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The Phils give Charlie Manuel his 1,000 career win as a manager, as they defeat the Braves, 5-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind the complete game pitching of Cole Hamels, the Phils give their manager Charlie Manuel his 1000th career win as a manager, as they also end their road losing streak, as they defeat the Braves, 5-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Cole Hamels, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Cody Asche hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base when Darin Ruf was hit by a pitch, and Ruf, who was just hit by a pitch, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils made it a 5-0 lead in the top of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Asche, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, his first career steal. The Braves got on the scoreboard in their half of the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Chris Johnson hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Justin Upton, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Dan Uggla grounds out softly, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65) got the win as he threw a complete game, giving up just one run on six scattered hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Julio Teheran (9-6, 3.08) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. Luis Ayala and Scott Downs combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Ayala) between them, while striking out a batter (Downs). Anthony Varvaro pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, RBI), Chase Utley (Singles) and Cody Asche (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs), all leading the team with three hits each. Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Triple) had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Dom Brown, Hamels), a hit batter (Darin Ruf), a stolen base (Asche (1)) and a sacrifice bunt (Hamels) in the game.

The Phils (53-65, 4th) continue their series with the Braves (72-47, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game is to start at 7:10 pm EDT and is to be played at Turner Field. The Phils will sent to the mound Ethan Martin (1-1, 6.75) who is coming off his first career win against the Cubs on August 8, as he threw five innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 12-1 rout. He will be going for his second straight victory. The Braves will counter with Kris Medlen (9-10, 3.85) who is coming off a victory against the Nationals on August 7, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Braves’ 6-3 win. He will be going for his tenth straight win. The Phils will be going for both the series win, and their second straight win on the road.

The Phils take the series from the first-place Braves, as they win, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils recovered from Saturday’s thumping to take the series from the first-place Braves, winning, 7-3.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chase Utley, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead two batters later as, now with runners on the corners, as Michael Young walks, and with still two men out, Delmon Young hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending M. Young up to second base. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits a two-run triple, knocking in D. Young, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Darin Ruf’s double, and Ruf, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Braves got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men on, Kris Medlen helped his cause with an RBI single, scoring Brian McCann, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Dan Uggla’s double, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Uggla, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils got that run back in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Brown hits a solo home run, his team-leading twenty-third home run of the year, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ruf, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, then went to third base on pinch-hitter John McDonald’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, would score on relief pitcher’s Alex Wood wild pitch, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead, while Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on McDonald’s sacrifice bunt, would move up to third base on the wild pitch, before heading home to score on catcher McCann’s throwing error to pitcher Wood, as he tried to cover the plate as Ruf scored, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. The Braves got a run back in the top of the seventh as, with one man out, Chris Johnson hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Braves then made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead three batters later as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Jason Heyward hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-hitter Tyler Pastornicky, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Andrelton Simmons’ single, while sending Simmons, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) got the win as he went five and one-third innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jake Diekman collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face. Justin De Fratus collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. J.C. Ramirez pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his thirteenth hold of the year as he went an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, as he struck out three. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out a batter. Kris Medlen (6-8, 3.45) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five. Alex Wood pitched two-thirds of an inning, throwing a wild pitch, as he struck out a batter. Luis Ayala and David Carpenter combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out two (Carpenter).

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Dom Brown (Triple, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) leading the team with two hits each. Ben Revere (Triple, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Michael Young (Single), Delmon Young (Single, RBI), Darin Ruf (Double) and John McDonald (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits. The final two Phils’ run came in on a wild pitch and a throwing error. The Phils also had three walks (M. Young, D. Young, Ruf) and a sacrifice bunt (McDonald) in the game.

The Phils (43-46, 3rd) start a four-game series with the Nats (46-42, 2nd) with a game already in progress.

A seven-run outburst in the first two innings lead to the Phils finally ending their six-game losing streak, as they defeat the Orioles, 9-6.

The Phils’ six runs outburst in the second inning leads to them ending their six-game losing streak, as they hang on to beat the Orioles, 9-6.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Jim Thome’s infield single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Thome, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Mike Fontenot hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier reached base on a fielder’s choice ground out as Ty Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a double, is thrown out at third base, 6-5, for the inning’s first out, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead four batters later as, with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Thome hits a ground-rule double, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had earlier tripled, while sending Pence, who had just been hit by the pitch, on to third base. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead as Victorino hits a two-run double, knocking in both Pence and Thome. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino. The Orioles got on the scoreboard in their half of the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Chris Davis hits an RBI single, knocking in Matt Wieters, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. The Orioles then cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-3 four batters later as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Robert Andino hits a two-run double, knocking in Davis, who had moved up to second base on Mark Reynolds’ walk, and Reynolds, who had earlier walked. The Phils increased their lead again in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Thome, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 9-3 lead. The Orioles would get a run back in their half of the fourth as Davis hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the year, making it a 9-4 Phils’ lead. The Orioles would make it a 9-6 Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, J.J. Hardy hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, scoring Endy Chavez, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon received his sixteenth save of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, getting Hardy to popped out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.40) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Michael Schwimmer pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Antonio Bastardo collected his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out the side. Jonathan Papelbon collected his sixteenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jake Arietta (2-8, 6.32) took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up nine runs on eleven hits, while striking out five. Dana Eveland, Kevin Gregg and Luis Ayala threw five scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Gregg) between them, while striking out six (Eveland (4), Ayala (2)).

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Jim Thome (Single, 2 Doubles, RBI) and Shane Victorino (Single, Double, Home Run, 5 RBIs) leading the Phils with three hits each. Juan Pierre (Triple), Hunter Pence (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a stolen base (Mayberry) in the game.

The Phils (29-31, 5th NL East) continue their interleague play series with the Orioles (32-26, 3rd AL East) with an afternoon game later today. The game will start at 4:05 pm EDT and will be played at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (3-2, 3.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on June 4, as he went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying for his first win since coming off the disabled list.  The Orioles will counter with Tommy Hunter (2-3, 5.59), who is coming off a lost to the Blue Jays on May 28, as he went just three innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, in the Orioles’ 6-2 lost. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to expand on their win yesterday to start a new winning streak.

The Phils’ spring training record drops to 5-5 as they lose to the Yanks, 7-1.

The Phils get crushed as they drop one to the Yankees, 7-1.

The Yanks took the lead in the bottom of the second, as, with two men on, and with two men out, Eduardo Nunez hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, as he knocked in Curtis Granderson, who had earlier singled, and had stopped at third on Eric Chavez’s single, and Chavez, who had just singled, giving the Bronx Bombers a 3-0 lead. The Yanks made it a 5-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Granderson hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, as he scored Russell Martin, who had earlier reached base on a Placido Polanco fielding error. The Yankees then made it 6-0 in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jorge Posada hits an RBI single, knocking in Brett Gardner, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before moving to third on a Nick Swisher ground out, 4-3, while sending Granderson, who had just walked, up to second base. The Yanks then made it a 7-0 lead one batter later as Chavez hits an RBI single, scoring Granderson, while sending Posada up to second base. The Phils would make it a 7-1 Yanks’ lead in the sixth as, with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score, as the Phils’ offense could not get on track today.

Roy Oswalt took the lost (0-1, 7.71) as he pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on four hits, while striking out three. Vance Worley pitched two innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out one. Drew Naylor pitched one and a third scoreless innings, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while he struck out three. Brian Bass and Ryan Feierabend combine for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Feierabend) between them. A.J. Burnett got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up no hits, while striking out a batter. Joba Chamberlain and Pedro Feliciano then followed for two scoreless innings, striking out two batters (Feliciano) between them. Hector Noesi pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Mark Prior and Luis Ayala then followed with two scoreless innings, with both pitchers giving up a hit, while each striking out a batter.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, a solo home run by Wilson Valdez, a double by Pete Orr and singles by Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins and Joel Naughton.

The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now even at 5-5.

Happ wins his seventh game as the Phils increased their lead over the Marlins to seven games as the Phils win a shutout, 5-0.

J.A. Happ once again pitch seven strong innings, as he and the bullpen shut down the fish once again as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 5-0. The win increase the Phils lead to seven games in the NL East, while they increase their winning streak to a season high eight games.

The game would start with a very wild first inning. Jimmy Rollins lead off the game with a triple. But, with Shane Victorino batting, and with the infield back, except at third base, Rollins made a mistake by running towards home on Victorino’s grounder, as the ball went to the Marlins’ third baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who then threw home, where Rollins is tagged out by the catcher for the first out of the inning, 5-2, while Victorino would be safe at first on the fielder’s choice. Victorino would then go to second on Braves’ starter Andrew Miller’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt. After Chase Utley flied out to center for the inning’s second out, first Raul Ibanez and then Jayson Werth walked, loading the bases, with two men out. But Pedro Feliz would end the inning by hitting into a force out, 6-5, rubbing out Werth at second base. The Marlins, after dodging the bullet, tried to take the lead in their half of the first. Bonifacio lead off the inning with a double. Jeremy Hermida was then hit by the pitch, putting two men on, with nobody out. Hanley Ramirez then flied out to center for the inning’s first out, as Bonifacio tagged up and moved to third base, putting runners on the corners. Jorge Cantu then flied out to short right field for the second out of the inning, with Bonifacio deciding not to test Werth’s arm. The next batter, Dan Uggla, then ended the inning by grounding out, 6-3, for the final out, leaving it a 0-0 game. The Phils then took the lead in the second, as, with the bases loaded via an infield single to Phils’ starter J.A. Happ, a single to Rollins and an infield single to Victorino, and two men out, Utley is hit by the pitch, forcing in Happ, and giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, as both Rollins and Victorino moved up a base. The next batter, Ibanez, followed with a two-run double, knocking in both Rollins and Victorino, making it a 3-0 Phils lead, while sending Utley to third. The Phils would increase their lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Happ’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 4-0 Phillies’ lead. Happ would then keep the Marlins at bay, before running into trouble in the sixth, as the Marlins loaded up the bases on singles by Cantu and Uggla, and a fielding error by Feliz on a Cody Ross ground ball, with nobody out. But Happ soon got himself out of the inning. First, he got Phillies’ killer Ronny Paulino to pop out to shortstop, 6-unassisted, under the Infield Fly Rule for the first out of the inning. He then struck out Brett Carroll swinging for the second out, and then got pinch hitter Wes Helms to strike out looking to end the threat, keeping it a 4-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils would then add to their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded again, via an Utley single, a walk to Ibanez and a walk to Feliz, which would move pinch runner John Mayberry, Junior, up to second base, while Utley went to third, and two men out, Utley would score on a wild pitch that would hit Paulino’s shin guard and go up the third base line, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge would combine for a scoreless ninth inning.

J.A. Happ got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 7-0 with an ERA of 2.68. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out one. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, collecting his sixth hold as he got out the only man he would face. Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge would combine for one scoreless inning, giving up only one hit (Eyre). Andrew Miller took the lost as he pitched just two and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks. His record is now 3-5 with a 4.81 ERA. Brian Sanches, Burke Badenhop, Luis Ayala and Renyel Pinto would combine for five and a third scoreless innings of relief, giving up only one hit (Sanches) and two walks (Badenhop, Pinto), while striking out seven (Sanches (3), Badenhop (3), Ayala (1)). Dan Meyer pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Brendan Donnelly pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and a wild pitch.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the way with three hits, a single, a double and a triple, just one hit shy of hitting the cycle, while knocking in a run as he raised his batting average up to .236. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth and J.A. Happ had the other five hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a two-run double. Besides Ibanez’s two RBIs and Rollins’ one RBI, Utley knocked in the Phils’ other RBI. The offense seems to be doing everything right now, while starting pitching, outside of the team’s ace Cole Hamels, seems to be now throwing quality starts, thus giving the bullpen some much needed rest, as the trading deadline draws near.

The Phillies (51-38, 1st National League East) start a three-games home stand with the Cubs (47-43, 2nd National League Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin tonight at 7:05 pm. The Phils’ starter will be Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.18), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on July 8, as he left the game because of injuries, as he gave up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in five innings of work, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his second win of the season since returning to the majors. The Cubbies will counter with Ted Lilly (9-6, 3.18), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 11, when he went eight strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cubs’ 5-2 win. He will be trying for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to show that they can continue their present winning ways at home, while improving their record against Central Division teams.

Jamie Moyer and the bullpen one-hit the Marlins as the Phils increased their lead to five games over the fish, as they defeat the Marlins, 4-0.

A combine one-hit shutout by Jamie Moyer and the bullpen, and three home runs from Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard starts off the Phils’ second half with a win, as they defeat the second place Marlins, 4-0. The victory increased the Phils’ lead in the NL East to five games, guaranteeing that they’ll leave Florida with the lead by the time the four-games series is over.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his second home run of the night, and his twenty-fourth home run of the season, making it a 3-0 Phils’ lead. In the sixth, the Phils made it 4-0 as, with one man out, Ryan Howard launched a solo shot of his own, his twenty-three home run of the season, and the 200th home run of his career, becoming the fastest man to do so as he broke Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner’s old record of doing so in his 706th game, as he hit his in his 658th career game. Meanwhile, Jamie Moyer was having an easy time with the Marlins, only getting into trouble in the Marlins’ fifth, as he gave up a lead-off single to Jorge Cantu, and a one-out walk to Ronny Paulino, moving Cantu to second base. But, he would then get out of the inning by getting Cody Ross to foul out to the catcher, 2-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, and then getting Brett Carroll to hit into a force out, 5-4, wiping out Paulino at second base. The Marlins would never threathen again after that, as Moyer handed the ball over to Ryan Madson, who pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and who in turned handed the ball to J.C. Romero, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, preserving both the one-hitter and the shut out.

Jamie Moyer got the win, as he pitched seven very strong innings, giving up only a single and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 9-6, as he won his 255th career victory, placing him in 41st place on the All-Time Wins List, with a 5.58 ERA. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero combined for two scoreless innings, as they got out all six men that they would face, striking out one batter (Romero) between them. Chris Volstad took the lost, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. His record is now 6-9 with an ERA of 4.53. Luis Ayala, Brendan Donnelly and Kiko Calero all combined for three scoreless innings, as they gave up three hits, (one hit apiece) and one walk (Donnelly), while they struck out five batters (Ayala (1), Donnelly (2), Calero (2)).

The Phillies would collect ten hits in the game, with both Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez both leading the way with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being a single and a solo home run, the 200th of his career, and Ibanez’s hits being a two-run home run and a solo home run, accounting for all of the Phils’ runs. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz, and Jamie Moyer collected the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils start the second half on a winning note, as they continue to be the best road team in the majors while they increased their winning streak to six games.

The Phillies (49-38, 1st) continue their four-games series with the Marlins (46-45, 2nd) tonight. The game will be played at Land Shark Stadium and will start at 7:10 pm. The Phils starter will be Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.87), who is coming off of a no-decision against the Pirates on July 11, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ dramatic 8-7 come from behind win. He will once again try to show that he is indeed the ace of the Phillies rotation. The Marlins will oppose with Ricky Nolasco (6-7, 5.76), who is coming off a lost against the D-backs on July 10, as he pitched six innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and a walk, while he struck out eight, in the Marlins’ 8-0 lost. He will be trying to keep the Marlins from trailing the Phils even further in the pennant race. The Phils will be seeing if they can increase their winning streak to seven games while increasing their lead in the NL East to six full games, thus making things easier for them for the rest of the season.

The Phillies lose the battle of aces as they are unable to tie the Mets for first place.

The Phillies lose the nightcap of the day/night doubleheader as Johan Santana gets the better of Cole Hamels as the Mets defeat the Phillies, 6-3. The lost would push the Phillies back to being two games behind the Mets with 19 games left to go. The Phillies would strike first in the first inning, as with two men on and one out, Ryan Howard would hit a RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who has earlier singled and has gone to second on Jayson Werth’s walk, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead, while sending Werth to second. But Mets’ starter Johan Santana would get out of the inning by first striking out the heavily slumping Pat Burrell and then getting Shane Victorino to fly out. The Mets would strike back in their half of the first. After Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels would get the first batter out, he would give up a single to Ryan Church. David Wright would then reach base on catcher’s interference, putting runners on first and second, while leading into a long argument over the call between Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel and home plate umpire Jerry Meals, before Meals finally ejects Manuel for arguing the call. After Manuel finally leaves, Carlos Beltron would hit the first pitch thrown to him into left field for a single, scoring Church, and tying the score at one all. Wright would try to go to third on the play and would be called safe at third by the second base umpire Paul Emmel, although ESPN’s instant replay would show that not only was he tagged out before he has touched the bag with his hands, but he was also tagged out when he has slid off the bag, thus missing the play twice. In the meantime, Beltron would move up to second, putting Mets’ runners on second and third with still one out. Carlos Delgado would then follow with a RBI single, scoring both Wright and Beltran, to give the Mets a 3-1 lead. After getting Fernando Tatis to hit into a force out, 6 to 4, wiping out Delgado, for the inning’s second out, Hamels would finally get out of the inning by striking out Damion Easley. The Phillies would cut the Mets’ lead to 3-2 in the third as Ryan Howard would hit a solo home run, his fortieth home run of the year, and setting a Phillies’ record as he becomes the first Phillies to hit 40 or more home runs in three consecutive seasons. The Mets would get that run back in their half of the third as Delgado would hit a lead-off home run, his thirty-second home run of the year, to make it 4-2 Mets. Two innings later, Delgado would strike again as he would hit his thirty-third home run of the year, giving the Mets a 5-2 lead, helping to further ruin Hamels’ night. Santana, in the meantime, was ruining the Phillies’ batters’ night, as he kept them off-balance, in spite of being a bit wild in the early innings, as he got the batters once again swinging early in the pitch count, before finally being taken out in the top of the eighth inning. After keeping the Phillies off of the scoreboard in the top of the eighth, the Mets would add one more run in their half of the eighth, as, with a runner on third and no one out, Brian Schneider would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Easley, who has earlier tripled, to give the Mets a 6-2 lead. The Phillies would get a run back in the ninth, when, with runners on the corners and one out, Andy Tracy would hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Victorino who has earlier reached base on an infield single, has gone to second on Schneider’s throwing error, and has gone to third on pinch hitter Matt Stairs’ single, making it 6-3 Mets. But that would be the final score as Mets’ reliever Luis Ayala would strike out Jimmy Rollins to end the game.

Cole Hamels would take the lose, as he pitches five ineffective innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on nine hits. His record is now 12-9 with a 3.12 ERA. Clay Condrey would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Rudy Seanez would go two innings, giving up an earned run on one hit. Johan Santana would get the win as he goes seven and one third innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits. His record is now 13-7 with a 2.70 ERA. Pedro Feliciano and Brian Stokes would both pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs and no hits. Luis Ayala would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on two hits.

The Phillies’ offense would do itself in once again by not being patient enough against Mets’ starter Johan Santana, as Santana, who would give up three walks in the game, was somewhat wild in the early innings. After being unable to bust the game open in the first thanks to a heavily slumping Pat Burrell, Santana would find a way to keep the Phillies under control before taking full control in the middle innings. Cole Hamels, on the other hand, would be unable to take control of the Mets’ thanks to a pair of long arguments; one between Charlie Manuel and home plate umpire Jerry Meals over whether Chris Coste’s glove actually did interfere with David Wright’s bat on what would have been strike three, which would end with Manuel being ejected from the game, and then one between third baseman Pedro Feliz and second base umpire Paul Emmel on whether Feliz has tagged out Wright at third before he has reached the bag when Wright tried to go to third on Carlos Beltron’s RBI single, which the instant replay would show that not only did Feliz tag Wright before he has reached the bag, but he has tagged him out when he has slid past the bag, both of which would be missed by Emmel. Both arguments would help to disrupt Hamels’ rhythm and lead to the Mets taking first the lead and then the ballgame. End result, Hamels would not stay calm enough to push back the Mets and allow the Phillies to sweep their way back into a first place tie.

The Phillies (78-65) will start an important three games series with the Marlins (72-71) tonight. The first games of the three game set will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm. The Phillies’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-12 (1-0), 4.79), who is coming off yet another no-decision, this time against the Nationals on September 3, where he went only four innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 9-7 lost. Blanton has never faced the Marlins. He will once again try to win his second start as a Phil, while trying to do better than his last start. The Marlins’ starter will be Anibal Sanchez (2-3, 5.54), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 2, where he went only three innings, giving up six earned runs on eight hits, in the Marlins’ 16-14 lost. In his previous start against the Phillies on August 6, he took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits, in the Marlins’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to even his record, while trying to keep the Marlins from falling any further back in the pennant race.

The Phillies trail the Mets by two games as the Mets take the day off. They are ahead of the Marlins by six games. The Phillies prepare to gain some ground on the Mets at the Marlins’ expense. In the wild card race, they are four games behind the slumping Brewers, as the Brew Crew prepare for a three games home stand with the Reds. The Phillies are a game ahead of the Cardinals, as the redbirds take the day off, while they are two games ahead of the Astros as they start a three games series with the Pirates. The Phillies hope to gain ground in both the Eastern Division and in the Wild Card chase, although at the moment they are more concerned with winning their division, although the Brewers will soon be coming into Philadelphia for four games.