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The Phils win their first home opener since 2005 as the come from behind to defeat the Nats, 7-4, increasing their winning streak to four games.

The Phils win their first home opener since 2005 as they increase their winning streak to four games by coming from behind to defeat the Nationals, 7-5.

The Nationals took the lead in the second as, with nobody out, Josh Willingham hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats would then extend their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ivan Rodriguez hits an RBI single, scoring Cristian Guzman, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second when Adam Dunn was hit by the pitch, making it 2-0 Nats, while sending Dunn, who had been hit by a pitch, up to second base. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, thanks to a walk to Adam Kennedy, moving Rodriguez over to second base, and still with two men out, Nats’ starter Jason Marquis helped his own cause by hitting a two-run double, knocking in both Dunn and Rodriguez, giving the Nats a 4-0 lead, while sending Kennedy over to third. The Phils would start their comeback in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled and had moved up to second on a Chase Utley walk, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 4-1, while Utley, who had just walked, moved up to third. Jayson Werth then followed by hitting into an RBI force out, 5-4, wiping out Howard at second base, while Utley scored, making it a 4-2 Nats’ lead. The Phils would strike again in the fifth as, with two men on base, and with one men out, Juan Castro, who was starting the game in place of the injured Jimmy Rollins, hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second base on a force attempt throwing error on Cole Hamels’ bunt attempt, making it 4-3 Nats, while sending Hamels, who had reached first base on Rodriguez’s throwing error, over to third. Polanco then gives the Phils the lead with a two-run single, scoring both Hamels and Castro, making it 5-4 Phils. Utley then makes it a 7-5 Phils’ lead with a two-run shot off the foul pole, his second home run of the season. That would end up being the final score as the bullpen would come in to pitch three and a third-innings of shut out ball, with Ryan Madson recording his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Cole Hamels gets the win as he has another so-so performance as he pitches five and two-third innings, giving up four runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. His record is now 2-0 with a high ERA of 5.06. Chad Durbin records his third hold as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Jose Contreras records his first hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Danys Baez records his second hold of the season as he pitches a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Ryan Madson records his second save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out a batter. Jason Marquis took the lost as he pitches only four and a third innings, giving up seven runs, only six of which were earned, on six hits and two walks, while striking out one. His record is now 0-2 with an ERA of 12.96. Jesse English, Tyler Walker, Sean Burnett and Miguel Batista would combine for three and two-thirds shut out innings, giving up just two hits (English (1), Burnett (1)) and one walk (Batista), while striking out two Phils (English (1), Batista (1)).

The Phils had only eight hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with two hits each, with Polanco’s two hits being singles, as he knocked in two runs, while Howard’s hits were a single and a double, knocking in a run. Juan Castro, who was in the game because Jimmy Rollins had hurt himself before the start of the game, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz all followed with a hit each, with Castro’s hit being a double, knocking in a run, while Utley’s hit was a two-run home run off of the foul pole. Werth knocked in the Phils’ other run on a force out, before getting a single, after which he took himself out of the game because of a sore left hip.

The Phils (6-1, 1st) will continue their three games series with the Nats (3-4, 4th) with a night game Wednesday night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 11.25), who is coming off a bad outing a week ago against these same Nats, as he received a no-decision on April 8, going only four innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 6-5 lost. He will be trying to redeem himself tomorrow night. The Nats’ will counter with Craig Stammen (0-0, 7.20), who also received a no-decision on April 8, as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on nine hits, while striking out one, in the Nats’ 6-5 win. He will be trying for his first win of the season. The Phils hope to make it five wins in a row while continuing their hot hitting, although now with Rollins and Werth being injured.

Four home runs help lead to the Phils victory over the Braves, 9-4. Magic number drops down to eight.

Two home run blasts by Ryan Howard and a pair of homers by Jimmy Rollins and Ben Francisco help lead the Phils to a 9-4 victory over the Braves. The Phils’ magic number over both the Braves and the Marlins is now at eight.

The Braves tried to take an early lead in the second with a runner on second and with two men out, as Tim Hudson hits a single to left field. Matt Diaz, who had earlier doubled, rounded third, attempting to score, as Raul Ibanez threw a strike to home plate. Carlos Ruiz, who was blocking home plate, grabbed the ball and held on to it as he tagged out Diaz, keeping the score at 0-0. Ruiz would leave the game later with a sprained wrist. The Braves then took a 1-0 lead in the third as, with one man out, Martin Prado hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the season. The Phils then took the lead in the fourth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run bomb, his thirty-ninth home run of the year, knocking in Ben Francisco, who had earlier singled, making it 2-1 Phils. The Phils then increased their lead in the sixth as, with two men out, Howard hits a solo shot, his fortieth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Jimmy Rollins, a single by Chase Utley, which sent Rollins to third, a steal of second base by Utley, and then Howard being hit by the pitch, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a two-run single, knocking in both Rollins and Utley, making it 5-1 Phils, while sending Howard on to second. The Braves cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the eighth as, with a man on base and with two men out, Brian McCann hits a two-run home run of his own, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in Prado, who had earlier singled, making it a 5-3 Phils lead. The Phils then broke the game wide open in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one out, Rollins hits a three-run home run, his nineteenth home run of the year, knocking in Paul Bako and pinch hitter Matt Stairs, who had both walked, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead. The next batter, Francisco, then hits a home run of his own, his fifteenth home run of the season, making it 9-3 Phils. In the Braves’ half of the ninth, with a runner on second and with one man out, Adam LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Garret Anderson, who had earlier doubled, making it a 9-4 Phils’ lead. But that would be the final score as Chad Durbin got Nate McLouth to fly out to left for the final out.

J.A. Happ received a no-decision as he pitched just three innings, taken out as an injury precaution, giving up only a run on five hits, while striking out one. Kyle Kendrick got the win as he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up three hits. His record is now 2-1 with an ERA of 2.70. Tyler Walker pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Madson collected his twenty-fourth hold as he got out the only batter he would face. Chad Durbin pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Tim Hudson took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. His record is now 1-1 with a 3.70 ERA. Kris Medlen pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Boone Logan pitched to one batter, hitting him. Manny Acosta pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Vladimir Nunez pitched an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Ben Francisco and Jayson Werth both leading the way with three hits each, with Francisco hitting a double and a solo home run, while one of Werth’s hits knocked in two runs. Ryan Howard followed with two hits, both home runs, which knocked in three runs. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley had the other two Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ being a three-run home run. The Phils’ offense appear to be now out of its slump, as the end of the regular season comes closer.

The Phils (86-60, 1st) continue their three-games visit with the Braves (78-69, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played tonight at Turner Field and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Pedro Martinez (5-0, 2.87), who is coming off a win against the Mets in the second game of a doubleheader sweep on September 13, as he pitched eight shut out innings, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 1-0 win. The Braves will counter with Javier Vazquez (13-9, 3.01), who is coming off a complete game win against the Cardinals on September 13, as he gave up only two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight, in the Braves’ 9-2 win. The Phils will be trying for the series win tonight, while at the same time trying to lower their winning number even more.

Cole Hamels appear to have returned to form as he help pitch the Phils to a sweep of the Nationals, 4-2.

Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits as he help led the Phils to a three-game sweep of the Nationals, 4-2. The Phils now have a seven and a half games lead over the now second place Braves, while their magic number have now dropped to 10.

The game started as a pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, who was working on a perfect game through the first five innings, striking out four, and Nationals’ starters Ross Detwiler, who was able to keep the Phils’ off the board for four innings, while giving up three hits and hitting a batter, while striking out four. The Phils then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two outs, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second on a Carlos Ruiz ground out, 1-3, to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, and a single to Ben Francisco, moving both Howard and Werth up a base, and with two man out, Ruiz received an RBI walk, forcing in Howard, and making it a 2-0 Phils’ lead, while moving Werth on to third and Francisco to second. The next batter, Hamels, then helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Werth, making it 3-0 Phils, while sending Francisco to third and Ruiz to second. The Nats’ would end the shut out in the seventh, an inning after Mike Morse had broken up Hamels’ no-hit bid with a lead-off single, as, with two men on, and with one man out, Elijah Dukes hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Zimmerman, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Josh Willingham’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Willingham, who had earlier singled, to second base. The Phils would get the run back in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, as Werth batted, Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, had moved up to second on a wild pitch, and then moved over to third on a Howard ground out, 4-3, would score on the second wild pitch of the inning, making it 4-1 Phils. The Nats would make it 4-2 Phils in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Ian Desmond hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Dukes, who had earlier tripled. But, that would be it as Brad Lidge would record his thirtieth save of the year by getting pinch hitter Willie Harris to fly out to center for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels got the win as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out ten. His record is now 10-9 with a 4.07 ERA. Brad Lidge recorded his thirtieth save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Ross Detwiler took the lost, as he went five innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six. Tyler Clippard pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and three walks. Saul Rivera pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Ron Villone pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a walk and a wild pitch, while he struck out a batter. Logan Kensing pitched two-thirds of an inning, throwing a wild pitch. Marco Estrado pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phillies had just six hits in the game, but getting them when they counted. Jimmy Rollins lead the way with two hits, including an RBI double, raising his average back up to .247. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco and Cole Hamels had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles, with Hamels’ single knocking in a run. Carlos Ruiz scored a Phil run with a bases loaded walk, while the other run (Utley) scored on a wild pitch. The Phils are now riding a five game winning streak, with starting pitching giving up very few, if any runs, while the Phils’ offense has been able to be a bit more productive at the plate with runners in scoring position.

The Phillies (85-60, 1st) begin a ten-games road trip with a three-games series with the Braves (78-68, 2nd), starting tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 7:30 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be J.A. Happ (10-4, 2.77), who will be making his first start since September 2, when he lost to the Giants, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-0 lost. He will be trying to make his start since he had strained his intercostal muscle while taking batting practice in Houston. The Braves will send to the mound Tim Hudson (1-0, 3.63), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on September 12, when he went five innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, as he struck out one, in the Braves’ 7-6 win. He will be trying to keep the Braves’ slim pennant hopes alive. The Phils are entering their final road trip of the season, with a chance to all but kill the pennant chances of both the Braves this weekend and the Marlins early next week.

A ninth inning solo blast by Ryan Howard help propel the Phils into a win over the Braves, 3-2.

A ninth inning blast off of the bat of Ryan Howard help to propel the Phils to a late inning win over the Braves, 3-2. Their present winning streak is up to four games, while they still lead the Marlins by four and a half games as they increased their lead over Atlanta to six games.

The Braves took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning as, with a runner on base and with one out, Chipper Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Nate McLouth, who had earlier doubled, and had gone on to third on Martin Prado’s ground out, 6-3. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on base, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits a two-run bomb, his twenty-fourth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Braves then tied the game up at two-all in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on base, and with two men out, Ryan Church hits a RBI double, knocking in Yunel Escobar, who had earlier reached base on a Pedro Feliz fielding error. The score would remain tied at 2-2 until the top of the ninth when, with the count 2-1, Ryan Howard hits a slider into center field to give the Phils the 3-2 lead. That would remain the final score as Brad Lidge was able to nail down his twenty-second save of the season, despite giving up a single to Adam LaRoche and a walk to pinch hitter Greg Norton, with two out, as he got McLouth to fly out to left for the final out.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up only two runs on seven hits and a walk, while he struck out two. Ryan Madson got the win as he pitched a quick 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.02 ERA. Brad Lidge recorded his twenty-second save of the season, as he gave up just one hit and a walk, while striking out one. Jair Jurrjens also got a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, as he struck out six. Mike Gonzalez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit. Rafael Soriano took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out the side. His record is now 1-4 with an ERA of 2.55.

The Phils had only seven hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits, both singles, as he raised his batting average to .262. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and pinch hitter Ben Francisco followed with one hit apiece, with Rollins and Francisco’s hits being doubles, while Utley’s hit was a two-run home run and Howard’s hit was a solo home run. The Phils have so far won each of their games on the present road trip, in fact winning two very close games. They hope to continue to build on their lead over both the Braves and the rest of the NL East.

The Phillies (65-48, 1st) continue their three-games series with the Braves (60-55, 3rd) with an afternoon game that is being televised nationally by Fox Sports. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 4 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (7-7, 4.77), who is coming off of a lost on August 8 to the Marlins, as he gave up four runs on five hits and four walks, as he struck out four in five and one-third innings of work in the Phils’ 6-4 lost. He will be trying to rebound from his last few bad outings. The Braves will counter with Kenshin Kawakami (5-9, 4.12), who is coming off a no-decision on August 8 against the Dodgers, where he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Braves’ 2-1 win. He will be trying to shut down the Phils again, like he did during his previous start against them in May. The Phils will be trying to build on their lead in the NL East, while attempting to bury the Braves deep in third place.

Werth’s three-run blast in extra-innings put the Phils over .500 at home while extending their winning to ten games.

Jayson Werth’s walk-off three-run home run extends the Phils’ winning streak to ten games while getting the team above the .500 mark at home, as the Phils defeat the Cubs in extra-innings, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as Jimmy Rollins hits a lead-off home run, his eighth home run of the year, making it a 1-0 Phils’ lead. The Cubs would tie the game up in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and two men out, Kosuke Fukudome hits an RBI double, knocking in Ryan Theriot, who had earlier singled. The game then developed into a long pitchers’ duel, first between the starters, Joe Blanton and Rich Harden for seven innings, with Blanton only giving up five hits, as he struck out five, while Harden only gave up four hits and two walks, as he struck out six, then the bullpens, with the Phils’ bullpen giving up no hits or walks, while striking out six Cubs for six innings, while the Cubs’ bullpen kept the Phils off the scoreboard for five and two-thirds innings, giving up one hit and three walks, while striking out six Phils before the bottom of the thirteenth inning. In the thirteenth, Jeff Samardzija began his second inning of work for the Cubs. Shane Victorino started the inning off for the Phils by flying out to left for out number one. Chase Utley followed by flying out to center for the second out. Ryan Howard than took a four pitch walk, putting a runner on first, with two outs. Raul Ibanez then followed by working a walk, putting runners on first and second, as Howard moved up to second base, putting the winning run in scoring position for the second time in the last three innings. Jayson Werth came up to the plate, and with the count one and one, he hits a changeup into the left field seats for a walk-off three-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, scoring Howard and Werth before him, and giving the Phils a 4-1 win.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he went seven strong innings, giving up just one run on five hit, while he struck out four. Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge and Chan Ho Park combined for five 1-2-3 innings, as they struck out six Cubs (Madson (1), Park (5)). Clay Condrey got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. His record is now 6-2 with a 3.50 ERA. Rick Harden also received a no-decision, as he also pitched seven strong innnings, giving up only one run on four hits and two walks, while he struck out six. Carlos Marmol, Angel Guzman, Sean Marshall and Aaron Heilman combined for four innings of shut out ball, giving up only one hit (Marmol) and three walks (Marmol, Marshall and Heilman one walk each), while striking out six (Marmol (4), Marshall (1), Heilman (1)). Jeff Samardzija took the lost as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on one hit and two walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA.

The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth leading the way with two hits a piece, with one of Rollins’ hits being a solo home run, while one of Werth’s hits was the gaming winning three-run home run. Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz had the other two hits, both singles. The victory give the Phils a seven games winning streak at home, a winning record at home for the first time this year, their fourth straight series win at home, their fifth straight series win, and their tenth win in a row.

The Phillies (53-38, 1st National League East) will conclude their three-games series with the Cubs (47-45, 2nd-T National League Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils are sending to the mound Jamie Moyer (9-6, 5.58), who is coming off a gem against the Marlins on July 16, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up no runs on one hit and a walk, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 4-0 win. He will be going for win number ten on the season. The Cubs will counter with Carlos Zambrano (6-4, 3.36), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 17, as he went five innings, giving up no runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out six in the Cubs’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to keep the Cubs from being swept. The Phils will be going for their eleventh win in a row, and their eighth straight win at home, while trying to once again add to their lead in the NL East.

The Phils extend their winning streak to nine games as they club the Cubs, 10-1.

The Phils continue their recent winning ways at home, as they crush the Cubs, 10-1, increasing their winning streak at home to six games and their overall winning streak to nine. They are now a .500 team (23-23) at home.

The Phils took an early lead in the first as, with two men on, and two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Shane Victorino’s double, and Victorino, who had earlier doubled, making it 3-0 Phils. The Phils increased their lead in the second as, with one man on, and nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had just walked, making it 5-0 Phils. The Phils would then bust it wide open in the fourth. With two men on, and nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Feliz’s single, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead, and sending Feliz, who had earlier singled, to third. Two batters later, now with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Feliz, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while Ruiz would move up to third. It would become 8-0 Phils as Cubs’ left fielder Alfonso Soriano committed a fielding error on Victorino’s fly ball, allowing Ruiz to score, while Victorino was safe at second on the two-base error. Chase Utley would make it 9-0 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Victorino, before he would be tagged out at second base when he tried to move up to second on the throw, 9-3. The Cubs would get a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Ryan Theriot hits an RBI single, scoring Andres Blanco, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Kosuke Fukudome’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 9-1 Phils’ lead. Other than that, Phils’ starter Rodrigo Lopez had an easy six innings, as he gave up only one run on five hits and three walks, before handing the ball over to Chad Durbin in the seventh. In the eighth, Ryan Howard made it 10-1 Phils with a lead-off home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year. Durbin then proceeded to end the game by pitching a scoreless ninth inning as he got Koyie Hill to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out at second Soriano, who had earlier singled, to record his first save of the year.

Rodrigo Lopez got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits and three walks, as he struck out five. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 2.60. Chad Durbin pitched three scoreless inning, giving up only a hit, while striking out two, as he recorded his first save of the year. Ted Lilly took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up nine runs, only seven of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.59 ERA. Jeff Stevens and Aaron Heilman together pitched three scoreless innings, while striking out two batters (one strikeout apiece). Angel Guzman pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit while striking out two.

The Phils collected nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz leading the way with two hits a piece, with one of Victorino’s hits being a double, while Ruiz’s two hits were a double and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz had the other five Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a three-run home run, and Howard’s being a solo shot. Besides Ibanez and Ruiz’s three RBIs and Howard’s one, Rollins and Utley both knocked in a run, with Rollins’ being on a sac fly. The Phils have now even their record at home as they have won ten of their last eleven home games and thirteen of their last fourteen overall, since being swept by the Braves. They will be trying to make it ten wins in a row tonight.

The Phillies (52-38, 1st National League East) will continue their three-games set with the Cubs (47-44, 2nd National League Central) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44) who last start, on July 18 against the Marlins, was cancelled due to rain after he had given up two runs in the first inning. He will once again be going for his seventh win of the season. The Cubs will counter with Rich Harden (6-6, 5.06), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 16, when he went six innings, giving up no runs on three hits, while striking out seven, in the Cubs 6-2 win. He will be trying for his seventh win as well, while hoping that he will be able to stop the presently hot Phillies’ offense. The Phils will be going for their tenth win in a row tonight, while trying to further increase their lead in the NL East.

Happ wins his seventh game as the Phils increased their lead over the Marlins to seven games as the Phils win a shutout, 5-0.

J.A. Happ once again pitch seven strong innings, as he and the bullpen shut down the fish once again as the Phils defeat the Marlins, 5-0. The win increase the Phils lead to seven games in the NL East, while they increase their winning streak to a season high eight games.

The game would start with a very wild first inning. Jimmy Rollins lead off the game with a triple. But, with Shane Victorino batting, and with the infield back, except at third base, Rollins made a mistake by running towards home on Victorino’s grounder, as the ball went to the Marlins’ third baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who then threw home, where Rollins is tagged out by the catcher for the first out of the inning, 5-2, while Victorino would be safe at first on the fielder’s choice. Victorino would then go to second on Braves’ starter Andrew Miller’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt. After Chase Utley flied out to center for the inning’s second out, first Raul Ibanez and then Jayson Werth walked, loading the bases, with two men out. But Pedro Feliz would end the inning by hitting into a force out, 6-5, rubbing out Werth at second base. The Marlins, after dodging the bullet, tried to take the lead in their half of the first. Bonifacio lead off the inning with a double. Jeremy Hermida was then hit by the pitch, putting two men on, with nobody out. Hanley Ramirez then flied out to center for the inning’s first out, as Bonifacio tagged up and moved to third base, putting runners on the corners. Jorge Cantu then flied out to short right field for the second out of the inning, with Bonifacio deciding not to test Werth’s arm. The next batter, Dan Uggla, then ended the inning by grounding out, 6-3, for the final out, leaving it a 0-0 game. The Phils then took the lead in the second, as, with the bases loaded via an infield single to Phils’ starter J.A. Happ, a single to Rollins and an infield single to Victorino, and two men out, Utley is hit by the pitch, forcing in Happ, and giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, as both Rollins and Victorino moved up a base. The next batter, Ibanez, followed with a two-run double, knocking in both Rollins and Victorino, making it a 3-0 Phils lead, while sending Utley to third. The Phils would increase their lead in the third as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, and had moved up to second on Happ’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 4-0 Phillies’ lead. Happ would then keep the Marlins at bay, before running into trouble in the sixth, as the Marlins loaded up the bases on singles by Cantu and Uggla, and a fielding error by Feliz on a Cody Ross ground ball, with nobody out. But Happ soon got himself out of the inning. First, he got Phillies’ killer Ronny Paulino to pop out to shortstop, 6-unassisted, under the Infield Fly Rule for the first out of the inning. He then struck out Brett Carroll swinging for the second out, and then got pinch hitter Wes Helms to strike out looking to end the threat, keeping it a 4-0 Phils’ lead. The Phils would then add to their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded again, via an Utley single, a walk to Ibanez and a walk to Feliz, which would move pinch runner John Mayberry, Junior, up to second base, while Utley went to third, and two men out, Utley would score on a wild pitch that would hit Paulino’s shin guard and go up the third base line, making it a 5-0 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge would combine for a scoreless ninth inning.

J.A. Happ got the win as he pitched seven shut out innings, giving up five hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 7-0 with an ERA of 2.68. Ryan Madson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out one. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, collecting his sixth hold as he got out the only man he would face. Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge would combine for one scoreless inning, giving up only one hit (Eyre). Andrew Miller took the lost as he pitched just two and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks. His record is now 3-5 with a 4.81 ERA. Brian Sanches, Burke Badenhop, Luis Ayala and Renyel Pinto would combine for five and a third scoreless innings of relief, giving up only one hit (Sanches) and two walks (Badenhop, Pinto), while striking out seven (Sanches (3), Badenhop (3), Ayala (1)). Dan Meyer pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Brendan Donnelly pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two walks and a wild pitch.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins leading the way with three hits, a single, a double and a triple, just one hit shy of hitting the cycle, while knocking in a run as he raised his batting average up to .236. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth and J.A. Happ had the other five hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a two-run double. Besides Ibanez’s two RBIs and Rollins’ one RBI, Utley knocked in the Phils’ other RBI. The offense seems to be doing everything right now, while starting pitching, outside of the team’s ace Cole Hamels, seems to be now throwing quality starts, thus giving the bullpen some much needed rest, as the trading deadline draws near.

The Phillies (51-38, 1st National League East) start a three-games home stand with the Cubs (47-43, 2nd National League Central). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will begin tonight at 7:05 pm. The Phils’ starter will be Rodrigo Lopez (1-0, 3.18), who is coming off a no-decision against the Reds on July 8, as he left the game because of injuries, as he gave up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out four, in five innings of work, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his second win of the season since returning to the majors. The Cubbies will counter with Ted Lilly (9-6, 3.18), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on July 11, when he went eight strong innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Cubs’ 5-2 win. He will be trying for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to show that they can continue their present winning ways at home, while improving their record against Central Division teams.