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The Phils win their third game in a row as they hang on to win a squeaker in LA, beating the Dodgers, 3-2.

The Phils hang on to win a close one in LA, as they beat the Dodgers, 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Dodgers would get a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Matt Kemp hits into a double play, 5-4-3, scoring Jerry Hairston, who had started the inning off with a double, then reached third base on first baseman Howard’s missed catch error of second baseman’s Chase Utley throw to first of Mark Ellis’ grounder, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while Ellis, who had reached first base on Howard’s error, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out. The Dodgers then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Juan Rivera, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on James Loney’s single, then stopped at third base on Luis Cruz’s force out, 1-6, as Loney, who had just singled, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, as Cruz reaches first base, would score on pitcher’s Joe Blanton’s wild pitch, while Cruz, who had been safe at first on the force out, would move up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twentieth save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth.

Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.79) got the win as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a wild pitch, while striking out seven. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twentieth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.33) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three Phils. Shawn Tolleson, Scott Elbert and Ronald Belisario combined for four scoreless innings, giving up a run (Elbert) and a walk (Elbert) between them, while striking out six (Tolleson (3), Belisario (3)).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles, Triple) leading the team with three hits. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Juan Pierre (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks in the ballgame.

The Phils (40-51, 5th East) will continue their series with the Dodgers (48-43, 2nd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Dodgers Stadium, and is supposed to start at 10:10 pm EDT (7:10 pm PDT). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (4-5. 3.98), who is coming off the disabled list. His last start was on May 27 against the Cardinals, where he had received a lost, going just two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 8-3 lost. He hopes that he will have improved over the way he was pitching before the injury. The Dodgers, as of the present moment, have not announced their starter. The Phils will be looking to increase their winning streak to four games, while hoping that Halladay will have returned to form.

33 games in 31 days: Game #12: Roy Halladay wins his seventeenth start as the Phils hold on to defeat the Brewers, 5-3.

Roy Halladay pitches his way into his seventeenth win of the season as the Phils turn back the Brewers to win, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his thirty-second home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third on Hunter Pence’s single, and Pence, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had been intentionally walked, up to second base. Two batters later, after Pete Orr had hit a single, loading up the bases as Howard stopped at third and Ibanez had went up to second base, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while moving up a base both Ibanez and Orr. The Brewers got on the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as. with a runner on third, and with one man out, Yuniesky Betancourt hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Casey McGehee, who had earlier doubled, moved up to third on Taylor Green’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-1, although neither team’s broadcast crew are sure that McGehee had actually touched home plate, as Ruiz had blocked part of home plate and the home plate umpire had never made a safe signal. The Brewers then cut the Phils’ lead down to 5-2 in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Betancourt hits an RBI single, knocking in Prince Fielder, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on McGehee’s walk, then stopped at third on Jerry Hairston’s ground out, 5-3, while sending McGehee, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Hairston’s ground out. The Brewers then made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead as Jonathan Lucroy’s sacrifice fly, scoring McGehee. That would end up being the final score, as Ryan Madson finally ended the threat by getting George Kottaras to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, as he recorded his twenty-ninth save of the season.

Roy Halladay (17-5, 2.44) gets the win as he went eight innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, as he struck out nine. Antonio Bastardo pitched to two batters, getting neither one out, as he gave up two runs on a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-ninth save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Shaun Marcum (12-6, 3.25) took the lost, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, striking out two. Takashi Saito, Francisco Rodriguez and Kameron Loe combined for two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Saito), while striking out two (Saito (1), Loe (1)) between them.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Pete Orr leading the team with three hits, all singles. Raul Ibanez (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) both followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Double), Hunter Pence (Single) and Ryan Howard (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (93-48, 1st East) will continue their series with the Brewers (85-61, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT (6:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 5, as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-0 win. He will be going for his seventeenth win, while trying to pitch the Phils to their sixth straight win. The Brewers will counter with Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.47), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on September 5, as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 4-1 win. Wolf will see if he can slow down his old team. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to six games.

The Phils get crushed as they lose to the Nats, 10-2.

The Phils are crushed as they lose to the Nats, 10-2.

The Nats took the lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via Jason Marquis being safe at first on a force out on a bunt attempt, 1-6, as he tried to move Brian Bixler, who had earlier singled, over to second base, a single by Roger Bernadina, sending Marquis on to second base, and a walk by Ian Desmond, moving both men up a base, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Marquis, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while Bernadina would move up to third. The Nats then took a 2-0 lead as, now with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Michael Morse hits an RBI single, knocking in Bernadina, while sending Desmond up to second base. The Nats then made it a 5-0 lead as Danny Espinosa hits a three-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, scoring both Desmond and Morse. The Phils got on the scoreboard in the fifth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 5-1. The Phils then cut the Nats’ lead down to 5-2 as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a solo shot, his third home run of the season. The Nats got a run back in the sixth as Espinose hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, and his second in the ballgame, giving the Nats a 6-2 lead. The Nats then broke the game wide open in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Morse hits an RBI double, knocking in Desmond, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on a Werth ground out, 5-3, and then stole third, giving the Nats a 7-2 lead.  Two batters later, the Nats took an 8-2 lead as Ivan Rodriguez hits an RBI single, knocking in Morse, before going on to second base on the throw home. The Nats then made it a 9-2 lead as Jerry Hairston hits an RBI single, scoring Rodriguez, before being caught in a rundown, and then being tagged out, as he tried to move up to second base, 7-5-4, for the inning’s final out. The Nats added a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Cole Kimball, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Desmond’s walk, giving the Nats a 10-2 lead, while sending Desmond, who had just walked, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as the Phils went down in the ninth.

Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94) took the lost as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four. Michael Stutes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Danys Beaz pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Mike Zagurski pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Jason Marquis (6-2, 4.13) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out four. Tyler Clippard collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Cole Kimball pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Singles) and Dom Brown (Double, Home Run, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each.  Chase Utley (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, RBI), had the other three hits, as the Phils’ offense was unable to overcome another early deficit.

The Phils (34-21, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Nats (23-31, 5th) with an afternoon game, already in progress.

The Phils make the Doc a seven game winner as they come from behind to beat the Nats, 5-4.

The Phils once again come from behind, giving Doc Halladay his seventh win of the season, as they defeat the Nats, 5-4.

The Nats took the lead in the second as Michael Morse hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Livan Hernandez performed a sucide squeeze bunt RBI out, 3-unassisted, scoring Jerry Hairston, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Alex Cora’s single, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Cora, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils cut the Nats’ lead in half in the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead. The Phils then tied it up at two-all as Ryan Ibanez hits a solo home run of his own, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as, with a man on second, and with still one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats tied it up at three-all in the fifth as, with two men out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Nats then retook the lead in the sixth as Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils retied the game at four-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Chase Utley’s walk, while sending Utley, who had just walked, to third base. The Phils then took a 5-4 lead as Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley.  The Nats tried to retie the game in their half of the seventh as they put runners on the corners, via a double by Cora, and a single by Ian Desmond, which sent Cora to third base, with no one out. Roy Halladay then got out of the inning by first getting Rick Ankiel to hit a grounder to him, before he threw home, catching Cora in a rundown before he is tagged out at third, 1-2-5, for the inning’s first out, while Desmond moved up to second base and Ankiel was safe at first, then getting Espinosa to fly out to left for the inning’s second out, before striking out Jayson Werth for the final out. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would record his twelfth save in twelve tries as he pitched a strong 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (7-3, 2.56) gets the win as he goes seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, as he struck out five. Antonio Bastardo recorded his third hold of the year as he gets out the only man that he would face in a third of an inning. Jose Contreras received his second hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, hitting a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his twelfth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Livan Hernandez received a no-decision as he went six and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four. Sean Burnett blew his fourth save before taking the lost (0-2, 5.59) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Todd Coffey pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to roll.

The Phils (34-20, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (22-31, 5th) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.50), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 26, as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 10-4 rout. He’ll be trying for his fifth win of the year. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (5-2, 4.26), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on May 25, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out only one, in the Nats’ 6-4 lost. He will be trying to do better than his last start against the Phils. The Phils will be going for their third straight series win.

A six-run third supports a fine pitching performance by Roy Halladay as the Phils proceed to sweep the Nats, 7-4.

A six-run third and a fine pitching performance by their ace Roy Halladay leads the Phils to a sweep of the hapless Nats, 7-3.

The Phils broke the game wide open in their half of the third as they send ten men to the plate. They took a 2-0 lead as, with Jimmy Rollins on first, via a single, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring Rollins. Three batters later, after Placido Polanco had reached base with a single, and then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, John Mayberry, Jr. gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI double, knocking in Polanco, while sending Howard to third base. A red-hot Raul Ibanez then followed with a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Ibanez scored on a Wilson Valdez single. The Nats got on the scoreboard in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Ramos hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on an Adam LaRoche single, and was called safe by the home plate umpire on a play that he might have missed, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending LaRoche, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Jerry Hairston had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both LaRoche and Ramos up a base, Ian Desmond hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in LaRoche, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, and his second in two days, as he give the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Nats made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Alex Cora’s single. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.19) gets the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he struck out ten. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (2-4, 5.09) took the lost as he pitched two innings plus six batters, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brian Broderick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Todd Coffey pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out five. Henry Rodriguez and Doug Slaten combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Rodriguez) and two walks (one walk each), while striking out four (Rodriguez (3), Slaten (1)) between them. Halladay is presently the second starter in the National League to reached five wins.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with a red-hot Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Wilson Valdez (Singles, RBI) each followed with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. The slight adjustment in their line-up, along with Ibanez getting hot (8-11), have gotten the offense rolling again. I just hope it last for a while.

The Phils (21-9, 1st) begin a three-game weekend series with the Braves (18-15, 3rd), that will begin tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.66) who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on May 1, as he went a strong seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-innings lost. He will be looking to get his third victory of the year. The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (2-3, 3.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cards on May 1, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Braves’ 6-5 walk-off win. He will be trying to once again be a pain in the Phils’ side. The Phils will be going for their four straight win, and their sixth win on the home stand.

Cliff Lee pitched a complete game three-hit shut-out as the Phils beat the Nats, 4-0.

Cliff Lee threw a complete game three-hit shut out, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 4-0.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between the Nats’ starter Jordan Zimmermann, who was throwing a no-hitter at the Phils thru five innings, as he struck out four batters, and Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who was throwing a two-hitter, as he struck off five, while the defense kept the Nats off the board in the third as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Zimmermann hits a grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who then threw home to Carlos Ruiz to force out Danny Espinosa, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Jerry Hairston’s fly out to center, for the inning’s second out. The Phils then took the lead in the sixth as Ruiz broke up Zimmermann’s no-hit bid with a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Four batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an infield single, before Shane Victorino, who had just doubled, scored on Hairston’s throwing error to first, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, as Polanco goes on to second base on the errant throw. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ruiz and Wilson Valdez, with Ruiz stopping at second base, and an Espinosa throwing error of a Lee grounder, allowing Ruiz to reach third, and Valdez to stop at second base, and with one man out, Polanco hits into an RBI force out, knocking in Ruiz, while Lee is thrown out at second base for the inning’s second out, to give the Phils a 3-0 lead, while Valdez would be safe at third base, as Polanco stopped at first. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, finally knocking in his first RBI of the year, scoring Valdez, while sending Polanco on to second base. That would be the final score as Lee set down the Nats in the ninth for the complete game shut out.

Cliff Lee (2-1, 4.19) got the win as he pitched a complete game, the second by a Phils starter in as many games, as he gave up only three hits and a walk, while he struck out twelve. Jordan Zimmerman (1-2, 2.45) took the lost as he pitched seven innings plus three batters, giving up four runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, while striking out four. Drew Storen, Doug Slaten and Brian Broderick pitched for two innings without giving up a run, giving up a hit (Storen), while striking out two batters (Storen and Slaten one batter each) between them. 

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Double), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a throwing error, as the offense capitalized on the few opportunities given to them by the Nats.

The Phils (9-3, 1st) now go back home to Citizens Bank Park for their second home stand to face the Marlins (7-5, 2nd). The game will be played later today at 7:05 pm EDT. Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.25), who is coming off a strong start against the Braves on April 9, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 10-2 win. He will be trying for his third victory of the year, while trying to give the Phils their second three games winning streak. The fish will attempt to counter with Javier Vazquez (1-1, 8.64), who is coming off a win against the Astros on April 9, as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out four in the Marlins’ 7-5 win. He will be trying to get the fish one game behind the Phils. The Phils will be going for their fifth straight series win, while hoping to start it off with a win in the opening game of the series for the first time since their series with the Astros.

Jayson Werth help to defeat his old teammates, as the Phils lose to the Nats, 7-4.

Jayson Werth help to defeat his former club, as the Phils lose to the Nationals in Washington, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Nats tied the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Laynce Nix’s single. The Nats then took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ramos hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Matt Stairs’ ground out, 6-3, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Nats then increased their lead as, now with the bases loaded, after an infield single by Nix, sending Ramos to third, and a walk to Espinosa, sending Nix up to second base, and with still one man out, Jerry Hairston hits an RBI single, scoring Ramos, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead, while moving up both Nix and Espinosa, leaving the bases loaded. The Nats then took a 4-1 lead as Livan Hernandez performed a successful suicide squeeze, 1-3, for the inning’s second out, scoring Nix, while sending Espinosa on to third base, and Hairston to second base. The Nats then took a 5-1 lead in the fifth as, with one man out, Werth hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils tried to get back into the game in the seventh as they loaded the bases, via a single by Raul Ibanez, a single by Carlos Ruiz, sending Ibanez up to second base, and an infield single by Wilson Valdez, moving Ibenez to third base, and Ruiz to second base, with one man out, before they were turned back as Hernandez struck out pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., for the inning’s second out, before handing the ball over to reliever Tyler Clippard, who ended the threat by striking out Shane Victorino. The Nats then increased their lead in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Rick Ankiel, a walk by Werth, sending Ankiel to second base, a double steal by Ankiel and Werth, and a walk by pinch hitter Michael Morse, and with two men out, Ramos received an RBI walk, forcing in Ankiel, making it a 6-1 Nats’ lead, while sending Werth to third base, and Morse to second base. The Phils would finally get a run back in the eighth as, once again with the bases loaded, via a single to Jimmy Rollins, a walk to Howard, moving Rollins up to second base, and a walk to Ben Francisco, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Ibanez hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, scoring Rollins, to make it a 6-2 Nats’ lead, and sending Howard to third base, as Francisco is wiped out at second base, while upsetting shortstop Ian Desmond enough to allow Ibanez to reach first base before the throw. The Phils then cut the lead to 6-3 as, with runners now on the corners, and now with two men out, Howard would score on Sean Burnett’s wild pitch, while Ibanez would move up to second base. The Nats got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Alex Cora hits an RBI single, knocking in Espinosa, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Ivan Rodriguez’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 7-3 Nats’ lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then made it a 7-4 Nats’ lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went to second on pinch hitter Michael Martinez’s ground out 5-3. That would be the final score as Burnett recorded his third save of the season by getting Rollins to line out to Desmond for the final out.   

Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and walk, while he struck out four. David Herrndon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and one walk, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, walking two batters. Danys Baez pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Livan Hernandez (1-1, 3.50) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on seven hits, while striking out six. Tyler Clippard recorded his third hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Sean Burnett received his third save of the season as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits. The Phils’ relief corps did not do well last night, as they allowed two runs to score, thanks in part to four walks coming back to haunt them, with three of them coming in a row in the seventh, forcing in a run with the bases loaded.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (RBI), Jimmy Rollins and Wilson Valdez all leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Ryan Howard (HR, RBI), Ben Francisco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. The fourth Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The offense was not able to go to work on Livan Hernandez because he messed them up with his slow pitches, mixed in with some faster stuff.

The Phils (7-3, 1st) will continue their three-games series with the Nats (5-5, T-2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (1-0, 0.69), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 6, as he went seven innings, giving up no runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 11-0 rout of the Mets. He will be going for his second win, while trying to even up the series between the two teams. The Nats will try to counter with John Lannan (1-0, 3.60), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on April 7, as he pitched only five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Nats’ 5-3 extra-innings win. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win over the Phils. The Phils will be out to even up the series behind the pitching arm of Roy Halladay, while hoping that the offense will be out to once again score runs in bunches.