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Bastardo’s Implosion Spoils Comeback

Braves 12, Phillies 6
WP – Chad Durbin (4-1, 3.07)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-4, 5.45)

PHILADELPHIA — With the swing of a bat, Ryan Howard capped a five-run comeback in the 5th inning to give the Phillies new life.

But the rally was lost in the 7th and Antonio Bastardo on the mound. Melting down in relief, Bastardo was shelled and the five-run 5th was erased as the Phillies lost 12-6.

Bastardo was beat up for three runs in the 7th. After getting the first two outs, he gave up a double and a pair of walks before being lifted for Josh Lindblom.

Lindblom proceeded to give up a bases-clearing double to Chipper Jones that gave the Braves a 9-6 lead. Atlanta scored one more in the inning off a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen.

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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.

Braves Sweep Phillies With 6-2 Win

Braves 6, Phillies 2
WP – Tim Hudson (10-4, 3.68)
LP – Roy Halladay (4-6, 4.33)

ATLANTA — The lack of consistency in the second half is killing the Phillies.

The Phils followed up a four-game winning streak, and sweep of the Brewers, by getting swept by division foe Atlanta Braves. Again the offense couldn’t support a strong outing from it’s rotation, this time resulting in a 6-2 loss.

Roy Halladay had a decent outing, but some red flags remained after his start. Doc scattered three runs over the course of six innings on six hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Halladay retired the last 10 hitters he faced despite giving up a pair of solo homers to Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones. His cutter was averaging 88 MPH, a few ticks down from last season.

Halladay allowed two quick runs in the 1st inning, a homer to Heyward and an RBI double by Dan Uggla to make it 2-0. The next inning, Jones’ homer gave the Braves a 3-0 lead and that proved to be the winning runs.

A solo homer by Shane Victorino in the 4th cut the Braves lead to 3-1. Then Carlos Ruiz’s RBI in the 6th made it 3-2, but that was the closest the Phils got.

Three runs in the 7th inning off Jake Diekman gave the Braves a commanding 6-2 lead to seal the sweep.

HR: Victorino (9).

Boxscore.

Phillies Can’t Back Blanton in Loss

Braves 2, Phillies 1
WP – Mike Minor (6-7, 5.18)
LP – Joe Blanton (8-9, 4.49)
SV – Craig Kimbrel (30)

ATLANTA – The trade value for Joe Blanton may have gone up.

With the deadline a few days away, teams could inquirer about Blanton to bolster the back-end of a rotation. Blanton improved his value with his start tonight, but didn’t get the winning decision in the Phillies 2-1 loss.

Blanton went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Blanton was exceptional the whole game, but the only run support provided to him was Chase Utley’s solo home run in the 4th inning.

Mike Minor stymied the Phils, going eight innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out nine.

2B: Kratz (3). HR: Utley (5).

Boxscore.

McCann Homers Against the Phillies Again; Braves Win 6-1

Braves 6, Phillies 1
WP – Ben Sheets (3-0, 0.50)
LP – Cole Hamels (10-5, 3.31)

ATLANTA — Brian McCann has played in six games against the Phillies. McCann has also homered in all six games against the Phillies.

A three-run blast in the 5th inning gave the Braves a commanding 5-1 lead, enabling starter Ben Sheets to cruise to his third win of the season. The Braves won, 6-1, snapping the Phillies’ four-game winning streak.

Cole Hamels was horrible in his first start since being extended by the Phillies. He gave up a career-high six walks as well as threw more balls (56) than strikes (53).

His accuracy was an issue early, and it wasn’t until McCann smacked a three-run shot that the control issues became a big problem. Hamels was done after five, allowing five runs, three earned, on four hits and six walks while striking out seven.

2B: Victorino (17), Ruiz (27), Rollins (23).

Boxscore.

Game 100: Finding Starts For Nix

Phillies 1B/OF Laynce Nix. (Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images North America)

ATLANTA — The Phillies are fortunate enough to have Ryan Howard and Chase Utley back in their lineup every day.

But unfortunately it squashes out guys like Laynce Nix who can provide offense every day.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said that he wants to get Nix in the lineup more often, be it at first base or in left field.

Nix, who recently returned from a DL stint that kept him out of the lineup with a calf strain since May 10, has been crushing the ball when he is healthy. Nix is hitting .320 (16-for-50) with six doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs in 26 games.

“Nix is a good piece to put up there in a big situation in the game,” Manuel said. “But he also has to play enough to stay sharp.”

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Series Preview: at Atlanta Braves

PHI: 45-54, 5th in NL East; ATL: 54-44, 2nd in NL East

When: July 27-29
Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (11-4, 3.23) vs Ben Sheets (2-0, 0.00)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.70) vs Mike Minor (5-7, 5.49)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (4-5, 4.32) vs Tim Hudson (9-4, 3.71)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:35, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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McCann Crush: Braves Win 4-3; Sweep Phillies

Braves 4, Phillies 3
WP – Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.97)
LP – Raul Valdes (2-2, 3.80)
SV – Craig Kimbrel (25)

PHILADELPHIA — Brian McCann is heating up into a career-record pace.

The Braves star catcher homered in his fourth straight game, this one proving to be the winning run in the Braves 4-3 victory over the Phillies. The win capped off a three-game sweep that will send the Phillies into the All-Star Break 12 games under .500.

With the game tied up, 3-3, McCann hit a bomb to dead center off reliever Raul Valdes in the 7th inning to give the Braves a 4-3 lead. McCann finished game 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.

The Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Jason Pridie, a late addition to the lineup for Shane Victorino (more on that later), ripped a two-run homer.

The Braves tied the game up in the 4th when Dan Uggla hit a two-run homer off Phillies starter Vance Worley. But the Phillies responded right back in the bottom on Pridie’s RBI double to give them a 3-2 lead.

McCann worked his Phillie-killing magic in the 5th inning. After a pair of singles by Martin Prado and Jason Heyward, McCann singled on a line drive up the middle to tie the game back up, 3-3.

2B: Pridie (1). HR: Pridie (1).

Boxscore.

This Sucks: Bastardo Implodes In 8th; Lose 5-0

Mets 5, Phillies 0
WP – Tim Hudson (7-4, 3.56)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-3, 5.34)

PHILADELPHIA — The above tweet says it all.

The Phillies of 2012 are finding newer and more awesome ways to lose baseball games. This time, Antonio Bastardo imploded in the 8th inning, walking in the go-ahead run before giving up a grand slam to Brian McCann in the Braves 5-0 win over the Phillies Friday night.

The monumental meltdown overshadowed the return of Ryan Howard, who went 2-for-4 with a single and double in the Phillies loss.

Howard received a chorus of cheers in the 2nd inning. On the second pitch he faced, he took Braves starter Tim Hudson deep to right-center field for a lead-off double. But in 2012 Phillies fashion, Howard was stranded at second.

Along with Howard’s return, Kyle Kendrick’s seven shut out innings were spoiled thanks to the bull pen’s inability to keep the Phillies in the game. Kendrick scattered four hits and a walk through seven, striking out five.

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Series Preview: vs Atlanta Braves

PHI: 37-47, 5th in NL East; ATL: 43-39, 3rd in NL East

When: July 6-8
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35) vs Tim Hudson (6-4, 3.87)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (7-7, 4.85) vs Tommy Hanson (9-5, 3.70)
Sunday: Vance Worley (4-5, 3.46) vs Jair Jurrjens (2-2, 5.19)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:15, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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