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The National League wins the All-Star Game for the second straight year as they defeat the American League, 5-1.

For the second straight year, the National League All-Stars win the All-Star Game, as they defeat the American League’s best, 5-1.

The American League took the lead in the All-Star Game in the fourth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox hits a solo home run off of the Phils’ Cliff Lee, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. The AL tried to make it a 2-0 lead three batters later as, with runners on first and second, via singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, as first baseman Prince Fielder of the Brewers was unable to catch his pop fly, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, sending Bautista up to second base, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hits a single to left. Bautista tried to score on the hit, but is gun down at home plate by a strong throw from left fielder Hunter Pence, as catcher Brian McCann of the Braves applied the tag, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The National League then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via singles by Carlos Beltran of the Mets and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, with Beltran stopping at second base, and with no one out, Fielder crushed a 2-2 cutter into center field for a three-run home run, scoring both Beltran and Kemp, giving the NL a 3-1 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, who had earlier reached first base on a fielder’s choice force out, as pitcher Jordon Walden of the Angels threw home to beat out Starlin Castro of the Cubs, who was pinch running for Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies who had earlier singled, after he had first stolen second base, and then third, as he was tagged out at the plate by catcher Alex Avila of the Tigers for the inning’s second out, 1-2, before Weeks stole second base, giving the NL a 4-1 lead, before he was thrown out at second base as right fielder Bautista’s throw towards home was cut off by first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who then threw to shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, who then tagged Ethier out at second base for the inning’s final out, 9-3-6. The NL then made it a 5-1 lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants hits a RBI ground-rule double to left, knocking in Pence, who head earlier singled, then went all the way to third on catcher Matt Wieters of the Orioles passed ball. That would be the final score as Brian Wilson of the Giants would record a save as he got out the last two batters, Michael Cuddyer of the Twins vis a fly out to right and then Paul Konerko of the White Sox via a ground out, 6-3, after the AL had put runners on second and third, via Carlos Quentin of the White Sox reaching base on shortstop Castro’s throwing error and a single by Matt Joyce of the Rays, which sent Quentin to third base, before he went on to second base on right fielder Jay Bruce of the Reds throwing error.

Roy Halladay of the Phils pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Cliff Lee of the Phils pitcher one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits. Tyler Clippard (1-0, 0.00) of the Nationals gets the win as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers received a hold as he pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jair Jurrjens of the Braves also received a hold as he pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel of the Braves also got a hold as he pitched a scoreless third of an inning, as he walked a batter. Jonny Venters of the Braves pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one. Heath Bell of the Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates would pitch a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brian Wilson of the Giants would receive a save as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jered Weaver of the Angels pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. David Robertson of the Yankees also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda of the Mariners pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. C.J. Wilson of the Rangers blew the save before taking the lost (0-1, 27.00) as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jordon Walden of the Angels pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Chris Perez of the Indians pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon League of the Mariners pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando of the Rangers pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Gio Gonzalez of the A’s pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.

The American League All-Stars had six hits in the game, a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox, and singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Matt Joyce of the Rays. The National League All-Stars had nine hits in the game, a single by Lance Berkman of the Cardinals, a single by Carlos Beltran of the Mets, a single by Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, a three run home run by Prince Fielder of the Brewers, a single by Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, an RBI single by pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, a double by Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, a single by Hunter Pence of the Astros and an RBI ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.

The victory gives the National League a 42-38-2 lead over the American League, while it will also give the National League pennant winner home field advantage during the upcoming World Series.

The Phils rally late to give Roy Oswalt his first win in over a month, as they beat the Cubbies, 4-3.

The Phils come from behind to defeat the Cubs, 4-3, taking the four games series.

The Cubs took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI double, knocking in Darwin Barney, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. The Cubs then jumped to a 3-0 lead as, with one man on, and now with two men out, Aramis Ramirez hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Castro. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Shane Victorino, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, was wiped out at second, then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s single, making it a 3-1 Cubs’ lead, while Utley, who had just singled,  would stop at third base. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Cubs’ lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Utley, a single by Howard, sending Utley to third, and a walk to Ben Francisco, moving Howard up to second base, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Utley, while sending Howard to third base and Francisco up to second base because the ball was hit sharply to right. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Howard hits a two-run single scoring Victorino, who had been hit by the pitch, then stopped at third on Utley’s double, and Utley, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would convert his fifteenth save of the year with a strong ninth inning.

Roy Oswalt (4-4, 3.14) got the win, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, as he struck out five. Michael Stutes collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Ryan Madson collected his fifteenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out a batter. Doug Davis received a no-decision as he went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and five walks, as he struck out six. Jeff Samardzija collected his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Sean Marshall blew his second save of the year, before taking the lost (3-1, 2.08), as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a hit batter, as he struck out one. Rodrigo Lopez and John Grabow combine for a scoreless inning.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, as he knocked in three runs. Chase Utley followed with two hits, a single and a double. Jimmy Rollins (Single) and Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits.

The Phils (40-26, 1st), the first team in the majors to reach 40 wins, will take the day off tomorrow.

The Phils give Cliff Lee plenty of runs support as the Phils crush the Cubs, 7-1.

The Phils give Cliff  Lee plenty of runs to work with early as they defeat the Cubs, 7-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Dawin Barney’s fielding error, then moved up to second base on Shane Victorino’s single, and Victorino, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Cubs cut the Phils’ lead in the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Lou Martinez hits an RBI single, scoring Starlin Castro, who had earlier walked, then went to second base on Barney’s single, cutting it down to a 2-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Barney, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils made it a 3-1 lead in the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Utley’s ground out, 4-3. The Phils then added to their lead two batters later as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, went to second on pinch hitter Michael Martinez’s sacrifice bunt, 2-4, and then stopped at third on Rollins’ ground out, 3-1. The Phils then took a 7-1 lead as Utley hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Victorino. That would be the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (6-5, 3.41) got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while he struck out seven. Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Matt Garza (2-6, 3.84) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up two runs, only one  of which was earned, on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Sean Marshall pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Casey Coleman pitched an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while he struck out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Chase Utley followed with two hits, a double and a home run, knocking in four runs. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Double, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (39-26, 1st East) will conclude their series with the Cubs (25-38, 5th Central), with a game that is already in progress.

The Phils hold on against a late Cubs rally to make Roy Halladay the league’s first nine game winner as they defeat the Cubs, 7-5.

The Phils hold off a late inning rally by the Cubs to make their ace Roy Halladay the NL’s first nine game winner as they defeat the Cubs, 7-5.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits into an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went all the way to third on Chase Utley’s grounder, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Victorino’s single, was caught between third and home on the grounder, before being tagged out at home plate, 1-5-2, for the inning’s first out, but allowing Victorino to reach third, and Utley to reach second base on the play. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Dom Brown hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had just walked. The Phils then took what was thought to be a commanding lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Rollins, who then moved up to second on Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 5-4, then walks to both Utley and Howard, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a grand-slam home run, his fourth home run of the season, and his 100th career home run, scoring Rollins, Utley and Howard, making it a 7-0 Phils’ lead. The Cubs then came back in the eighth. After Kosuke Fukudome walked, he would be forced out at second base on a Darwin Barney grounder, 5-4, as Utley would be unable to complete the double play, for the inning’s first out. The next batter, Starlin Castro, would then follow with a double, with Barney stopping at third, putting runners on second and third. Carlos Pena then walks to load up the bases. Aramis Ramirez then follows with a two-run single, scoring both Barney and Castro, cutting the Phils’ lead to 7-2, while sending Pena over to third, putting runners on the corners, with still one man out. Charlie Manuel then came out and relieved Jose Contreras, replacing him with J.C. Romero. Romero then proceeded to walk Blake DeWitt, reloading the bases.  The next batter, Geovany Soto, followed with an RBI single, scoring Pena, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead, while Ramirez would stop at third base, and DeWitt at second, leaving the bases loaded. The next batter, pinch hitter Lou Martinez, made it a 7-5 Phils’ lead with a two-run single, knocking in both Ramirez and DeWitt, while sending Soto up to second base. Manuel decided that was enough as he came back out and took the ball from Romero, replacing him with Michael Stutes. Stutes then proceeded to shut down the Cubs, as he first struck out pinch hitter Brad Snyder on a called third strike, before getting Fukudome, the tenth batter of the inning, to fly out to left on the first pitch. The Cubs then tried to erupt again in the ninth as their lead-off hitter, Barney, got on base with a walk, but the following batter, Castro, struck out swinging, for the inning’s first out, while Carlos Ruiz dropped the ball, although, with a runner on first, it’s still a strikeout, and the batter can’t go to first. But, Barney tried to move up to second, and is gunned down at second by Ruiz, who picked up the ball and threw to second, where the ball is caught by Utley, who applied the tag, for a strikeout-double play, for the inning’s second out. Antonio Bastardo then comes in to replace Stutes, before he recorded his second save of the season by striking out Pena, swinging, for the final out.

Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.39) got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up six hits, while striking out nine. Jose Contreras pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks. J.C. Romero pitched to three batters, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Michael Stutes received his third hold of the year as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo collected his second save of the season, as he went a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he would face. Carlos Zambrano (5-3, 4.40) took the lost as he went six and a third innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and seven walks, while he struck out five. James Russell and Jeff Samardzija combine for one and two-thirds scoreless inning, giving up a hit (Russell), while striking out four (two batters each) between them.

The Phis had eight hits between them, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Raul Ibanez (Single, Double), both leading the team with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Single), Placido Polanco (Home Run, 4 RBIs), Dom Brown (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil run with a ground out.

The Phils (38-26, 1st East) will continue their series with the Cubs (25-37, 5th Central) with an afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 4:10 pm EDT and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (5-5, 3.62) who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on June 6, as he went seven strong innings, giving up just seven hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the season. The Cubs plan to counter with Matt Garza (2-5, 4.07), who is coming off a lost against the Reds on June 6, as he went only four innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to give the Cubs the lead in the four game series. The Phils will be out to give Lee some offensive support this afternoon.

The Phils let one get away as they lose to the Cubs in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils allow a win to get away from them as they lose to the Cubs in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils took a 3-0 lead as, with two men on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, scoring Raul Ibanez, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Dane Sardinha’s walk, and Sardinha, who had just walked. After an hour plus rain delay in the bottom of the third, the Cubs slowly chipped away at the Phils’ lead. The Cubs got on the board in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, knocking in Darwin Barney, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, and then stole second base, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Cubs then cut the Phils’ lead down to 3-2 in the eighth as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, Carlos Pena hits an RBI double, scoring Castro, who had earlier doubled. The Cubs then tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with one man out, Geovany Soto hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. One batter later, it looked like the Cubs had taken a 4-3 lead as Tyler Colvin hits a fly ball into the right field seats. But, the call was overturned when instant reply showed that a fan had reached over the fence to catch the ball, and then pulled it in, as Colvin is instead given a ground-rule double, while the fan was ejected for fan interference. The Cubs took the lead in the eleventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Placido Polanco committed a throwing error to first on a Barney ground ball, allowing Colvin, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on a Carlos Ruiz passed ball, to score, giving the Cubs a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final sc0re as Carlos Marmol collected his twelfth save of the year as he put down the Phils in the bottom of the eleventh.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision as he pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Danys Baez pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, a hit batter and a walk, while he struck out one. J.C. Romero collected his third hold of the year as he got out the only man that he would face. Michael Stutes received his sec0nd hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo collected his sixth hold of the season, as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jose Contreras collected his fourth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Ryan Madson blew his first save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. David Herndon (0-1, 5.30) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up a run on three hits, while striking out three, as the bullpen could not hold onto the lead. Randy Wells also received a no-decision as he went two and a third innings, thanks to the rain delay, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, as he struck out two. Rodrigo Lopez, James Russell and John Grabow combined for six scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Lopez) and three walks (Lopez (1), Grabow (2)), while striking out two (Russell and Grabow one each), between them. Sean Marshall (3-0, 0.95) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. Carlos Marmol recorded his twelfth of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, 3 RBIs), Placido Polanco (Single), Chase Utley (Single), Shane Victorino (Single) and Carlos Ruiz (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits.

The Phils (37-26, 1st East) continue their series with the Cubs (25-36, 5th Central) with a night game tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to their mound their ace Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56), who is coming off a victory against the Pirates on June 5, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, as he struck out six, in the Phils’  7-3 win. He will be going for win no. 9. The Cubs will counter with Carlos Zambrano (5-2, 3.98), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on June 5, as he went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Cubs’ 3-2 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to increase the Phils’ present losing streak. The Phils will be trying to recover from last night’s lost.

The Phils took a step backward as their ace gets torched by the Cubs, as the Phils lose 11-6.

The Cubs torched Roy Halladay for six runs, before crushing the bullpen for five more in the seventh, as the Phils fall to the Cubs, 11-6.

The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the second as, with one man on, and with one man out, Geovany Soto hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Marlon Byrd, who was earlier hit by the pitch. Four batters later, with two men on, and with two men out, the Cubs increased their lead as Starlin Castro hits an RBI single, scoring Tom Gorzelanny, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Tyler Colvin’s single, giving the Cubs a 3-0 lead, while sending Colvin, who had just singled, on to third base. The Cubs would make it 4-0 as, with Derrek Lee batting, Castro stole second base. Catcher Carlos Ruiz committed a throwing error which would allow Colvin to score from third. The Phils tried to start a come back in the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Roy Halladay, who had earlier walked, and then reached third on Shane Victorino’s double, making it a 4-1 Cubs’ lead, while sending Victorino, who had earlier double, to third base. One batter later, the Phils would cut the Cubs’ lead to 4-2 as Victorino would score on a Aramis Ramirez fielding error of a Jimmy Rollins grounder. The Cubs would get the two runs back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Alfonso Soriano hits his seventeenth home run of the season, scoring Byrd, who was hit by the pitch for the second time in the game, giving the Cubs a 6-2 lead. The Phils got a run back in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Polanco, who had earlier walked, and had gone to third on Rollins’ single, making it a 6-3 Cubs’ lead. The Cubs would then break the game wide open in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Jeff Baker and Colvin and then a sacrifice bunt by Castro, which would move Baker to third and Colvin to second, while Castro would be safe at first on David Herndon’s fielding error, and with nobody out, Lee hits a bases clearing double, scoring Baker, Colvin and Castro, giving the Cubs a 9-3 lead. Three batters later, with two men on, and with one man out, Soriano hits an RBI single, scoring Lee, giving the Cubs a 10-3 lead, while sending Byrd, who had just walked, on to second base. The Cubs then made it 11-3 as, with two men on, and with still one man out, Soto hits an RBI single, scoring Byrd, while Soriano was thrown out at third by an accurate throw by right fielder Ben Francisco for the inning’s second out. The Phils made it an 11-4 game as, with one out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the year. In the ninth, Howard made it an 11-5 game with a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the series and his twenty-first home run of the season. Two batters later, with one man out, Francisco made it an 11-6 game as he hits a solo home run of his own, his second home run of the season. But, it would be a case of too little, too late for the Phils, as James Russell got out the next two batters, getting Dobbs to strike out swinging to end the game.

Roy Halladay took the lost as he pitches six innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and two hit batters, while striking out three. His record is now 10-8 with a 2.40 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches to two batters, giving up two runs on two hits. David Herndon pitches an inning, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on three hits and a walk, while striking out one. Danys Baez pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Tom Gorzelanny gets the win as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and five walks, while striking out five. His record is now 5-5 with a 3.12 ERA. Andrew Cashner collects his third hold as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out one. James Russell pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco’s hits being both singles, knocking in a run, while Francisco’s hits were a single and a solo home run. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Greg Dobbs had the other five Phils’ hits, with Victorino’s hit being a double, Rollins and Ruiz’s hits being singles, Howard’s hit being a solo home run as he knocks in two runs, with the other run scoring on a sac fly, and Dobbs’ hit being a pinch hit home run, while the other Phil’s run came in on a throwing error. The offense never got running until it was too late to catch up with the Cubs.

The Phils (48-43, 3rd NL East) with continue their road trip with a four-game series in St. Louis against the Cardinals (51-41, 1st NL Central), starting tonight with a night game. The game will start at 7:05 pm Eastern (6:05 pm Central) and will be played at Busch Stadium. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 4.44), who is coming off a relief performance against the Cubs on July 15, as he pitched an inning, giving up just one hit, in the Phils’ 12-6 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-two innings, giving up eleven runs, ten of which were earned, on twenty-one hits and two walks, while striking out twelve. He will be trying to start the series for the Phils on a positive note. The Cards will counter with Blake Hawksworth (3-5, 4.73), who is coming off a win against the Astros on July 11, as he went five and one-third inning, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Cardinals’ 4-2 win. In his last three starts, he has a 1-1 record with a no-decision, as he pitched sixteen and a third innings, giving up seven runs on twenty-one hits and eight walks, while striking out fourteen. He will be trying to improve his record, while trying to add to the Phils’ present problems. The Phils’ offense will be hoping that the presently hot Ryan Howard will continue to feast on his home team while they are in St. Louis, hoping it’ll help jump start the offense.

A ninth inning melt down by the Cubs’ closer leads to the Phils beating the Cubs, 4-1.

The Cubs’ closer Carlos Marmol had a melt down in the top of the ninth, allowing the Phils to come back to win the game, as the Phils defeated the Cubs, 4-1.

The game for the first six and a half innings was a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who in six scoreless innings would give up six hits and two walks, while striking out six Cubbies, while Cubs’ starter Randy Wells would pitch seven shut out innings, giving up seven hits and two walks, while striking out five Phils. The Cubs would finally take the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Stalin Castro, who had earlier doubled, and then moved to third on pinch hitter Xavier Nady’s ground out, 6-3, would score on Ryan Theriot’s bunt single on a grounder to Hamels, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead. After neither team scored in the eighth, the Cubs sent their closer, Carlos Marmol, to the mound to wrap up the game. Instead, he had a melt down on the mound. After getting out the lead-off batter, he walks pinch hitter Brian Schneider. He then walks pinch hitter Ross Gload, sending Schneider up to second. After getting Shane Victorino to strike out swinging for the inning’s second out, the just returned Placido Polanco followed by hitting an RBI single, scoring Schneider, who crossed the plate sliding head first as the Cubs’ catcher Geovany Soto is unable to hold onto the throw from the left fielder, tying the game up at one-all, while Gload would go to third on the throw, while Polanco moved up to second. One batter later, Marmol would walk his third batter of the inning, Jimmy Rollins, loading the bases, but Soto allowed ball four to get past him and go to the backstop, allowing Gload to score on the wild pitch, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead, while Polanco would move up to third, putting runners on the corners. After Rollins steals second base, Ryan Howard is intentionally walked, to load the bases. Jayson Werth then follows with the fifth walk of the inning, scoring Polanco from third, to give the Phils a 3-1 lead, while both Rollins and Howard both moved up a base. That would be it for Marmol, as he is taken out of the game and replaced by James Russell. Raul Ibanez welcome Russell by hitting an infield single to first baseman Derek Lee, as he had no one to throw to at first, scoring Rollins from third, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while moving both Howard and Werth up a base. After pinch hitter Cody Ransom hits into a force out, 6-4, wiping out Ibanez to end the inning, the Phils handed the ball to their closer Brad Lidge for the save. Lidge proceeded to record his seventh save of the year, by getting Theriot to fly out to right for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels receives a no-decision as he pitches seven innings, giving up a run on eight hits and two walks, while he strikes out six. Chad Durbin gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA. Brad Lidge records his seventh save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk, while striking out one. Randy Wells also receives a no-decision, as he pitches seven innings, giving up only seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. Sean Marshall records his twelfth hold, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up only a walk, while striking out two. Carlos Marmol blew his fourth save attempt, before taking the lost, as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on one hit and five walks, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA. James Russell pitches to just one batter, giving up a hit. Andrew Cashner pitches a third of an inning, giving out the only man that he would face.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez each leading the team with two hits apiece, with Victorino and Ibanez each having two hits, all singles, with Ibanez knocking in a run, while Werth had a single and a double, knocking in a run on a bases loaded walk. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard and Wilson Valdez had the other three Phil’s hits, all singles, with Polanco knocking in a run, as the Phil’s other run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense is still trying to break out of its scoring and hitting slump, as they did not get a key hit until the ninth during Marmol’s melt down.

The Phillies (48-42, 2nd NL East) will conclude their four-game series with the Cubs (41-51, 4th NL Central) with a night game tonight, trying to end the series with a series split. The game will be played at Wrigley Field and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (10-7, 2.19), who is coming off a nine innings no-decision against the Reds on July 10, as he gave up only five hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 1-0 extra-innings win. In his last three starts, he went 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty-six innings, giving up five runs on twenty-three hits and two walks, while striking out twenty-six batters. He will be trying to collect his eleventh win of the year, while hoping the bats will give him some real runs support. The Cubs will counter with Tom Gorzelanny (4-5, 3,16), who is coming off a win against the Dodgers on July 10, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Cubs’ 7-3 win. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched sixteen innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on fifteen hits and ten walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be trying to even up his record. The Phils will be trying to end the four game series with a split before going on to St. Louis to meet the Cardinals for four.