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The Phils are unable to complete the sweep as they lose to the Dodgers in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Phils are not able to sweep the Dodgers as they lose a tough one in extra-innings, losing to the Dodgers, 5-3.

The Dodgers took the lead in the second as Juan Rivera hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay a pitchers’ duel until the tenth when the Phils took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, who is then moved up to second base on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, Chase Utley being intentionally walked and a walk to Ruiz, moving up a base both Rollins and Utley, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run single, scoring Rollins and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Ruiz up to second base. The Dodgers would cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in their half of the tenth as, with a runner on second base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single to left that was out of the reach of shortstop Rollins, scoring Luis Cruz, who had started the inning off with a double. Three batters later, after Abreu had stolen second base, and then stopped at third base on Tony Gwynn, Jr’s infield single, and with two men out, the Dodgers tied the game up at three-all as Matt Kemp hits an RBI infield single, as he just beat Rollins’ throw to first base, knocking in Abreu, while Gwynn would move up to second base on the play. The Dodgers then won the game in the twelfth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Kemp hits a two-run home run, his thirteeth home run of the season, knocking in Mark Ellis, who had just walked, giving the Dodgers a walk-off 5-3 win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo, Kyle Kendrick, Jeremy Horst (pitching to one batter) and Michael Schwimer would combine for a scoreless inning, giving up two hits (Bastardo (1), Horst (1)) and a walk (Schwimer) between them, while striking out three batters (Bastardo (1), Kendrick (1), Schwimer (1)). Jonathan Papelbon committed his third blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two. Jake Diekman (1-1, 5.03) took the lost as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Clayton Kershaw also received a no-decision as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits, while striking out seven. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Javy Guerra pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks. Scott Elbert pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while he struck out two. Jamey Wright (4-2, 3.58) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) with two hits. Chase Utley, Hunter Pence (2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. and pinch hitter Ryan Howard had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had six walks, and two stolen bases (Victorino (20 & 21)) in the game.

The Phils (41-52, 5th East) have the day off today.

The Phils win the series from the Rockies as they defeat Colorado by the scores of 8-5 and 5-1.

The Phils took the series from the Rockies, their first series win in about a month, as they defeat Colorado by the scores of 8-5 and 5-1.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man  out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, after a walk to Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and with still one man out, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, scoring both Utley and Howard. The Rockies got a run back in the third as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Dexter Fowler hits an RBI single, knocking in Josh Rutledge, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Jeremy Guthrie’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Rockies cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-2 two batters later as, with a runner on second, as Fowler moved up to second base on Marco Scutaro’s ground out, 5-3, and now with two men out, Carlos Gonzalez hits an RBI double, scoring Fowler. The Phils added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Vance Worley helped his own cause with a two-run double, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, and Mark Fontenot, who had been intentionally walked, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. The Rockies would cut the Phils’ lead down to 6-5 in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilin Rosario hits a three-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, scoring Tyler Colvin, who had been hit by a pitch, and Jordan Pacheco, who had just walked, moving Colvin up to second base. The Phils got a run back in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Victorino hits an RBI triple, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had just reached base with a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead. The Phils then made it an 8-5 lead as Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his nineteenth save of the season by completing a five-out save, getting Gonzalez to strike out, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Vance Worley (5-5, 3.47) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jake Diekman pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a walk and a hit batter. Brian Sanches pitched to a batter, giving up a hit and a run. Jonathan Papelbon received his nineteenth save of the year as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, striking out two batters. Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 6.14) took the lost as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three. Matt Reynolds pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Adam Ottavino pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Mike Ekstrom pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Matt Belisle pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Rex Brothers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Juan Pierre (Singles) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double),  Shane Victorino (Single, Triple, RBI) and Vance Worley (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the final Phil’s hit and RBIs, as the offense was able to keep scoring enough runs to win the game. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Pierre (21)) in the game.

On Sunday, the Phils took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, then moving up to third base on Ty Wigginton’s ground out, 3-1. The Phils then made it a 5-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the season, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on pitcher Drew Pomeranz’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt, and Victorino, who had just walked. The Rockies would get on the scoreboard in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Gonzalez hits an RBI triple, scoring Marco Scutaro, who had just walked, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.07) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Drew Pomeranz (1-4, 3.79) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. Carlos Torres, Mike Ekstrom and Rafael Betancourt combined for four scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Betancourt) between them, while striking out two (Torres (1), Ekstrom (1)).

The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Triple), Hunter Pence (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. Placido Polanco knocked in the other Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had four walks in the game.

The Phils (39-51, 5th East) will start a three games series with the Dodgers (48-42, 2nd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium and will start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 7, as he pitched six and one-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to lead the Phils to their third straight win. The Dodgers will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (1-5, 4.21), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on July 5, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win. He will be shooting for his second straight win. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak to three games.

The Phils’ 2012 season keeps getting worst as they enter the All-Star being swept by the Braves as they lose the last two games of the series, by the scores of 6-3 and 4-3.

The Phils enter the All-Star as they are swept at home by the Braves, losing the last two games of the series by the scores of 6-3 and 4-3.

On Saturday, the Braves took the lead in the second as, with two men out, Brian McCann hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season, and his second home run of the series, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phils tried to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Hunter Pence’s single, is thrown out at home plate on a fielder’s choice ground ball hit to third baseman Chipper Jones by Placido Polanco, 5-2, as McCann applied the tag, while Pence, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base, while Polanco is safe at first. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all one batter later as Juan Pierre hits an RBI double, scoring Pence, while sending Polanco to third base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. is intentionally walked to load the bases, the Phils take the lead as Joe Blanton helps his own cause by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while moving up a base both Pierre and Mayberry. The Phils increased their lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Blanton at second base for the inning’s second out, while Pierre scores, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, as Mayberry moved up to second base, while Rollins reaches first base. The Braves got a run back in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Martin Prado hits an RBI double, scoring Michael Bourn, who had just singled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Braves tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, McCann hits an RBI single, knocking in Jones, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddie Freeman’s single, while sending Freeman, who had just singled, up to second base, before going on to third base on Pence’s fielding error. Two batters later the Braves took the lead as, with runners still on the corners, and now with one man out, Andrelton Simmons hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Freeman, giving the Braves a 4-3 lead. The Braves increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Prado hits an RBI single, scoring Simmons, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Tommy Hanson’s sacrifice bunt, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, giving the Braves a 5-3 lead, while sending Bourn, who had just walked, up to second base. One batter latter, after Bourn and Prado were involved in a double steal, Bourn would score as Jason Heyward strikes out, swinging, going to the plate as Ruiz was throwing to first to complete the strikeout, giving the Braves a 6-3 lead. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel collected his twenty-fourth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up six runs, only five of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jake Diekman pitched an inning and a third, walking a batter, while striking out one. Jeremy Horst pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Tommy Hanson (10-5, 3.71) got the win as he pitched seven innings, plus one batter, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six. Eric O’Flaherty received his fifteenth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Craig Kimbrel converted his twenty-fourth save of the season throwing a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles. Carlos Ruiz (Double), Juan Pierre (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Joe Blanton (Single, RBI) had the other six Phils’ hits. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil RBI on a force out. The Phils also had a walk in the ballgame.

In Sunday’s game, the Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jason Pridie hits 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. The Braves tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits a two-run home run of his own, his twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Freddie Freeman, who had just doubled. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pridie hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Braves would retied the game at three-all in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Brian McCann hits an RBI single, scoring Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Jason Heyward’s single, while sending Heyward, who had just singled, up to second base. The Braves took the lead in the seventh as, with two men out, McCann hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, and his third home run of the series, giving the Braves a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Craig Kimbrel recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley got a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out five. Raul Valdes (2-2, 3.80) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Jeremy Horst and Jonathan Papelbon would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Papelbon), while striking out two batters (Papelbon) between them. Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.97) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Kris Medlin collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Craig Kimbrel collected his twenty-fifth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Singles) and Jason Pridie (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the ballclub with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils enter the All-Star break with a 37-50 record, in fifth place in the NL East, fourteen games behind the Nats. The team will be off until Friday night.

Cliff Lee finally records his first victory of 2012 as the Phils crush the Mets 9-2.

Cliff Lee finally wins his first start of 2012 as the Phils’ bats decide to come to life as they crush the Mets, 9-2.

The Mets took the lead in the fourth as Scott Hairston hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, David Wright hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Daniel Murphy’s single, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils tied the game at two-all in the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils then took the lead on batter later as Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and now with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending pinch hitter Ty Wigginton, who had earlier been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 6-2 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI infield single, beating shortstop Tejada’s throw to first, as Wigginton ran all the way from second base to score, while Ruiz would stop at second base. The Phils increased their lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rollins hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, forcing out at second base pinch hitter Jason Pridie, who had earlier singled, as Mayberry, who had earlier been safe at first on an earlier force out, 5-4, as Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Phils then took a 9-2 lead as Wigginton hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, scoring Rollins. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (1-5, 3.98) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning. Chris Young (2-2, 3.41) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out three. Miguel Batista pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. Tim Brydak pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jeremy Hefner pitched an inning and a third, giving up three runs on five hits.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Double,  2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Ty Wigginton (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and pinch hitter Jason Pridie (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense came alive in their last three at-bats. The Phils also had a walk and a stolen base (Pierre (20)) in the game.

The Phils (37-46, 5th) will conclude their series with the Mets (44-38, 2nd) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.08), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on June 30, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. He will be going for his eleventh win of the season, while trying to help the Phils win the series. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.15), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on June 29, as he pitched eight innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Mets’ 9-0 shutout. He will be trying for his thirteenth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win, while trying to keep from being contained by Dickey.

Saturday: The Phils are unable to give Cole Hamels some run support as they lose to the Marlins, 3-2.

Cole Hamels receives no run support, as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 3-2.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Giancarlo Stanton hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Hunter Pence’s single. The Marlins retook the lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Stanton hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier doubled, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. The Marlins added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Justin Ruggiano hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Reyes, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before stealing third as the lead man of a double steal, giving the Marlins a 3-1 lead, while Stanton, who had been intentionally walked, then stole second base in the double steal, would move up to third base. The Phils got a run back in the seventh as, with one man out, Pence hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, making it a 3-2 Marlins’ lead. But that would end up being the final score as Heath Bell recorded his sixteenth save by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.08) took the loss as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out five. Michael Schwimer threw a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Mark Buehrle (7-8, 3.48) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Mike Dunn collected his four hold of the season as he pithced a 1-2-3 inning. Heath Bell received his sixteenth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run, knocking in a run, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) with two hits. Chase Utley, Shane Victorino (RBI) and Cole Hamels had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had a walk in the game, as the offense was unable to get a key hit in the game.

The Phils’ bullpen ruin Chase Utley’s return, as the Phils lose to the Pirates, 11-7.

The Phils’ bullpen spoil Chase Utley’s return to the club as they can not hold down the Pirates, as the Phils lose to the Bucos, 11-7.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a dramatic solo home run, his first home run of the season, as well as his first hit of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz followed with a solo home run of his own, his eleventh home run of the year. The Pirates took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Michael McKenry hits a three-run home run, knocking in Neil Walker, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Jose Tabata’s single, and Tabata, who had just singled, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead. The Pirates added to their lead in the fourth as Casey McGehee hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Pirates a 4-2 lead. The Pirates then took a 5-2 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, James McDonald hits an RBI single, scoring Walker, who had earlier doubled, then reached third base on Pedro Alvarez’s ground out, 4-3, while moving McKenry, who had just been intentionally walked, on to third base. The Pirates increased their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Sutton, who had lead-off the inning with a walk, then moved up to second base on Andrew McCutchen’s single, giving the Pirates a 6-2 lead, while sending McCutchen, who had earlier singled, up to third base. The Pirates then made a 7-2 lead as Tabata hits an RBI single, scoring McCutchen, while sending Walker on to third base. The Pirates then took an 8-2 lead as McKendry hits an RBI single, scoring Walker, while sending Tabata up to third base. The Phils started a comeback in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz, who had been safe at first as Utley, who had reached first base on an infield single, is wiped out at second base on a 6-4 force out, cutting the Pirates’ lead down to 8-3. The Phils then made it an 8-4 Pirates’ lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Pence. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead down to 8-5 in the seventh as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI triple, knocking in Hector Luna, who had started the inning off by reaching base on third baseman’s Alvarez’s fielding error. The Phils then made it an 8-6 Pirates’ lead as Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, as Utley send Pierre to third base with a single to right, and with still nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Pierre, cutting the Pirates’ lead down to 8-7, while sending Utley up to second base. The Pirates then increased their lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Sutton hits an RBI double, scoring pinch hitter Alex Presley, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Pirates a 9-7 lead. The Pirates then made it an 11-7 lead as McCutchen hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Sutton. That would end up being the final score as Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless ninth.

Raul Valdes (2-1, 3.24) took the lost as he only pitched two innings, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Joe Savery pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out two. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning and a third, giving up four hits, while striking out three. Jake Diekman pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Chad Qualls pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. James McDonald (7-3, 2.44) got the win as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jared Hughes pitched a third of an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on a hit and a walk. Tony Watson pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up a run on three hits. Brad Lincoln collected his first hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning. Jason Grilli pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Chase Utley (2 Singles, Home Run, RBI), leading the team as he played in his first game after coming off the dl, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. Juan Pierre (Single, RBI), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI) and Shane Victorino (Single, RBI) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (17), Victorino (19)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (36-41, 4th East) conclude their series with the Pirates (39-35, 2nd Central) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park, already in progress.

The Phils’ offense explodes for six runs in the ninth as they defeat the Cubs for their fourth straight win, 9-2.

The Phils win their fourth straight game for the first time this season as the offense explodes for six runs in the ninth inning as they defeated the Cubs, 9-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr’s soft grounder near the plate, 2-3, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Cubs took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Alfonso Soriano hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Bryan LaHair, who had reached second base on Juan Pierre’s two-base fielding error as he allowed LaHair’s fly ball to hit off of his glove, giving the Cubs a 2-1 lead. The Phils would tied the game up at two-all in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI infield single, beating the throw to first by second baseman Darwin Barney, although replay would show that the umpire might have made a bad call, knocking in Kyle Kendrick, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Pierre’s double, while sending Pierre, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils then took the lead in the eighth as, with one man out, a still red hot Ruiz hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils then put the game away in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Galvis, his second of the ballgame, Mike Fontenot being hit by a pitch, and a walk to Jimmy Rollins, moving up a base both Galvis and Fontenot, and with nobody out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run single, knocking in both Galvis and Fontenot, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Rollins up to second base. Four batters later, with the bases once again loaded, after a double steal by Rollins and Wigginton, with Rollins stealing third, and Wigginton stealing second base, and with an intentional walk to Ruiz, and now with two men out, pinch hitter Hector Luna busted the game wide open with a grand slam home run, his first home run of the season, as well as his first hit of the season, scoring Rollins, Wigginton and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 9-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Raul Valdes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out LaHair, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits, as he struck out four. Jose Contreras (1-0, 8.00) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his eighth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Raul Vlades pitched a 1-2-3 inning, also striking out two Cubs. Matt Garza also received a no-decision as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, as he struck out two. James Russell pitched a third of an inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Shawn Camp (2-2, 3.43) took the lost as he gave up a run on a hit, as he struck out two. Scott Maine pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, giving up three runs on a hit, a walk and a hit batter. Michael Bowden pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Single, Double), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (Doubles, RBI), all leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Kyle Kendrick (Single), pinch hitter Mike Fontenot (Single) and pinch hitter Hector Luna (Home Run, 4 RBIs), had the other six Phils’ hits, with both Fontenot and Luna getting hits in their first official at-bats as a Phil, as the offense decided to break a tight game open in their last at-bat.

The Phils (19-19, 5th East) will be playing the final game of their two-game series with the Cubs (15-22, 5th Central) tonight. The game will be played at Wrigley Field, and is to start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-3, 3.20), who is coming off a lost against the Padres on May 12, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. Halladay will be out to end his personal three-game losing streak, while trying to lead the Phils to their five straight win. The Cubs will counter with Chris Volstad (0-5, 6.92), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on May 12, as he pitched six innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out a batter, in the Cubs’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to lead the Cubs to a split. The Phils will be looking for a series sweep before coming back home for their first interleague game series.