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A six-run third supports a fine pitching performance by Roy Halladay as the Phils proceed to sweep the Nats, 7-4.

A six-run third and a fine pitching performance by their ace Roy Halladay leads the Phils to a sweep of the hapless Nats, 7-3.

The Phils broke the game wide open in their half of the third as they send ten men to the plate. They took a 2-0 lead as, with Jimmy Rollins on first, via a single, and with nobody out, Shane Victorino hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, scoring Rollins. Three batters later, after Placido Polanco had reached base with a single, and then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, John Mayberry, Jr. gave the Phils a 3-0 lead with an RBI double, knocking in Polanco, while sending Howard to third base. A red-hot Raul Ibanez then followed with a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Mayberry, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Ibanez scored on a Wilson Valdez single. The Nats got on the scoreboard in the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Ramos hits an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on an Adam LaRoche single, and was called safe by the home plate umpire on a play that he might have missed, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending LaRoche, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Jerry Hairston had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both LaRoche and Ramos up a base, Ian Desmond hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in LaRoche, making it a 6-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got a run back in the fifth as Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the year, and his second in two days, as he give the Phils a 7-2 lead. The Nats made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Danny Espinosa, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Alex Cora’s single. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.19) gets the win as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, as he struck out ten. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (2-4, 5.09) took the lost as he pitched two innings plus six batters, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brian Broderick pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Todd Coffey pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out five. Henry Rodriguez and Doug Slaten combine for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Rodriguez) and two walks (one walk each), while striking out four (Rodriguez (3), Slaten (1)) between them. Halladay is presently the second starter in the National League to reached five wins.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with a red-hot Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, a single, a double and a solo home run, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Placido Polanco (Singles) and Wilson Valdez (Singles, RBI) each followed with two hits apiece. Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits. The slight adjustment in their line-up, along with Ibanez getting hot (8-11), have gotten the offense rolling again. I just hope it last for a while.

The Phils (21-9, 1st) begin a three-game weekend series with the Braves (18-15, 3rd), that will begin tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.66) who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on May 1, as he went a strong seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-innings lost. He will be looking to get his third victory of the year. The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (2-3, 3.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cards on May 1, as he went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Braves’ 6-5 walk-off win. He will be trying to once again be a pain in the Phils’ side. The Phils will be going for their four straight win, and their sixth win on the home stand.

The Phils sweep the series behind the strong arm of Roy Halladay, 3-1.

The Phils finished their sweep of the punchless Padres behind the strong pitching of Roy Halladay, as they win, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as, with still two men on, and with still nobody outs, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, scoring Howard, while sending Francisco on to third base. The Phils then made it 3-0 in the seventh as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off inside-the-park home run, his third home run of the season, on a ball that bounced off of right fielder’s Will Venable’s glove and then bounced into center field. The Padres finally scored a run in the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Venable hits an RBI single, knocking in Jason Bartlett, who had earlier grounded into a force out, 1-6, forcing out Cameron Maybin, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Chase Headley’s single, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Headley, who had earlier singled, would stop at second base. The Phils replaced Roy Halladay with Antonio Bastardo, who then ended the game with one pitch, recording his first save of the year by getting pinch hitter Nick Hundley to fly to right.

Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41) got the win as he pitched eight and two-thirds innings, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk, while he struck out a career-tying fourteen batters. Antonio Bastardo converted his first save of the year as he get out the only man he would face. Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 3.38) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out two. Ernesto Frieri pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Doc dominated the Padres, as he struck out fourteen batters, striking out six in a row at one point.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits each, all singles, with Francisco knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI), Mike Martinez (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense once again scratched out a victory.

Phils (15-6, 1st NL East) will continued their western road trip with a three-game series with the D-backs (8-12, 4th NL West) with a game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Chase Field and will begin at 9:40 pm EDT (6:40 pm MDT). The Phils will send Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Brewers on April 20, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and one walk, as he struck out one, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be going for his third win of the season, while trying to increase the Phils winning streak to six games. The D-backs will send to the mound Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.64), who is coming off a win against the Reds on April 20, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the D-backs’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to end the Phils present winning streak. The Phils will be out to increase their winning streak to six games.

2010 National League Divisional Series, Game # 3: Sweep Revenge. The Phils sweep the Reds behind Cole Hamels.

The Phils got revenge for their 1976 lost to the Big Red Machine as they sweep the Reds behind the five-hit complete game pitching of Cole Hamels, as they defeat the Reds 2-0. They will now have to await the outcome of the Braves-Giants series to see who their opponent will be in the League Championship series.

The Phils took a 1-0 in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ryan Howard’s single, scored on Reds’ shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s throwing error of Jayson Werth’s grounder, while Howard, who had just singled, would move up to third on the play. The Phils increased their lead to 2-0 in the fifth as, with two men out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his first home run of the post-season, a homer that was later upheld by the umpires after Reds’ manager Dusty Baker had asked for it to be reviewed for possible fan interference. That would be all of the offense that Phils’ starter Cole Hamels would need as he proceeded to pitch a complete game five-hit shut out, giving up a lead-off single to Drew Stubbs in the first, a two-out single to Jay Bruce in the second, a one-out single to Scott Rolen in the fourth, a two-out double to Ramon Hernandez in the seventh and a lead-off single to Brandon Phillips in the ninth, before he is wiped out at second base on a 4-6-3 doubleplay on a Joey Votto ground ball, before he ended the game by getting Rolen to strike out, swinging, Hamels’ ninth strikeout victim.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he pitches a complete game shut out, giving up five hits, while striking out nine. His record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Johnny Cueto took the lost as he pitches five innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and a walk, while he strikes out two. His record is now 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA. Homer Bailey, Bill Bray, Nick Masset and Aroldis Chapman combine for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Bailey (2), Chapman (1)), while striking out four, (Bailey (2), Bray (1), Masset (1)) between them.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz both leading the team with two hits apiece, with Howard’s hits being both singles, while Ruiz’s hits were a single and a double. Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins had the other four Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Placido and Rollins’ hits being singles and Utley’s hit being a solo home run. The Phils’ offense did not do much hitting in the series, but they took advantage of a lot of Reds’ mistakes.

The Phils (3-0) with the win advance to the 2010 National League Championship Series, doing so for the third year in a row. The win also gives them a revenge sweep for their lost back in 1976 by the Big Red Machine, when they were swept by the then world champs. The Phils will now prepare to meet the winner of the Braves-Giants series, which presently have the Giants in the lead, 2 games to 1.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 10: Oswalt and the bullpen throws a one-hitter at the Braves as the Phils sweep the series, winning 1-0. The magic number is now down to  four.

Roy Oswalt, winning pitcher Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge combine to throw a one-hitter at the Braves, as the Phils score the winning run with two outs in the eighth, to defeat the Braves, 1-0, as they sweep the three-game series. The Phils now own a six games lead over the Braves in the NL East, as the magic number drops to four games.

The game was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Roy Oswalt, who threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, a two-out double to Martin Prado in the fourth, and a two-out walk to Brian McCann in the seventh, while striking out eight and Braves starter Tommy Hanson who pitched six scoreless innings, giving up a one-out double to Carlos Ruiz in the fifth and a one-out single by Chase Utley in the sixth, before pitching himself out of jams in both innings and three walks, while striking out four. After Ryan Madson came in to pitch a scoreless eighth, the Phils tried to start a rally in their half of the eighth as Utley was hit by the pitch for the second time that night, leading off the inning. But Ryan Howard then followed by hitting into a 6-5-3 doubleplay, hitting into the shift, as Utley is wiped out at second, for outs number one and two. Jayson Werth then gets on base with a walk. The next batter, Raul Ibanez, then followed by hitting a 2-0 sinker down the left field line, just barely dropping fair, for an RBI double, knocking in Werth, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then gave the ball to Brad Lidge for the save. Lidge proceeded to shut down the Braves, getting his twenty-sixth save of the year, although giving up a walk to Jason Heyward with two outs, who then stole second base. But, Lidge would then end the game by getting Prado to fly out to right.

Roy Oswalt receives a no-decision as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up just one hit and a walk, while striking out eight. Ryan Madson gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 6-2 with a 2.32 ERA. Brad Lidge receives his twenty-sixth save of the year, as he gives up a walk. Tommy Hanson also gets a no-decision as he pitches six shut out innings, giving up just two hits and three walks, while striking out four. Peter Moylan and Craig Kimbrel combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Moylan) and a walk (Kimbrel), while striking out a batter (Kimbrel) between them. Jonny Venters took the lost as he gives up a run on one hit, a walk and a hit batter. His record is now 4-3 with a 1.83 ERA.

The Phils only had four hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other two Phils’ hits, with Utley’s hit being a single and Ibanez’s hit being an RBI double, knocking in the only run of the game. The offense was once again handcuffed by the Braves’ pitching, but thanks to Oswalt, they were able to hang in there until someone was finally able to knock in the winning run.

The Phils (92-61, 1st) have the day-off today, before starting the final series of the regular season at Citizens Bank Park, a three-game weekend series with the Mets (74-78, 4th).

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 13: The Phils rally in the ninth, defeating the Nats on a Jayson Werth walk-off two-run bomb, as they win, 7-6.

The Phils rally for four runs in the ninth, winning the game on a two-run bomb by Jayson Werth, as they come from behind to defeat the Nats, 7-6, sweeping the three-game series, to stay three games ahead of the Braves, who are coming to Philly for an important three-game set.

The Nats took the lead in the third as Willie Harris hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, to give the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brian Schneider hits a two-run double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Raul Ibanez’s single, and Ibanez, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, then stole second base, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Nats retook the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Michael Morse hits a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Ian Desmond, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, and Adam Dunn, who had just walked, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead. The Nats increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 5-3 Nats’s lead. The Phils threaten to get back into the game in their half of the seventh as Polanco and Chase Utley started the inning off with singles, with Polanco stopping at second base, and with nobody out. But Sean Burnett then struck out Ryan Howard and then Jayson Werth, both swinging, for outs number one and two of the inning. He then ended the inning by getting Raul Ibanez to lined out to the second baseman, 4-unassisted. The Nats then made it 6-3 in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Harris hits an RBI single, knocking in Roger Bernadina, who had earlier doubled, while sending Morse, who had just been intentionally walked, to second base. The Phils then struck in the ninth. Polanco started the inning off with a lead-off single. Utley followed with a double, sending Polanco to third. Howard then knocked them both in with a two-run single to right center field, making it a 6-5 Nats’ lead. Werth, after getting the count 3-1, fouled off three straight pitches, before sending the next pitch, a fastball, deep into left center field for a two-run walk-off home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, scoring Howard before him, giving the Phils a 7-6 walk-off win.

Joe Blanton got a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Danys Baez pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Vance Worley gets the win, his first in the majors, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA. Yunesky Maya also receives a no-decision as he pitches four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. Doug Slaten pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Joel Peralta collects his eight hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Sean Burnett collects his twentieth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Tyler Clippard receives his twenty-second hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Drew Storen blew his second save opportunity before taking the lost as he pitches to four batters, giving up four runs on four hits. His record is now 3-4 with a 3.83 ERA.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Brian Schneider leading the team with three hits each, with Utley’s hits being two singles and a double, Werth’s three hits being two singles, and the game winning two-run home run, knocking in three runs, while Schneider’s three hits were two singles and a double, knocking in two. Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez both followed with two hits apiece, all singles, while Ryan Howard had the final Phil hit, a two-run single. The Phils’ offense keep on hitting the ball and scoring runs, as they prepare to meet the Braves for an important three game series.

The Phils (89-61, 1st) will continue their home stand with an important three-game series with the Braves (86-64, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will start the series off with their number two starter Cole Hamels (11-10, 3.01), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 14, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out thirteen, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0, as he had pitched twenty and two-thirds innings, giving up only one run on twelve hits and six walks, while striking out twenty-five. He will be going for his five straight win, while planning to give the Phils a good start in the home stand. The Braves will counter with Brandon Beachy (0-0, -.–), who will be starting the game in place of original announced starter Jair Jurrjens. He will be trying to give the Phils’ bats fit while he is on the mound. The Phils will be going for their eighth win in a row, while trying to not let a rookie who was put on the mound at literally the last minute slow them down.

Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 16: Roy Hallday notches win no. 16 as the Phils sweep the Marlins, 10-5. Their lead in the East is now at three games.

Roy Halladay notches his nineteenth win of the season, taking the NL lead in that category, as the Phils’ bats pound on the Marlins again, as they sweep the fish, 10-5. They are now leading the NL East by three games over the Braves, who had earlier lost to the Nats.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Ryan Howard’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Howard, who had just walked, would stop at third base. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Howard, and Werth, who had earlier stole second base. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Dan Uggla hits an RBI single, scoring Emilio Bonifacio, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second on Hanley Ramirez’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would get the run back in the third as Utley hits a solo home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. Five batters later, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Howard, a single by Ibanez, sending Howard up to second base, and a fielding error by third baseman Chad Tracy on a force attempt on an Carlos Ruiz ground ball, allowing Howard to reach third, Ibanez to get to second base, and Ruiz to be safe at first, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, making it a 5-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Ibanez to third base, and Ruiz up to second base. Two batters later, with the bases still loaded, and now with two men out, Shane Victorinio hits an RBI single, scoring Ibanez, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Ruiz to third and Valdez up to second base. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded once again, via a walk to Werth, a single by Ibanez, moving Werth to third base, and with Ibanez going up to second base on the late throw to third, and an intentional walk to Ruiz, and with two men out, Valdez hits an RBI single, scoring Werth, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead, while moving both Ibanez and Ruiz up a base. The Phils then made it an 8-1 game as, with Roy Halladay pitching, Brett Sinkbell uncorks a wild pitch, allowing Ibanez to score, and Ruiz and Valdez to move up to third and second base, respectively. The Marlins got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Gaby Sanchez, Scott Cousins and Brad Davis, and with one man out, pinch hitter Hector Luna hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Sanchez, making it an 8-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Cousins on to third base. The Phils would make it a 9-2 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had just tripled. The Marlins got a run back in the sixth as Sanchez hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, making it a 9-3 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then made it 9-4 Phils in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with nobody out, Ramirez hits a ground out RBI, 6-3, knocking in Logan Morrison, who had just tripled. The Phils added to their lead in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Ross Gload hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 10-4 lead. The Marlins tried to rally in the ninth, as they loaded up the bases, via a single to Bonifacio, a walk to Morrison, moving Bonifacio up to second base, and a walk to Uggla, moving both Bonifacio and Morrison up a base, and with one man out, Sanchez walks, forcing in Bonifacio, making it a 10-5 Phils’ lead, while moving both Morrison and Sanchez up a base. But that would be it for the Marlins, as Jose Contreras would come in and shut them down, first by striking out Tracy, swinging, for the inning’s second out, and then getting Cousins to ground out, 4-3, for the final out.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on ten hits, while striking out nine, taking the league’s lead in that stat. His record is now 19-10 with an ERA of 2.49. Chad Durbin pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Ryan Madson pitches a scoreless inning, hitting a batter, while striking out two. Brad Lidge pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and three walks, striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Jorge Sosa took the lost as he lasts only two and a third innings, giving up six runs, only four of which were earned, on six hits and three walks. His record is now 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA. Jose Ceda pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Brett Sinkbell pitches a third of an inning, throwing a wild pitch. Jay Buente pitches two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Sanches pitches two scoreless innings, walking one, while striking out one. Leo Nunez pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils collected fourteen hits in the game, with Wilson Valdez and Raul Ibanez both leading the team with three hits each, with Valdez’s hits being all singles, knocking in two runs, while Ibanez’s hits were two doubles and a single, also knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz followed with two hits apiece, with Victorino’s hits being a single and a triple, knocking in a run, while Ruiz’s two hits were a single and a double. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and pinch hitter Ross Gload had the other four Phils’ hits, with Polanco and Werth’s hits being singles, with both man knocking in a run, with Utley’s hit being a solo home run, and Gload’s hit being a pinch hit double, knocking in a run. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The offense went back to scoring runs, this time off of the Marlins’ bullpen.

The Phils (86-61, 1st) have the day off today, as they come home to Philadelphia for a nine-game home stand, starting with a three-game weekend series with the Nationals (62-84, 5th). They now have a three game lead over the Braves in the NL East pennant race.

Thursday: Phils are swept at home by the Astros, as they fall 5-1.

The Phils end their ten-game home stand on a rather low note as they get swept by the Astros, 2-1.

The Astros took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Carlos Lee hits an RBI double, knocking in Anderson Hernandez, who had earlier singled. The Astros added to their lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Michael Bourn hits an RBI single, scoring Angel Sanchez, who had earlier singled, went to second on Jason Castro’s single, then went to third on Wandy Rodriguez’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, giving the Astros a 2-0 lead, while Castro, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second on Rodriguez’s sac bunt, stopped at third. The Astros then made it 3-0 in the third as, with one man out, Lee hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the year. The Astros then increased their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Rodriguez hits an RBI single, scoring Sanchez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Castro’s ground out, 4-3, to give the Astros a 4-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who was safe on first on a force out, 5-4, as Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second, cutting the Astros’ lead to 4-1. The Astros got the run back in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Bourn, who had earlier singled, and then stole second base, to make it a 5-1 Astros’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Fernando Abad end a short Phils’ threat by getting Carlos Ruiz to fly out to center to end the ballgame.

Kyle Kendrick took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while he strikes out a batter. His record is now 8-7 with a 4.64 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jose Contreras and David Herndon pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just two hits (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon). Wandy Rodriguez gets the win as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out six. His record is now 10-12 with a 3.87 ERA. Jeff Fulchino and Fernando Abad combine for two scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Abad) and a walk (Fulchino), while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco had the other four Phils’ hits, with Utley’s hit being an RBI double, while Werth, Victorino and Francisco’s hits were singles. The Phils’ offense is once again being unable to find ways to score runs as they got swept by the Astros.

The Phils (70-57, 2nd East) then headed west for a three-game series with the Padres (76-50, 1st West), now trailing the Braves by three games in the East, and the Giants by half a game in the wild card chase.