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Rosenberg Yields Four in 10th; Phillies Lose

Mets 9 , Phillies 5 (10 innings)
WP – Bobby Parnell (4-3, 3.02)
LP – BJ Rosenberg (0-2, 12.66)

PHILADELPHIA — Extra innings have not been kind to BJ Rosenberg.

The Phillies reliever gave up four runs in the 10th inning including a two-run home run by catcher Kelly Shoppach to give the Mets a 9-5 win.

Shoppach also hit the RBI double off Antonio Bastardo that tied the game at 5 in the 9th inning.

After getting solid production from Raul Valdes and Josh Lindblom, the Phillies bullpen imploded.

Bastardo and Rosenberg struggled mightily in the late innings.

At one point, the Phillies led the game 4-1.

Despite falling behind 1-0 in the 1st inning, the Phillies bounced back in the bottom half of the stanza. Chris Young had a rocky inning in which he walked Jimmy Rollins and Utley and hit Kevin Frandsen with a pitch.

Then on a 1-2 count to Ryan Howard, Howard blasted a Young offering into the right centerfield seats to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead.

However in the middle innings, the Mets answered the rally.

Rightfielder Mike Baxter connected on a two-run home run off starter Vance Worley to make it a one-run game in the 4th inning. In the very next inning, David Wright lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center field to plate Ruben Tejada which tied the game at 4.

HR: Howard (9), Utley (9).

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Third Base Wide Open For Next Season

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen. (Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

There is a big question mark stamped next to the third baseman’s name for the 2013 season. It’s a position that hasn’t had a consistent inhabitant since Scott Rolen was traded in 2002.

A few guys like David Bell, Pedro Feliz and Placido Polanco were supposed to be main-stays. But only Polanco managed to make an All-Star appearance.

It’s also a position that has fielded the likes of Abraham Nunez, Greg Dobbs, Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton.

The future for third base still doesn’t look bright for the Phillies. General manager Ruben Amaro already knows this, and he’s already tried addressing it at the deadline.

Philadelphia exercised the option of plucking top third base prospect Mike Olt from the Texas Rangers in a deal centered around Cliff Lee but nothing ever came to fruition for both clubs. Olt would have given the Phillies their first real third baseman since Rolen, and a prospect to be truly excited about since Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

They also were named as one of the teams interested in acquiring Padres third baseman Chase Headley.

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Phillies Kendrick Looks Sharp In Win

Phillies 4, Nationals 2
WP – Kyle Kendrick (7-9, 4.12)
LP – Edwin Jackson (7-9, 3.72)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (28)

PHILADELPHIA — Another fantastic outing from Kyle Kendrick fueled this win.

The number six starter pitched into the 7th, allowing only two runs in the Phillies 4-2 win over the first place Nationals on Friday night.

The scoreless streak may have ended but it didn’t erase the great outing Kendrick had once again. The two-run homer allowed to Tyler Moore snapped Kendrick’s 21-inning scoreless streak, but it was all Kendrick allowed.

Kendrick went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. He improved to 7-9 in his third straight win.

The Phillies scored in the first on a Chase Utley RBI single. Jimmy Rollins made it 3-0 in the 4th with his two-run single and Ryan Howard had an RBI single in the 8th that made it a 4-2 game.

2B: Kendrick (1), Howard (7).

Boxscore.

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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Phillies Honor 90’s Night; Lose to Reds

Red 3, Phillies 2
WP – Bronson Arroyo (10-7, 3.87)
LP – Vance Worley (6-9, 4.06)
SV – Aroldis Chapman (31)

PHILADELPHIA — On a night where the Phillies honored a dismal decade for baseball, they treated the fans to a bunch of 90’s memories.

Complete with scoreboard pictures that represented 90’s characters, 90’s music and maroon and white retro jerseys, the Phillies topped off the night with a loss to the Reds, 3-2.

Bronson Arroyo was absolutely dominant through eight innings of work. He started the 9th but was pulled after a lead-off single by Kevin Frandsen in the 9th.

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Mayberry, Howard Lead Phillies In Offensive Outburst

Phillies 12, Reds 5
WP – Roy Halladay (7-7, 3.95)
LP – Mike Leake (5-8, 4.59)

PHILADELPHIA — On a day where Roy Halladay didn’t have his best stuff, the offense provided him with enough so he didn’t have to be.

Big days by John Mayberry and Ryan Howard fueled a 12-5 romp of the Reds in Philadelphia, a strong open to a four-game set with the best team in the National League.

The 5th inning provided to be brutal for both starting pitchers. With the Phillies up 3-2, Halladay was tapped for a big three spot in the 5th inning.

Chris Heisey smacked an RBI double to tie the game up 3-3. After Jay Bruce’s RBI single made it 4-3, Bruce got himself caught in a run down to enable Brandon Phillips to score from third and give Cincinnati a 5-3 lead.

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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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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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Westbrook Deals Phillies a Losing Hand

Cardinals 4, Phillies 1
WP – Jake Westbrook (12-8, 3.62)
LP – Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85)
SV – Jason Motte (26)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies manufactured an early first inning run, a good start for Cliff Lee.

In fact, Lee was dealing a spectacular outing against the Cards, having retired 12 straight batters through innings 2-5. But one swing from Matt Holliday changed that in the 6th and it was all Jake Westbrook and St. Louis needed in a 4-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

Lee was absolutely on his best stuff through the first five innings. It changed in the blink of an eye, though.

Jon Jay led off the 6th with a single and Allen Craig followed it up with a double to put runners on second and third. Holliday then took Lee’s 1-2 fastball deep for a three-run homer to give the Cards a 3-1 lead.

Westbrook coasted the rest of the way with the lead, shutting the Phillies down through 7 2/3 innings. He gave up only one run, an RBI on a Ryan Howard ground out, on four hits and two walks while striking out three.

2B: Frandsen (1).

Boxscore.

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