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Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 4: The Phils second string crushed the Nats, as the Phils win, 7-1.

The Phils’ bench players crushed the Nats to win their next to last road series, as they defeat the Nats, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as Mike Sweeney hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the season, and his second home run as a Phil, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Ben Francisco hits a solo home run of his own, his fifth home run of the year. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry Jr. hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the year, scoring both Sweeney, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Francisco’s single, and Francisco, who had just singled. The Nats got a run back in their half of the fourth as Ian Desmond hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Danny Espinosa’s ground out, 3-unassisted, before moving up to third on Sweeney’s throwing error when he tried to double up Morgan at second base, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Francisco hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the game, and his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Wilson Valdez, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead. That would be the final score as Joe Blanton and the bullpen would contain the Nats, with Brad Lidge recording a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Willie Harris to end the game by flying out to center.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and three walks, while striking out six. His record is now 9-6 with a 4.74 ERA. J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters (Madson and Lidge one each) between them. Ross Detwiler took the lost as he last only four and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. Miguel Batista, Collin Balester, Joel Peralta and Doug Slaten combine for four and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Batista), while striking out two (Slaten) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Francisco leading the team with three hits, a single and two home runs, knocking in three runs. He was followed by John Mayberry, Jr. and Greg Dobbs, who each had two hits, with Mayberry’s hits being a single and a three-run home run, and with Dobbs’ hits being both singles. Mike Sweeney had the other Phil hit, a solo home run. A few of the bench players caused some damaged last night.

The Phils (95-64, 1st) have the day off today, before going to Atlanta to play the Braves (90-69, 2nd) for their last road series of the regular season, as they prepare for the playoffs.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 5: The Phils lose in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off home run by Adam Dunn, as they lose a close one to the Nats, 2-1.

The Phils lose a close game in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off, lead-off home run to Adam Dunn, as they drop one to the Nats, 1-0.

The Nats took the lead in the first, without getting a hit, as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Adam Dunn hits an RBI ground out, 3-1, knocking in Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier walked, stole second base, then was safe at third as third baseman Greg Dobbs committed a missed catch error on Roy Oswalt’s throw of Ian Desmond’s fielder’s choice ground to Oswalt, while allowing Desmond, who had gone to second base on the error, to go to third, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the fourth as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his sixteenth home run of the year. The game then became a pitchers’ duel, in which the Phils’ offense allowed several scoring opportunities to slip away, while Oswalt and the Phils’ bullpen allowed the Nats only two hits, a single by Danny Espinosa in the fourth and a single by Jason Marquis in the fifth, along with three walks and a hit batter. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Dunn ended the game by hitting a 2-0 fastball into the right field seats for a lead-off, walk-off home run, his thirty-eighth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 2-1 win.

Roy Oswalt receives a no-decision as he pitches five strong innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, three walks and a hit batter, while striking out three. Danys Baez, David Herndon, J.C. Romero and Antonio Bastardo combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Baez), while striking out six (Baez (1), Herndon (1), Romero (1), Bastardo (3)) between them. Jose Contreras took the lost as he pitches to one batter, giving up a run on one hit, a home run. His record is now 6-4 with a 3.46 ERA. Jason Marquis also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Tyler Clippard pitches two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two batters. Drew Storen gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.74 ERA.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco both leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez, Chase Utley, Dom Brown and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other five Phils’ hits, with all but Ibanez’s hit being singles, while Ibanez’s hit was a solo home run, which accounted for the Phil’s only run. The offense did not get the key hit, which could have given them the win before Dunn’s walk-off home run.

The Phils (94-64, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Nats (66-90, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will starts at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (8-6, 4.94), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 24, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen innings, giving up seven runs on eighteen hits and four walks, while striking out twenty-two batters. He will be trying to contain the Nats tonight while getting in pitching shape for the playoffs. The Nats will counter with Ross Detwiller (1-2, 2.52), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 23, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, in the Nats’ 7-2 win. In his last three appearances, his record is 1-0, as he pitched ten innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. He will be trying to give the Nats a chance to win the series against the Phils. The Phils will be trying, for the second straight day, to give most of their regulars a rest, while giving those who will be on the bench during the playoffs a chance to gets some at-bats so that they will be ready when they have to come off the bench to bat.

Saturday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 14: The Phils hurt the Nats with the long ball as they win,  5-2.

The Phils hits three home runs as they go on to defeat the Nats, 5-2, staying three games ahead of the Braves in the NL East.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI triple, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had earlier singled, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats tried to add to their lead latter that inning, as they loaded up the bases via Ryan Zimmerman being hit by the pitch, and then a walk to Michael Morse, moving Zimmerman up to second base, and now with two men out, but Kyle Kendrick got out of the inning by getting Wilson Ramos to ground out, 4-3, to end the inning. The Phils then tied it up at one-all in the second as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the season. Three batters later, with two men on, and with still nobody out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second on Carlos Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to third base. The Phils increased their lead in the third as, with a man on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his thirtieth home run of the season, establishing a new club record as he now has hit 30 or more home runs and driven in 100 or more RBIs in five straight seasons, breaking the old record held by both him and Hall of Famer Chuck Klein, as he knocks in Chase Utley, who had just walked, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. Two batters later, with one man out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. The Nats get a run back in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Morse hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who had earlier doubled, making it a 5-2 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as the Phils’ bullpen would handle the Nats for the last three innings, with Brad Lidge recording his twenty-third save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Desmond to end the game by grounding out softly to the pitcher, 1-3.

Kyle Kendrick gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 10-9 with a 4.78 ERA. Chad Durbin collects his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitches his thirteen hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Brad Lidge would record his twenty-third save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth. Jordon Zimmermann took the lost as he pitches only three innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Craig Stammen, Ross Detwiller, Tyler Clippard and Collin Balester combine for five scoreless innings, giving up three hits, (Detwiller (2), Balester (1)) and three walks (Detwiller (1), Clippard (1), Balester (1)) between them.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez both leading the team with three hits each, with Ibanez’s hits being two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run, while Vladez’s hits were two singles and a double, also knocking in a run. Shane Victorino followed with two hits, both singles. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phils’ hits, with Utley and Ruiz’s hits being singles, while Howard’s hit was a two-run home run, and Werth’s hit was a solo home run. The Phils’ offense continue to gets hit, as they now head for a sweep with the Nats, while keeping a three-game lead over the Braves, as they defeat the Mets in an afternoon game.

The Phils split two in D.C. as Lidge on Saturday gives up a three-run home run in the ninth in a 9-7 Walk-Off lost to the Nats before nailing down Sunday’s 6-4 win in extra-inning.

The Phils lose Saturday night’s game, 7-5, as Brad Lidge gives up a three-run home run after Carlos Ruiz had given them a one run lead in the top of the ninth, before he save the game on Sunday as the Phils’ defeat the Nationals in eleven innings, 6-4.

On Saturday, the Nationals took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Josh Willingham hits an RBI single, knocking in Nyjer Morgan, who had earlier singled, and had gone up to second on Ryan Zimmerman’s single, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while sending Zimmerman, who had earlier singled, on to third base. One batter later, with runners on the corners, the Nats made it a 2-0 lead as Roger Bernadina hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, while sending Willingham up to second base. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead as Ivan Rodriguez hits an RBI single, scoring Willingham, while sending Bernadina on to third. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Dom Brown, who was earlier safe on a force out, 4-6, wiping out Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second base on Carlos Ruiz’s single, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils cut the Nats’ lead down to 3-2 in the sixth as, with one man out, Ruiz hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Nats added to their lead in their half of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ian Desmond hits a sacrfiice fly, scoring Bernadina, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Rodriguez’s single, making it a 4-2 Nats’ lead. The Phils would tie the game up at four-all in the seventh as, with one man on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the year, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked. The Phils would take the lead in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Werth, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on Ross Gload’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, and then went to third on Brown’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. Brad Lidge was then given the ball to save it. Sadly, he did not. He was greeted by Michael Moore with a single to center. After Morgan moves Moore up to second on a sacrifice bunt, 3-4, for the inning’s first out, Lidge walks Adam Kennedy to put two men on base. The next batter, Ryan Zimmerman, then hits a 2-1 fastball into center field for a three-run home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, for a 7-5 walk-off win.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson together pitches two scoreless innings giving up a hit (Contreras) and a walk (Contreras), while striking out four Nats (Contreras (2), Madson (2)). Brad Lidge committed his fourth blown save of the year as he took the lost, as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk. His record is 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA. Ross Detwiler also receives a no-decision as he pitches five and a third innings, giving up a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Joel Peralta receives his third hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on on one hit. Tyler Clippard commited his ninth blown save of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk. Doug Slaten and Miguel Batista combine for one and a third scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Slaten (1), Batista (1)) and a walk (Batista), while striking out one (Slaten). Sean Burnett pitches an inning, giving up a run on a walk. Drew Storen gets the win as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit. His record is 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in two runs. He was followed by Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth who both had two hits, all singles. Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez, pinch hitter Ross Gload and Wilson Valdez had the other four Phils’ hit, with Polanco, Gload and Wilson’s hits being singles, with Valdez knocking in a run, while Ibanez’s hit was a two-run home run.

In Sunday’s game, the Phils’ took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Ryan Howard, who was earlier hit by the pitch, up to second base, before he was taken out of the game for a sprained ankle, as he went back to second base wrong. After Howard was replaced at second base by pinch runner Cody Ransom, the Phils took a 2-0 lead as Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Ransome, while sending Francisco to second base. The Nats’ tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Zimmerman hits a two-run double, scoring Bernadina, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Desmond’s double, and Desmond, who had earlier doubled. The Nats took a 4-2 lead in the sixth as, with a man on base, and with one out, Adam Dunn hits a two-run home run, his twenthy-fifth home run of the season, scoring Desmond, who had earlier singled. The Phils got a run back in the seventh as, with a runner on first, and with no one out, Polanco hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier walked, cutting the Nats’ lead to 4-3. Three batters later, with runners on the corners, as Polanco went to third on a Gload pinch hit single, and with one man out, Francisco hits a grounder to third, that Zimmerman did not catch cleanly, before throwing to second base, 5-4, to force out Gload at second for the inning’s second out, but was unable to throw out Francisco, allowing Polanco to score the tying run, as the Phils tied the score 4-4 on the force out. The Phils would retake the lead in the eleventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, who was safe at first on a bunt attempt, although replays showed that he was actually out, the Phils catching a break, moved up to second on pinch hitter Roy Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, and then went to third on Rollins’ fly out to center, giving the Phils a 5-4 lead. The Phil made it a 6-4 lead as Werth hits an RBI double, scoring Polanco. The Phils then handed the ball over to Lidge, who this time had a 1-2-3 inning, recording his eleventh save of the year.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out ten. J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson combine for two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Madson) and a walk (Romero) between them, while striking out two (one each). Jose Contreras gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. His record is now 6-3 with a 3.65 ERA. Brad Lidge records his eleventh save as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. John Lannan also receives a no-decision as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while he strikes out three. Miguel Batista pitches an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk. Joel Peralta receives his first blown save of the year as he pitches two innings, giving up a hit. Drew Doren pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters. Collin Balester took the lost as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out a batter. His record is now 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in two runs. Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco and Wilson Valdez follow with two hits each, with Werth’s hits being doubles, knocking in a run, while Francisco’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in two runs, and Valdez’s hits were both singles. Dom Brown, Cole Hamels and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles, with Brown knocking in a run. The Phils’ offense, while scoring runs, haven’t busted open a game on the road since the All-Star break. They’re due for a few, although they might not be able to do it for a while with Ryan Howard being day-to-day because of his ankle injury.

The Phils (57-48, 2nd NL East), now two and a half games behind the Braves in the East (if not for Lidge’s blown save on Saturday, they could be a game and a half behind the Braves, as Atlanta lost two of three to the Reds in Cincinnati during the weekend) have the day off today, before they go to face the Marlins for three in Miami, starting tomorrow night. Who would have thought that with all of the problems the Phils have had this year, they would still be within striking distance of the Braves in the East? I’m sure most people wouldn’t, including a lot of my fellow Phillies fans. This means that either this team is very resiliant, or the Braves aren’t as strong as everyone have been thinking they were during the last two months.

New Phil Roy Oswalt lays an egg as he gets creamed by the Nats as the Phils drop the series opener, 8-1.

Nerves, trying to impress his new teammates, lack of control and the Nats’ bats ruin Roy Oswalt Phil debut as the Phils’ eight game winning streak ends in a 8-1 lost to the Nats.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Adam Kennedy hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Nyjer Morgan, who had started the game for the Nats with a lead-off triple, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats increased their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz fielded Kennedy’s bunt attempt in front of the mound, and threw to third to try and force at third Nat’s starter Craig Stammen, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Morgan’s walk, except no one was covering third, as Jimmy Rollins did not head over to third on the play, thus the ball went into left field, allowing Stammen to score, making it 2-0 Nats, while Morgan, who had just walked, would move up to third on the error, while Kennedy would be safe at first with a single. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still nobody out, Ryan Zimmerman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Morgan. The Nats then added to their lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Josh Willingham hits a two-run double, scoring Kennedy, who had earlier doubled, and Adam Dunn, who had just been hit by the pitch, giving the Nats a 5-0 lead, while Willingham would move up to third on the throw to the plate. The Phils finally got on the board in the seventh as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, making it a 5-1 Nats’ lead. The Nats got the run back as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Kennedy and Zimmerman, and a walk to Willingham, moving up a base both Kennedy and Zimmerman, and with one man out, Roger Bernadina hits a two-run double, scoring both Kennedy and Zimmerman, giving the Nats a 7-1 lead, while sending Willingham on to third. After the bases are reloaded via an intentional walk to Ivan Rodriguez, and with still one man out, Ian Desmond hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Willingham, making it an 8-1 Nats’ lead. That would be the final score as Collin Balester ended the game by getting Ruiz to ground out, 6-3.

Roy Oswalt, in his debut as a Phil, took the lost, as he pitches six innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on seven runs and two walks, while striking out four. His overall record is now 6-13 (0-1) with a 3.53 ERA. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out one. David Herndon pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit. Craig Stammen got the win as he pitches six and a third innings, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Tyler Clippard pitches an inning and a third, giving up just a walk, while striking out two. Collin Balester threw a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had just six hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth and Dom Brown getting two hits each. Ibanez and Brown’s two hits were singles, while Werth’s hits were a single and a solo home run. The Phils’ offense was kept down by Stammen, hoping that they will get back to hitting tonight.

The Phils (56-47, 2nd) continue their series with the Nats (45-58, 5th) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.85), who is coming off a win against the Rockies on July 26, as he pitched six innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up ten runs, eight of which were earned, on eighteen hits and seven saves, while striking out thirteen. He will be hoping to use his last start as a springboard for the rest of the second half. The Nats will send to the mound Ross Detwiler (0-1, 0.00), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on July 26, as he went just three and two-thirds innings, giving up five unearned runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Nats’ 8-3 lost. He will be trying for his first career win against the Phils. The offense will be trying to get back to what they were doing on their recent home stand to even up the series.

Cole Hamels appear to have returned to form as he help pitch the Phils to a sweep of the Nationals, 4-2.

Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits as he help led the Phils to a three-game sweep of the Nationals, 4-2. The Phils now have a seven and a half games lead over the now second place Braves, while their magic number have now dropped to 10.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who was working on a perfect game through the first five innings, striking out four, and Nationals’ starters Ross Detwiler, who was able to keep the Phils’ off the board for four innings, while giving up three hits and hitting a batter, while striking out four. The Phils then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two outs, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second on a Carlos Ruiz ground out, 1-3, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, and a single to Ben Francisco, moving both Howard and Werth up a base, and with two man out, Ruiz received an RBI walk, forcing in Howard, and making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while moving Werth on to third and Francisco to second. The next batter, Hamels, then helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Werth, making it 3-0 Phils, while sending Francisco to third and Ruiz to second. The Nats’ would end the shut out in the seventh, an inning after Mike Morse had broken up Hamels’ no-hit bid with a lead-off single, as, with two men on, and with one man out, Elijah Dukes hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Zimmerman, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Josh Willingham’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Willingham, who had earlier singled, to second base. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, as Werth batted, Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second on a wild pitch, and then moved over to third on a Howard ground out, 4-3, would score on the second wild pitch of the inning, making it 4-1 Phils. The Nats would make it 4-2 Phils in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Dukes, who had earlier tripled. But, that would be it as Brad Lidge would record his thirtieth save of the year by getting pinch hitter Willie Harris to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out ten. His record is now 10-9 with a 4.07 ERA. Brad Lidge recorded his thirtieth save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Ross Detwiler took the lost, as he went five innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Tyler Clippard pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks. Saul Rivera pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Ron Villone pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk and a wild pitch, while he struck out a batter. Logan Kensing pitched two-thirds of an inning, throwing a wild pitch. Marco Estrado pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phillies had just six hits in the game, but getting them when they counted. Jimmy Rollins lead the way with two hits, including an RBI double, raising his average back up to .247. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco and Cole Hamels had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles, with Hamels’ single knocking in a run. Carlos Ruiz scored a Phil run with a bases loaded walk, while the other run (Utley) scored on a wild pitch. The Phils are now riding a five game winning streak, with starting pitching giving up very few, if any runs, while the Phils’ offense has been able to be a bit more productive at the plate with runners in scoring position.

The Phillies (85-60, 1st) begin a ten-games road trip with a three-games series with the Braves (78-68, 2nd), starting tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 7:30 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be J.A. Happ (10-4, 2.77), who will be making his first start since September 2, when he lost to the Giants, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-0 lost. He will be trying to make his start since he had strained his intercostal muscle while taking batting practice in Houston. The Braves will send to the mound Tim Hudson (1-0, 3.63), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on September 12, when he went five innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, as he struck out one, in the Braves’ 7-6 win. He will be trying to keep the Braves’ slim pennant hopes alive. The Phils are entering their final road trip of the season, with a chance to all but kill the pennant chances of both the Braves this weekend and the Marlins early next week.

A Jayson Werth grand slam and a stellar pitching performance by Joe Blanton leads the Phils to a 6-1 victory over the Nats.

A stellar pitching performance for six innings by Joe Blanton, helped by a late innings grand slam by Jayson Werth, led the Phils to a 6-1 win over the last place Nationals, 6-1. The win reduced the Phils’ magic number over both the Marlins and the Braves to 11.

The Phils took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with runner on the corners, and with Raul Ibanez at the plate, with two men out, Chase Utley, who had earlier singled and then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, stole home plate at the back end of a double steal as Howard first stole second. The game then became a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Joe Blanton, who in six innings would give up only five hits and four walks, but no runs, and Nationals’ starter Livan Hernandez, who in his first five innings would give up a run on five hits. The Phils would then increase their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with one out, Pedro Feliz would hit a grounder to Nats’ shortstop Cristian Guzman. Guzman threw the ball to second baseman Ian Desmond to force out Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked, for the inning’s second out. But, Desmond then threw the ball away at first when he tried to double up Feliz. The throwing error would allow Ibanez, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Werth’s walk, to head for home, after having reached third at the start of the play, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, as Feliz was safe on the error. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via Utley being hit by the pitch, Howard being intentionally walked after Utley had stolen second base, his second steal of the night, and then a walk to Ibanez, which would move both Utley and Howard up a base, with two men out, Werth hits a grand-slam home run, his thirty-fourth home run of the season, scoring Utley, Howard and Ibanez. In the ninth, the Nats would finally score a run as, with a runner on second, and with two men out. Willie Harris hits an RBI single, knocking in Justin Maxwell, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on defensive indifference, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, ending the Phils’ pitching staff’s 26 straight innings scoreless streak. That would be the final score as Tyler Walker would get the next batter, Guzman, to pop out to Utley to end the game.

Joe Blanton gets the win as he pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and four walks, while striking out seven. His record is now 10-7 with a 3.97 ERA. Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless inning as he recorded his thirteenth hold, giving up a hit. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning as well, as he walked a batter, while striking out one. Tyler Walker pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Livan Hernandez took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. His record is now 8-11 with a 5.22 ERA. Tyler Clippard pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on no hits and a hit batter. Sean Burnett pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out as he walked both of them, giving up two runs. Jason Bergmann pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Zack Segovia pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits, including his grand-slam home run, knocking in four of the Phils’ run, while he raised his batting average to .272. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton had the Phils other six hits, all singles. During the game, the Phils lost Chan Ho Park, as he injured his right hamstring while throwing a pitch to the mound. It is not, as of yet, known how long he may be out.

The Phils (84-60, 1st) will continue their home stand tonight with a night game against the Nats (50-95, 5th). The game will be played tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies starter will be Cole Hamel (9-9, 4.21), who is coming off a victory against the Mets on September 11, as he pitched a sharp six and two-thirds innings, giving up only a run on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 4-2 win. He will be shooting for his tenth win, while trying to continue his recent string of good starts to get back to his playoff form. The Nats will counter with Ross Detwiler (0-5, 6.17), who last pitched in relief on September 12 against the Marlins, pitching two shut out innings, giving up only two walks, in the Nats’ 11-3 win. He will be trying to help the Nats avoid the sweep. The Phils hope to make it five wins in a row, with a series sweep, while trying to both increase their lead in the East and reduce their magic number even further.