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The Phils take the series as they defeat the D-backs on Saturday and Sunday by the scores of 3-0 and 5-4.

The Phils take the weekend series from Arizona by defeating the D-backs by the scores of 3-0 and 5-4.

On Saturday, the Phils took the lead in the third as Erik Kratz hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ryan Howard, a double by John Mayberry, Jr., with Howard stopping at third base, and a walk to Dom Brown, and with two men out, Kratz forced in a run as he took a walk, bringing home Howard, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while moving up a base both Mayberry and Brown. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Mike Zagurski’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had just singled, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-fourth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02) got the win as he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Josh Lindblom collected his seventeenth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-fourth save of the year by throwing a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Joe Saunders (5-8, 3.57) took the lost as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Brad Ziegler pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Mike Zagurski pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Matt Albers pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the ballclub with two hits, both singles. Kevin Frandsen (Single), Chase Utley (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Erik Kratz (Single, 2 RBIs) Nate Schierholtz (Single) and pinch hitter Ty Wigginton (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

In Sunday’s game, the D-backs took the lead in the second as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Chris Johnson hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the season, knocking in Justin Upton, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. The D-backs then took a 3-0 lead as Stephen Drew followed with a solo home run, his first home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier walked, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, would score on Trevor Cahill’s wild pitch, cutting the D-backs’ lead down to 3-1, while Brown would move up to third. The Phils then made it a 3-2 lead as Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in Brown. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in the fifth as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. The D-backs retook the lead in the sixth as Paul Goldschmidt hits a solo home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 4-3 lead. The Phils would retie the game at four-all in the eighth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Brown hits a line drive towards the mound that would bounce off of David Hernandez, and then heads towards the first base line, which Dom would then beat out for an infield single, as Hernandez’s throw to first would hit Brown’s left hand. As this was going on, Mayberry, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on a wild pitch by Hernandez, would move up to third base on the play, slowing down as he touched the bag, before running home to score on Hernandez’s throwing error, beating catcher Henry Blanco’s tag. The Phils then won the game in the bottom of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by pinch hitter Juan Pierre, who moved up to second base on Nate Schierholtz’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, a single by pinch hitter Laynce Nix, which sent Pierre to third base, an intentional walk to Utley, moving Nix up to second base, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single to right, knocking in Pierre, giving the Phils a 5-4 walk-off win.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while he struck out five. Jonathan Papelbon (3-4, 3.00) got the win as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Trevor Cahill also received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits, two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out six. David Hernandez committed his fifth blown save of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Takashi Saito pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Josh Collmentor (3-3, 4.23) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Chase Utley (Single, Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single, Double) and Erik Kratz (Single, Double, RBI) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Kevin Frandsen, Ryan Howard (RBI), John Mayberry, Jr, Cliff Lee, pinch hitter Juan Pierre and pinch hitter Laynce Nix had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles. The other two Phils’ runs came in on a wild pitch and an error. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (49-59, 4th) will start a three-game series with the Braves (62-46, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 1, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to start off the series with the Braves with a win. The Braves will counter with Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46) who is coming off a lost against the Marlins on August 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eleven hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Braves’ 4-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning ways at the Bank.

The Phils are once again unable to find ways to win at home, as they drop one to the D-backs, 4-2.

The Phils lose another game at home, as they drop one to the D-backs, 4-2.

The D-backs took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Justin Upton hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs increased their lead in the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Paul Goldschmidt hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Aaron Hill, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Jason Kubel’s fly out to center field, giving the D-backs a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, the D-backs made it a 3-0 lead as, with runners on the corners, and with still two men out, Chris Johnson hits an RBI single, knocking in Upton, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Miguel Montero’s infield single, before moving up to third on shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ fielding error on the play, while sending Montero, who had reached base on an infield single, would move up to second base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fourth as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his sixth home run of the year, making it a 3-1 D-backs’ lead. The Phils then cut it to a 3-2 D-backs’ lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, and with one man out, Nate Schierholtz hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Kevin Frandsen, who had begun the inning by being hit by a pitch, moved up to second base on Brian Schneider’s walk, then went to third base on pinch hitter Michael Martinez’s sacrifice bunt. The Phils tried to tied the game up at three-all in the sixth as, with a man on second base, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr. who had earlier doubled, tried to score on Frandsen’s single to right, but is called out at the plate on a throw by right fielder Upton, with catcher Montero applying the tag, although instant replay would show that Mayberry was actually safe at home. The D-backs added to their lead in the ninth as Kubel hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-third home run of the year, giving the D-backs a 4-2 lead. That would be the final score as J.J. Putz picked up his twentieth save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45), who was starting in place of Joe Blanton, who had been traded to the Dodgers earlier yesterday, took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on five hits, while he struck out two. Jeremy Horst, B.J. Rosenberg and Antonio Bastardo combined for four scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Horst) between them, while striking out five (Horst (1), Rosenberg (3), Bastardo (1)). Josh Lindblom pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Ian Kennedy (10-8, 4.15) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out a batter. Takashi Saito collected his second h0ld of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning. David Hernandez collected his fifteenth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. J.J Putz received his twentieth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double. Nate Schierholtz (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Single), had the other five Phils’ hits, as they did not record a hit after the sixth inning. The Phils also had three walks in the game.

The Phils (47-59, 5th East) will continue their series with the D-backs (55-51, 3rd Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and it will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Halladay (4-6, 4.33), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 29, as he went six innings, giving up six runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. Halladay will be trying to improve on the last few innings of his previous start. The D-backs will counter with Joe Saunders (5-7, 3.62), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on July 29, as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the D-backs’ 5-1 lost. He will be trying to give the D-backs the series win. The Phils will be trying to even up the series with a win tonight.

33 games in 31 days: Game #12: Roy Halladay wins his seventeenth start as the Phils hold on to defeat the Brewers, 5-3.

Roy Halladay pitches his way into his seventeenth win of the season as the Phils turn back the Brewers to win, 5-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a three-run home run, his thirty-second home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had started the game off with a single, then went to third on Hunter Pence’s single, and Pence, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had been intentionally walked, up to second base. Two batters later, after Pete Orr had hit a single, loading up the bases as Howard stopped at third and Ibanez had went up to second base, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI single, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while moving up a base both Ibanez and Orr. The Brewers got on the scoreboard in their half of the seventh as. with a runner on third, and with one man out, Yuniesky Betancourt hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Casey McGehee, who had earlier doubled, moved up to third on Taylor Green’s ground out, 4-3, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 5-1, although neither team’s broadcast crew are sure that McGehee had actually touched home plate, as Ruiz had blocked part of home plate and the home plate umpire had never made a safe signal. The Brewers then cut the Phils’ lead down to 5-2 in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Betancourt hits an RBI single, knocking in Prince Fielder, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on McGehee’s walk, then stopped at third on Jerry Hairston’s ground out, 5-3, while sending McGehee, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Hairston’s ground out. The Brewers then made it a 5-3 Phils’ lead as Jonathan Lucroy’s sacrifice fly, scoring McGehee. That would end up being the final score, as Ryan Madson finally ended the threat by getting George Kottaras to ground out, 4-3, for the final out, as he recorded his twenty-ninth save of the season.

Roy Halladay (17-5, 2.44) gets the win as he went eight innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks, as he struck out nine. Antonio Bastardo pitched to two batters, getting neither one out, as he gave up two runs on a hit and a walk. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-ninth save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Shaun Marcum (12-6, 3.25) took the lost, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, striking out two. Takashi Saito, Francisco Rodriguez and Kameron Loe combined for two and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Saito), while striking out two (Saito (1), Loe (1)) between them.

The Phils had eleven hits in the ballgame, with Pete Orr leading the team with three hits, all singles. Raul Ibanez (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, RBI) both followed with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Single), Placido Polanco (Double), Hunter Pence (Single) and Ryan Howard (Home Run, 3 RBIs) had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (93-48, 1st East) will continue their series with the Brewers (85-61, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and will start at 7:10 pm EDT (6:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47), who is coming off a win against the Braves on September 5, as he pitched a complete game shutout, giving up just five hits, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 9-0 win. He will be going for his seventeenth win, while trying to pitch the Phils to their sixth straight win. The Brewers will counter with Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.47), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on September 5, as he pitched eight innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Brewers’ 4-1 win. Wolf will see if he can slow down his old team. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to six games.

Saturday: Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 2: Phils broke open a scoreless game in the late innings as they defeat the Braves again, 7-0.

The Phils score seven runs in the last three innings, en route to a shut out over the Braves, as they once again delay the Braves entrance into the playoffs, as they spoil Bobby Cox’s day, 7-0. The victory help the Phils clinch the best record in baseball, doing it for the first time in the team’s long history.

The first six innings would involve a pitchers’ duel between the Phils and Braves’ pitching staff before the Phils finally scored in the seventh inning. The Phils took the lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch runner Brian Bocock, who had replaced Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, before heading to third on Braves third baseman Brooks Conrad’s force attempt throwing error to second on a Placido Polanco grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending pinch runner Wilson Valdez, who was running in place of Polanco, who was safe at first on the error, up to third base. Two batters later, after Utley had stolen second base, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Valdez, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Utley would stop at third base. The Phils then made it 3-0 as Shane Victorino followed with an RBI single, knocking in Utley, while moving Ibanez up to second base. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, thanks to a Brian Schneider walk, moving both Ibanez and Victorino up a base, and now with two men out, a Craig Kimbrel wild pitch allowed Ibanez to score, making it a 4-0 Phils’ lead, while sending Victorino up to third and Schneider to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier singled, stole second, and then went to third on Braves catcher Brian McCann’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then increased their lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Schneider, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Ross Gload’s single, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while Gload, who had earlier singled, would stop at third base. After Chase Utley is intentionally walked to load up the bases, with still one man out, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. is walked, forcing in Gload, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while moving up a base both Valdez and Utley. That would be the final score as Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, getting Conrad to end the game by striking out, swinging.

Vance Worley receives a no-decision as he pitches five strong innings, giving up just one hit and two walks, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo gets the win as he pitches a shut out inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 4.34. Danys Baez, Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just a hit (Madson), while striking out three (Baez (1), Contreras (2)), between them. Tommy Hanson also receives a no-decision as he pitches five shut out innings, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out six. Jonny Venters took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up four runs, only two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 4-4 with a 1.97 ERA. Craig Kimbrel pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Michael Dunn also pitches two-thirds of an innings, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Kyle Farnsworth pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Takashi Saito pitches a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. Scott Proctor pitches two-thirds of an innings, striking out both men that he would face.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a double, knocking in a run. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Brian Schneider all followed with two hits each, all singles, as Utley knocked in a run, and Ibanez brought in two. Jimmy Rollins, Wilson Valdez and Ross Gload had the other three Phils’ hit, with Rollins and Valdez’s hits being doubles, with Valdez knocking in a run, and Gload’s hit being a single. John Mayberry, Jr. had the Phil other RBI via a bases loaded walk. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense missed a lot of early scoring opportunities before finally cashing in in the last three innings.

The Phils (97-64, 1st) clinched the best record in baseball as the Yankees lose the second game of a day-night double header to the Red Sox, the first time that it has happen in the team’s history. They have only one more game to play in the regular season.

Moyer’s sixth inning melt down leads to another lost as the Phils fall to the Braves, 7-5.

A melt down in the sixth inning by Jamie Moyer, after the Phils have taken the lead in the fifth, leads to a 7-5 lost at the hands of the Braves. The Phils are now trailing the 1st place Braves by six full games, as the All-Star break nears.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first as Martin Prado starts the game with a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then took the lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, to give the Phils a 3-1 lead. Then, in the sixth, the wheels came off. With one out, Prado hits a solo home run, his second home run of the night and his tenth home run of the season, to make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. Four batters later, the Braves took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Omar Infante, a double to Chipper Jones, sending Infante to third, and a walk to Troy Glaus, and with still one man out, Brian McCann hits a three-run double, scoring Infante, Jones and Glaus, giving the Braves a 5-3 lead. Matt Diaz then followed with a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, making it a 7-3 Braves’ lead. The Phils would get a run back in the seventh as, with two men out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the year, making it a 7-4 Braves’ lead. The Phils cut the Braves’ lead down to 7-5 in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a pinch hit RBI single, scoring Greg Dobbs, who had earlier singled and then moved to third on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s single, while sending Gload, who had earlier got on base with a pinch hit single, up to second base. But that would end up being the final score as Billy Wagner would put the Phils down in order in the ninth for his nineteenth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer took the lost as he went five and one-thirds innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 9-8 with a 4.51 ERA. Danys Baez, Nelson Figueroa and Jose Contreras combine for three and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) between them, while striking out three (one strikeout each). Kris Medlen gets the win, as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out five. His record is now 6-1 with an ERA of 3.19. Jonny Venters records his eighth hold as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Takashi Saito receives his eleventh hold of the year as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Billy Wagner receives his nineteenth save of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs leading the way with two hits each. Rollins’ two hits were doubles, knocking in a run, while Howard’s two hits were a single and a two-run home run, and Dobbs’ two hits were both singles. Shane Victorino, Wilson Valdez, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other four Phils’ hits, with Victorino’s hit being a solo home run, Waldez’s hit being a double, and Gload and Francisco’s hits being pinch hit singles, with Francisco knocking in a run.The Phils’ offense is still looking to do the following, with the All-Star Break just around the corner: getting key base hits, creating well sustained rallies and coming from behind to win late in games.

The Phils (43-40, 3rd NL East) start a four-game series with the Reds (49-37, 1st NL Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 4.70), who is coming off a complete game victory against the Pirates on July 3, as he gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on ten hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 12-4 rout. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched nineteen and one-third innings, giving up fifteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on twenty-four hits and four walks, while he struck out nine batters. He will be trying to continue the momentum from his last start, while hoping that the ‘bad’ Kendrick won’t make an appearance at some point in the game. The Reds will counter with Johnny Cueto (8-2, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cubs on July 3, as he pitched five innings, giving up just seven hits and five walks, while striking out two, in the Reds’ 3-1 lost. In his last three starts, he is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he pitched twenty innings, giving up just one run on twenty scattered hits and nine walks, while striking out only six. He will be going for his ninth win of the season, and his second win this season against the Phils. The Phils will be trying to win their first series since their home away from home series against the Blue Jays, while trying to keep from slipping any further behind the Braves in the East.

The Phils’ bullpen blew another game in extra-innings as the Phils fall to the Braves, 6-3.

Lack of offensive punch, and a bullpen implosion in the eleventh inning, leads to another lost as the Phils drop one to the Braves in eleven innings, 6-3. They are once again trailing the Braves by five games in the NL East.

The Braves took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Martin Prado and Omar Infante and a walk to Chipper Jones, which moved both Prado and Infante up a base, and with nobody out, Troy Glaus hits into a doubleplay, 4-3, allowing Prado to score from third, as Jones was wiped out at second, to give the Braves a 1-0 lead, while Infante moved up to third. The Phils took the lead in their half of the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, and then stole second base as Shane Victorino struck out, to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Braves tied the game up at two-all in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, David Ross hits an RBI single, knocking in Matt Diaz, who had just doubled. The Braves took the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Prado hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season, to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. The Phils came back to tie it up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI triple, just missing a home run, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked. The Phils then blew an opportunity to take the lead with a runner on third, and nobody out, as Jayson Werth is called out on strikes for the inning’s first out, then pinch hitter Ben Francisco hits a fly ball to center which is not deep enough to score Howard from third for the second out of the inning, and then Wilson Valdez grounded out, 5-3, on a sensational play by Jones, to end the inning. The Braves then took the lead for good in the eleventh as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Diaz hits an RBI double, scoring Yunel Escobar, who had earlier singled, to make it a 4-3 Braves’ lead. Three batters later, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Erick Hinske hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Diaz, to give the Braves a 6-3 lead. That would be the final score as Billy Wagner records his eighteen save of the year by getting Ibanez to strike out with a man on second base, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Jose Contreras pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits. J.C. Romero pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two. David Herndon took the lost as he pitches an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on two hits. His record is now 0-2 with a 4.08 ERA. Mike Zagurski pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out three. Jair Jurrjens also receives a no-decision, as he pitches six innings, plus two batters, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out four. Peter Moylan pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man whom he would face. Jonny Venters pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Takashi Saito and Eric O’Flaherty combined for two scoreless innings, striking out a batter between them (O’Flaherty). Jesse Chavez gets the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. His record is now 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA. Billy Wagner records his eighteenth save of the year as he also pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a two-run home run by Raul Ibanez, an RBI triple by Ryan Howard and a single by Shane Victorino. The Phils hurt themselves last night by not being more patient at the plate, after getting Jurrjens pitch count up to 28 pitches in the very first inning. This seems to be their major problem. Although they were called an American League team early in the season, they have a bad habit to not act like an AL team, i.e. show patient at the plate, and especially not swing at the pitcher’s junk. Of course, some of the key cogs in their hitting machine is out of commission, but that is still no excuse for the piss poor way they are playing right now. Guys, if you are going to try to run up the pitcher’s pitch count, stop swinging at the first and/or second pitch he throws at you. Wear him out. Sheesh. Is that too much to ask for?

The Phils (43-39, 3rd) will conclude their series with the Braves (49-35, 1st) 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 send to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-7, 4.13), who is coming off a lost against the Pirates on July 2, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. In his last three starts, he is 2-1, as he pitched twenty-one innings, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on thirteen hits and three walks, while he struck out twenty. He will be going for his tenth win of the season, hoping that the Phils’ bats will actually hit behind him. The Braves will counter with Kris Medlen (5-1, 3.01), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 2, as he pitched six and a third innings, giving up a run on six hits and a walk, while he struck out five, in the Braves’ 4-3 win. In his last three starts, he is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he pitched nineteen and one-third innings, giving up six runs, five of which were earned, on seventeen hits and four walks, while he struck out fifteen. He will be going for his sixth win of the year. The Phils will be going for the series win, to put themselves four games behind the Braves in the pennant chase.

Joe Blanton has another strong start but still ends up with the lost as the Phils lose to the Braves, 4-1.

Despite throwing his second straight strong outing since coming off the disable list, Joe Blanton takes the lost as the Phils’ offense is unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities as the Phils lost to the Braves, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Brian Schneider, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Joe Blanton’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Blanton, who had earlier singled, up to second base. Blanton then took control, stopping several Braves’ rallies, while not giving up a hit, until Braves’ starter Kris Medlen got a lead-off single in the fifth, while first Medlen, and then reliever Eric O’Flaherty, kept the Phils from getting any more runs. Then the Braves got back into the game in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Eric Hinske hits an RBI double, knocking in Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Brian McCann’s single, then went to third on Troy Glaus’ fly out to center, tying the game up at one-all, while sending McCann up to third. One batter later, the Braves took the lead on an RBI single by Melky Cabrera, scoring McCann, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead, while sending Hinske over to third. The Braves then made it 3-1 as Omar Infante hits a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Hinske, while Cabrera moved up to second. The Braves then added an insurance run in the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Glaus hits an RBI single, scoring Nate McLouth, who had earlier singled, went to second on Martin Prado’s sacrifice bunt, then moved up to third on Jones’ ground out, 4-3, giving the Braves a 4-1 lead, while sending McCann, who had just walked, up to second base. That would be the final score as Billy Wagner put the Phils’ down 1-2-3, to records his fourth save of the year.

Joe Blanton took the lose as he pitches six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. His record is now 0-2 with a 4.97 ERA. J.C. Romero, Chad Durbin and Jose Contreras combine for two scoreless innings, giving up only three walks (Romero (2), Contreras (1)), while striking out two batters (Romero and Chad one batter each). Danys Baez pitches an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Kris Medlen receives a no-decision as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up a run on nine hits, as he strikes out three. Eric O’Flaherty got the win as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 2.19. Craig Kimbrel records his first hold of the season as he goes a third of an inning, giving up two walks. Peter Moylan records his fifth hold of the year as he pitches one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up two walks. Jonny Venters records his first hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Takashi Saito records his second hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out two batters. Billy Wagner records his fourth save of the year as he throws a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits, all singles, in the game, unable to deliever a key hit to take an early commanding lead. Placido Polanco had three hits. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider, Carlos Ruiz and Joe Blanton had the other six hits, with Victorino knocking in the only Phil run.

The Phils (18-12, 1st) will conclude their series and the home stand with an afternoon game against the Braves (13-17, 5th). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-2, 4.42), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on May 4, when he went eight plus innings, giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-innings walk-off win. He will try to build on his two previous strong starts while trying for his third win of the season. The Braves will counter with Kenshin Kawakami (0-5, 5.47), who is coming off a lost against the Nationals on May 4, as he went only five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while he struck out one, in the Braves’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to gain his first win of the season. The Phils will be trying to end their good home stand on a high note before going on the road to face the Rockies in Denver.