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Hamels Gets Enough Support In Win

Phillies catcher Erik Kratz is greeted at the top of the dugout by manager Charlie Manuel (right) and Chase Utley (26) after Kratz’s solo home run in the top of the 2nd inning. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Brewers 3
WP – Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94)
LP – Mike Fiers (6-6, 2.90)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (27)

MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun’s two-out, two-run homer in the 8th inning pulled the Brewers to within one.

But it was not enough for a comeback as Jonathan Papelbon nailed down a four-out save to secure Cole Hamels’ 14th win of the season in the Phillies’ 4-3 win in Milwaukee.

Braun, who had six home runs against the Phillies this season, was electric in the loss. He went 3-for-4 with a two-run shot in the loss.

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Shot Through the Hart: 8th Inning Slam By Hart Leads Brewers Over Phillies

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen stands on second after his three-run double in the 5th inning. (Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

Brewers 7, Phillies 4
WP – Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06)
LP – Josh Lindlbom (2-3, 3.76)
SV – Jim Henderson (3)

MILWAUKEE — Cliff Lee was in line for the win.

Instead, he took a no-decision thanks to another late-game meltdown by the bullpen. Corey Hart’s grand slam off Josh Lindblom in the 8th gave the Brewers a come-back 7-4 win over the Phillies in Milwaukee.

It looked like the ball could have been caught by Domonic Brown, but the right fielder miss-judged the ball and it hit off the top of the wall next to his glove and went into the Phillies bull pen for the home run.

It all wasted a huge three-run double by Kevin Frandsen in the 5th inning.

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Phillies Score Four in the 9th to Comeback Against Brewers

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard gestures to the home crowd after his solo home run in the 1st inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Phillies 7, Brewers 6
WP – Joe Savery (1-2, 5.63)
LP – Francisco Rodriguez (2-5, 4.47)

PHILADELPHIA — There is some life left in this 2012 Phillies team and they showed it tonight.

Trailing 6-3 heading into the 9th, Ty Wigginton’s one-out sacrifice fly capped off a come-from-behind win for the Phillies, a 7-6 win in Philadelphia Monday night.

With the bases loaded and Erik Kratz pinch-running for Ryan Howard, Wigginton lined a shot to left fielder Ryan Braun. Kratz tagged and Braun’s throw wasn’t in time as Kratz belly-flopped on home plate.

This game was not a typical Roy Halladay start.

Instead, it resembled a start in which Halladay is still having shoulder problems. To the team, that isn’t a good thing.

With his velocity down and his pitch count up, Halladay was roughed up by the Milwaukee offense. Fortunately for Halladay the Phillies were able to climb out of the early hole that he left them in.

Halladay’s fastball was only topping out around 90 MPH, and he paid big time because of it. He lasted six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out only three.

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Series Preview: vs Milwaukee Brewers

PHI: 42-54, 5th in NL East; MIL: 44-50, 4th in NL Central

When: July 23-25
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.96) vs Randy Wolf (3-6, 5.60)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72) vs Zach Grienke (9-3, 3.57)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82) vs Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.10)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Phils interest in 3B Ramirez increasing

With the way things are progressing, this will be a running post on the Phils pursuit for Aramis Ramirez.

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Dec. 7

12:05 — Danny Knobbler of CBS sports tweeted the Phillies fell out of talks for Aramis Ramirez. “Phillies decided Aramis Ramirez not for them. Will keep Polanco and $$$ and keep trying to sign Rollins.”

Dec. 5

6:15 — Paul Kinzer, the agent for free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez, is scheduled to meet with the Phillies tonight. The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb has more.

Ramirez also is seeking a four-year deal.

2:00Buster Olney: “Phillies said to be very down on polanco because of injuries, lack of pop.”

12:48 — Ken Rosenthal just tweeted the Phillies are looking to move Placido Polanco to make room at third base for Aramis Ramirez.

ORIGINAL — The Phillies could be looking to upgrade the third base position for next season.

Marlins beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post tweeted that the Phillies are “strong players for Aramis Ramirez.”

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com just confirmed the Phils interest as well, calling this a back-up plan if the Phils can’t sign Jimmy Rollins.

Ramirez, 33, would be an immediate power upgrade. Last season for the Cubs, he hit .306 with 26 home runs and 93 RBIs. His .871 OPS last season was also almost .200 higher than Placido Polanco’s (.674).

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Who makes more sense: Rollins or Ramirez?

2012 could see short stop Jimmy Rollins in a new jersey. Phils GM Ruben Amaro has a lot of work to do if he doesn't want that to happen.

With the MLB Winter Meetings underway, the free agent market could be starting to take shape for the Phillies.

They have already added closer Jonathan Papelbon and strong bench players Laynce Nix, Ty Wigginton and Jim Thome.

But their biggest question mark has always been whether or not they will bring back Jimmy Rollins.

Yesterday Ruben Amaro Jr. met with Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano and the meeting reportedly didn’t go well. Rollins still maintains his position of wanting five years.

Talks between Rollins and the Phillies haven’t went well so far.

The way it looks, this is going to take a while. Rollins doesn’t have many suitors but he could want the Albert Pujols situation to be settled as the St. Louis Cardinals could be a potential landing spot if they don’t lock up Pujols.

It’s also pretty apparent that the Phillies don’t want to go any more than four years with J-Roll.

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Welcome to the Mini Mart

The Phils Chase Utley is gunned down at home in the 8th inning by Starlin Castro. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto blocked the plate. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Michael Martinez is turning into the 2011 version of Wilson Valdez.

Martinez’s two-out, two-run double in the top of the 9th gave the Phils a 4-2 lead and come-from-behind win over the Cubs Tuesday night. It was the second clutch hit for Martinez in the past week, slowly turning the groans to cheers in the Philadelphia crowd.

With two outs, Ben Francisco and Jimmy Rollins hit back-to-back singles before Martinez’s blooping double down the first base line. The ball got caught up in the Phillies bull pen, allowing Rollins to score from first base and add an extra run to the already go-ahead hit.

Before the 8th inning, it was Chicago’s game. They were hitting the cover off the ball all game but could only muster two runs in the 1st and none after. Reed Johnson, Starlin Castro, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena all had multi-hit games for the Cubs.

But, despite Utley and Martinez’s heroics, the night belonged to a certain young short stop for the Cubs.

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Series Preview: at Chicago Cubs

PHI: 59-35, 1st in NL East; CHI (N): 38-58, 5th in NL Central

When: July 18-20
Where: Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.45) vs Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 4.02)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.82) vs Matt Garza (4-7, 3.97)
Sunday: Vance Worley (5-1, 2.15) vs Ryan Dempster (7-6, 4.68)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 8:05, CSN
Saturday, 8:05, PHL 17
Sunday, 2:20, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Oswalt, Phils recover from rough first

Roy Oswalt struck out five in seven innings Sunday afternoon in Philly. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Roy Oswalt has become very hittable this season. But after a 1st inning that looked like it would lead to very a long day for the 33-year-old righty, Oswalt settled in beautifully.

Oswalt pitched seven innings and struck out five, snapping a six-game streak of four or less strike outsas the Phils overcame a three-run 1st by the Cubs to win, 4-3.

The three runs were the only runs Oswalt allowed in the game. He allowed only one hit and two walks in the remaining six innings to keep the team in it.

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Series Preview: vs Chicago Cubs

PHI: 37-25, 1st in NL East; CHI (N): 24-36, 5th in NL Central

When: June 9-12
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Kyle Kendrick (3-4, 3.78) vs Randy Wells (1-1, 5.74)
Friday: Roy Halladay (8-3, 2.56) vs Carlos Zambrano (5-2, 3.98)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (5-5, 3.92) vs Matt Garza (2-5, 4.07)
Sunday: Roy Oswalt (3-4, 3.05) vs Doug Davis (0-5, 6.38)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 7:05, CSN
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

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