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Three eighth inning home runs do in Cliff Lee as the Phils drop one to the Blue Jays, 7-4.

Three home runs in the bottom of the eight inning ruins Cliff Lee’s day as the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 7-4.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorin0, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as, with two men on, Dom Brown got on base with a single, sending Francisco on to second base, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI ground-rule double, scoring Francisco, while sending Brown, who had just singled, on to third. Two batters later, with men still on second and third, and now with two men out, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring both Brown and Ruiz. It would then go down hill for the Phils. The Blue Jays got on the scoreboard in the  third, ending Phils’ starter Cliff Lee’s scoreless innings streak at 34 innings as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, John McDonald hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Rajai Davis, who had earlier tripled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 4-1. The Blue Jays then made it a 4-2 Phils’ lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Aaron Hill hits an RBI single, knocking in Davis, who had earlier singled, then proceeded to steal first second, and then third base. The Blue Jays then cut the Phils’ lead down to 4-3 in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Juan Rivera hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jose Bautista, who had earlier singled, went to third on Adam Lind’s pop fly single, that was then bobbled by Francisco for a fielding error, allowing Lind to reach second base, as Victorino’s feet got caught in the outfield turf as he was deciding whether to throw either to home or to second base, as Lind was almost to third in a base running blunder that was avoided because of what had happened to Victorino when he finally decided to throw the ball and fell down as he was getting ready to throw it. The Phils then tried to add to their lead in the eighth as, with one man out, Victorino got on base as he hits a ground-rule double, his second of the ballgame. But, with pinch hitter Raul Ibanez batting, he would get picked off heading for third, before being tagged out at second base, 1-6-5-4, for the inning’s second out. That would be costly as Ibanez would then hit a double that would’d easily scored Victorino. The Blue Jays would then pound on Lee in their half of the eighth. Eric Thames would lead-off the inning with a solo home run, his third home run of the season, tying the game up at four-all. The Blue Jays would then take the lead as Bautista followed with a solo home run of his own, his twenty-seventh home run of the year, giving the Blue Jays a 5-4 lead. Three batters later, with a runner on base, and with one man out, the Blue Jays took a 7-4 lead as Eric Encarnacion hits a two-run bomb, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Lind, who had earlier singled. That would end up being the final score as Octavio Dotel picked up the win by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92) took the lost as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on ten hits, as he struck out nine. Michael Stutes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jo-Jo Reyes received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks. Marc Rzepczynski pitched an inning and a third, giving up a hit. Octavio Dotel (2-1, 3.86) got the win as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Shane Victorino (Doubles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single) and pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Double), had the other six Phils’ hits.

The Phils (53-32, 1st), after ending interleague play with a successful 9-6 record, will start a three-game series with the Marlins (38-46, 5th), with an early night game tonight. The game will be played at Sun Life Stadium, and will start at 6:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (3-1, 2.57), who is coming off a stunning win over the Red Sox on June 29, as he gave up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. He will be going for his fourth win of the year, while trying to give the Phils a chance against the Marlins. The Marlins will try to counter with Ricky Nolasco (5-4, 4.08), who is coming off a win against the Athletics on June 29 as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to keep the Marlins from falling any further behind the Phils. The Phils will be out to make sure that the Marlins stay at the bottom of the NL East, while keeping the Braves from getting any closer before the weekend series and the All-Star break.

The Phils come from behind to defeat the Marlins, 5-3.

The Phils scored five unanswered runs in the last three innings to defeat the Marlins, 5-3.

The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men out, Hanley Ramirez hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Marlins then increased their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via three straight singles, an infield single by Emilio Bonifacio, a single by Ramirez, sending Bonifacio to second base, and a bloop single by Gaby Sanchez, with Bonifacio stopping at third, and Ramirez stopping at second base, and with one man out, John Buck hits an RBI single, scoring Bonifacio, giving the Marlins a 2-0 lead, while Ramirez and Sanchez would both move up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Marlins then took a 3-0 lead as the next batter, Mike Stanton, hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Bonifacio. The Phils then cut the Marlins’ lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, pinch hitter Pete Orr hits a pinch hit double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, and then reached third on first baseman Sanchez’s fielding error of Dane Sardinha’s grounder, making it a 3-1 Marlins’ lead, while sending Sardinha, who had been safe at first on Sanchez’s error, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Marlins’ lead as pinch hitter Ross Gload hits into an RBI ground out, three-unassisted, scoring Sardinha, while sending Orr on to third. The Phils then tied it up at three-all in the eighth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run single, scoring Sardinha, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Orr’s double, and Orr, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead, before stopping at second on the throw to home. That would end up being the final score as Ryan Madson recorded his fifth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while he struck out four. J.C. Romero pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 1.42) gets the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson collected his fifth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two Marlins. Ricky Nolasco also received a no-decision as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out six. Ryan Webb collected his third hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Michael Dunn received his first blown save of the year as he gave up a run on one hit, while striking out one. Leo Nunez (0-1, 3.38) took the lost as he gave up two runs on three hits, while he struck out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Pete Orr leading the team with two hits, both doubles, with one of them as a pinch hitter, as he knocked in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Single, 2 RBIs), Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double), Brian Schneider (Double), Dane Sardinha (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. Pinch hitter Ross Gload knocked in the other Phil run with a ground out. The Phils’ bench helped to spark the Phils’ comeback in the late innings, getting some key hits.

The Phils (24-12, 1st) have the day off today, before starting a three-game weekend series with the Braves (20-18, 3rd), starting tomorrow night. They presently have a three game lead over the second place Marlins (21-15) after last night’s win.

A mistake-ridden eighth inning ruins Halladay’s good performance as the Phils lose the pitchers’ duel to the Marlins, 2-1.

Errors in the Marlins’ eighth lead to the Phils losing the pitchers’ duel, 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. After turning back a pair of bases loaded threats by the Phils in the second and third innings, the Marlins tied the game up at one-all in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Emilio Bonifacio hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Josh Johnson, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Chris Coghlan’s double, while Coghlan, who had just doubled, would move up to third. The game would then become a pitchers’ duel between Johnson, who would pitch six innings, only giving up one run on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven, as he would pitch himself out of trouble early in the game, and Phils’ starter Roy Halladay, who in the first seven innings, would also give up just a run, on three hits and two walks, while striking out eight. The Marlins then took the lead in the eight as Omar Infante would reach base on a Jimmy Rollins throwing error, before moving up to second base on a Halladay wild pitch. Infante would then move up to third on a ground out, 4-3, by pinch hitter Osvaldo Martinez. Coghlan then followed with an RBI single, scoring Infante and giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. That would be the final score as Leo Nunez collected his twelfth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Shane Victorino to ground out, 3-1, to end the game.

Roy Halladay (5-2, 2.05) took the lost as he gave up two run, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Josh Johnson received a no-decision, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Michael Dunn (3-2, 1.26) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Leo Nunez recorded his twelfth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had just six hits with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, as he raised his batting average to .231. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI) and Ben Francisco (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits, as the offense was not able to get the key hit when they had Josh Johnson on the ropes in the early going.

The Phils (23-12, 1st) will conclude their three-game set with the Marlins (21-14, 2nd) with a night game at Sun Life Stadium. The game will begin at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69), who is coming off a lost against the Braves on May 6, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out sixteen in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. He will once again try for his third win of the season, while hoping that the offense will decide to help him this time. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.23), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nats on May 6, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out eleven, in the Marlins’ 3-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Marlins the series win. The Phils will be trying to put the fish once again three games behind them in the East.

The Phils’ offense gets shut down while Jamie Moyer gets lit up for five runs in the first as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 5-1.

The Marlins light up on their nemesis Jamie Moyer for five runs in the first, before Ricky Nolasco proceed to shut down the Phils’ offense, as the Phils lose to the fish, 5-1.

The Marlins took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jorge Cantu hits an RBI single, scoring Cameron Maybin, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Hanley Ramirez’s walk, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead, while sending Ramirez, who had earlier walked, on to second base. Dan Uggla then made it 2-0 Marlins as he hits an RBI single, scoring Ramirez, while moving Cantu up to second base. The Marlins then took a 5-0 lead as Ronny Paulino hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in both Cantu and Uggla. That would be the score for most of the game, as Moyer settled in, giving up only two more hits and a walk, while striking out seven Marlins in the next five innings, followed by three scoreless innings from both Nelson Figueroa and Chad Durbin, while Marlins’ starter Ricky Nolasco kept the Phils’ scoreless for eight and two-third innings, giving up four hits while walking three. The Phils then finally get on the board as Jayson Werth, with two men out, hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 5-1 Marlins’  lead. Nolasco then ends the game by getting Raul Ibanez to ground out, 1-3.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he went six innings, giving up six runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His record is now 1-1 with an ERA of 7.50. Nelson Figueroa and Chad Durbin both combined for three scoreless innings as they gave up only two walks (Figueroa (1), Durbin (1)), while striking out one batter between them (Figueroa). Ricky Nolasco pitched a complete game, giving up just one run on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. His record is now 1-0 with a 3.74 ERA.

The Phils’ offense was held to five hits last night. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Juan Castro and Brian Schneider had the five hits, with Werth’s hit being the only extra-base hit, a solo home run.

The Phils (8-3, 1st) conclude their series with the Marlins (7-5, 2nd) with an afternoon game, already in progress. The Phils hope to win today to give them their fourth straight series win.

The Phils hold on to defeat the Marlins 8-6, as the bullpen almost let another game get away.

After a terrific performance by their ace Roy Halladay, the bullpen almost let another game get away, as the pesky fish tried to get back into the game in the ninth before the Phils finally wins it, 8-6.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with two men on base, via walks to Shane Victorino and Chase Utley, with Utley’s walk moving Victorino up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, while sending Utley up to second base. Three batters later, now with the bases loaded, as Raul Ibanez is walked, sending Utley to third, and moving Howard up to second base, and now with two men out, Juan Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Howard on to third, and Ibanez up to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it 3-0 as Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, while sending Ibanez to third, and moving Castro up to second base. The Phils then made it 4-0 in the second as, with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a solo home run, which hits the left field foul pole, his second home run of the year. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Castro hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled and then went to third on an Ibanez ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Marlins then made it a 5-1 Phils’ lead in the fourth as, with two men out, Dan Uggla hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. In the seventh, the Phils added to their lead as Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season, and his fifith in four days, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with a man on base, and with still no outs, Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. Two batters later, with two men on base, and still with no outs, the Phils made it 8-1 as Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, while sending Ibanez, who had just walked, on to second base. The Marlins then made it an 8-2 Phils’ lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, Hanley Ramirez hits an RBI single, knocking in Gaby Sanchez, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on John Baker’s single, while sending Baker, who had just singled, over to third base. The Marlins then tried to make a comeback in the top of the ninth. With runners on second and third, and with one man out, Brett Carroll hits an RBI infield single, scoring Uggla, who had earlier got on base with an infield single, went to second on Cody Ross’ single, and then went to third on pinch hitter’s Brian Barden’s soft ground out, 4-3, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Ross, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Barden’s ground out, on to third. Sanchez then made it 8-4 Phils with an RBI double, scoring Ross, while sending Carroll on to third base. Cameron Maybin then made it an 8-5 Phils’ lead as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Carroll, while sending Sanchez on to third. Charlie Manuel then came out to relieve Rookie David Herndon, and replace him with Ryan Madson for the save. The next batter, Baker, then hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, scoring Sanchez from third, while wiping out Maybin at second, for the inning’s second out. After Ramirez gets on base with a single, moving Baker up to second base, Madson finally records his third save of the season as he gets Jorge Cantu to hit into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Ramirez at second, for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while he strikes out four. His record is now 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA. David Herndon pitches a third of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits. Ryan Madson records his third save as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Anibal Sanchez took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks, as he strikes out one. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. Dan Meyer pitches to five batters in the seventh, getting none of them out, as he gives up three runs on four hits and a walk. Chris Leroux pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just a walk, as he strikesout one.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, and Juan Castro leading the team with two hits each. Utley’s hits were a solo home run and a single, knocking in a run; Howards’ hits were both singles, knocking in a run; Werth’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in a run; while Castro’s hits were both singles, as he knocks in three runs. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other four Phils’ hits. Polanco’s hit was a solo home run, knocking in a run, while Victorino, Ruiz and Halladay’s hits were all singles, with Ruiz plating the final Phils’ run.

The Phils (8-2, 1st) continues their three-game series with the Marlins (6-5, 3rd) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be the ageless Jamie Moyer (1-0, 7.50), who is coming off a sub-par start against the Astros on April 10, where he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 9-6  win. He will be trying to continue his dominance of the fish, while improving his ERA. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (0-0, 5.68), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on April 12, where he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out four in the Marlins’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to even the series for the fish, hoping to continue his modest success against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to increase their lead in the NL East while trying to win their fourth straight series in the early season.

Blanton is snake bit once again as a lack luster offense is once again unable to support him as the Phils lose to the fish, 3-2.

A quality start by Joe Blanton is once again wasted as the Phils’ offense is only able to get four hits as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 3-2. The Phils lead over the fish is now down to six games.

The Marlins took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man out, Nick Johnson hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the year. Two batters later, the Marlins made it a 2-0 lead as, with one man on, and with two men out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI double, knocking in Hanley Ramirez, who had earlier doubled. The Marlins then increased their lead in the second inning as Cody Ross hits a lead-off home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, giving the Marlins a 3-0 lead. The Phils would finally cut the lead in the seventh as, with one man on, and nobody out, Ben Francisco hits a two-run home run, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, making it 3-2 Marlins. That would be the final score as the Phils would be unable to get an offense going.

Joe Blanton took the loss, as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 7-6 with a 4.02 ERA. Chan Ho Park, Ryan Madson, Scott Eyre and Tyler Walker pitched a combine two and a third shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Park (1), Eyre (1)) and a walk (Eyre), while striking out five (Madson (3), Eyre (1), Walker (1)). Ricky Nolasco got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while he struck out seven. His record is now 8-7 with a 4.86 ERA. Renyel Pinto pitched a scoreless inning, recording his eighth hold, as he gave up just two walks, as he struck out a batter. Leo Nunez recorded his tenth save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez having two of them, both singles, raising his average to .306. Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco had the other two Phils’ hits, with Howard’s hit being a double and Francisco’s hit being a two-run home run, knocking in both of the Phils’ runs. The Phils offense is continuing to struggle, not being helped by the fact that not only are the batters in the middle of the lineup not getting any key hits, but they are striking out a lot with men in scoring position. Once they have stopped striking out, they’ll start knocking in runs and the offense will start rolling again.

The Phillies (61-46, 1st) continue their weekend series with the Marlins (56-53, 2nd) tonight with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (7-6, 4.68), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 2, as he went only five plus innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits and two walks, as he struck out only two batters, in the Phils’ 7-3 lost. He will be trying to rebound from that lost and try to even the series in the process. The Marlins will counter with Sean West (3-4, 4.91), who is the probable Marlins’ starter after having been sent down to the minors last month. The Phils will be trying to restart their offense while hoping that Hamels will finally regain his old form, so that they can even up the series and regain their seven games lead in the NL East.

Lee comes to his new home and thrills the fans with a quality start as the Phils defeat the Rockies, 3-1.

Cliff Lee comes to the Bank and thrill his new fans with a seven inning quality start, as the Phils defeat the Rockies, 3-1. They now hold a seven games lead in the NL East over a Marlins team that had just been swept by the lowly Nats for three games this weekend.

The Rockies took a quick lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and nobody out, Todd Helton hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Dexter Fowler, who lead-off the game with a double and then went to third on Seth Smith’s single, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly of his own, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Shane Victorino’s ground out, 4-3. The game then turned into a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cliff Lee, who would give up another three hits for a total of five in the first five innings, but would otherwise keep the Rockies off the scoreboard, while the Rockies’ starter Aaron Cook would give up four more hits for a total of five after four innings. The Phils would then take the lead in the fifth as Paul Bako hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils would then increase their lead three batters later as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Victorino hits a chopper to Rockies’ second baseman Clint Barmes, with Rollins, who had just tripled, running for home on the crack of the bat. Rollins would be safe at home plate, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, as Barmes made a wide throw that went past the catcher for a fielder’s choice, allowing Victorino to be safe at first base. That would be all the run support that Lee would need, as he kept the Rockies quiet for the next two innings, as he gave up only one more hit, before handing it over to the bullpen, which threw two scoreless innings, as Brad Lidge nailed down his twenty-first save of the year in the ninth.

Cliff Lee got the win, his second as a Phil since the trade, as he went seven innings, giving up only a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out nine. His record is now 9-9 (2-0) with a ERA of 2.95 (1.13). Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his seventeenth hold, giving up just a hit, while striking out one. Brad Lidge recorded his twenty-first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up one hit, as he struck out two. Aaron Cook took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. His record is now 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA. Matt Daley pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Franklin Morales pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phillies had only seven hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the way with three hits, just being a home run short of hitting for the cycle, as he scored two of the three Phils’ runs, while he raised his batting average up to .245, as he continued to be hot since the start of July. Paul Bako is next with two hits, including his game-winning solo home run, knocking in a run. Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other two Phillies’ hits, both singles. Utley knocked in one of the other two Phils’ RBIs with a sac fly, while Shane Victorino knocked in the other one with a fielder’s choice ground ball. Although having few hits, the Phils were able to score the runs they needed, especially as Ryan Howard seems to be in a bit of a slump. Once Howard gets back to hitting the ball and laying off the junk, cutting down on the strikeouts, he’ll be able to carry the team once more on his back.

The Phillies (61-45, 1st) continue their home stand with a three-games series with the Marlins (55-53, 2nd 7 games behind), who had just been swept by the Nationals. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:35 pm, after the late Harry Kalas is inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (7-5, 4.02), who had pitched well in a losing effort against the Giants on August 1, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. He will be going for his eighth win of the year while trying to start the series off on a positive note. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (7-7, 5.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on August 2, as he went seven innings, giving up only a run on four hits and a walk, as he struck out eight, in the Marlins’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to end the fish present three games losing streak. The Phils will be trying to put even more distance between themselves and the rest of the NL East this weekend.