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Phillies Probably Done Making Moves

The Phillies are still without their power-hitting corner outfielder and they are most likely going to leave it that way.

General manager Ruben Amaro said today that the Phillies are likely done making moves, especially in their search to add a corner outfielder. They will rely on Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, Darin Ruf, John Mayberry and Laynce Nix to handle the outfield duties barring any changes.

“There’s some risk in going with a possible double platoon or letting the guys we have battle it out for playing time,” Amaro said. “There are some advantages to that, as well. The best-man-wins type of scenario can be created and likely will be created in spring training. At the same time, a lot of these guys are not proven everyday major-league players. But that doesn’t mean they cannot become them.”

The Phillies failed to acquire B.J. Upton, Cody Ross, Nick Swisher and even Josh Hamilton this off season in their hunt for a power bat. They did acquire Revere from Minnesota in a move to give them youth as well as third baseman Michael Young from Texas.

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Phillies Snap Out of Funk; Beat Mets

Phillies SP Cliff Lee dominated the Mets through eight innings. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Phillies 3, Mets 1
WP – Cliff Lee (6-7, 3.27)
LP – R.A. Dickey (18-6, 2.67)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (35)

QUEENS, NY — Things were starting to get a little worrisome for the Phillies after dropping three games in Houston.

But they snapped out of it, and continued on their way to a historical comeback in the standings with an important 3-1 win over the Mets. The win brought the Phillies to 3.5 games back with the Cardinals having the day off.

Cliff Lee was dominant again, continuing back on his path to the dominant Lee of 2011. He went eight innings, allowing only a run on seven hits and a walk, striking out 10.

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Mayberry’s Three-RBI Night Paces Phils

Phillies 12, Astros 6
WP – Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06)
LP – Edgar Gonzalez (2-1, 4.40)

HOUSTON — A night after blowing a 4-0 lead, the Phillies made sure that they didn’t suffer a similar fate against the Astros this time around.

After the Astros cut the Phillies lead to 5-3 courtesy of a Matt Downs two-run home run, the offense showed up in a big way. The Phillies tacked on four insurance runs on their way to a 12-6 victory on Friday night.

John Mayberry Jr. led the charge as he went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Each Phillies starter minus Carlos Ruiz, had at least one hit.

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Bullpen Blows Lead; Phillies Winning Streak Snapped

Astros 6, Phillies 4
WP – Wesley Wright (1-2, 3.33)
LP – Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 3.00)
SV – Wilton Lopez (5)

HOUSTON — Throwing strikes killed the Phillies bullpen and their seven-game winning streak.

Phillippe Aumont and Jake Diekman looked bad in the 8th inning and Jed Lowries two-out, two-run double was the result of that. The double gave Houston a 5-4 lead en route to a 6-4 win over the Phillies Thursday night, snapping a seven-game winning streak.

After walking the tying run and hitting the go-ahead run in the 8th, Charlie Manuel pulled a gassed Aumont from his fifth appearance in five days. Diekman followed up by surrendering a two-run double to Jed Lowrie and RBI single by Brandon Barmes to make it a 6-4 game.

Erik Kratz got the Phillies offense going in the 2nd inning with his RBI double.

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Rollins Erases Error; Sparks Phillies 7th Straight Win

Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed an unearned run in seven innings for his 5th win of the season, a 3-1 win for the Phillies over the Marlins. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Phillies 3, Marlins 1
WP – Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36)
LP – Josh Johnson (8-12, 3.81)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (34)

PHILADELPHIA — The month of September has been kind to Jimmy Rollins, and in turn, it’s been kind to the Phillies.

The Fightins kept on fighting, battling against a seemingly unhittable Josh Johnson. They overcame an error-filled 6th inning, winning 3-1 Wednesday evening for their seventh straight win and second sweep in a row.

The hero was Rollins, who made an almost costly error earlier in the game that set up Miam’s only run. But he erased that error with a pair of hits, including a two-run homer in the 8th inning to lead the Phillies to another win and 3.5 games out of the Wild Card.

Cliff Lee was keeping pace with Johnson, who took a no-hitter into the 6th inning. But he ran into a bit of trouble in the 6th.

With one out, Donovan Solano hit a ball to Rollins, but the short stop misplayed it and Solano was safe. Jose Reyes followed up with a grounder to Lee, but a throwing error by the left-hander put two runners on with one out.

After getting Giancarlo Stanton to fly out for the second out, Carlos Lee hit an RBI single to give Miami a 1-0 lead.

Rollins, who made the error in the top half, led off the bottom of the 6th with the Phillies first hit, a grounder that got past a diving Carlos Lee. Rollins then scored on John Mayberry’s RBI single four batters later after moving to second on a bunt to tie the game up.

In the bottom of the 8th, Rollins hit a two-run homer off Johnson with no outs, giving Philadelphia the 3-1 lead and chasing the right-hander from the game.

As Rollins goes, the Phillies go, and Rollins has been hot in the month of September as well as the Phils. In 11 games, Rollins is hitting .326 (15-for-46) with two doubles, four homers, nine RBIs and eight runs scored.

HR: Rollins (19).

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Phillies Walk-Off Again vs Rockies

Phillies 2B Chase Utley scores on Ryan Howard’s two-run double in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Phillies 3, Rockies 2
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (5-6, 2.56)
LP – Matt Belisle (3-6, 3.08)

PHILADELPHIA — Late-inning drama has become the Phillies forte as of late, and it’s become a bit of a pest to the Rockies.

For the second time this series, the Rockies blew an early 2-0 lead, only to be walked-off, and again the final score being 3-2 in favor of the Fightins.

Rockies catcher Wilton Rosario had a problem handling pitches all day and it hurt the Rockies in the end.

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Phillies Cloyd, Aumont Earn First Win, Save; Beat Reds

Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd allows a run on four hits while striking out nine for his first Major League win against the Reds. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

Phillies 4, Reds 2
WP – Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 2.77)
LP – Johnny Cueto (18-6, 2.58)
SV – Phillippe Aumont (1)

CINCINNATI — It was an afternoon of firsts for a pair of young Phillies right-handers.

Tyler Cloyd never would have guessed his first Major League win would come on the road against the best team in the National League while being opposed by a Cy Young candidate.

But Cloyd did it anyway, besting the Reds offense and Johnny Cueto on a cloudy Monday afternoon in Cincinnati. Then Phillippe Aumont came in to pitch the 9th, earning Cloyd his first Major League win to go along with Aumont’s first Major League save in the Phillies 4-2 win over the Reds.

Cloyd settled down nicely after allowing a 2nd-inning solo home run to Ryan Ludwick. He pitched seven innings, striking out nine while allowing only a run on four hits.

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Lee cruises in Phillies win

Phillies 5, Braves 1
WP – Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52)
LP – Tim Hudson (13-5, 3.76)

ATLANTA —  Cliff Lee has shown glimpses of the pitcher he once was throughout this season.

Lee pitched his third consecutive gem as he struck out five in a 5-1 Phillies win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon.

The Phillies southpaw tossed seven scoreless innings against his division rivals. He surrendered five hits and only walked one batter. He would have gone out for the 8th but a sore hamstring hindered that.

The Phillies got the scoring started in the first inning when John Mayberry Jr. stroked an RBI single off Tim Hudson to plate Juan Pierre. It was Mayberry’s fourth RBI in the last two games.

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Phillies Take Second Straight From Nationals

Phillies OF John Mayberry hits an RBI single in the 1st inning. He drove in three runs on the night. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Nationals 2
WP – Roy Halladay (8-7, 3.88)
LP – Gio Gonzalez (16-7, 3.28)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (29)

PHILADELPHIA — Only twice have the Nationals dropped a series after the All-Star break and twice did it come at the hands of the Phillies.

Playing for pride and the up-hill climb out of the cellar and sub-.500 baseball, the Phillies beat the Nationals for a second straight time to win their second series in a row, a 4-2 win.

The win came at the hands of another brilliant outing by Roy Halladay.

Doc was masterful, holding Washington to only two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six. He threw 105 pitches, an astounding 86 of them for strikes.

The Phillies got to Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez right away in the 1st inning.

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Yayberry: Mayberry Jr Walks It Off In the 11th

Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr. hits a walk-off RBI single to left field in the Phillies 4-3 win over the Reds in 11 innings. (Photo by John Russo)

By Chris Bengel and John Russo

Phillies 4, Reds 3 (11 innings)
WP – Raul Valdes (3-2, 3.14)
LP – Alfredo Simon (2-2, 2.49)

PHILADELPHIA — Three times were a charm for the Phillies.

After failing to bring home the winning run in the 9th and 10th innings with runners in scoring positon, the Phillies sealed the deal in the 11th inning. With the bases loaded, John Mayberry Jr. hit a grounder in the gap between short stop and third to win the game for the Phillies, 4-3.

The RBI single finished off four unanswered runs that enabled the Phillies to  make the come-from-behind win.

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