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Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth gives the Phils a hold on first place as the All-Star break approach as they defeat the Braves in extra–innings, 3-2.

A home run by Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the tenth guarantee the Phils leading the NL East as the All-Star break approach, as the Phils defeat the Braves in walk-off fashion, in extra-innings, 3-2.

The Braves took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Freddie Freeman hits an RBI single, scoring Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on a Carlos Ruiz passed ball, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then go to second on a Brandon Beachy balk, before going to third on Ruiz’s single. The Braves retook the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI infield single to Vladez, allowing Brian McCann, who had earlier singled, then reached third on Jones’ double, to score, as Valdez is not able to throw home, while Uggla would beat his throw to first, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead. The Phils would retie it at two-all in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Ruiz would hit a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. They would then try to take the lead as the next two batters, Dom Brown and Valdez, would both get on base with singles, with Brown stopping at third, before Valdez would move up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, for the inning’s second out. But Beachy would get out of the inning by getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to right. The Braves then threaten to take back the lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Nate McLouth hits a triple on a ball that left fielder Ibanez was unable to catch and then went all the way to the fence. But, Halladay would end the threat by getting pinch hitter Eric Hinske to fly out to left. The game then became a battle between the bullpens, with neither offense being able to do much of anything, as the game goes into extra-innings. In the top of the tenth, Juan Pierre would come into the game in relief, and proceed to strike out, swinging, on nine pitches, Jason Heyward, McLouth and pinch hitter Wilkin Ramirez. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, with one man out, Ibanez would hit a walk-off solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving Pierre his first career win, as the Phils win, 3-2.

Roy Halladay would receive a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo would combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (one batter each) between them. Juan Pierre (1-0, 0.00) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side on nine pitches, the 46th pitcher to do so in Major League History. Brandon Beachy would also receive a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out six. Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters, Scott Linebrink and George Sherrill would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)) and two walks (Venters (1), Linebrink (1)), while striking out tw0 (O’Flaherty (1), Venters (1)), between them. Scott Proctor (1-3, 4.24) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles), all leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single) and Wilson Valdez (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (56-33, 1st) will continue their series with the Braves (53-37, 2nd) with an afternoon game later today. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and it will be nationally televised on Fox Sports, starting at 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92), who is coming off a lost to the Blue Jays on July 3, as he pitched 7 and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, while he struck out nine, in the Phils’ 7-4 lost. He will be going for his tenth win, while trying to recover from his last start. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.52), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on July 4, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Braves’ 4-1 win. He will be going out to even the series. The Phils will be trying for the series win, putting a bit more distance between them and the Braves before the All-Star break.

The Phils let one get away as they lose to the Cubs in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils allow a win to get away from them as they lose to the Cubs in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils took a 3-0 lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Dane Sardinha’s walk, and Sardinha, who had just walked. After an hour plus rain delay in the bottom of the third, the Cubs slowly chipped away at the Phils’ lead. The Cubs got on the board in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Darwin Barney, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, and then stole second base, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Cubs then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the eighth as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Carlos Pena hits an RBI double, scoring Castro, who had earlier doubled. The Cubs then tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with one man out, Geovany Soto hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. One batter later, it looked like the Cubs had taken a 4-3 lead as Tyler Colvin hits a fly ball into the right field seats. But, the call was overturned when instant reply showed that a fan had reached over the fence to catch the ball, and then pulled it in, as Colvin is instead given a ground-rule double, while the fan was ejected for fan interference. The Cubs took the lead in the eleventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Placido Polanco committed a throwing error to first on a Barney ground ball, allowing Colvin, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on a Carlos Ruiz passed ball, to score, giving the Cubs a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final sc0re as Carlos Marmol collected his twelfth save of the year as he put down the Phils in the bottom of the eleventh.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, a hit batter and a walk, while he struck out one. J.C. Romero collected his third hold of the year as he got out the only man that he would face. Michael Stutes received his sec0nd hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his sixth hold of the season, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jose Contreras collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Ryan Madson blew his first save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. David Herndon (0-1, 5.30) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out three, as the bullpen could not hold onto the lead. Randy Wells also received a no-decision as he went two and a third innings, thanks to the rain delay, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, as he struck out two. Rodrigo Lopez, James Russell and John Grabow combined for six scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Lopez) and three walks (Lopez (1), Grabow (2)), while striking out two (Russell and Grabow one each), between them. Sean Marshall (3-0, 0.95) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. Carlos Marmol recorded his twelfth of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Shane Victorino (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (37-26, 1st East) continue their series with the Cubs (25-36, 5th Central) with a night game tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to their mound their ace Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56), who is coming off a victory against the Pirates on June 5, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’  7-3 win. He will be going for win no. 9. The Cubs will counter with Carlos Zambrano (5-2, 3.98), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on June 5, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 3-2 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to increase the Phils’ present losing streak. The Phils will be trying to recover from last night’s lost.

The Phils finally get a win at PNC Park as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Phils leave PNC Park with a win as they defeat the Pirates, 7-3.

The Pirates take a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Neil Walker hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Xavier Paul, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Josh Harrison’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3.  The Phils got a run back in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, thanks to a pair of walks to Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and a wild pitch by Pirates’ starter James McDonald that had allowed Utley to move up to second as Howard was batting, and then a passed ball by Pirates’ catcher Dusty Brown while Raul Ibanez was batting, that allowed Utley and Howard to both move up a base, and with nobody out, Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, while Howard would move up to third. Two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch to put runners on the corners, the Phils tried to tie up the game as Dom Brown hit a ball up the middle, which hits the umpire, becoming a dead ball, giving Brown a single, and putting Ruiz on second base, but sending Howard back to third, loading up the bases, which would come back to haunt the Phils as Wilson Valdez hit into a 4-3 double play, wiping out Brown at second base, to end the inning. The Phils threaten to tie the game once again in the fifth as they loaded up the bases via walks to Roy Halladay, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco, and with nobody out, Utley hits a grounder to first baseman Lyle Overbay, who then threw home, forcing out Halladay at the plate, 3-2, for the inning’s first out, as Utley is safe at first, while Victorino and Polanco both moved up a base. The Phils then finally tied it up at two-all as, with the bases still loaded, and now with one man out, after a long battle, Howard hits a sacrifice fly to deep center field, just missing a home run, scoring Victorino, while both Polanco and Utley would move up a base. Two batters later, after Ibanez was intentionally walked to reload the bases, and now with two men out, Ruiz forced in a run as he is hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, scoring Polanco, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while both Utley and Ibanez would move up a base. The Phils then took a 4-2 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Halladay, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Victorino’s ground out, 1-3. The Pirates tried to cut the Phils’ lead in the seventh as, with two men on, via a single by Brandon Wood, and a single by pinch hitter Matt Diaz, while Wood would go on to third on a fielding error by Howard on Polanco’s throw to first, with two men out. But, Halladay would get out of the inning as pinch hitter Jose Tabata hits a liner that was caught by Utley for the inning’s final out. The Phils added a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier singled, than stopped at second on Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, up to second base. The Pirates got a run back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, McCutchen hits an RBI single, knocking in Harrison, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, who had earlier singled, then went on to third on pinch hitter Ben Francisco’s single, while sending Francisco, who had just singled, on to second base.  Three batters later, with now two men out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, giving the Phils a 7-3 lead, while sending Francisco on to third. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson put down the Pirates in the ninth.

Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jose Contreras collected his third hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Antonio Bastardo collected his fourth hold of the year, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. James McDonald (3-4, 4.97) took the lost as he went four innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on three hits, five walks, two hit batters, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out three. Chris Resop pitched an inning, giving up a walk. Evan Meek pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Daniel Moskos pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jose Ascanio pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Jose Veras pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Daniel McCutchen pitched an inning, giving up two runs on four hits.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .239. Shane Victorino (Singles, RBI), Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles, 3 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, Double), all followed with two hits each. Wilson Valdez (Single), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Raul Ibanez knocked in one Phil run with a sacrifice fly, while Carlos Ruiz would have the other Phil RBI, as he got hit by the  pitch with the bases loaded.

The Phils (35-24, 1st East) will go home to start a three-game series with the Dodgers (28-32, 3rd West) at Citizens Bank Park with a ballgame tomorrow night. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94), who is coming off a lost to the Nats on May 31, as he went five and one-third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, as he struck out four, in the Phils’ 10-2 lost. He will be trying to get the home stand off on a winning start. The Dodgers will counter with Ted Lilly (4-4, 4.22), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on May 31, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits, as he struck out eight, in the Dodgers’ 8-2 win. He’ll be trying to give the Phils some fits. The Phils will be trying to start off their long home stand on a good note with a win.

The Phils produce enough offense to defeat the Rockies, 2-1, ending a four-game losing streak.

The Phils’ offense produce enough runs to finally reward a good pitching performance as they defeat the Rockies, 2-1, ending a four-game losing streak.

The first four and a half innings of the game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels who, in the first five innings, gave up only two hits and a walks to the Rox, while striking out four, while Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa would, in his four innings, give up just a hit, while striking out two. The Phils would score first in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, would move up to second base when Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch, then stopped at third on a Chris Iannetta passed ball, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had been hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Iannetta’s passed ball, would stop at third.  The Rockies then tied the game up at one-all in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Todd Helton hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Gonzalez, who had earlier doubled. The Phils retook the lead in the eighth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Valdez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on pinch hitter Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, then stopped at third on a De Le Rosa’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson collected his seventh save in seven attempts as he pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out the side, in between a single and an intentional walk.

Cole Hamels (5-2, 2.92) gets the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Ryan Madson recorded his seventh save of the season as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Jorge De La Rosa took the lost (5-2, 3.34) as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, while striking out four.

The Phils had just five hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez leading the team with two hits, both singles, while knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense’s batting struggles continue. Although they were able to score enough runs to win the game, it was only because of a passed ball and a wild pitch that they were able to win last night’s game. That is not going to continue. They need to help themselves to keep winning.

The Phils (26-16, 1st East) will conclude this short series with the Rockies (22-19, 2nd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and it will begin at 7:05 pm EDT.  The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.50), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 14, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. Blanton will be going for his second win of the season, while trying to improve on his previous outing. The Rox will counter with Jhoulys Chacin (4-2, 2.89), who is coming off a no-decision against the Padres on May 14, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Rockies’ 9-7 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to sweep the short series, while hoping that the bats will finally explode and knock in some runs in support of a bunch of good pitching performances. Show the pitching some love guys!!!

The Phils lose their first game of the season as Cole Hamels’ problem with the Mets continue, as the Phils lose, 7-1.

Cole Hamels troubles with the Mets continue as he is knocked out of the box by the Mets starting pitcher in a six-run third inning, as the Phils drop one to the Mets, 7-1.

The Mets, after blowing a two on, no out, situation in the first, took a 2-0 lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Chirs Young, a bunt single by Jose Reyes, that was not fielded cleanly by Cole Hamels, allowing Young to get to second base, and a walk to Angel Pagan, moving both runners up a base, and with noone out, David Wright hits a two-run single, knocking in both Young and Reyes, and sending Pagan to third. Two batters later, with runners now on second and third, after Wright had stolen second base, and with one man out, Pagan scored on a passed ball, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead, while Wright would move up to third base. The Mets then made it a 4-0 lead as, with two men on, after Scott Hairston had walked, and with still only one man out, Wright scored on Ike Davis’ RBI single, while Hairston would stop at second base. The Mets then took a 5-0 lead as Brad Emaus hits an RBI single, scoring Hairston, while sending Davis up to second base. Two batters later, with two men on, and now with two men out, the Mets made it a 6-0 lead as Young hits an RBI single, scoring Davis, while sending Emaus to second base, while knocking Hamels out of the ball game, as he was unable to get past the third inning. The Phils would get a run back in the fifth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI double, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, making it a 6-1 Mets’ lead, while sending pinch hitter Michael Martinez, who had earlier walked, to third base. The Mets would get the run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Hairston hits an RBI single, knocking in Wright, who had earlier doubled, making it a 7-1 Mets’ lead, while Hairston would move up to second on the late throw to home plate. That would be the final score, as the Phils would be unable to mount a rally, thanks in part to the wind denying Ben Francisco a chance for a pair of home runs and three RBIs, as it knocked down a couple of deep hit fly balls to left.

Cole Hamels (0-1, 20.25) took the lost as he pitched only two and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out three. Kyle Kendrick pitched two and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out one. David Herndon followed with an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. J.C. Romero, Danys Baez and Antonio Bastardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Romero (1), Baez (1)), while striking out two (Romero (1), Bastardo (1)) between them. Chris Young (1-0, 1.69) got the win as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while striking out seven, as he effectively pitched himself out of a couple of jams. D.J. Carrasco pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Parnell), while striking out one (Byrdak) between them. The Phils’ bullpen did a very admirable job the first time one of the team’s starters did not go deep into a ballgame, as they gave up only one run (Herndon) to the Mets after Hamels got knocked out of the box in the third inning.

The Phils had just seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he raised his batting average to .267. Placido Polanco (Double, RBI), Jimmy Rollins (Single), Wilson Valdez (Single), pinch hitter Pete Orr (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits, while Ben Francisco was robbed of a pair of home runs as the wind knocked down both of his hard shots to left field.

The Phils (3-1, T-1st) will continue their three games series with the Mets (3-1, T-1st) with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. Game time is 7:05 EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-0, -.–), who is coming off a 9-6 2010, with a 4.82 ERA, finishing the season strong. He will be trying to get the Phils back on the winning track, while evening the series. The Mets will counter with Mike Pelfrey (0-1, 10.38), who is coming off a bad opening day start against the Marlins on April 1, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up five runs on four hits and four walks, while he struck out two Marlins, in the Mets’ 6-2 lost. He will be trying to even his record, and give the Mets early control of first place. The Phils will be trying to regroup after last night’s lost, to regain sole possession of first place in the East.

In other news, Chase Utley did a little jogging before yesterday’s game to test the progress of his right leg. He is progressing, but he is still going to be out for a while. Shane Victorino went back into the lineup yesterday, but sadly went 0 for 5, with three strikeouts. During the weekend, Kyle Kendrick’s home in Washington state was broken into, with a number of items, including both his 2008 World Series and his 2009 NL rings, being stolen. Hopefully, the culprits will be found quickly and brought to justice.

The Phils start the season with a walk-off win as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a bases-loaded single to cap a three-run ninth as the Phils defeat the Astros, 5-4.

The Phils end opening day with a walk-off win via a bases-loaded ninth inning single by John Mayberry, Jr., as they defeat the Astros, 5-4.

The Phils and Astros spent the first five innings in a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Halladay and Astros’ starter Brett Myers, with Halladay giving up only three hits, while he struck out six batters, while Myers would give up just two hits. The Astros finally took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Bill Hall hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Angel Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Hunter Pence’s double, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead, while sending Pence, who had earlier doubled, over to third base. The Astros would increase their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Michael Bourn hits a two-run triple, knocking in Brett Wallace, who had lead-off the inning with a single, moved up to second base on Humberto Quintero’s single, then went to third on Myers’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, and Quintero, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Myer’s sac bunt, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead. The Astros then took a 4-0 lead when Sanchez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bourn. The Phils then started to come back in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a sac fly, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, then went to third on catcher Quintero’s passed ball, making it a 4-1 Astros’ lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on the pass ball, on to third base. The Phils then made it 4-2 Astros as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, knocking in Rollins. The Phils then went to work in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had started the rally with a single, then went to second base on Howard’s single, before stealing third with Francisco batting, making it a 4-3 Astros’ lead, while Howard, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. Then two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz had loaded the bases with a single, moving both Howard and Francisco up a base, and with still one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, tying the game up at four-all, while sending Francisco to third, and Ruiz to second base. One batter later, with the bases still loaded and with one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. hits a ball over the center fielder Bourn’s head for a walk-off RBI single, scoring Francisco, to give the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Roy Halladay received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out six. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. David Herndon pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Danys Baez received the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Brett Myers also received a no-decision as he pitched seven inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was eamed, on three hits and three walks. Wilton Lopez recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Brandon Lyon blew his first save attempt of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 81.00) as he gave up three runs on six hits.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI (Sac Fly)) and Wilson Valdez (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits each. Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Pinch Hitter Ross Gload (Single) and Pinch Hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hit. Raul Ibanez knocked in the other Phil run on a ground out.

The Phils (1-0, 1st-T NL East) will continue their opening season series with the Astros (0-1, 3-T NL Central) tomorrow with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern Daylight Time. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee, who last year, with the Mariners and Rangers, went 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA. He will be trying to give the Phils a chance to start the season off with two straight wins. The Astros will counter with Wandy Rodriguez, who last year went 11-12 with a 3.60 ERA. He will be trying to give the Astros an even record.

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.