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33 games in 31 days: Game #29: The Phils reached the low point as the bullpen melts down in the third as the Phils lose their eighth straight game, 6-3.

After taking a quick lead, the Phils had a five-run meltdown by the bullpen in the third, as the Phils lose their eighth straight game, 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ross Gload, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Brian Schneider’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Schneider, who had earlier singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Joe Blanton had hit into a bunt force out, 1-5, as Schneider is forced out at third base for the inning’s first out, while Valdez would reach second base on the play, while Blanton would be safe at first, the Phils added to their lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Valdez, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Blanton up to second base. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead as, with one man on, and with two men out, Gload hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier been safe at first on a force out, 1-4, as Chase Utley had earlier reached base on second baseman Justin Turner’s fielding error. The Phils’ then pulled out Blanton before the start of the Mets half of the third, who was doing fine after pitching two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and started auditioning for bullpen spot(s) on the playoff roster, which turned out to have been a mistake. The Mets cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 as, with two men on, and with two men out, Willie Harris hits a deep fly ball to right that Pence was unable to catch, scoring Ruben Tejada, who had reached first base on a fielder’s choice, as Jason Pridie, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, was caught in a rundown before being tagged out, 1-4-5-6-4, before reaching second base during the rundown, and Turner, who had earlier walked, before he reached third base. The Mets then tied the game up at three-all two battters later, after David Wright had walked, putting runners on the corners as Nick Evans hits an RBI double, knocking in Harris, while sending Wright up to third. The Mets then took the lead as, with two men on, and with still two men out, Josh Thole hits a two-run single, scoring both Wright and Evans, giving the Mets a 5-3 lead. The Mets then made it a 6-3 lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Tejada hits an RBI single, scoring Pridie, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, then moved up to third on Dillon Gee’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4. That would be the final score as the Phillies were put down easily in the ninth as Manny Acosta collected his fourth save of the season.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went two shutout innings, giving up just a hit, while he struck out three. David Herndon (1-4, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up four unearned run on a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Kyle Kendrick pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer, Michael Stutes and Justin De Fratus combined for four scoreless innings, striking out six batters (two batters each) between them.  Dillon Gee (13-6, 4.43) gets the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out two. Bobby Parnell collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched one and two-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Daniel Herrera collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Manny Acosta received his fourth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Ross Gload followed with two hits, both doubles, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Single), Chase Utley (Double), Brian Schneider (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI) and pinch hitter Erik Kratz (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (98-60, 1st) will conclude their series with the Mets (76-82, 4th), with a game in progress, with the Phils in complete control.

The Phils’ offense continue to roll as they defeat the Mets, 9-4.

The Phils’ bats continue to roll along as they defeat the Mets, 9-4.

The Mets tried to take the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, via singles by Angel Pagan and Ruben Tejada, with Pagan stopping at third, and with nobody out, before Vance Worley got out of trouble by first getting David Wright to hit into a fielder’s choice ground out, forcing out Pagan at home, 5-2, while moving Tejada to second base, before striking out Lucas Duda looking, for the inning’s second out, and then, after loading the bases via a walk to Jason Bay, moving up both runners, striking out Nick Evans looking. The Mets tried again in the second as they put runners on second and third, via a single by Josh Thole, and a double by Justin Turner, sending Thole to third, with nobody out, but Worley got out of the inning by striking out Jon Niese, Pagan and Tejada, all looking. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0-lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a three-run home run, his twelfth home run of the year, scoring Placido Polanco who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base when Chase Utley was hit by the pitch, and Utley, who was just hit by a pitch. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Worley, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Victorinio’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Hunter Pence and Mayberry, with Pence stopping at second base, and a walk to Ben Francisco, moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pence, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Mayberry to third base. Two batters later, after Brian Schneider had hit into a fielder’s choice ground out, 3-2, with Mayberry being tagged out at home plate, and Francisco moving up to second base, Worley hits an RBI single, knocking in Francisco, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while sending Schneider up to second base. The Phils then made it a 9-0 lead as Victorino hits a two-run triple, knocking in both Schneider and Worley. The Mets would finally get on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Turner hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Evans, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Thole’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 9-1 Phils’ lead. The Mets then cut the Phils’ lead down to 9-3 in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Duda hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the season, knocking in Willie Harris, who had just singled. The Mets then made it a 9-4 Phils’ lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Thole hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Evans, who had earlier tripled. That would end up being the final score as Michael Stutes got the last two outs to end the ballgame.

Vance Worley (9-1, 2.65) gets the win, as he pitches seven inning, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Stutes pitched two innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Jon Niese (11-11, 4.40) took the lost as he lasted only four innings plus three batters, giving up eight runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six. Pedro Beato pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Ryota Igarashi, Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Igarashi), while striking out two (Byrdak) between them.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the ballgame, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Shane Victorino (Triple, Home Run, 3 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) and Vance Worley (Singles, RBI), all followed with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Double, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (83-44, 1st) will conclude their series with the Mets (60-68, 4th) with an afternoon game today, already in progress.

Two early four-run innings do in the Phils as they lose to the Mets, 9-5.

The Phils are unable to overcome two early four-run innings as they fall to the Mets, 9-5.

The Mets jump to a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Justin Turner hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier tripled, thanks in part to Raul Ibanez trying to make a diving catch on a ball he should had let drop in for a single, and then got past him. The Mets then took a 2-0 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Jason Bay, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Daniel Murphy’s single, scores on Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error of an Angel Pagan grounder that he was unable to grab cleanly, allowing Pagan to be safe at first, while Murphy, who had earlier singled, would reach second base. The Mets then took a 3-0 lead as Josh Thole hits an RBI single, scoring Murphy, while sending Pagan to second base. Ruben Tejada then gave the Mets a 4-0 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Pagan, while sending Thole to second base. The Mets then added to their lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Murphy hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Beltran, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Bay’s single, giving the Mets a 5-0 lead, while sending Bay, who had just singled, up to second base. The Mets then made it a 6-0 lead as Pagan hits an RBI single, knocking in Bay, while sending Murphy over to third. The Mets then took an 8-0 lead as Thole hits a two-run double, scoring both Murphy and Pagan, before being caught off of second base, and then being tagged out, 9-5-6, for the final out. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Dane Sardinha, who then moved up to second base as Rollins is safe at first as Reyes commits a fielding error as he let the ball go between his legs on Rollins’ grounder, and then a single by Wilson Valdez, moving both Sardinha and Rollins up a base, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Sardinha, making it an 8-1 Mets’ lead, while sending Rollins to third base, and Valdez up to second base. The Mets would get the run back in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Reyes hits an RBI triple, his second triple of the game, scoring Thole, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 9-1 lead. The Phils then started a comeback attempt in the eighth as Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the year, making it a 9-2 Mets’ lead. Four batters later, with one man on, and with two men out, Sardinha hits an RBI double, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 9-3. The Phils then cut it down to 9-4 as pinch hitter Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Sardinha. The Phils then cut it down to 9-5 in the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits an RBI double, scoring Ibanez, who had just walked. But that would be the final score as John Mayberry, Jr. ended the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley (2-1, 3.75) took the lost as he pitched three innings, giving up eight runs, five of which were earned, on twelve hits, while striking out one, as he was not sharped yesterday, and getting no help from the defense. Kyle Kendrick pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out two. J.C. Romero pitched a sharp 1-2-3 inning. Danys Baez pitched a scoreless inning, getting himself out of a bases loaded jam, giving up two hits and a walk. Jon Niese (4-5, 3.92) gets the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits and four walks, while striking out six. Taylor Buchholz pitched an inning and a third, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out one. Pedro Beato pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ben Francisco (Single, Double, RBI) and Dane Sardinha (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits each. Wilson Valdez (Single), Placido Polanco (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and pinch hitter Dom Brown (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hit, as the Phils’ offense was unable to climb out of an early hole.

The Phils (33-20, 1st) starts the first game of a three game series with the Nationals (22-30, 5th), which is already in progress.

Coming from behind, the Phils support a strong effort from Roy Halladay as they defeat the Mets, 2-1.

A strong effort by Roy Halladay is supported by a two-run seventh, as the Phils come from behind to defeat the Mets, 2-1.

The Mets took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Carlos Beltran hits an RBI single, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on David Wright’s infield single, beating out Placido Polanco’s throw to second base, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead, while sending Wright, who had just singled, up to second base. Roy Halladay would then get out of trouble by getting Jason Bay to fly out to center field for the first out, as Wright would move up to third, then get Ike Davis to foul out to the third baseman for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Josh Thole to ground out, 6-3. The game would then be a pitcher’s duel, with Halladay giving up just one run for seven innings on six hits, as he struck out seven, helped along by a double play, while Mets’ starter Jon Niese kept the Phils off-balance for six innings, scattering four hits and one walk, while striking out two. The Phils would then tie the game up at one-all in the seventh as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead five batters later as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Wilson Valdez, a walk by Dane Sardinha, sending Valdez to second base, and a single by Shane Victorino, sending Valdez on to third, and Sardinha to second, and with one man out, Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Valdez, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Sardinha on to third. That would be more than enough for Roy Halladay, as he would give up only one more hit, and a walk, being helped by a double play in the eighth and his eighth strikeout in the ninth, before ending the game by getting Davis to ground out, 3-1.

Roy Halladay (4-1, 2.14) gets the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight. He started the game with eighteeen straight strikes, and would end up with a strike/walk ratio of 80/27. Jon Niese (1-4, 4.71) took the lost as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Taylor Buchholz pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Tim Byrdak pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Jason Isringhausen pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, with a single and a double, while knocking in a run with a sac fly, and John Mayberry, Jr. with a single and a home run, with an RBI, both leading the team with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits, with Valdez ending a hitless streak. With his two hits, Polanco now has 41 hits in April, establishing a new team hits record for the month, while the team won their eighteenth game, establishing a new team wins record for the month.

The Phils (18-8, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Mets (11-16, 5th) tomorrow, with a night game that will be televised by ESPN. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 8:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18), who is coming off a bad start against the D-backs on April 25, as he would go seven innings, giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out twelve, in the Phils’ 4-0 lost. He will be looking to lead the Phils to a sweep over the Mets, while improving on his last start. The Mets will counter with Chris Young (1-0, 2.65), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on April 26, as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 6-4 win. He will be trying to keep the Mets from being swept. The Phils will be trying to start the home stand with a sweep.

The bats came out to support Vance Worley as the Phils beat up on the Mets, 10-3.

The Phils’ bats came out tonight in support of Vance Worley as they crushed the formerly red hot Mets, 10-3.

The Mets tried to get on the board in the first inning as, with one man out, Placido Polanco and Jimmy Rollins committed two straight errors, allowing both Daniel Murphy and David Wright to reach base before Vance Worley got Carlos Beltran to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Wright at second base, to end the inning. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, scoring Rollins, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Shane Victorino and Polanco, with Victorino stopping at second base, and with Howard being hit by the pitch, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Polanco, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Howard up to second base. The Mets tried to score again in the sixth as, with two men on, via a single by Wright, and a walk to Beltran, with Wright stopping at second base, and with no one out, before Worley got Jason Bay to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Beltran at second base, while sending Wright on to third, and then ended the inning by getting Ian Davis to fly out to left. The Phils then busted the game wide open in their half of the sixth as, with the bases once again loaded, via a walk to Brian Schneider, Victorino being hit by a pitch, sending Schneider up to second base, a passed ball by Josh Thole, allowing Schneider to reach third base, and Victorino to stop at second base, then Polanco reaching first on a fielder’s choice, as Victorino is caught off second base on Polanco’s grounder as Schneider did not go home on contact, 4-unassisted, and a walk to Rollins, sending Polanco on to second base and with two men out, Howard hits a grand-slam home run, his sixth home run of the year, his second home run of the night, and his tenth career grand-slam home run, knocking in Schneider, Polanco and Rollins, giving the Phils an 8-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 10-0 lead in the seventh as, once again with the bases loaded, via a walk to Raul Ibanez, Pete Orr being hit by the pitch, sending Ibanez up to second base, with both runners moving up a base on a Ryota Igarashi wild pitch and a walk to Victorino, and with two men out, Polanco hits a two-run single, his 39th hit for the month of April, breaking the club record set by Chase Utley, knocking in both Ibanez and Ott, while sending Victorino on to second base. The Mets finally got on the board in the ninth as, with one man out, Davis hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season, making it a 10-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with a runner on second, via a walk to Thole, and with him going to second base on defensive indifference, and with still one man out, Jason Pridie hits a two-run home run, scoring Thole before him, making it 10-3 Phils. That would be the final score as David Herndon would get the final two outs, striking out Chin-lung Hu swinging for the final out.

Vance Worley (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched six shut out innings, giving up two hits and four walks, while striking out five. He did rather well in his start for the injured Joe Blanton. Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez pitched a 1-2-3 inning. David Herndon pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Mike Pelfrey (1-3, 7.39) took the lost as he went four and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, a walk and a hit batter, striking out three. Dillon Gee pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on a hit, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out one. Rota Igarashi pitched two-third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Tim Byrdak pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Stutes, after giving up a walk, settled down and got out the next three batters that he would face in the seventh inning.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles, 2 RBIs), Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Home Runs, 6 RBIs) and Ben Francisco (Singles, 2 RBIs), all leading the team with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single) and Vance Worley (Single) had the other two Phils’ hits, with Worley having his first career hit. Ryan, with his six RBIs, would establish a new Phils’ record for the month of April with 27 RBIs, while Polanco, with his two hits, would establish a new Phils’ hits record for the month with 39 hits, breaking Chase Utley’s record of 38 hits. The Phils, in their last three games, had been hitting and scoring runs again. I just hope it’ll last for a while.

The Phils (17-8, 1st) will continue their weekend series with the Mets (11-15, 5th), with an afternoon game that will be televised on Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 1:10 pm. The Phils will send to the mound their ace, Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41), who is coming off a win against the Padres on April 24, as he pitched eight and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out fourteen, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. Roy will be going for his second win against the Mets and his fourth for the year. The Mets will try to counter with Joe Niese (1-3, 5.10), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on April 24, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out three, in the Mets’ 8-4 win. He will be trying to even up the series for the Mets. The Phils will be trying for a three games winning streak later today.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 8: Two defensive mistakes by the Phils lead to the end of their winning streak, as they lose to the Mets, 5-2. The magic number is still at two.

Two defensive mistakes by the Phils in the seventh inning allowed the Mets to score five runs in that inning, as the Phils’ winning streak ends at eleven games, as they lose to the Mets, 5-2. The magic number stays at two as the Braves have earlier defeated the Nationals.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his thirty-first home run of the year, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who, in the first six innings, would give up only three hits, while striking out four, while the Mets’ starter Dillon Gee kept the Phils off-balanced for the next five innings, giving up only three more hits and two walks, while striking out five Phils. Kendrick’s good fortune would come to an end in the seventh. Carlos Beltran started the inning off with a single. The next batter, David Wright followed by hitting a grounder that went to the left of Kendrick. After getting the ball, Kendrick threw it to second to start a possible double play with Utley, but Wilson Valdez steps in front of Utley, and then touched second base, forcing out Beltran. But, because of his momentum, he is not able to throw to first, allowing Wright to reach first safely. Ike Davis then followed with a single, sending Wright up to second base. Angel Pagan then got on base on a fielding error by Howard as he allowed the ball to eat him up, before going into right field, loading the bases as Wright stops at third, and Davis stops at second. The next batter, Josh Thole, followed with an RBI single, knocking in Wright, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1, while moving up a base both Davis and Pagan, leaving the bases loaded. Charlie Manuel would then come out and take the ball from Kendrick, replacing him with Chad Durbin. Pinch hitter Lucas Duda welcomes Durbin with a bases clearing double, scoring Davis, Pagan and Thole, giving the Mets a 4-2 lead, with still only one man out. After Durbin strikes out Gee for the inning’s second out, Jose Reyes makes it a 5-2 Mets’ lead with an RBI double, knocking in Joaquin Arias, who was pinch running for Duda. That would be the final score as the Mets would shut down the Phils for the final three innings, with Hisanori Takahashi recording his eighth save of the season by getting Carlos Ruiz to fly out to center for the final out.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches six and one-third innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits, while striking out four. His record is now 10-10 with a 4.76 ERA. Chad Davis collects his first blown save of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two batters. J.C. Romero and David Herndon pitches two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Romero (1), Herndon (2)) and a walk (Romero). Dillon Gee gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA. Elmer Dessens receives his ninth hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both man that he would face. Pedro Feliciano records his twentieth hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Hisanori Takahashi records his eighth save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, singles by Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Kyle Kendrick, a double by Wilson Valdez and a two-run home run by Ryan Howard, knocking in the Phils only runs. The Phils offense got shut down after scoring in the first innings.

The Phils (93-62, 1st) will conclude their regular season home schedule with a day game against the Mets (75-79, 4th), with the Phils presently trailing late in the game.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 9: Phils hold on to beat the Mets, 3-2, increasing their winning streak to eleven games while dropping their magic number down to 2.

Behind the pitching of Joe Blanton and the back end of the bullpen (Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge), the Phils beat the Mets, 3-2, increasing their winning streak to eleven games, while reducing their magic number to winning their fourth straight Eastern Division title to two games as the Braves lose to the Nationals in Washington.

The Phils took the lead in the first as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, and then went up to second on Joe Blanton’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Mets tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Angel Pagan hit a two-run home run, knocking in Ike Davis, who had earlier singled. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Josh Thole’s passed ball, giving the Phils’ a 3-2 lead. This would turn out to be the final score, as first Blanton, then Ryan Madson and finally Brad Lidge would hold off the Mets, with Lidge getting pinch hitter Jesus Feliciano to strike out, swinging, with runners on the corners, to end the game.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 8-6 with a 4.94 ERA. Ryan Madson collects his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brad Lidge collects his twenty-seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 11-8 with a 2.92 ERA. Elmer Dessens, Pedro Feliciano and Manny Acosta combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Feliciano), while striking out two (Feliciano and Acosta one each) between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco both leading the team with two hits apiece, with Victorino’s hits being a solo home run and a RBI double, knocking in two runs, while Polanco’s hits were both singles. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Ruiz knocking in the other Phil run. The offense once again had enough hits to beat their opponent, increasing their winning streak, while at the same time lowering their magic number.

The Phils (93-61, 1st) continued their final home stand of the regular season with the Mets (74-79, 4th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (10-9, 4.78), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on September 18, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-2, as he had pitched fifteen innings, giving up nine runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out six. He will be trying to either help shrink the Phils’ magic number to one, or to help them clinch, depending on what the Braves do against the Nationals this afternoon. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (1-1, 1.80), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on September 18, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 lost. In his previous three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up four runs on thirteen hits and ten walks, while striking out ten. He will be trying to spoil the Phils’ night, and put the clinching party, if it is to occur, on hold for one more day. The Phils will be trying to either bring their magic number down to one game, or clinch their fourth straight NL East title, depending on what the Braves do against the Nationals this afternoon.