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The Phils sweep the Nats by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth, breaking up a scoreless game, beating Washington 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils sweep the Nats as they scored three runs in the top of the ninth to break up a 0-0 tie, winning 3-0.

The Phils and the Nats spent the first eight innings involved in a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Aaron Nola and relief pitchers Dalier Hinojosa, who was taken out of the game with an injury, and Elvis Araujo and Nationals’ starter Tanner Roark and relief pitcher Shawn Kelley, in which neither pitching staff would give up a run. The Phils would finally break up the scoreless tie in the top of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Odubel Herrera, a double by Freddy Galvis, with Herrera stopping at third base, and an intentional walk to Maikel Franco, and with one man out, as pinch-hitter Darin Ruf struck out, swinging, for the inning’s first out, Cameron Rupp hits a two-run double, knocking in Herrera and Galvis, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Franco over to third base. The Phils added a run two batters later as, with runners still on second and third, and now with two men out, David Lough hits an RBI single, knocking in Franco, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while moving Rupp up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez would notch his seventh save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Jayson Werth to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, rubbing out at second base Ryan Zimmerman, who had started the inning off with a single, for the inning’s second out, for the game’s final out.

Aaron Nola received a no-decision as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Dalier Hinojosa would pitch two-thirds of an inning, before being taken out of the game with an injury to his right hand after being hit by a line drive to the mound, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Elvis Araujo (1-0, 2.45) would pick up the win as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Jeanmar Gomez would receive his seventh save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Tanner Roark also received a no-decision as he also went seven scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while striking out six. Shawn Kelley pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Felipe Rivero (0-1, 3.86) took the lost as he faced three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on two hits and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon pitched an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out one.

The Phils had six hits in the game, a single by Odubel Herrera, a double by Freddy Galvis, a single by Ryan Howard, a double by Cameron Rupp (2 RBIs), a single by Cesar Hernandez and a single by David Lough (RBI). The Phils also had three walks (Herrera, Franco (2)), and a stolen base (Hernandez (2)), in the game, while one runner was caught stealing, (Herrera), while the defense performed a double play.

The Phils (12-10, 3rd NL East) will start a three-game Interleague Play series with the Indians (10-9, 3rd AL Central) tomorrow, starting with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils have yet to announce a starter, while the Indians will send to the mound Corey Kluber (1-3, 4.67), who is coming off a win against the Tigers on April 23, as he went eight strong innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out ten, in the Indians’ 10-1 blow-out. He will be trying to get his second victory of the season. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak to four games, while hoping to start off Interleague Play on a good foot.

The Phils rally in the bottom of the eight, scoring five runs, on their way to sweeping the Astros, winning 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesRyan Howard’s thirteenth-career grand slam caps a five-run eighth inning as the Phils come from behind to sweep the Astros, winning by the score of 6-5.

The Astros took the lead in the top of the first inning as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chris Carter hits a two-run home run, his twenty-third home run of the season, knocking in Jason Castro, who had just walked, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. The Astros made it a 3-0 lead one batter later as Marc Krauss followed with a solo home run, his sixth home run of the season. The Phils got a run back in the bottom of the second inning as, with two men on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Gary Sizemore’s single, making it a 3-1 Astros’ lead, while sending Sizemore, who had just singled, up to second base. The Astros’ increased their lead in the top of the third inning as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Carter hits a two-run home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the season, and his second two-run home run of the night, knocking in Castro, who has started the inning of with a single, giving the Astros a 5-1 lead. The Phils then rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning as, with a runner on second, and with no one out, Cody Asche hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 5-2 Astros’ lead. The Phils then took the lead five batters later as, with the bases now loaded, via singles by Ben Revere, sending Asche up to second base, and by Jimmy Rollins, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a grand-slam home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, knocking in Asche, Revere and Rollins, giving the Phils a 6-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in and threw a 1-2-3 ninth, collecting his twenty-seventh save of the year.

Sean O’Sullivan received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four. Mario Hollands (2-1, 4.32) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-seventh save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Collin McHugh also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out eight. Josh Fields pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Tony Sipp collected his first blown save of the year, before taking the lost (2-2, 2.91) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Chad Qualls pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Marlon Byrd (Single), Gary Sizemore (Single) and Cody Asche (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense had no walks in the game, while the defense performed four double plays.

The Phils (52-63, 5th) will start a three-game series with the Mets (54-61, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (6-11, 4.16), who is coming off a lost to the Nationals on August 2, as he went just one and two-thirds innings, as he was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes with the umpire, giving up five runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks, while striking out one, in the Phils’ 11-0 lost. He hopes that today will have a different outcome, as he tries to continue the Phils present winning streak. The Mets will counter with Bartolo Colon (10-9, 4.12), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 3, as he pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 9-0 lost. He will be trying to stop the Phils’ bats. The Phils will be trying to increase their current winning streak to four games.

The Phils sweep the Brewers thanks to a seven-run eighth inning, as they defeat the Brew Crew, 9-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA seven-run eighth leads to the Phils’ sweeping the Brewers, as they defeat Milwaukee, 9-1.

The Brewers, in the bottom of the six, break up a 0-0 pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter David Buchanan, who have given up only a hit, a walk and a hit batter by this point, and Brewers’ starter Matt Garza, who after six innings, had been throwing a no-hitter on the Phils, giving up only a walk, as Carlos Gomez hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run single, knocking in Ben Revere, who was pinch-running for Cameron Rupp, who had earlier doubled, before moving up to third base on Tony Gwynn, Jr’s ground out, 5-3, and pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Gwynn, Jr’s ground out, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead two batters later, after Rollins had stolen second base, and Chase Utley had walked, as Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, before the Brewers challenged the ruling on the field, which had allowed Utley to score as well, with the umpires declaring that the ball had gone into the stands, thus forcing Utley back to third base as Howard is credited with a ground-rule double. Two batters later, after Marlon Byrd is intentionally walked to load the bases, the Phils make it a 5-1 lead as Cody Asche hits a two-run ground-rule double, scoring Utley and Howard, while sending Byrd all the way to third base. The Phils then made it a 7-1 lead as Dom Brown hits a two-run single, scoring Byrd and Asche. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the ninth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Howard hits a two-run home run, his fifteenth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier walked. That would end up being the final score as Jake Diekman threw a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Ryan Braun, swinging, for the game’s final out.

David Buchanan (5-5, 4.40) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out three (Bastardo (2), Diekman (1)) between them. Matt Garza (6-6, 3.69) took the lost as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Will Smith pitched to five batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up five runs on three hits and two walks. Brandon Kintzler pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits. Wei-Chung Wang pitched an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Ryan Howard (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single), Cody Asche (Double, 2 RBIs), Dom Brown (Single, 2 RBIs), Cameron Rupp (Double) and Ben Revere (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils had a stolen base in the game (Rollins (18)), while the defense performed a double play.

The Phils start their next series, their last before the All-Star Break, at home this weekend, in a game that’s already in progress.

The Phils sweep the Marlins thanks to Utley’s solo home run in the eighth inning, as they defeat the fish, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA solo home run in the eighth inning by a red-hot Chase Utley leads the Phils to a sweep of the Marlins, defeating the fish, 4-3.

The Marlins took the lead in the top of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Casey McGehee hits an RBI single, knocking in Christian Yelich, who had started the game by reaching base on Ryan Howard’s fielding error, before stopping at second base on the error, then moving up to third base on Adeiny Hechavarria’s ground out, 3-unassisted, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. The Marlins increased their lead in the top of the second as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Yelich hits an RBI single, scoring Jeff Mathis, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Henderson Alvarez’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 2-0 Marlins’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in the bottom of the third as, with one man out, Howard hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Marlins’ lead. The Marlins would get that run back in the top of the fifth as, with one man out, Garrett Jones hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Marlins a 3-1 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wil Nieves hits a two-run double, knocking in Utley, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled. The Phils would take the lead in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men out, Utley hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would record his third save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Yelich to ground out, 6-3, for the game’s final out.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out seven. B. J. Rosenberg pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Antonio Bastardo (1-1, 2.45) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his third save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth. Henderson Alvarez also received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and three walks, while striking out five. A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Mike Dunn (0-1, 6.35) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils belted out thirteen hits in the game, with Tony Gwynn, Jr. (Singles), Chase Utley (Single, Double, Home Run, RBI) and Wil Nieves (2 Singles, Double, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with three hits each. Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Marlon Byrd (Single), Dom Brown (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Single) had the other four Phils’ hit. The Phils also had six walks (Utley, Howard, Byrd, Brown, Cody Asche (2)), a stolen base (Brown (2)) and a sacrifice bunt (Kendrick)) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Howard).

The Phils (6-6, 3rd) start a four-game series with the Braves (8-4, 1st) with a game that’s already in progress.

The Phils finally reach .500 as they score five runs in the seventh inning on their way to sweeping the Marlins, as they beat the fish, 6-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCole Hamels finally win his second start of season as the Phils’ offense score five runs in the seventh, on their way to a sweep of the Marlins, beating them 6-1, as they finally reach .500.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had just singled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Marlins tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with one man out, Derek Dietrich hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season. The Phils regain the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring pinch-runner Cesar Hernandez, who was pinch-running for pinch-hitter Delmon Young, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Ben Revere’s single, before Hernandez moved up to third base on Michael Young fly out to right, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as Ryan Howard hits a two-run triple, scoring both Revere and Rollins. The Phils then took a 7-1 lead as Dom Brown followed with a two-run home run, his league leading eighteenth home run of the season, scoring Howard. That would end up being the final score as Michael Stutes pitched a scoreless ninth, completing the sweep of the Marlins.

Cole Hamels (2-9, 4.56) got the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out eleven. Justin De Fratus and Michael Stutes combines for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Stutes) between them, while striking out one (De Fratus). Jacob Turner received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on four hits and four walks, while striking out four. A.J. Ramos (0-2, 4.85) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up five runs on five hits, striking out a batter. Ryan Webb pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, a single by Ben Revere, a single by Michael Young, a single by Jimmy Rollins (RBI), a triple by Ryan Howard (2 RBIs), a home run by Dom Brown (2 RBIs), a single by John Mayberry, Jr., a double by Erik Kratz (RBI), a single by Freddy Galvis and a single by pinch-hitter Delmon Young. The Phils also had five walks (Revere (2), Rollins, Galvis, pinch-hitter Lynce Nix) and two stolen bases (Revere (14), Rollins (6)) in the ballgame.

The Phils (30-30, T-2 NL East) will start a four-game series with the Brewers (22-36, 5th NL Central), starting with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76), who is coming off a loss against the Brewers on June 1, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be looking to stop a two-game skid, while adding to the Phils present winning streak. The Brewers will counter with Wily Peralta (4-6, 5.94), who is coming off a win against the Phils on June 1, as he also went seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out six, in the Brewers’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his second straight win, while hoping he can outlast the presently reawaken Phils’ bats. The Phils will be going for their fifth straight win, as they try to go past the .500 mark for the first time in a long while.

Cole Hamels records his first win as the Phils leave New York City with a sweep as they defeat the Mets, 5-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils sweep the Mets as Cole Hamels gets his first win of 2013, as they beat the struggling Mets, 5-1.

The Mets took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on third, and with one man out, David Wright hits an RBI single, scoring Ruben Tejada, who had started the inning off with a double, then stopped at third base on Daniel Murphy’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Mets tried to increase their lead in the bottom of the fourth as they loaded up the bases, with two men out, via walks to Lucas Duda, Ike Davis and Juan Lagares, as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels for a time seems to have lost control of the strike zone, but Hamels then got out of the inning by striking out Jon Niese, looking, for the inning’s final out. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fifth as Freddy Galvis hits a solo bomb to left field, his second home run of the season. The Phils took the lead in the top of the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Ryan Howard hits a two-run double, knocking in pinch-hitter Laynce Nix, who had earlier singled, after Mets catcher John Buck had committed a foul pop error as he is unable to catch a pop foul ball hit by Nix, and then moved up to second base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then took a 4-1 lead one batter later as Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Howard. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Dom Brown, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.78) got the win, his first for 2013, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on two hits and six walks, while striking out eight. Antonio Bastardo collected his third hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon combined for two 1-2-3 innings. Jon Niese (2-2, 3.31) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three. Scott Atchison pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Brandon Lyon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Scott Rice pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Bobby Parnell pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Kevin Frandsen, a single by Chase Utley (RBI), a single by Michael Young, a double by a returning Carlos Ruiz, a single by Dom Brown, a double by John Mayberry, Jr. (RBI), a solo home run by Freddy Galvis (RBI), a single by pinch-hitter Laynce Nix, and a double by pinch-hitter Ryan Howard (2 RBIs). The Phils also had a walk (Young) in the game.

The Phils (12-14, 3rd) have the day off today.

An eight-run first help leads to the Phils 16-1 rout of the Mets.

Two big innings lead to the Phils routing of the Mets as they win by the score of 16-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the game off with a single, then stopped at second base on Juan Pierre’s bunt single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Pierre, who had earlier reached base on a bunt single, over to third base. Ryan Howard then gave the Phils a 2-0 lead with an RBI single, scoring Pierre, while sending Utley up to second base. After John Mayberry, Jr. had loaded up the bases with a soft fly single to right, moving up a base both Utley and Howard, Dom Brown gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while sending Howard on to third base, and Mayberry to second base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Kevin Frandsen walked, forcing in Howard, while moving up a base both Mayberry and Brown, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils, after the Mets had sent in relief pitcher Collin McHugh, in place of starter Jeremy Hefner, increased their lead to 5-0 as Erik Kratz is hit by a pitch, forcing in Mayberry, while sending Brown to third base, and Frandsen to second base, as the bases remained loaded. The Phils then batted around as Tyler Cloyd hits into a 1-2-3 doubleplay, as McHugh caught his grounder and threw home, forcing out Brown for the inning’s first out as catcher Kelly Shoppach touched home plate, before throwing to first base for the second out, while Frandsen would move up to third base, and Kratz would stop at second base on the play. The Phils then took a 7-0 lead as Rollins hits a two-run single, his second hit of the inning, scoring both Frandsen and Kratz. Two batters later, as Pierre had his second hit of the inning, sending Rollins up to second base, the Phils made it an 8-0 lead as Utley hits an RBI single, his second hit in the inning, scoring Rollins, while sending Pierre up to second base. Howard then grounded out, 6-3 for the inning’s final out, as the Phils sent thirteen men to the plate. The Phils tried to make it a 9-0 lead in the fifth as, with two men on, via singles by Brown and Frandsen, as Brown would stop at second base, and with one man out, Brown tried to score on Kratz’s single to left, but is gunned down at the plate by a good throw by left fielder Lucas Duda, as Shoppach applied the tag, for the inning’s second out. The Mets would finally get on the scoreboard in their half of the fifth as, with one man out, Mike Baxter hits a solo home run, his third home run of the season, making it an 8-1 Phils lead. The Phils finally took a 9-1 lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, his fourth hit of the game, and his third RBI, knocking in Cloyd, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Pierre’s single, his fourth hit of the game, while moving Pierre, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded via Frandsen reaching first base on a force out, 6-4, as Brown, who had earlier singled, is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, a walk to Kratz, moving Frandsen up to second base, and a single by pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Rollins is walked, forcing in Frandsen, giving the Phils a 10-1 lead, as both Kratz and Schierholtz moved up a base. The Phils then made it an 11-1 lead as Pierre hits an RBI infield single, on a ball that went up the first base line and stayed fair, for his fifth hit of the night, scoring Kratz, while moving up a base both Schierholtz and Rollins, as the bases stayed loaded. The Phils then took a 12-1 lead as Utley is hit by a pitch, forcing in Schierholtz for Utley’s fourth RBI of the night, while moving up a base both Rollins and Pierre. After Michael Martinez is sent in to pinch run for Utley, Howard ended the scoring as he hits a grand-slam home run, his twelfth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins, Pierre and Martinez, giving the Phils a 16-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as B.J. Rosenberg came in and pitched a scoreless ninth.

Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on only three hits and two walks, as he struck out six. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Jeremy Hefner (2-7, 5.79) took the lost as he faced seven batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up seven runs on six hits and a walk. Collin McHugh pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter. Justin Hampson, Jenrry Mejia, Robert Carson and Manny Acosta combined for four scoreless innings, giving up six hits (Mejia (3), Carson (2), Acosta (1)) between them. Elvin Ramirez pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, striking out a batter. Jeurys Familia pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Josh Edgin pitched to two batters, getting neither of them out, as he gave up two runs on a hit and a hit batter. Ramon Ramirez pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter that he would face.

The Phils had a season high twenty-one hits in the game, with Juan Pierre leading the team with five hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Chase Utley followed with four hits, three singles and a double, knocking in four runs. Dom Brown followed with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins (Singles, 3 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 5 RBIs) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles) were next with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (RBI), Erik Kratz (RBI) and pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had four walks and two hit batters (Kratz and Utley) in the ballgame.

The Phils (76-74, 3rd) with begin a three-game series with the Braves (86-64, 2nd), starting with a ballgame 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 (9-11, 4.33) who is coming off a lost to the Astros on September 15, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 5-0 lost. He will be trying to recover from his first bad start in almost two months. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on September 15, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Braves’ 5-4 win. He will be out to try and hinder the Phils’ playoff hopes. The Phils will be trying to keep themselves in the race for the second wild card spot.