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The Phils end their four-game series with the Marlins on a high note as Chase Utley hits a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the fourteenth, as the Phils beat the fish, 5-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA walk-off two-run shot by Chase Utley gives the Phils a series split with the fish, as they defeat the Marlins in extra-innings, 5-3.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the third as Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins then made it a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth as Giancarlo Stanton hits a lead-off home run of his own, his twenty-first home run of the year. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Chase Utley, a single by Ryan Howard, moving Utley up to second base, and a one-out single by Cody Asche, sending Utley on to third base, and Howard up to second base, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Phils would tie the game up at two-all in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Ben Revere, who had earlier singled, stole second base, and then stopped at third base on Jimmy Rollins’ ground out, 3-1. The Marlins would retake the lead in the top of the seventh as Marcell Ozuna hits a lead-off home run, the third solo home run given up by Phils’ starter Cole Hamels in the game, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 3-2 lead. The Phils would retie the game at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Dom Brown, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, and then stopped at third base on Revere’s ground out, 6-3, would score on first baseman Jeff Baker’s fielding error of Rollins’ grounder to first base. The Phils would win the game in the bottom of the fourteenth in walk-off fashion as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Utley hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, knocking in Rollins, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 5-3 win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, all solo home runs, on six hits, while striking out seven. Jake Diekman, Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo, Ken Giles and Mario Hollands would all combine for five scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Diekman (1), Hollands (1)) and three walks (Diekman (2), Giles (1)) between them, while striking out four fish (Diekman (1), Papelbon (2), Bastardo (1)). Justin De Fratus (2-0, 1.71) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Tom Koehler also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Bryan Morris pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit. Mike Dunn, Kevin Gregg and A.J. Ramos all combined for three and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Ramos) and three walks (Ramos) between them, while striking out five (Dunn (3), Gregg (1), Ramos (1)). Chris Hatcher (0-1, 3.93) took the loss as he pitched two and one third-innings, plus two batters, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out two.

The Phils collected thirteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Chase Utley (2 Singles, Home Run, 3 RBIs) leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Ryan Howard and Cody Asche with two hits each, all singles. Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and pinch-hitter Dom Brown had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. Carlos Ruiz had the final Phil RBI with a sac fly, while the final run scored on a Marlins’ fielding error. The Phils also had three walks in the game (Revere, Rollins, Byrd), a stolen base (Revere (21)) and a sacrifice bunt (pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr.), while the defense would perform two double plays.

The Phils (36-42, 4th) will start a three-game weekend series with the Braves (40-38, 2nd), starting with a 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 (3-7, 4.20), who is coming off a loss against the Cardinals on June 22, as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 5-3 loss. He will be trying to regroup after his last start. The Braves will counter with Julio Teheran (6-5, 2.41), who is coming off a loss against the Nationals on June 21, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out ten, in the Braves’ 3-0 loss. He will be trying to put a stop his personal two-game losing streak. The Phils will be out to continue their present winning streak against the Braves.

As Cliff Lee throw eight strong innings, the offense scores enough runs for the Phils to leave Boston with a series split, as they defeat the BoSox, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCliff Lee throws eight strong innings as the Phils leave Fenway Park with a split as they defeat the Red Sox, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Michael Young hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, as he snaps an 0-21 hitless streak, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits an RBI single, knocking in Jacoby Ellsbury, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay tied until the top of the seventh as the Phils played some much-needed small ball as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then got an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, adding to his lead as the team’s home run leader, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and collect his tenth save of the season, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34) got the win as he went eight strong innings, giving up just one run on four scattered hits, as he struck out eight. Jonathan Papelbon received his tenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Dempster (2-6, 4.45) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. Craig Breslow pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Junichi Tazawa pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, as he also struck out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Erik Kratz (Singles, RBI) both leading the club with two hits apiece. Michael Young (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Delmon Young (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Freddy Galvis, Kratz) and a stolen base (Revere, 9) in the ballgame.

The Phils (25-27, 3rd NL East) will start the home portion of their Interleague Play series with the Red Sox (32-21, 1st AL East), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at  7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-3, 3.29), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on May 24, as he went just five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out just one Nat, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. Kyle will be trying to end his present two-game losing streak, while trying to give the Phils a chance to win the game against the BoSox. The Red Sox will counter with John Lackey (3-4, 2.72), who is coming off a win against the Indians on May 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Red Sox’s 8-1 win. He will be going for his third win in a row. The Phils will once again be trying get back to being one game below .500.

The Phils come from behind to win in extra-innings to split their series with the D-backs, winning 4-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils split their series with the D-backs by coming from behind to defeat the snake in extra-innings, winning by the score of 4-2.

The D-backs took the lead in the bottom of the first as Gerardo Parra hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. Five batters later, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, the D-backs made it a 2-0 lead as A.J. Pollock hits an RBI single, knocking in Eric Chavez, who had earlier reached base on a fielder’s choice grounder as first baseman Ryan Howard threw home, trying to throw out at the plate Didi Gregorius, who had earlier tripled, but who would get back to third when catcher Erik Kratz took too long before throwing the ball to third baseman Freddy Galvis, while Chavez would move up to second base on the defensive mistake, before going on to third base on Miguel Montero’s fielder’s choice ground out, 3-2, as Kratz tagged out Gregorius at home plate. That would remain the score until the top of the ninth, as Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick is able to hold off the D-backs for the next six innings, followed by Jeremy Horst for an inning, while the D-backs’ starter, Brandon McCarthy shut down the Phils for eight innings. But, the Phils would get on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Delmon Young hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, just missing a home run, and moving up to third base on Howard’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the D-backs’ lead to 2-1. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all one batter later as Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-runner John Mayberry, Jr. The Phils took the lead in the top of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventh save of the season with a scoreless inning.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on six hits, as he struck out four. Jeremy Horst pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Justin De Fratus (1-0, 0.00) picked up the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter who he would face. Jonathan Papelbon picked up his seventh save of the year as he pitched a scoreless tenth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon McCarthy also received a no-decision as he threw eight strong innings, giving up seven scattered hits, while striking out five Phils. Heath Bell blew his second save attempt of the season, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Brad Ziegler pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Matt Reynolds (0-1, 0.96) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, as he struck out two.

The Phils collected fifteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley (2 Singles, 2 Doubles) leading the team with four hits, followed by Freddy Galvis (Singles) with three and Delmon Young (Single, Double, RBI) and Dom Brown (Singles, RBI) with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, 2 RBIs), pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz (Single) and pinch-hitter Michael Young (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (18-21, 3rd) have the day off.

Four runs in the eighth inning leads to the Phils splitting their series with the redbirds as they defeat the Cardinals, 7-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesPhils scored four runs in the eighth inning as they beat the redbirds, 7-4, splitting the four games set with the Cardinals.

The Cardinals took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Matt Carpenter hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a triple, while sending John Mayberry, Jr., who had just walked, on to third base. The Phils then took the lead one batter later as Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Mayberry, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Cardinals tied the game up at two-all in the top of the sixth as, with two men on, and with one man out, David Freese hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Allen Craig, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Matt Adams’ single. The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Craig hits an RBI single, scoring Jon Jay, who had reached base on second baseman’s Chase Utley’s throwing error, before going on to second base, then stopping at third base on Carpenter’s sacrifice bunt, giving the redbirds a 3-2 lead, while sending Carlos Beltran, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils would tie the score up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Laynce Nix hits an RBI double, scoring Erik Kratz, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier hit an infield single, then went to third on Dom Brown’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Brown, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then added to their lead as Kratz followed with a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Brown and Revere, giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out six. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a walk. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, as he struck out one. Mike Adams (1-1, 2.25) got the win as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jake Westbrook also received a no-decision as he threw six innings, plus one batter, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four. Fernando Salas collected his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Randy Choate pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would faced. Mitchell Boggs (0-2, 12.46) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk. Marc Rzepczynski pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and striking out a batter.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (2 Singles, Triple) leading the team with three hits, followed by Chase Utley (Single, Double, RBI) and Erik Kratz (Single, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits apiece. John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Michael Young (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Ben Revere (Single), pinch-hitter Laynce Nix (Double, RBI) and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks (Mayberry, Young, Brown (2)) and a stolen base (Mayberry (1)) in the game.

The Phils (8-11, 4th East) is playing a home game with the Pirates (10-8, T-2nd Central), already in progress.

The Phils come from behind before finally winning on a bases-loaded walk-off single as they defeat the Reds in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils split the series with the Reds as they win in extra-innings in walk-off fashion as they come from behind to win 4-3.

The Reds took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by lead-off man Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs, with Cozart stopping at second base, and a walk to Ryan Ludwick, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Todd Frazier hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Cozart, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Stubbs would move up to third base. The Reds added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Frazier hits a two-run double, knocking in Jay Bruce, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Ludwick’s single, and Ludwick, who had just singled, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead, before he moved up to third base on center fielder Laynce Nix’s fielding error. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Nix hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Brown, who had just doubled, up to third base. One batter later, the Phils made it a 3-2 lead as, with a man now on third, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Brown, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., sending Brown up to second base, and Kratz, sending Brown to third base, and moving Mayberry up to second base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown, who crossed the plate sliding face first, as he beat the throw to the plate. After being turned back in both the ninth and tenth innings, the Phils would finally win the game in the eleventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Kevin Frandsen, a double by Chase Utley, sending Frandsen up to third base, an intentional walk to Howard, and then a force out by Brown, as Frandsen is forced out at the plate, 3-2, for the inning’s first out, while Utley would move up to third base, and Howard would stop at second base, and with one man out, Mayberry would hits an RBI single to left, knocking in Utley with the winning run, giving the Phils a 4-3 walk-off win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. B.J. Rosenberg, Phillippe Aumont (who was making his major league debut), Jonathan Papelbon and Jeremy Horst would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up just two walks (Aumont (1), Papelbon (1)) between them, while striking out three (Papelbon (1), Horst (2)). Raul Valdes (3-2, 3.14) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Johnny Cueto also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings plus two batters, as he gave up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Jose Arredondo collected his eleventh hold of the season as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a walk. Sean Marshall collected his sixteenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Sam LeCure blew his first save attempt of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. J.J. Hoover pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk. Alfredo Simon (2-2, 2.49) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Erik Kratz leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run, followed by Chase Utley (Single, Double), Dom Brown (Single, Double) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Laynce Nix (Single, RBI), Cole Hamels (Single) and Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks in the game.

The Phils (58-67, 3rd) will start a three-games series with the Nats (77-47, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (6-9, 4.20), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on August 19, as he threw eight scoreless innings, giving up three scattered hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 8-0 shutout. He will be going for his third straight win. The Nats will counter with Edwin Jackson (7-8, 3.69), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on August 18, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out eleven, in the Nats’ 2-0 lost. He will be trying to start off the series for the Nats with a win. The Phils will be trying to get a little of payback against the Nats.

The Phils spilt their four-game series with the Brewers by winning the last two games of the series, winning by the scores of 4-3 and 8-0.

The Phils leave Milwaukee with a series split as they defeat the Brewers by the scores of 4-3 and 8-0.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his tenth home run of the season, knocking in Laynce Nix, who had started the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Erik Kratz gave the Phils a 3-0 lead as he followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixth home run of the season. The Brewers would get a run back in their half of the second as Aramis Ramirez hits a lead-off home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, and his second in three days, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Brewers made it a 4-3 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a two-run home run, his thirty-third home run of the season, and his fourth home run in three games, knocking in Jonathan Lucroy, who had just singled. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and pitched a four-out save, his twenty-seventh save of the season, getting Cody Ranson to strike out, swinging, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Johnathan Papelbon collected his twenty-seventh save of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, striking out three. Mike Fiers (6-6, 2.90) took the lost as he lasted five innings, giving up four runs on five hits, four walks and a hit batter, while striking out five. Kameron Loe, Francisco Rodriguez and Jim Henderson combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Loe (1), Henderson (1)), while striking out six (Loe (1), Rodriguez (3), Henderson (2)).

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Single, Double, RBI) leading the team with two hits apiece. John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) and Juan Pierre (Single) had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils also had four walks and a hit batter (Kevin Frandsen) in the game.

On Sunday, the Brewers tried to take a 1-0 lead in the first as, with a runner on third, via a triple by Nyjer Morgan, and with nobody out, Morgan broke for home on a grounder that Rickie Week had hit directly to Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who then made Morgan run back to third base, before finally tagging him out, 1-unassisted, for the inning’s first out. The Phils took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, scoring Dom Brown, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Kevin Frandsen and Ryan Howard, with Frandsen stopping at second base, and a walk by Ty Wigginton, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Brown hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Frandsen, Howard and Wigginton, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils tried to make it a 6-0 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Laynce Nix, who had earlier reached base on Ryan Braun’s fielding error, then went to third base on Brown’s single, is thrown out at home plate on a fielder’s choice grounder, on a good play by first baseman Travis Ishikawa, after he had caught Martinez’s sharp grounder to first, 3-2, as catcher Jonathan Lucroy applied the tag, for the inning’s second out, while Brown would move up to second base on the play. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Brian Schneider hits a two-run double, knocking in both Brown and Martinez. The Phils then make it an 8-0 lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Mayberry, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on John Axford’s wild pitch, while sending Nix, who had just walked, on to second base. That would end up being the final score as Michael Schwimer would get Cody Ransom to strike out, swinging, with runners on the corners, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick (6-9, 4.20) would get the win as he pitched eight shutout innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Randy Wolf (3-10, 5.69) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and two walks, while striking out four. Mike McClendon pitched an inning, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits. John Axford pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (Singles) and Dom Brown (2 Singles, Double, 4 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles), Michael Martinez (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Brian Schneider (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) with two hits each. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (56-65, 4th East) start a four-game series with the Reds (74-48, 1st Central) with the game already in progress.

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.