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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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Hamels Extends Shut Out Streak; Blanks Marlins

Phillies SP Cole Hamels pitched his second straight complete game shut out, expanding his streak to 22 innings. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Phillies 4, Marlins 0
WP – Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.91)
LP – Nathan Eovaldi (3-8, 4.28)

MIAMI — Cole Hamels is in a zone.

The Phillies left-hander, who is still fresh off inking a six-year extension, showed his worth in another shut out performance in a 4-0 win over the Marlins.

Hamels was nearly unhittable, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out five. He threw 113 pitches, an astounding 85 for strikes. He expanded his shut out streak to 22 innings.

Hamels kept the Marlins hitters at bay, who didn’t have an answer for the Phillies offense tonight.

An RBI double by Chase Utley got things rolling in the 3rd inning. Juan Pierre scored later in the inning on an error by Miami third baseman Greg Dobbs to make it 2-0.

The Phils scored twice more in the game. In the 4th, Pierre hit an RBI triple to make it 3-0 and then Erik Kratz’s sacrifice fly in the 7th made it a 4-0 game.

2B: Utley (5), Mayberry (17). 3B: Pierre (5).

Boxscore.

Pierre Legs Out Infield Single For 11th Inning Walk Off Win

Phillies LF Juan Pierre celebrates beating out an infield single in the 11th inning that drove home Jimmy Rollins to win the game for the Phillies, 7-8, against the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 8, Cardinals 7 (11 innings)
WP – Jeremy Horst (1-0, 1.13)
LP – Barret Browning (0-2, 4.24)

PHILADELPHIA — “You can’t teach speed” was the call by Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy.

Juan Pierre used his speed to leg out an infield single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Phillies an 8-7 win. It capped a four unanswered runs as the Phillies overcame a 7-4 deficit created in the 8th.

Jon Jay’s two-run double broke the 4-4 tie in the 8th inning, and it was followed up by an RBI from Matt Carpenter to make it 7-4. But like most of the game, when the Cardinals did something, the Phillies repsonded.

It was Erik Kratz who hit a three-run homer to tie the game up, 7-7, eventually sending it to extra innings. That enabled Pierre’s walk-off infield single in the 11th to win the game for the Phillies.

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Schierholtz, Kratz Auditioning for 2013 Jobs

Phillies C Erik Kratz (left) and OF Nate Schierholtz (right) are among the players hoping to crack the 2013 Phillies.

With this season lost in the standings, the Phillies have nothing to lose in seeing what they have for next year.

The Phillies front office has many decisions to make concerning the 2013 season, and a handful of players currently on the roster are looking to be a part of next year’s rebuilt team.

Newly-acquired outfielder Nate Schierholtz and late-blooming catcher Erik Kratz are two guys that the team is looking at to fill roster positions for next year.

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Hamels, Phillies Shut Out Braves

Phillies SP Cole Hamels dominated the Braves for his first complete game shutout of the season. He allowed only five hits and struck out six to improve to 12-6 on the year. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Phillies 3, Braves 0
WP – Cole Hamels (12-6, 3.14)
LP – Mike Minor (6-8, 4.95)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies scored three runs in the 1st inning, which is all the run support Cole Hamels would get and need.

Hamels pitched his first shutout of the season in the Phillies 3-0 win over the Braves, snapping a four-game losing streak to Atlanta.

Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown led off the bottom of the 1st with back-to-back doubles to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer to left center to give the Phillies the 3-0 lead.

It enabled Hamels to coast the rest of the game, throwing 78 of his 111 pitches for strikes. Hamels allowed only five hits all game, striking out six to improve to 12-6 on the season.

Phillies catcher Erik Kratz stayed hot, going 2-for-3 with a double in the win.

2B: Rollins (24), Brown (2), Kratz (5). HR: Howard (5).

Boxscore.

Phillies Climb Out of Cellar With Howard Walk-Off

Phillies 5, Diamondbacks 4
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-4, 3.00)
LP – Josh Colmentor (4-3, 4.23)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are in first place in the NL East.

A Ryan Howard RBI single drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th, giving the Phillies a comeback 5-4 walk-off win.

Juan Pierre led off the 9th inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Laynce Nix pinch-hit, dropping a single in front of right fielder Justin Upton to put runners on the corners.

After walking Chase Utley to load the bases, Howard ripped a line drive into right to win the game.

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Kratz Steps Up In Ruiz’s Absence; Phillies Win

Phillies catcher Erik Kratz crosses home after his solo homer in the 3rd inning. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Phillies 3, Diamondbacks 0
WP – Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02)
LP – Joe Saunders (6-7, 3.57)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (24)

PHILADELPHIA — Bad news soured an already bad season for the Phillies earlier today when they learned All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz would be out until the middle of September with plantar fasciitis.

32-year-old Erik Kratz filled in the role just nicely, driving in two Phillies runs in a 3-0 win over Arizona Saturday night. It was another good showing from Kratz, who is playing for a potential back-up catcher spot for next season.

A Kratz solo home run in the 3rd inning was the game’s first run. It was the 4th homer on the season for Kratz, who has been up and down with the Phillies all season.

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Game 104: New Faces

Schierholtz

WASHINGTON — If you’re looking at tonight’s lineup for the Phillies in Washington, there will be a handful of unfamiliar names.

Kevin Frandsen has been hitting well in his short time up with the Phillies while Erik Kratz is in tonight’s lineup to spell Carlos Ruiz.

Then there is the outfield.

Domonic Brown is making his first start of the 2012 season after getting a pinch-hit single last night. Nate Schierholtz, who was a part of the deal that sent Hunter Pence to the Giants, will make his Phillies debut tonight in right field.

Brown will bat in the six-spot behind John Mayberry and Schierholtz will bat second between Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.

The rest of the lineup looks normal.

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IronPigs, R-Phils Shuffle Includes Sanches, Valle

ALLENTOWN, PA — The Phillies weren’t the only team in their organization that did a little bit of shuffling at the trade deadline.

With the addition of some prospects, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Phillies moved some guys around to make room for the return the Phillies got for Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.

C Sebastian Valle in 2009. (Crosscutters/Dick Hostrander)

Right-hander Brian Sanches was released, ending his second stint with the Phillies.

Sanches, 33, was 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA (39.2IP, 15R/11ER) in 25 games this season with the IronPigs. With the Phillies, Sanches was 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA in 6 1/3 innings.

The Pigs also reassigned right-handed pitcher Justin Friend to Reading.

Last night, the Phillies sold Pigs catcher Tuffy Gosewhisch to Toronto for cash. The Phillies also reassigned LHP Jake Diekman and Joe Savery back to Lehigh.

The R-Phils promoted two players to Lehigh. They were catcher Sebastian Valle and infielder Cesar Hernandez.

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