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The Phils’ bullpen let one get away in extra-innings, as they lost to the Giants, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bullpen allows one to get away in extra-innings, after the offense tied it up in the ninth, as the Phils lose to the Giants, 4-3.

The Giants took the lead in the bottom of the second as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the top of the fourth as Kevin Frandsen hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season. The Giants retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Marco Scutaro hits an RBI single, scoring Gregor Blanco, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Giants a 2-1 lead. The Giants increased their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Barry Zito hits an RBI single, knocking in Brandon Belt, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Francisco Peguero’s ground out, 5-3, and then went to third on Brandon Crawford’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead, while sending Guillermo Quiroz, who had just been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Phils cut the Giants’ lead to 3-2 in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Frandsen’s fly out, while sending Michael Young, who had just walked, over to third base, while Utley would move up to second base on the throw to third. The Phils then tied the score up at three-all as Delmon Young hits a sacrifice fly to right, knocking in M. Young, while sending Utley over to third base. The Giants would win the game in the bottom of the tenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Andres Torres hits a walk-off single, knocking in pinch-hitter Buster Posey, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Joaquin Arias’ sacrifice bunt, 2-3, then moved up to third base on Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, giving the Giants a 4-3 walk-off win.

Jonathan Pettipone received a no-decision as he threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst pitched a third of an inning, walking a batter. Phillippe Aumont, Chad Durbin and Mike Adams combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Adams) and a walk (Horst) between them, while striking out three (Aumont (1), Durbin (2)). Antonio Bastardo (1-1, 1.69) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Barry Zito also received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings plus one batter, as he gave up a run on four hits, striking out three. Santiago Casilla collected his sixth hold of the season by pitching two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face, striking out one. Jeremy Affeldt received his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the one man who he would face.  Sergio Romo received his second blow save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Javier Lopez (1-0, 3.24) picked up the win by pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Doubles) and Ben Revere (Single, Double) both leading the team with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Home Run, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. Delmon Young knocked in the final Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils also had a walk (Michael Young) in the game.

The Phils (16-19, 3rd NL East) will start a four-games series with the D-backs (19-15, 3rd NL 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 PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (1-4, 4.34), who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on May 4, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. He will be trying to win his second game of the season. The D-backs will counter with Patrick Corbin (4-0, 1.80), who is coming off a win against the Padres on May 4, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the D-backs’ 8-1 rout. He will be going for his fifth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to start off their second series out west with a win.

The Phils drops their third straight game to the Pirates as they lose 6-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ pitching staff has another late inning meltdown as the team loses their third straight game to the Pirates, 6-4.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in the top of the sixth as Gaby Sanchez hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Utley, who earlier singled, then stole second base, on to third base. Two batters later, after Utley is thrown out at the plate, 5-2, on John Mayberry, Jr.’s fielder’s choice grounder to third baseman Pedro Alvarez, for the inning’s first out, as Howard’s moved up to second base on the play, and Mayberry reaches first base, and a wild pitch by Justin Wilson sends Howard to third base, and Mayberry to second, the Phils added to their lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Brown hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Howard, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Pirates got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Sanchez hits an RBI single, knocking in Starling Marte, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Andrew McCutchen’s single, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, while sending McCutchen, who had just singled, over to third base. One batter later, the Pirates tied the game up at three-all as Michael McKenry hits an RBI single, knocking in McCutchen, while sending Sanchez over to third base. The Pirates took the lead in the top of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via Clint Barmes bring hit by a pitch, a single by Travis Snider, moving Barmes up to second base, and a single by Marte, moving both runners up a base, and with no one out, pinch-hitter Garrett Jones hits a two-run double, scoring Barmes and Snider, making it a 5-3 Pirates’ lead, while sending Marte up to third base. Two batters later, after McCutchen is intentionally walked, reloading the bases, and with still nobody out, Sanchez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Marte, making it a 6-3 Pirates’ lead, while sending Jones up to third base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Utley’s ground out, 2-3, making it a 6-4 Pirates’ lead. That would be the final score as Tony Watson collected his first save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out seven. Philippe Aumont (1-3 4.05) took the lost as he lasted only a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, striking out a batter. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking two. Raul Valdes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. James McDonald also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Justin Wilson (2-0, 1.29) got the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Tony Watson recorded his first save of the year as he pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Doubles, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Double), Chase Utley (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits, as the ballclub is once again held down by opposing pitching. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Frandsen, Utley) and a stolen base (Utley (4)) in the game.

The Phils (9-14, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Mets (10-10, 3rd) with a ballgame tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.28) who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on April 21, as he threw six strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying for his second win of the season, hoping that the offense will finally wake up and start being more consistent. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (1-3, 5.95), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on April 21, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Mets’ 2-0 win. He’ll also be trying for his second win, hoping that he’ll have better luck this time against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to end their present three game losing streak, before things can get any worst.

The Phils’ bullpen let one get away, wasting a good start by Roy Halladay, as the Phils fall to the Pirates, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRoy Halladay’s third straight strong start is wasted by the bullpen as the Phils lose late to the Pirates, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Pedro Alvarez hits an RBI single, scoring Garrett Jones, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base when Neil Walker was hit by the pitch, while sending Walker, who had just been hit by a pitch, up to second base. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Humberto Quintero’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Quintero, who had just singled, up to second base. The Pirates got a run back in the seventh as, with one man out, Alvarez hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates tied the game up at three-all in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Travis Snider hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-hitter Jose Tabata, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Starling Marte’s single, while sending Marte’s who had just singled, on to third base. Two batters later, with the bases now loaded, as Andrew McCutchen walks, moving Snider to second base, and with still nobody out, the Pirates took the lead as pinch-hitter Brandon Inge hits an RBI single, knocking in Marte, giving the Pirates a 4-3 lead, while moving both Snider and McCutchen up a base. The Pirates added to their lead in the ninth as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Marte hits an RBI triple on a pop ball that second baseman Utley was unable to catch, scoring Clint Barmes, who had earlier singled, giving the Pirates a 5-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jason Grilli collected his ninth save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six strong innings, giving up a run on a hit, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out eight. Antonio Bastardo received his second hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Mike Adams received his first blown save of the season before taking the lost (1-2, 4.00) as he pitched to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. Jeremy Horst pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits. Wandy Rodriguez also received a no-decision as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out five. Vin Mazzaro (1-0, 0.00) got the win as pitched a scoreless inning and a third. Mark Melancon collected his eighth hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Jason Grilli collected his ninth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils collected ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double), Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles) all leading the ballclub with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Ben Revere (Single), Humberto Quintero (Single) and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (John Mayberry, Jr., Humberto Quintero (Intentional)) in the game.

The Phils (9-13, 4th East) conclude their series with the Pirates (12-9, 3rd Central) with a game already in progress.

The Phils spoil a good start by Cliff Lee as they lose the series opener to the Reds, 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils are unable to take advantage of the fifth straight quailty start by one of their starters, as they lose the opener of their series with the Reds, 4-2.

The Phils and Reds were involved in a pitchers’ due between Phils’ starter Cliff Lee and Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo for the first six plus innings, as Lee gives up just three hits and a walk in his first six innings, while striking out four, while Arroyo, in his first seven innings of work, would also give up just three hits, while striking out three Phils. The Reds would finally break the 0-0 tie in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Joey Votto, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Brandon Phillips’ double, would score on Lee’s wild pitch, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while it sends Philips, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Reds then took a 2-0 lead as, now with runners on the corners as Jay Bruce walks, and with still one man out, Todd Frazier hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Philips. The Phils got Lee off the hook in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two-men out, pinch-hitter Chase Utley hits a two-run home run to center field, his third home run of the season, scoring Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, tying the game up at two-all. The Reds would retake the lead in their half of the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off infield single by Derrick Robinson, who then moves up to second base on Shin-Soo Choo’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, a double by Zack Cozart, as right fielder Laynce Nix overran the ball while trying to make the catch, as Robinson stopped at third base, and an intentional walk to Votto, and with one man out, Phillips hits a two-run single, which was just able to get by second baseman Freddy Galvis, knocking in Robinson and Cozart, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead, while sending Votto up to second base. The Reds then tried to add more after Jay Bruce hits a single, reloading the bases as Votto and Philips both moved up a base, but Mike Adams buckled down as he struck out Frazier looking, for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Chris Heisey to pop out to Galvis. That would be the final score as Aroldis Chapman recorded his third save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out four. Jeremy Horst (0-1, 9.53) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Mike Adams pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 4.05) got the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out three. Aroldis Chapman collected his third save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, singles by Freddy Galvis, Michael Young, Dom Brown and Laynce Nix and a home run by pinch-hitter Chase Utley (2 RBIs).

The Phils (6-7, 4th East) continues their series with the Reds (6-7, T-2nd Central) with a game tonight. The game will be played at Great American Ball Park, and is to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.40), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 10, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to become the second Phils’ starter to have more than one win. The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (1-1, 5.73), who is coming off a lost against the Cardinals on April 10, as he threw five innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Reds’ 10-0 lost. He will try to recover from his last start. The Phils will be out to even the series.

Pitching let the offense down, as the Phils start the 2013 season off with a lost as they lose to the Braves, 7-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense is let down by the pitching as they lose their opening day game with their NL East rival, the Braves, 7-5.

The Braves took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Freddie Freeman hits a two-run bomb to right field, his first home run of the season, knocking in Jason Heyward, who had earlier walked, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead. The Braves added to their lead in the second as Dan Uggla started off the bottom of the second with a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead. The Braves then made it a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Freeman hits an RBI single, scoring Andrleton Simmons, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Justin Upton’s fly out to right. The Phils then got on the board in the top of the fourth as Chase Utley started the inning off with a solo shot to straight center field, his first home run of the season, and the 200th home run of his career, cutting the Braves’ lead to 4-1. The Phils would make it a 4-3 Braves’ lead in the top of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Cole Hamels, a walk by Ben Revere, moving Hamels up to second base, and a single by Jimmy Rollins, sending Hamels on to third base and Revere up to second base, and with one man out, Utley hits a two-run single, knocking in Hamels and Revere, while sending Rollins on to third base, beating the throw, before moving up to second base on the throw. After Braves’ manager Freddie Gonzalez replaces starter Tim Hudson with Luis Avilan, Avilan stops the damage by first striking out Ryan Howard for the inning’s second out, and after intentionally walking Michael Young to reload the bases, gets Dom Brown to ground out softly, 4-3, for the inning’s final out. The Braves would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Upton hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Braves a 5-3 lead. The Braves increased their lead in bottom of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Gerald Laird hits an RBI single, knocking in Uggla, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Chris Johnson’s double, giving the Braves a 6-3 lead, while sending Johnson, who had just singled, on to third base. The Braves then took a 7-3 lead as pinch-hitter Reed Johnson hits into a 1-6-3 double play, wiping out Laird at second base for the inning’s first out, scoring C. Johnson, who beat Howard’s wide and late throw to the plate. The Phils got one run back in the top of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, knocking in Utley, who had just tripled, making it a 7-4 Braves’ lead. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead down to 7-5 in the top of the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Jordan Walden’s wild pitch. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel would come in and collect his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Howard to fly out for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Chad Durbin pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. Jeremy Horst pitched two innings, as he gave up a hit, while striking out two. Philippe Aumont pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Tim Hudson received a no-decision as he went four and a third-innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Luis Avilan (0-1, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an intentional walk, while striking out a batter. Eric O’Flaherty pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Jordan Walden recorded his first hold of the year as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Craig Kimbrel recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, being a double short of hitting the cycle. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Dom Brown (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Erik Kratz (Single, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other seven Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the final Phil’s run with a ground out. The Phils also had a four walks (Revere, Young (2), Brown) and a stolen base (Revere (1)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (0-1, T-4th) will continue their three games series with the Braves (1-0, T-1st) with a night game tomorrow night at Turner Field. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (0-0, -.–) who is coming off a bad 2012, and a so-so spring. Halladay and the Phils both hope that he’ll rebound from last season. The Braves will counter with Paul Malholm (0-0, -.–) who is coming off a so-so 2012 season between the Cubs and the Braves. He hopes to pitch better this season. The Phils will be trying to even up the series, while hoping that the old Doc will return.

The Phils allow another game to slip away as they lose late to the Astros, 7-6.

The bullpen once again falters as the Phils lose yet another late season game to the Astros, as they lose 7-6.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a double, then moved up to third base on Juan Pierre’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Astros took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Scott Moore hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Paredes, who had just singled, giving the Astros a 2-1 lead. The Phils tied the game up at two-all in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Pierre hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third base on catcher Carlos Corporan’s throwing error. Two batters later, after Chase Utley is intentionally walked, and with still two men out, the Phils would retake the lead, as Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in both Pierre and Utley, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, before being thrown out at third base trying to stretch the double into a triple, 7-6-5, for the inning’s final out. The Astros would cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the sixth as, with two men out, Corporan hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season. The Astros would retake the lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via Jose Altuve reaching first base on third baseman Michael Martinez’s throwing error, who then steals second base, a walk to Paredes, and a walk to pinch hitter Brandon Laird, and with one man out, Justin Maxwell hits a two-run bloop double to right, as the ball just dropped in fair, scoring Altuve and Paredes, giving the Astros a 5-4 lead, while sending Laird all the way to third base. The Astros then took a 7-4 lead as Matt Dominguez hits a two-run single, knocking in both Laird and Maxwell. The Phils got two of the runs back in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a two-run double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, and then stopped at second base on John Mayberry, Jr.’s single, and Mayberry, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Wilton Lopez collected his sixth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo collected his twenty-second hold of the season, before taking the lost (2-5, 4.63) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on a walk, while striking out one. Phillippe Aumont committed his first blown save of the season, as he faced three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. Justin De Fratus pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a walk. Jordan Lyles also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks, striking out six. Hector Ambriz pitched an inning, plus a batter, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Wesley Wright (2-2, 3.19) got the win as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Xavier Cedeno pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter whom he would face. Mickey Storey pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on two hits and a hit batter. Wilton Lopez recorded his sixth save of the year as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Michael Martinez (Single, Double) with two hits. Juan Pierre (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Double, 2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Dom Brown (Double, 2 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits. Chase Utley knocked in the final Phil’s run with a sac fly. The Phils also had five walks, a hit batter (Carlos Ruiz) and a stolen base (Rollins (30)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (73-74, 3rd) will start a three-game series with the Mets (66-80, 4th) starting with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citi Field and is to start at 7:10 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 12, as he pitched seven innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to end the Phils’ present losing streak. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (18-5, 2.68), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on September 11, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eighth hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Mets’ 5-3 lost. He will be going for win no. 19. The Phils will be trying to keep their playoff hopes alive with a win tonight.

The Phils scored early and often as they defeated the Astros, 12-6.

Cole Hamels gain his 15th win of the year as the Phils’ offense scored early and often to defeat the Astros, 12-6.

The Phils took the lead in the first as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier walked, then stole second base. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as, after Utley had stolen second base, Ryan Howard hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Utley. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead four batters later as, with Howard now on third, after moving up on Dom Brown’s ground out, 4-3, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Howard. The Astros got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jose Altuve, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Brandon Barnes’ single, would score as Justin Maxwell hits into a force out, 1-6, wiping out Barnes at second base for the inning’s second out, sending Altuve to third, before he would score on Jimmy Rollins’ throwing error, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while Maxwell, who was safe on the error, would move up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Mayberry, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Astros cut down the Phils’ lead in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Matt Downs hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Matt Dominguez, who had started the inning off with a single, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Utley and Howard, a force out by Carlos Ruiz, 5-4, wiping out Howard at second base for the inning’s second out, as Utley moved up to third, while Ruiz beat out the throw to first base, a stolen base by Ruiz, and then an intentional walk to Brown, and with two men out, Mayberry hits a two-run single, knocking in both Utley and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead, while sending Brown up to second base. The Astros got a run back in their half of the fifth as two men out, Maxwell hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, making it a 7-4 Phils’ lead. The Phils once again increased their lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brown hit a two-run bomb into the right field seats, his third home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 9-4 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Pierre’s single, giving the Phils a 10-4 lead, while sending Pierre, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils then made it a 12-4 lead as Howard followed with an RBI single, knocking in both Pierre and Utley. The Astros got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dominguez, who had earlier reached first base on pitcher Justin De Fratus’ throwing error, then stopped at third base on Jed Lowrie’s single, scored on a wild pitch by De Fratus, making it a 12-5 Phils’ lead, while sending Lowrie up to second base. The Astros then made it a 12-6 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Barnes reached first base on Frandsen’s throwing error, which allowed Altuve, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, to score, while Barnes would go on to second base. But that would be the final score as Jeremy Horst finally ended the game by striking out Brett Wallace, swinging, for the game’s final out

Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Horst also pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit, while also striking out the side. Edgar Gonzalez (2-1, 4.40) took the lost as he lasted only four innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out two. Chuckie Fick pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks. Fernando Rodriguez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jose Valdez pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out two. Enerio Del Rosario pitched a third of an inning, plus four batters, giving up three runs on four hits. Rhiner Cruz pitched two innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had sixteen hits, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the ballclub with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in three runs, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, RBI), Juan Pierre (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) and Kevin Frandsen (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Dom Brown (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Cole Hamels (Single) and Nate Schierholtz (Double) had the other three Phils’ hit. The Phils also had five walks and three stolen bases (Pierre (35), Utley (7), Carlos Ruiz (4)) in the game.

The Phils (73-72, 3rd East) will continue their series with the Astros (46-99, 6th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT (6:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (9-10, 3.83), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 10, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks, striking out a career high eight batters, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to even his record. The Astros will counter with Dallas Keuchel (1-7, 5.35) with a no-decision against the Cubs on September 10, as he went only four innings, giving up a run on six hits and two walks, striking out a batter, in the Astros’ 4-1 lost. He will be trying to give the Astros the series lead. The Phils will be trying to take the series lead.