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Phillis Epically Collapse In 9th

Braves 8, Phillies 7
WP – Peter Moylan (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-6, 3.02)

ATLANTA — Words still can’t describe what happened to the Phillies Sunday evening.

In a season filled with lows and late-inning collapses, the lowest point hit Sunday. The Phillies bullpen coughed up a four-run lead in the 9th inning, ultimately surrendering a game to the Braves in epic melt down fashion.

Possibly a bad idea, Jeremy Horst started the 9th after pitching an inning and a third. Holding a 7-3 lead, he gave up a one-out walk and single before being lifted for Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon quickly struck out Lyle Overbay for the second out, but walked Michael Bourn to load the bases.

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Phillies Win With Jimmy Rollins Walk-Off In 12th

Phillies 2B Chase Utley heads for third on an RBI triple in the 1st. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Phillies 4, Giants 4 (12 innings)
WP – Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.57)
LP – Brad Penny (0-1, 3.88)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies had a little bit of extra-innings magic in them this afternoon.

Jimmy Rollins’ RBI single in the bottom of the 12th drove home the winning run as the Phillies prevented the sweep with the win, taking down the Giants, 4-3, in 12 innings.

Carlos Ruiz worked a one-out walk and Laynce Nix singled to move Ruiz to third and set up the winning run by Rollins.

The Giants struck first only three pitches into the game. Nate Schierholtz hit a solo homer off Joe Blanton to lead off the game, giving San Francisco an early 1-0 lead.

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Giants Win in Extras; Beat Phillies In Possibly Hamels’ Last Start At Home

Giants 6, Phillies 5
WP – Sergio Romo (3-1, 0.64)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (2-4, .349)
SV – Santiago Casilla (24)

PHILADELPHIA — Gregor Blanco knew he messed up the suicide squeeze.

What could have been the go-ahead run, Blanco whiffed on a suicide squeeze that could have scored Buster Posey and given the Giants a 6-5 lead. But Posey was caught dead in his tracks and the rally ended.

Blanco made up for it in the 10th inning, driving in Melky Cabrera with an RBI single, giving the Giants the 6-5 win.

What was billed to be a pitcher’s battle turned into a bit of a slugfest between Cole Hamels and Matt Cain.

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Pena’s 8th Inning Homer Overshadows Pitcher’s Duel

Rays 3, Phillies 2
WP – David Price (10-4, 2.95)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-2, 3.75)
SV – Fernando Rodney (21)

PHILADELPHIA — The game was living up to it’s billing.

Cole Hamels and David Price were dueling in a 1-0 game through seven innings. Hamels pitched seven shutout innings in his start, holding a slight advantage over Price by putting his team in the best position to win.

With both pitchers throwing 223 pitches combined, they gave way to their bullpens after seven. There, the Rays won the important battle in their 3-2 win over the Phils.

A gassed Antonio Bastardo, who threw 29 pitches yesterday, struggled in the 8th inning, costing Hamels a shot at his 11th win of the season. Bastardo walked two hitters before giving up a one-out three-run homer to the left-handed hitting Carlos Pena to give the Rays a 3-1 lead.

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Frandsen, Brown Involved in AAA Bench-Clearer

Check out this video between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta’s AAA team) from yesterday’s 10-1 IronPigs win.

Pigs second baseman Kevin Frandsen was nearly hit by a pitch from Braves pitcher Todd Redmond in the bottom of the 4th inning with the Pigs leading 6-0. After lining out, Frandsen and Redmond exchanged words from the dugout and mound.

The next batter was Domonic Brown. Brown ripped a solo home run off Redmond, and then flipped his bat and beat his chest to send a message and stand up for his teammate. Brown celebrated all the way round the bases and into the dugout.

Redmond then hit Erik Kratz with the following pitch and was ejected. The benches cleared as well but no punches were thrown.

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Everything Clicks In Character-Building Win

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz hits the go-ahead home run in the 8th inning, his seventh of the season. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Phillies 9, Cubs 2
WP – Jose Contreras (1-0, 8.00)
LP – Shawn Camp (2-2, 3.43)

CHICAGO — The Phillies played a complete, team game… and it may have been the type of game that could very well change the mindset of the team.

A 9-2 character win over the Cubs in Chicago did more to the Phillies than just extend their winning streak to four games and even them up at .500. It showed that all three groups – the offense, starting pitching and bullpen – could all show up in one game to create a win.

The Phillies asked Kyle Kendrick to once again make a start on short notice and the right-hander delivered. Like the good teammate and role player he’s been his whole career, Kendrick got the job done for the Phillies.

He pitched beautifully through six innings, allowing two runs, one earned on three hits while striking out four. He threw a season-high 93 pitches, 65 for strikes in the no-decision.

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Polanco’s 2,000th Hit A Special One

Only 268 other players in Major League Baseball history had done what Placido Polanco had done.

The bat signed by Placido Polanco he gave to the fan who caught his 2,000th hit. (Photo via Ryan Petzar/97.3 ESPN).

But not many did it the way Polanco did last night.

In the 8th inning of the Phillies 5-1 win over Houston, Polanco took Astros pitcher David Carpenter deep to left-center field for his first home run of the season. It was also hit number 2,000 for Polanco.

One lucky fan (via PhilliesNation.com) got to share a piece of the history created from Polanco’s bat. Ryan McCoy of Pottstown, PA caught Polanco’s historic ball, and immediately gave the ball back to Polanco.

Polanco wasn’t going to let the fan walk away empty-handed, signing a bat for him (but with the wrong date on the barrel, as seen in the photo).

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Polanco Hits 2,000th in Phillies 5-1 Win

Phillies 3B Placido Polanco celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the 8th inning, which was also his 2,000th hit in his career. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies 5, Astros 1
WP – Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96)
LP – Lucas Harrell (2-3, 4.40)

PHILADELPHIA — It was a historic night for Placido Polanco.

Polanco got his 2,000th career hit in the 8th inning, and helped the Phillies to a 5-1 win by scoring three times on the game. His 2,000th hit was a two-run bomb to left-center, his first homer of the season.

Polanco’s offense, along with the spark provided by Freddy Galvis and Carlos Ruiz throughout the night were enough for starter Joe Blanton to get his fourth win of the season

Blanton pitched into the 8th for the second time in his last three starts, dominating the poor Astros offense in the win. In seven-plus innings, Blanton allowed a run on six hits and a walk, striking out seven.

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Mets Rookie Hits Game-Winning Shot off Papelbon

Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins scored on a John Mayberry sacrifice fly in the 1st inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

When a relief pitcher is put on ice for a week, it usually creates rust.

That is exactly what happened to Jonathan Papelbon, who hadn’t thrown a pitch since last Tuesday. Papelbon surrenedered the game-winning three-run home run in the top of the 9th in the Mets 5-2 win on Monday.

The home run was hit by Jordany Valdespin and it was his first career hit in the Majors. Getting it off of Papelbon and in a clutch situation will make the moment in his career that much sweeter.

After a number of Phillies late-inning losses resulted in the fans calling for the Phillies to use their closer in a non-save situation, the layoff resulted in a frustrating loss.

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Phils Baffled By Knuckler Again

Mets starter R.A. Dickey foils the Phils with his knuckleball. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The amazing story of R.A. Dickey is definitely one worth reading (shameless Dickey autobiography plug).

That story, circa 2012, makes its first trip to Philadelphia of the season and he made his presence known with that flutter ball of his. Dickey used his knuckleball effectively through seven innings, shutting down the Phillies in the Mets 5-2 win.

Dickey’s only mistake came against Freddy Galvis, who hit his first career home run in the 3rd inning. Other than that, Dickey cruised through seven allowing nine hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Dickey got all the offense he needed in the 1st inning, and it came at the expense of Cliff Lee.

Leading off the game with back-to-back doubles was Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. With Murphy on second, Jason Bay crushed a ball to right center to make it 3-0 in favor of the Mets.

Lee’s night was done after seven, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out seven.

2B: Rollins (1). HR: Galvis (1).

WP: Dickey (2-0). LP: Lee (0-1).

Boxscore.

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