathen again in the seventh, as they put runners on second and third, with one man out, via singles to Geoff Blum and Pedro Feliz, with Blum moving up to second base on Feliz’s hit, and then with both man moving up a base on Kazuo Matsui’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, for the inning’s first out. But Halladay then turned the Astros back by getting J.R. Towles to bounce back to the pitcher, 1-3, for the inning’s second out, and then striking out pinch hitter Jason Michaels, swinging. That would be the last threat as Halladay gets Feliz to end the game in the bottom of the ninth with a pop up to Chase Utley for the final out.

Roy Halladay picks up the win as he pitches a complete game, giving up an unearned run on seven hits, as he strikes out eight. His record is now 2-0 with a reduced ERA of 0.56. Roy Oswalt took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while he strikes out eight. His record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 3.75. Jeff Fulchino, Tim Byrdak and Brandon Lyon combine for three shut out innings, giving up only one hit (Fulchino), while striking out two Phils (Fulchino and Byrdak, one each).

The Phils’ offense had only six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with two hits, a solo home run and a single, knocking in a run. Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Roy Halladay had the other foru Phils’ hits, with Utley and Ibanez’s hits being doubles. Carlos Ruiz knocked in the other Phils’ run with an RBI ground out.

The Phils (5-1, 1st East) start a six games home stand with a three games series against the Nationals (3-3, 4th East). The first game of the three-games set, being played at Citizens Bank Park, is already in progress. The Phils send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a win against these same Nats on April 7, as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 8-4 win. He hopes to improve on that outing, giving the Phils a chance to win their home opener. He will be opposed by Jason Marquis (0-1, 13.50), who is coming off a lost to the Phils, also on April 7, as he lasted only four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out only two, in the Nats’ 8-4 lost. He hopes to do better against this same Phils squad. The Phils plan to win their home opener, and to increase their winning streak to four games.

The Phils barely held on to defeat the Brewers, 6-5, dropping their magic number down to 3.

The Phils hold on to defeat the Brewers, 6-5, in the process eliminating the Marlins from divisional contrntion while dropping their magic number over the Braves to 3. With the victory, they have tied their franchise road win record with 48 wins, first set in 1976, as they head home for their final seven games of the season.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run to right field on a 2-1 fast ball, his twenty-first home run of the season. Three batters later, with a runner on third, and with one out, Ryan Howard would make it 2-0 Phils with an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier tripled. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Raul Ibanez and Paul Bako, and Phils’ starter Joe Blanton being hit by the pitch, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run double, scoring both Ibanez and Bako, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Blanton over to third base. The Brewers got a run back in their half of the second as Mike Cameron hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would make it 6-1 in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one out, Pedro Feliz hits a two-run single, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on a wild pitch, and Ibanez, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on the wild pitch. The Brewers would cut down the Phils’ lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one out, Mat Gamel hits a three-run home run, knocking in Cameron, who had been hit by the pitch, and then went to third on Alcides Escobar’s single, and Escobar, who had earlier singled, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ryan Braun hits an RBI single, knocking in Corey Hart, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base, making it 6-5 Phils. But that would be the final score, as the Phils’ bullpen would then hold off the Brewers for the next three and a half innings, with Ryan Madson pitching a four outs save, his ninth save of the year, ending the Phils’ last road trip of the year at 5-5.

Joe Blanton got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit batter, while striking out four. His record is now 12-7 with an ERA of 3.95. Clay Condrey pitched to one batter, giving up a hit. Sergio Escalona pitched a third of an inning, recording his second hold, as he got out the man he would face. Chad Durbin pitched an inning and a third of shut out ball as he recorded his eighth hold, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his ninth save of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up only a hit, while striking out one. Dave Bush took the lost as he pitched four and one third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out five. His record is now 5-9 with a 6.38 ERA. Josh Butler pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Chris Smith, David Weathers and Mitch Stetter combined for three and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up only two hits (Weathers (1), Stetter (1)) and a walk (Weathers), while together striking out three batters (one batter each).

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with all of their starters, including Joe Blanton, getting at least a hit. Jimmy Rollins led the way with three hits, including a solo home run and a double, knocking in a run, as he raised his batting average to .247. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Paul Bako each followed with two hits, with one of Utley’s hits being a triple, with both of Howard’s hits being doubles, as he knocked in a run, and one of Bako’s hits being a double. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Pedro Feliz and Joe Blanton had the other five Phils’ hits, with Victorino’s being a double, knocking in two runs, and Feliz’s being a two-run single. The Phils’ bats once again were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities, leaving fourteen men on base, with most of it occurring during the middle innings. 

The Phillies (90-65, 1st East) will start their final home stand of the season with a four-games series against the Astros (72-83, 5th Central), starting tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (10-9, 4.11), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 23, when he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 7-6 lost. He will be trying to rebound from that start and his earlier start against the Astros on September 6, in his other bad start this month, as well as try to further lower the Phils’ magic number. He will be opposed by Yorman Bazard (0-2, 9.55), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on September 22, as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two in the Astros’ 11-2 lost. He will be trying for his first win of the season. The Phils will be trying to being a hot streak at home so that they won’t have to worry about clinching the East at home against the Marlins,  

A Jayson Werth grand slam and a stellar pitching performance by Joe Blanton leads the Phils to a 6-1 victory over the Nats.

A stellar pitching performance for six innings by Joe Blanton, helped by a late innings grand slam by Jayson Werth, led the Phils to a 6-1 win over the last place Nationals, 6-1. The win reduced the Phils’ magic number over both the Marlins and the Braves to 11.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with runner on the corners, and with Raul Ibanez at the plate, with two men out, Chase Utley, who had earlier singled and then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, stole home plate at the back end of a double steal as Howard first stole second. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who in six innings would give up only five hits and four walks, but no runs, and Nationals’ starter Livan Hernandez, who in his first five innings would give up a run on five hits. The Phils would then increase their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one out, Pedro Feliz would hit a grounder to Nats’ shortstop Cristian Guzman. Guzman threw the ball to second baseman Ian Desmond to force out Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, for the inning’s second out. But, Desmond then threw the ball away at first when he tried to double up Feliz. The throwing error would allow Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Werth’s walk, to head for home, after having reached third at the start of the play, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, as Feliz was safe on the error. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via Utley being hit by the pitch, Howard being intentionally walked after Utley had stolen second base, his second steal of the night, and then a walk to Ibanez, which would move both Utley and Howard up a base, with two men out, Werth hits a grand-slam home run, his thirty-fourth home run of the season, scoring Utley, Howard and Ibanez. In the ninth, the Nats would finally score a run as, with a runner on second, and with two men out. Willie Harris hits an RBI single, knocking in Justin Maxwell, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on defensive indifference, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, ending the Phils’ pitching staff’s 26 straight innings scoreless streak. That would be the final score as Tyler Walker would get the next batter, Guzman, to pop out to Utley to end the game.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and four walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 10-7 with a 3.97 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his thirteenth hold, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning as well, as he walked a batter, while striking out one. Tyler Walker pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Livan Hernandez took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 8-11 with a 5.22 ERA. Tyler Clippard pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on no hits and a hit batter. Sean Burnett pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out as he walked both of them, giving up two runs. Jason Bergmann pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Zack Segovia pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits, including his grand-slam home run, knocking in four of the Phils’ run, while he raised his batting average to .272. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton had the Phils other six hits, all singles. During the game, the Phils lost Chan Ho Park, as he injured his right hamstring while throwing a pitch to the mound. It is not, as of yet, known how long he may be out.

The Phils (84-60, 1st) will continue their home stand tonight with a night game against the Nats (50-95, 5th). The game will be played tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies starter will be Cole Hamel (9-9, 4.21), who is coming off a victory against the Mets on September 11, as he pitched a sharp six and two-thirds innings, giving up only a run on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He will be shooting for his tenth win, while trying to continue his recent string of good starts to get back to his playoff form. The Nats will counter with Ross Detwiler (0-5, 6.17), who last pitched in relief on September 12 against the Marlins, pitching two shut out innings, giving up only two walks, in the Nats’ 11-3 win. He will be trying to help the Nats avoid the sweep. The Phils hope to make it five wins in a row, with a series sweep, while trying to both increase their lead in the East and reduce their magic number even further.

Cliff Lee pitches a complete game shutout of the Nats as the Phils defeat Washington, 5-0.

Cliff Lee threw his first complete game shutout as a Phil (his second one this season) as the Phils defeat the Nationals, 5-0. The Phils’ magic number is now down to twelve over both the Marlins and the Braves as their lead over the fish remains at seven games.

The Phils jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and had gone over to third on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3. The Phils would then bust the game wide open in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Raul Ibanez, a single by Jayson Werth, which sent Ibanez over to third, and a Pedro Feliz walk, which moved Werth up to second base, and with no outs, Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run double, knocking in Ibanez, Werth and Feliz, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. And two batters later, after Phils’ starter Cliff Lee flied out to center for the Phils’ first out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz, making it 5-0 Phils. After Rollins’ hit, the Phils’ offense would get only four more hits on the night. But, it would not matter as Cliff Lee easily handled the Nationals, giving up only six hits and three walks as he pitched a complete game shut out, his first since being traded to the Phils, his second of the season, and the fourth complete game shut out of his career.

Cliff Lee recorded the victory as he pitched a complete game, giving up only six runs and four walks, while striking out nine Nats. His record is now 14-11 (7-2) with an ERA of 3.00 (2.67). Garrett Mock took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out two. His record is now 3-8 with a 5.89 ERA. Saul Rivera, Ron Villone and Logan Kensing combined for two scoreless innings, giving up only three hits (Rivera (1), Kensing (2)) and a walk (Villone), while they struck out only one batter among them (Kensing).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with three hits, all singles, raising his batting average up to .270. Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz followed with two hits apiece, with one of Rollins’ hits being a double, as he knocked in a run, while both of Ruiz’s hits were doubles, as he knocked in three of the Phils’ runs with the first one. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other three hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a double. Utley knocked in the Phils’ other run, as the Phils’ offense last night was successfully able to knock in runners in scoring position when given the opportunity.

The Phils (83-60, 1st) continue their home stand with the Nats (50-94) with a night game. The game will start at 7:05 pm and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (9-7, 4.11), who is coming off his worst start of the season as he lost to the Nats on September 10, where he went only four and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 8-7 lost. He will be trying to get back on track as he once again attempt to win his tenth game of the season. The Nats will counter with Livan Hernandez (8-10, 5.30), who is coming off a win against the Phils on September 10, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out only two, in the Nats’ 8-7 win. He will be trying for his second straight win against the Phils in as many starts. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning streak while trying to lower their magic number against both the Marlins and the Braves even more.