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A complete game effort by Joe Blanton gives the Phils the series win as they shutout the Braves, 4-0.

A three-hit complete game shutout by Joe Blanton, thus giving the bullpen a much needed day off, lead the Phils to a series win over the Braves, 4-0.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Juan Pierre’s bunt single, then moved up to third on Shane Victorino’s fly out to right, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year, scoring Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Joe Blanton threw a three-hit shutout by getting Martin Pardo to lined into a 4-3 doubleplay, doubling off at first Michael Bourn, who had just singled, for the game’s final out.

Joe Blanton (3-3, 2.83) took the win as he threw a complete game shutout, as he gave up just three hits, while striking out six. Randall Delgardo (2-3, 5.14) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out five. Livan Hernandez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Singles) and Laynce Nix (Single, Home Run, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Pete Orr (Single) and Joe Blanton (Single) had the other five hits, as the offense continues to hit.

The Phils (13-13, 4th) will continue their road trip with a three-game visit with the Nationals (15-9, 1st), starting 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 Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59), who is coming off a lost to the Cubs on April 29, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be going for his first win of the season. The Nats will counter with Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.13) who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 28, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out nine, in the Nats’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to tame the presently hot Phils’ bats. The Phils wil be trying to get themselves above .500, while at the same time getting themselves closer to the top two spots in the division.

Carlos Ruiz’s best offensive day of his career is ruined by the pitching staff’s inability to hold onto a lead as the Phils lose to the Braves via an extra-innings, walk-off two-run home run, 15-13.

Carlos Ruiz’s best offensive day of his career is ruined by the pitching staff being unable to nail down several different leads before finally losing to the Braves in extra-innings on a Chipper Jones walk-off two-run home run, 15-13.

The Phils took the lead, while batting around, in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Placido Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Polanco, who had just singled, up to third base. Three batters later, now with the bases loaded, after Victorino had stolen second base, and with a walk by Hunter Pence, and with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Polanco, Victorino and Pence, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with one out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Freddy Galvis hits an RBI double of his own, scoring Ruiz. The Braves then came roaring back in their half of the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Chipper Jones, Erik Hinske and Tyler Pastornicky, and with one man out, Michael Bourn hits an RBI single, knocking in Jones, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Hinske and Pastornicky up a base. The Braves then made it a 6-2 Phils’ lead as Martin Prado followed with an RBI infield single,  knocking in Hinske, while moving up both Pastornicky and Bourn, as the bases remained loaded. Two batters later, as the bases stayed loaded, and now with two men out, Brian McCann hits a grand-slam home run, his fifth home run of the season, tying the ballgame at six-all. The Braves then took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch hitter Jason Heyward hits a two-run single, knocking in Hinske, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Pastornicky’s double, and Pastornicky, who had just doubled, giving the Braves an 8-6 lead, while knocking Phils’ starter Roy Halladay out of the ballgame. The Phils would regain the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring Wigginton, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr.’s single, and pinch hitter Mayberry, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 9-8 lead. The Phils would increase their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via infield singles by Pence and Wigginton, with Pence stopping at second base, and a walk by Mayberry, and with two men out, Ruiz hits a bases clearing double, scoring Pence, Wigginton and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 12-8 lead. The Braves came back again in their half of the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Pastornicky hits an RBI single, knocking in Dan Uggla, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on Rollins force attempt, fielding error on Jones’ grounder, making it a 12-9 Phils’ lead, while sending Jones, who was safe at first on Rollins’ error, up to second base. Two batters later, after Heyward had walked, loading up the bases as the runners both moved up a base, and with still one man out, Bourn walked to forced in a run, as Jones scored from third, making it a 12-10 Phils’ lead, while moving both Pastornicky and Heyward up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Braves would then tied the game up at twelve-all as Prado would hit a two-run single, knocking in both Pastornicky and Heyward, while sending Bourn on to third base. The Braves then took a 13-12 lead as Freddie Freeman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bourn. The Phils would tie the game up at twelve-all in the ninth as, with a runner on second, and with two men on, Victorino hits an RBI infield single, as he beat out shortstop Jack Wilson’s throw to first, as pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stole second base, would score all the way from second base. The Braves would then win the game in the eleventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Jones hits a two-run walk-off home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Uggla, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Braves a walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he went five and one-third innings, giving up eight runs on twelve hits, as he struck out five. Joe Savery pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jose Contreras pitched a third of an inning, as he gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on two hits and a walk, as he struck out one. Michael Schwimer blew his first save opportunity of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Brian Sanches (0-1, 9.00) took the lost as he pitched two innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Tommy Hanson also collected a no-decision as he went three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out three. Cristhian Martinez pitched an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits. Livan Hernandez pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Eric O’Flaherty blew his second save attempt as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Kris Medlin pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. Craig Kimbrel blew his first save attempt of the season, as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jonny Venters pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Chad Durbin (1-0, 8.00) gets the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seventeen hits in the game with Placido Polanco (Singles), Shane Victorino (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (2 Doubles, Home Run, 7 RBIs) all leading the ballclub with three hits apiece, followed by Ty Wigginton (Singles) and Laynce Nix (Single, Double, 3 RBIs) who had two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Hunter Pence (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double, RBI) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr, (Single) having the other four Phils’ hit. With his seven RBI night, Ruiz because the first Phils’ catcher to knock in seven runs in one game. The Phils also had five walks and two stolen bases (Victorino (8), pinch hitter Juan Pierre (4)), on a night when the offense was let down by the pitching staff and by the defense (Rollins’ fielding error in the eight that helped open up the flood gates in that inning).

The Phils (12-13, 4th) have just completed playing their final game of the series with the Braves (15-10, 2nd).

The Phils starts off their important road trip by breaking up a tie with two eighth inning runs as they defeat the Braves, 4-2.

Two runs in the eighth inning leads to a win in Atlanta as the Phils defeat the Braves, 4-2.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run single to left, as the ball gets past left fielder Martin Prado for a two-base fielding error, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Hunter Pence’s double, and Pence, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, before stopping at third base on Prado’s error. The Braves got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Brian McCann hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Braves would tie the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Freddie Freeman, a walk by McCann, moving Freeman up to second base, and a single by Matt Diaz, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Juan Francisco hits a sacrifce fly, scoring Freeman. The Phils retook the lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, would score the go-ahead run on pitcher Jonny Venters’ wild pitch as Polanco struck out for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while Rollins, who had just singled, moved up to second base. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead two batters later as, with men once again on the corners, after Shane Victorino had hit an inflield single, sending Rollins on to third base, and with still two men out, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Victorino over to third base.  That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and record his ninth save of the year by throwing a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Michael Bourn, swinging, to end the game.

Cole Hamels gets a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out six. Antonio Bastardo gets the win (1-0, 4.15) as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Qualls collected his sixth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, as he gave up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Brandon Beachy also received a no-decision as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while he struck out two. Jonny Venters (2-1, 1.93) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning as he gave up two runs on four hits and a wild pitch, while he struck out one. Kris Medlen pitched one and one-thirds scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits apiece. Placido Polanco (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single, 2 RBIs), Laynce Nix (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Freddie Galvis (Single) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) had the other seven Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils also had a stolen base (Rollins (5)) in the game.

The Phils (12-12, 4th) continue their series with the Braves (14-10, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field, and is set to start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-2, 1.05), who is coming off a lost against the Cubs on April 27, where he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out five, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will for the third time be going for his fourth win of the season, hoping that this time the offense will back him up. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 27, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while he struck out five, in the Braves’ 6-1 win. He is also going for his fourth win of the season, while he prepares to face the Phils. The Phils will be out to win their second straight road series, while trying once again to get over .500.

Spring Training: Phils hang on to defeat the Braves, 6-4.

The Phils hang on to a late lead to defeat the Braves, 6-4.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jim Thome hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then moved to second base on Shane Victorino’s walk, while sending Victorino, who had just walked, on to third base. The Braves tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men out, Matt Diaz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier singled, than stopped at second base on a fielder’s choice out, 4-2-5, as Scott Podsednik, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved to third on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 3-1, was tagged out at home, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Braves retied the game up at two-all in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Michael Bourn hits an RBI single, knocking in Tyler Pastornicky, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on J.C. Boscan’s single, while Boscan, who had just singled, would stop at second base. Two batters latter, after Martin Prado had sacrifice bunted both runners up a base, 3-4, the Braves took the lead as Chipper Jones hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Boscan, giving the Braves a 3-2 lead. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all in their half of the third as, with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier doubled. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier singled, then went up to second base as Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Galvis’s ground out, 4-3, was thrown out at home, 7-2, then stole third base, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Braves then retied the game up at 4-4 in the sixth as, with two men out, Dan Uggla hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils then retook the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Podsednik hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Mayberry’s walk, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 6-4 lead as Brian Schneider hits an RBI single, scoring Mayberry, while sending Podsednik up to second base. That would be the final score as Diaz lined out to second base for the final out, giving Chad Qualls his first save of the spring.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out four. David Herndon blew his first save opportunity of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Dontrelle Willis (1-1, 16.88) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Antonio Bastardo received his third hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Chad Qualls collected his first spring save as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Jair Jurrjens also received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. Jairo Asencio and Craig Kimbrel combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Asencio), while striking out one (Kimbrel) between them. Adam Russell (0-1, 5.40) took the lost as he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Anthony Varvaro threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out three.

The Phils had fifteen hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Jim Thome (Singles, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single) and Scott Podsednik (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the club with two hits apiece. Tim Kennelly (Single), Shane Victorino (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Double) and Brian Schneider (Single, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks, as well as two steals (Polanco, Rollins) in the game.

The Phils (6-7) will continue their spring training schedule with an afternoon game tomorrow afternoon with the Pirates (5-7) at  Bradenton. The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT.

33 games in 31 days: Game #33: The Phils set two new franchise records in wins, while keeping the Braves out of the playoffs, as they win in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils set a pair of new franchise records in wins as they end the Braves chances of getting into the post-season, as they win in thirteen innings, 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chipper Jones hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Michael Bourn, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on Martin Prado’s ground out, 6-3. The Braves took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dan Uggla hits a two-run home run, his thirty-sixth home run of the season, knocking in Prado, who had earlier reached base on an infield single to third baseman Placido Polanco, then moved up to second base as Bourn, who had earlier singled, then stole second, was thrown out trying to steal third, 2-6, for the inning’s first out, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. The Phils cut the Braves’ lead to 3-2 in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, via a double by Raul Ibanez and an infield single to second baseman Uggla by Polanco, sending Ibanez to third, and with one man out, Ibanez scores on a force attempt fielding error committed by shortstop Jack Wilson on a grounder hit by Carlos Ruiz, allowing Polanco to be safe at second base, while Ruiz would reach first, making it a 3-2 Braves’ lead. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Polanco, who was then pinch run for by Pete Orr, and walks to pinch hitter Ben Francisco and Jimmy Rollins, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Orr. The Phils then took the lead in the thirteenth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Brian Schneider, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, on to third base. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon would record his first career save as he got Freddie Freeman to hit into a 3-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out at second base Uggla, who had earlier walked, ending the Phils’ regular season with a franchise best 102nd win, while giving Charlie Manuel his 646th win as their manager, putting him ahead of Gene Mauch for the most wins as a Phil manager.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out four. Cole Hamels pitched three innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Vance Worley, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Michael Stutes and Michael Schwimer combined for six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Worley (1), Schwimer (1)) and two walks (Worley), while striking out eight (Worley, Madson, Stutes, Schwimer two each) batters between them. Justin De Fratus (1-0, 2.25) received his first major league win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. David Herndon received his first career save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Tim Hudson also received a no-decision as he went six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Eric O’Flaherty collected his thirty-second hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out the two batters that he would face. Jonny Venters received his thirty-fifth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel blew his eighth save attempt of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and three walks, while striking out one. Kris Medlen pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Anthony Varvaro and Cristhian Martinez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Martinez), while striking out two (Varvaro) batters between them. Scott Linebrink (4-4, 3.64) took the lost as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley (Singles, RBI), Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single, Double, RBI) and Placido Polanco (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double) and Wilson Valdez (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Carlos Ruiz had the other Phil’s RBI on a Braves’ fielding error.

The Phils will have the next two off, before they start their divisional series with the Cardinals.

33 games in 31 days: Game #10: The Phils complete their sweep of the Braves with a ninth inning walk-off win via a single by Ross Gload, 3-2, putting their lead in the NL East to ten and a half games.

The Phils complete their sweep of the Braves with a ninth inning walk-off win via a single by pinch hitter Ross Gload, winning 3-2, as they increase their lead in the NL East to ten and a half games.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Braves would tie the game up at one-all in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chipper Jones hits an RBI single, scoring Michael Bourn, who had earlier doubled. The Braves took the lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Freedie Freeman hits an RBI single, knocking in Jason Heyward, who had earlier singled, then wen to second base on Alex Gonzalez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4. The Phils would tie the game up at two-all in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then went to second base on pinch hitter Wilson Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4. The Phils then won the game in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 3-2 walk-off win.

Roy Oswalt received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson (4-2, 2.79) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon Beachy also received a no-decision, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Eric O’Flaherty pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out two. Jonny Venters blew his third save opportunity of the season as he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Peter Moylan (1-1, 4.76) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in a run. Raul Ibanez (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single), pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (91-48, 1st East) will start a four-game series with the Brewers (85-59, 1st Central), that will start with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park, and it will begin at 8:05 pm CDT (7:05 pm EDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.63), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 3, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. He will for the fourth time be going after win no. fourteen, while trying to start off this series with a potential playoff opponent with a win. The Brewers will counter with Chris Narveson (10-6, 4.26), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 3, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Brewers’ 8-2 win. He will be trying to slow down the Phils. The Phils will be looking for win no. 92, while trying to see what the Brewers are made of.

33 games in 31 days: Game #9: While playing in the rain, a late charge place the Phils nine and half games ahead in the NL East as they defeat the Braves, 6-3.

A charge in the late innings, after suffering through an almost two-hours rain delay, before playing most of the game in a light rain, the Phils defeat the Braves, 6-3, to once again place themselves nine and a half games ahead in the NL East.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run to center field through the teeth of the wind, his tenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-o lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and with still two men out, the Phils made it a 2-0 lead as Raul Ibanez hits a bloop single, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Hunter Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had just singled, up to third base. The Braves cut the Phils’ lead down to 2-1 in the fourth as Dan Uggla hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-third home run of the year. The Braves tied the game up at two-all in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Uggla, a double by Chipper Jones, sending Uggla to third base, and a walk to Freddie Freeman, and with nobody out, Alex Gonzalez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Uggla. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, and then stopped at third base on Pence’s double, would score on Tim Hudson’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while Pence, who had just doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-2 lead as Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Pence. The Braves would cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the seventh as, with runners onn the corners, and with one man out, Uggla hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, wiping out Brian McCann, who had just walked, at second base for the inning’s second out, as he knocked in Michael Bourn, who had started the inning off with a double, then stole third. The Phils got the run back in their half of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base when Placido Polanco was hit by the pitch, then went to third on Utley’s force out, 4-6, wiping out Polanco at second base for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead, while sending Utley, who had beaten the throw to first on his force out, thanks to Polanco’s take out slide, up to second base. Two batters later, after Pence had gotten on base with a walk, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, while moving Pence up to second base. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-eighth save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Vance Worley (11-1, 2.85) gets the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six. Michael Stutes recorded his tenth hold of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Brad Lidge recorded his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out three. Ryan Madson received his twenty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Tim Hudson (14-9, 3.14) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five. Cristhian Martinez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out one. Anthony Varvaro pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in three runs. Hunter Pence followed with two hits, a single and a double. Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI) and Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch.

The Phils (90-48, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Braves (82-59, 2nd) with a night game tonight. The game will start at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (7-8, 3.80), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 2, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to even up his record while trying to lead the Phils to a sweep. The Braves will counter with Brandy Beachy (7-2, 3.37), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on September 2, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Braves’ 8-6 lost. He will be trying to keep the Braves from being swept. The Phils will be out to sweep the Braves.