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The Phils’ 2012 season keeps getting worst as they enter the All-Star being swept by the Braves as they lose the last two games of the series, by the scores of 6-3 and 4-3.

The Phils enter the All-Star as they are swept at home by the Braves, losing the last two games of the series by the scores of 6-3 and 4-3.

On Saturday, the Braves took the lead in the second as, with two men out, Brian McCann hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season, and his second home run of the series, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Phils tried to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Hunter Pence’s single, is thrown out at home plate on a fielder’s choice ground ball hit to third baseman Chipper Jones by Placido Polanco, 5-2, as McCann applied the tag, while Pence, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base, while Polanco is safe at first. The Phils then tied the game up at one-all one batter later as Juan Pierre hits an RBI double, scoring Pence, while sending Polanco to third base. Two batters later, after John Mayberry, Jr. is intentionally walked to load the bases, the Phils take the lead as Joe Blanton helps his own cause by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Polanco, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while moving up a base both Pierre and Mayberry. The Phils increased their lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Blanton at second base for the inning’s second out, while Pierre scores, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, as Mayberry moved up to second base, while Rollins reaches first base. The Braves got a run back in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Martin Prado hits an RBI double, scoring Michael Bourn, who had just singled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Braves tied the game up at three-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, McCann hits an RBI single, knocking in Jones, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddie Freeman’s single, while sending Freeman, who had just singled, up to second base, before going on to third base on Pence’s fielding error. Two batters later the Braves took the lead as, with runners still on the corners, and now with one man out, Andrelton Simmons hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Freeman, giving the Braves a 4-3 lead. The Braves increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Prado hits an RBI single, scoring Simmons, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Tommy Hanson’s sacrifice bunt, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, giving the Braves a 5-3 lead, while sending Bourn, who had just walked, up to second base. One batter latter, after Bourn and Prado were involved in a double steal, Bourn would score as Jason Heyward strikes out, swinging, going to the plate as Ruiz was throwing to first to complete the strikeout, giving the Braves a 6-3 lead. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel collected his twenty-fourth save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up six runs, only five of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jake Diekman pitched an inning and a third, walking a batter, while striking out one. Jeremy Horst pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Tommy Hanson (10-5, 3.71) got the win as he pitched seven innings, plus one batter, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six. Eric O’Flaherty received his fifteenth hold of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. Craig Kimbrel converted his twenty-fourth save of the season throwing a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits, both singles. Carlos Ruiz (Double), Juan Pierre (Double, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Joe Blanton (Single, RBI) had the other six Phils’ hits. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil RBI on a force out. The Phils also had a walk in the ballgame.

In Sunday’s game, the Phils took a quick 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jason Pridie hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single. The Braves tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Dan Uggla hits a two-run home run of his own, his twelfth home run of the year, knocking in Freddie Freeman, who had just doubled. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the fourth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Pridie hits an RBI double, knocking in Hunter Pence, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Braves would retied the game at three-all in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Brian McCann hits an RBI single, scoring Martin Prado, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Jason Heyward’s single, while sending Heyward, who had just singled, up to second base. The Braves took the lead in the seventh as, with two men out, McCann hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, and his third home run of the series, giving the Braves a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Craig Kimbrel recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley got a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out five. Raul Valdes (2-2, 3.80) took the lost as he went two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face. Jeremy Horst and Jonathan Papelbon would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Papelbon), while striking out two batters (Papelbon) between them. Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.97) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four. Kris Medlin collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Craig Kimbrel collected his twenty-fifth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (Singles) and Jason Pridie (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the ballclub with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Single), had the other two Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.

The Phils enter the All-Star break with a 37-50 record, in fifth place in the NL East, fourteen games behind the Nats. The team will be off until Friday night.

Cole Hamels is denied his eleventh win before the All-Star break as Papelbon is unable to stop a Mets’ rally in the ninth, as the Phils lose in walk-off fashion, 6-5.

The Phils’ Cole Hamels is denied his eleventh win as Papelbon is unable to put out a Mets’ rally in the ninth inning, as the Phils lose 6-5.

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 Juan Pierre, who was safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a walk, is wiped out at second base, then moved on to second base as Carlos Ruiz is hit by a pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Ruiz, who had just been hit by a pitch, moved over to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Cole Hamels’ single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Hamels, who had just singled, over to third base. The Mets got a run back in their half of the second as Scott Hairston hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the season, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Mets would tie the game-up at two-all in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, David Wright hits an RBI single, knocking in R.A. Dickey, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Daniel Murphy’s single, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, over to third base. The Phils regain the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Fontenot, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Rollins, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Mets took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Wright hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, scoring Ruben Tejada, who had earlier singled, giving the Mets a 4-3 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at four-all in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI triple, knocking in Hamels, who had earlier singled. The Phils then retook the lead as Rollins scored on Pierre’s suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Phils tried to increased their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Fontenot, who had earlier reached base with a ground-rule double, is sent home on pinch hitter Chase Utley’s single to left field, and is thrown out at the plate by a good throw by left fielder Hairston, 7-2, as catcher Josh Thole apply the tag, for the inning’s second out, while Utley would move up to second base on the play. The Mets would tie the game up at five-all in the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off double by Ike Davis, who is then pinch run for by Ronny Cedeno, before moving up to third on Josh Thole’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, for the inning’s first out, pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin then reaching base as he is hit by the pitch two batters later, before stealing second base, and a walk to Tejada, and with two men out, Murphy hits an RBI infield single, as Jonathan Papelbon is unable to come up with the ball, allowing Cedeno to score the tying run, while Valdespin and Tejada both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Mets then got the 6-5 walk-off win as Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Valdespin.

Cole Hamels recieved a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Antonio Bastardo recorded his sixteenth hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon blew his second save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-3, 3.45), as he gave up two runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he threw seven innings as well, giving up five runs on eleven hits, a walk and a hit batter, as he struck out seven. Jon Rauch, Tim Byrdak and Pedro Beato combined for a scoreless inning, giving up two hits (Rauch (1), Brydak (1)) and a walk (Brydak) between them. Bobby Parnell (2-1, 2.91) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.

The Phils had thirteen hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, Triple, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Mike Fontenot (Single, Double) and Cole Hamels (Singles) with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Double), Shane Victorino (Single, RBI), Ty Wigginton (Single), Placido Polanco (Single) and pinch hitter Chase Utley (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. Juan Pierre had the final Phil RBI with a suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt. The Phils also had two walks and a hit batter in the game.

The Phils (37-47, 5th) with start a three-game home stand with the Braves (43-39, 3rd), the final series before the All-Star break, starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35), who is coming off a lost to the Pirates on June 28, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-4 lost. He will be trying to improve on his last start. The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (6-4, 3.87), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals on July 1, as he went six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Braves’ 8-4 win. He will be going for his seventh win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get some kind of momentum going before the All-Star break.

Cliff Lee finally records his first victory of 2012 as the Phils crush the Mets 9-2.

Cliff Lee finally wins his first start of 2012 as the Phils’ bats decide to come to life as they crush the Mets, 9-2.

The Mets took the lead in the fourth as Scott Hairston hits a solo home run, his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets added to their lead in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, David Wright hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruben Tejada, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Daniel Murphy’s single, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, while sending Murphy, who had just singled, on to third base. The Phils tied the game at two-all in the seventh as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils then took the lead on batter later as Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and now with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead, while sending pinch hitter Ty Wigginton, who had earlier been intentionally walked, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 6-2 lead as Hunter Pence hits an RBI infield single, beating shortstop Tejada’s throw to first, as Wigginton ran all the way from second base to score, while Ruiz would stop at second base. The Phils increased their lead in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Rollins hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, forcing out at second base pinch hitter Jason Pridie, who had earlier singled, as Mayberry, who had earlier been safe at first on an earlier force out, 5-4, as Placido Polanco, who had started the inning off with a single, is wiped out at second base, giving the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Phils then took a 9-2 lead as Wigginton hits a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, scoring Rollins. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (1-5, 3.98) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Jonathan Papelbon threw a 1-2-3 inning. Chris Young (2-2, 3.41) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out three. Miguel Batista pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. Tim Brydak pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Jeremy Hefner pitched an inning and a third, giving up three runs on five hits.

The Phils had twelve hits in the ballgame, with Juan Pierre (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Hunter Pence (Singles, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Double,  2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Ty Wigginton (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and pinch hitter Jason Pridie (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense came alive in their last three at-bats. The Phils also had a walk and a stolen base (Pierre (20)) in the game.

The Phils (37-46, 5th) will conclude their series with the Mets (44-38, 2nd) with a night game later today. The game will be played at Citi Field and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.08), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on June 30, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. He will be going for his eleventh win of the season, while trying to help the Phils win the series. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.15), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on June 29, as he pitched eight innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out ten, in the Mets’ 9-0 shutout. He will be trying for his thirteenth win of the season. The Phils will be going for the series win, while trying to keep from being contained by Dickey.

Tuesday: The Phils suffer their biggest lost of 2012 as they get crushed by the Mets, 11-1.

The Phils suffer their worst defeat of the 2012 season are they are crushed by the Mets, 11-1.

The Mets took the lead in the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, David Wright hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had just tripled, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in the second as Carlos Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his twelfth home run of the season. The Mets retook the lead for good in their half of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a Lucas Duda walk, leading off the inning, and singles by Andres Torres and Josh Thole, and with one man out, Jon Niese helped his own cause with a two-run single, knocking in Duda and Torres, giving the Mets a 3-1 lead, before Thole is thrown out at third base, 8-5, as he tried to move up to third base, for the inning’s second out. Two batters later as, now with two men on, after Ruben Tejada had gotten on base with a single, sending Niese up to second base, and with two men out, Murphy hits an RBI double, scoring Niese, giving the Mets a 4-1 lead, before Tejada is thrown out at the plate trying to score, 7-6-2, ending the inning. The Mets added to their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second base, and with two men out, Tejada hits an RBI single, knocking in Thole, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Niese’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, giving the Mets a 5-1 lead, while Tejada would move up to second base on the late throw to the plate. The Mets then made it a 6-1 lead as Murphy hits an RBI single, scoring Tejada. The Mets increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wright hits a three-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, knocking in Niese, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Tejada’s single, and Tejada, who had just singled, giving the Mets a 9-1 lead. The Mets then made it an 11-1 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Murphy hits a two-run double, knocking in Thole, who had earlier singled, then reached second base on third baseman’s Placido Polanco’s force attempt throwing error, and pinch hitter Justin Turner, who had reached first base on Polanco’s error. That would end up being the final score as Jon Rauch threw a scoreless ninth.

Vance Worley (4-5, 3.46) took the lost as he pitched only four innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out three. Raul Valdes pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out two Mets. Brian Sanches pitched an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit, striking out a batter. Jake Diekman pitched an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits, as he struck out two. Jon Niese (7-3, 3.35) got the win as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Jon Rauch pitched a scoreless ninth, hitting a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a home run by Carlos Ruiz, knocking in a run, a single by Hunter Pence and a single by Ty Wigginton. The Phils also had two walks and a hit batter in the game, as Jon Niese smothered the offense for eight innings, while the pitching staff got blown up for eleven runs in the lost

Cliff Lee is once again unable to win his first start as the Phils fall to the fish, 6-2.

Cliff Lee was once again denied his first victory of 2012 as the Phils fall to the Marlins, 6-2.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Logan Morrison hits an RBI ground out, 1-4-3, scoring Jose Reyes, who had earlier doubled, then went to third base on Hanley Ramirez’s fly out to center, while sending Giancarlo Stanton, who had just walked, up to second base. The Marlins added to their lead in the third as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Stanton hits an RBI single, knocking in Ramirez, who had just doubled, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead. The Marlins made it a 3-0 lead two batters later as Omar Infante hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Stanton, who had moved up to third on Justin Ruggiano’s single. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, making it a 3-1 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins increased their lead in the fifth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ruggiano hits a two-run double, knocking in Stanton, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Morrison’s ground-rule double, and Morrison, who had just hit a ground-rule double, giving the Marlins a 5-1 lead. Three batters, with runners on the corners, as Ruggiano had stolen third base, and Gaby Sanchez had walked, and with two men out, John Buck hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruggiano, giving the Marlins a 6-1 lead, while sending Sanchez up to second base. The Phils would cut the Marlins’ lead down to 6-2 in the ninth as, with a man on second base, and with one man out, Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 6-3. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Webb got Placido Polanco to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Cliff Lee (0-5, 4.13) took the lost as he went four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out three. Raul Valdes and Jeremy Horst combined for three and one-third scoreless innings, giving up one hit (Valdes) between them, while striking out four (two batters each). Josh Johnson (5-5, 3.80) got the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out six.  Edward Mujica and Mike Dunn combined for two scoreless inning, giving up just a hit (Mujica) between them. Ryan Webb pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had just seven hits in the ballgame, with Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Placido Polanco (Singles) both leading the club with two hits each. Juan Pierre, Chase Utley and Shane Victorino had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had two walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (19), Jimmy Rollins (14)) in the game.

The Phils (36-43, 5th) continue their series with the Marlins (36-40, 4th), playing an afternoon game. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will start at 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.03), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rays on June 24, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 lost. He’ll be going for his eleventh win of the season. The Marlins will counter with Mark Buehrle (6-8, 3.66) who is coming off a win against the Blue Jays on June 24, who pitched seven scoreless innings. giving up seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Marlins’ 9-0 blow out. He will be trying to give the fish the series win. The Phils will be trying to even up the series this afternoon.

The Phils are unable to overcome a five-run first as they drop one to the Pirates, 5-4.

The Phils are unable to overcome a five-run first inning as they end up splitting the series with the Pirates, losing 5-4.

The Pirates took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Drew Sutton, who had started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, then went to third on Andrew McCuthen’s fly out to right, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead, while sending Walker, who had earlier walked, up to second base. The Pirates then took a 4-0 lead as Casey McGehee hits a three-run home run, his fifth home run of the year, knocking in both Walker and Sutton. The Pirates then made it a 5-o lead as Pedro Alvarez followed with a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick would then settle down, and keep the Pirates off the scoreboard for the next six and two-thirds innings, while the Phils tried to chip away at the Pirates’ lead. The Phils made it a 5-2 Pirates’ lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled. The Phils then cut the Pirates’ lead down to 5-3 in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits into an RBI force out, 5-4, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Hunter Pence’s single, as Pence, who had just singled, is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out. The Phils then made it a 5-4 Pirates’ lead in the eighth as Pence hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as Joel Hanrahan collected his twentieth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Brian Sanches and Jeremy Horst combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sanches) and three walks (Sanches (1), Horst (2)) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.31) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Juan Cruz collected his thirteenth hold of the season as he threw a third of an inning, walking a batter. Jason Grilli received his eighteenth hold of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, striking out two batters. Joel Hanrahan recorded his twentieth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Hunter Pence (Single, Home Run, RBI) leading the ballclub with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Juan Pierre (Single), Ty Wigginton (Single), Mike Fontenot (Single) and Erik Kratz (Home Run, 2 RBIs) had the other nine hits, as the offense was unable to get the key hit to either tie or win the game. The Phils also had three walks and two stolen bases (Pierre (18), Rollins (13)) in the game.

The Phils (36-42, 5th) will go on the road to start a series with the Marlins (35-40, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72), who is coming off a lost against the Rays on June 24, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 7-3 lost. Lee will be out to finally end his long winless streak. The Marlins will counter with Josh Johnson (4-5, 3.96), who is coming off a no-decision against the Blue Jays on June 23, where he went seven innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Marlins’ 7-1 lost. He’s be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be out to win their first game since Chase Utley’s return to the line-up.

The Phils increase their winning streak to two games as they hold on in a close game to defeat the Pirates, 5-4.

The Phils hold on to win a close game with the Pirates as they increase their winning streak to two game, winning 5-4.

The Pirates tried to take the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Vance Worley, after catching Garrett Jones’ grounder back to the mound, threw the ball home for a fielder’s choice out, as Jose Tabata, who had started the game by being hit by a pitch, then moved up to second base on Neil Walker’s walk, before going to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 6-3, is tagged out by Carlos Ruiz for the inning’s second out, while Walker, who had earlier walked, and went to second base on McCutchen’s ground out, would move up to third, while Jones would be safe at first on the play. Worley then got out of trouble by getting Casey McGehee to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Jones at first base. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates would tie the game up at one-all in the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Michael McKenry hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Pedro Alvarez, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on Clint Barmes’ ground out, 6-3. The Phils retook the lead in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Mike Fontenot, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Worley’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, before Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, is thrown out trying to go to third base, 7-5-3, for the inning’s final out. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ty Wigginton hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the season, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the sixth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in McCutchen, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third on Jones’ ground out, 3-unassisted, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead. The Pirates then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Drew Sutton hits an RBI double, knocking in Barmes, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at second base on McKenry’s single, while McKenry, who had just singled, would stop at third base. After Michael Schwimer replaces Worley on the mound, the Phils would get out of further trouble as Tabata grounds out to the pitcher,  1-3, after Schwimer looks McKenry back to third, for the inning’s first out, then Walker flies out to left for the inning’s second out, before John Mayberry, Jr. throws a strike to home plate, as McKenry tries to score on the fly out, but is tagged out by Ruiz for the inning’s third out on a fly out-doubleplay, keeping the score 4-3 Phils. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as Ruiz hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, a career high, as he gives the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Pirates would get a run back in the ninth as, with one man out, McHenry hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year, making it a 5-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his eighteenth save of the season by getting out the next two batter, as he got Tabata to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92) gets the win as he pitched six inning, plus three batters, as he gives up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Schwimer collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, getting out the two men that he would face, thanks to a fly out-doubleplay. Antonio Bastardo collected his fifteenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon received his eighteen save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three. Juan Cruz pitched an inning, plus three batters, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tony Watson pitched an inning, getting out all three men whom he would face, striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz (2 Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, followed by Placido Polanco (Singles, RBI) and Ty Wigginton (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) with two hits apiece. Hunter Pence (Triple), Shane Victorino (Single) and Mike Fontenot (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Victorino (18)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (36-40, 4th East) will continue their series with the Pirates (38-35, 3rd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Raul Valdes (2-0, 1.84) who will be making a spot start, as the Phils plan to use the bullpen tonight. Valdes last pitched on June 23, throwing two innings in relief against the Rays, giving up no runs on a hit, while striking out four. Valdes hopes to keep the Phils in the game. The Pirates will counter with James McDonald (6-3, 2.19), who is coming off a complete game win against the Twins on June 21, as he gave up a run on six hits, while striking out five, in the Pirates’ 9-1 blow out. He will be trying to stop the Pirates’ present losing streak. The Phils will be going for the series win, while hoping that Chase Utley will be ready to go both on the field and at the plate.