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Phillies Take Rubber-Match; Lee Winless Again

Phillies catchers Brian Schneider (left) and Carlos Ruiz (right) celebrate after Ruiz’s two-run pinch-hit home run in the 7th. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Phillies 10, Mets 6
WP – Antonio Bastardo (2-1, 1.84)
LP – Jon Rauch (3-4, 4.09)

NEW YORK — Cliff Lee will enter the month of June without a win.

But despite that fact, the Phillies pulled another late-inning rally with Lee on the hill to beat the Mets 10-5, winning the series two games to one.

Lee went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out seven on the night. In his first eight starts, Lee is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA, hardly the type of record you’d see with a pitcher that boasts that ERA.

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Blanton Roughed-Up Again; Phils Lose

Phillies catcher Brian Schneider consoles starting pitcher Joe Blanton after he gave up a two-run homer in the 6th inning. Blanton was yanked after the home run. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Mets 6, Phillies 3
WP – Jeremy Hefner (1-2, 5.60)
LP – Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05)
SV – Frank Francisco (14)

NEW YORK — Joe Blanton has found himself in a rough patch that has the Phillies even more worried about their starting rotation.

While Roy Halladay and Vance Worley sit on the DL, the Phillies need Blanton to step up and he hasn’t lately. Blanton got roughed up again, this time to the Mets, in a 6-3 loss Tuesday night.

Blanton gave up all six of the Mets runs on nine hits and two walks through five innings. He also allowed two homers, one of them to the opposing starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner.

The Phils scored right away in the 1st when Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a double, advanced to third on  Juan Pierre sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch.

The Mets took a 2-1 lead right away in the bottom half with a pair of RBI singles by David Wright and Ike Davis. Brian Schneider’s second home run of the season in the top of the 2nd, an upper deck blast, tied the game back up.

But the Mets took the lead for good on Mike Baxter’s one-out RBI double, making it 3-2 in the bottom of the 2nd.

2B: Rollins (8), Pence (9). HR: Schneider (2)


Phillies Place Halladay On DL

The Phillies have placed starting pitching Roy Halladay on DL this afternoon according to Todd Zolecki.

It’s a Grade 1/2 strain in the lat muscle (on the back under the shoulder). Halladay hopes to be back in 6-8 weeks.

Pitching coach Rich Dubee said he thought Halladay had an issue since spring training. Dubee said he thought it was a minor, lingering issue but it never went away.

The news couldn’t have come at any worse of a time for the Phillies, who are reeling big time in injuries to both the rotation and offense.

Vance Worley is currently on the DL with a bone chip in his throwing elbow, opting for surgery after the season ends. He threw a bullpen session today and felt no pain. He will throw one more session before he will rejoin the rotation.

The Phillies will have to scratch Roy Oswalt off their wish list because he signed with the Texas Rangers earlier today.

Ruiz Scratched From Today’s Win

The Phillies offense put up eight runs on the Mets without the bat of Carlos Ruiz in the lineup.

Ruiz, who has been Philadelphia’s hottest hitter so far this season was scratched from the lineup with tightness in his right hamstring prior to this afternoon’s game. Brian Schneider got the start, hitting eighth, and everyone behind Ruiz’s four-spot moved up in the order.

Ruiz tweaked the hamstring in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. The Phillies don’t believe the injury is serious and the catCher will be listed as day-to-day.

Wigginton’s Big Day Knocks Off Former Team

Phillies 8, Mets 4
WP – Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.43)
LP – Jon Niese (3-3, 4.55)

NEW YORK — If Billy Beane was the general manager of the Phillies he would have been proud of Ty Wigginton’s game.

Phillies 1B Ty Wigginton drives in the go-ahead run in the 7th inning. He was 3-for-3 with six RBIs on the day. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Wigginton was on base five times, driving in three runs on an RBI double and single in the 3rd and 7th inning, the latter proving to be the game-winner in the Phillies 8-4 win over the Mets.

Wigginton then hit a three-run homer in the 9th inning for insurance, capping off a 3-for-3 day with six RBIs while falling a triple short of the cycle..

That 7th inning run proved to be important as twice starting pitcher Cole Hamels coughed up a lead to the Mets. Holding a 2-0 lead in the 5th inning, Hamels served up an 0-1 change-up to Vinny Rottino that he put over the leftfield wall for a two-run homer to tie the game.

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Series Preview: at New York Mets

PHI: 25-24, 5th in NL East; NYM: 27-21, 2nd in NL Central

When: May 28-30
Where: Citi Field (New York, NY)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17) vs Jon Niese (3-2, 4.29)
Tuesday: Joe Blanton (4-4, 4.55) vs Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.17)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.82) vs Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.92)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 1:10, CSN
Tuesday, 7:10, CSN
Wednesday, 7:10, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Halladay Injured; Exits Early In Loss

Cardinals 8, Phillies 3
WP – Adam Wainwright (4-5, 4.45)
LP – Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.98)

ST. LOUIS — After Roy Halladay gave up a two-out grand slam to Yadier Molina in the 1st inning, something had to be wrong with the two-time Cy Young award winner.

In fact there was. Halladay left after pitching only two inning with right shoulder soreness and the Phillies lost to the Cardinals, 8-3. Halladay will have the shoulder evaluated in a couple days.

Molina’s grandslam and Carlos Beltran’s three-run homer off Joe Savery in the 5th inning put the Phillies away on Memorial Day.

2B: Ruiz (11), Rollins (7), Pence (8), Galvis (13)


Kendrick Pitches First Career Shutout

Phillies 4, Cardinals 0WP – Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 4.10)
LP – Jaime Garcia 3-3, 3.78)

ST. LOUIS — Last season, the Phillies had seven individual complete game shutouts, six by Cliff Lee and one by Roy Halladay.

Phillies SP Kyle Kendrick pitched a 4-0 shutout over the Cardinals, the first in his career. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

This season they have two, and none of them belong to Lee, Halladay, Cole Hamels or Vance Worley. Instead, Joe Blanton has one and now Kyle Kendrick has the other.

Kendrick pitched his first career shutout, and first complete game since July 2010. His seven-hitter provided the Phillies with a 4-0 win over the Cardinals, earning them a series win as well as expanding their winning streak to four games.

It was Kendrick’s first win of the season, allowing seven hits and striking out four while throwing 94 pitches. In Kendrick’s last five starts, he has allowed only six earned runs through 33 innings pitching in the place of Lee and Worley respectively.

The Phils got to Jaime Garcia in the 4th inning on an RBI double by Shane Victorino. They poured it on in the 6th inning when John Mayberry drove in two on a double to left field and Victorino scored on a ground out by Freddy Galvis to make it 4-0.

After that, Kendrick coasted the rest of the way to preserve his milestone victory.

2B: Schneider (2), Victorino (11), Polanco (9), Mayberry (7).


Game 48: Kiss and Make Up

ST. LOUIS — By now everyone has probably heard about the spat in the dugout between Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee and centerfielder Shane Victorino.

In the top of the 5th inning, both Victorino and Lee were seen having a heated discussion in the dugout [video] a half-inning after Victorino lost a fly ball off the bat of David Freese in the lights at Busch Stadium last night.

After the ball bounced off the centerfield wall, Victorino watch the ball bounce towards the infield to let leftfielder Juan Pierre play it and throw it back into the field of play. Freese wound up on 3rd with a triple and proceeded to score on the next play to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

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Pence’s 10th-Inning Blast Wins It For Phils

Two catchers, Yadier Molina (right) of the Cardinals and Carlos Ruiz collide at the plate in the 8th. Molina was out thanks to a throw by Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Phillies 5, Cardinals 3 (10 innings)
WP – Raul Valdes (2-0, 0.00)
LP – Jason Motte (3-2, 2.70)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (14)

ST. LOUIS — Chasing that first win for Cliff Lee will have to wait another day.

But more importantly, the Phillies as a team got the win and that is what matters most. Hunter Pence’s two-run homer in the 10th inning gave the Phillies their third straight win, a 5-3 extra-innings victory that put them back over .500.

Juan Pierre singled to lead off the top of the 10th inning. Pence followed it up with a home run to the opposite field, just barely getting over the right field fence.

It was an all-around great effort by the Phillies left-hander. Lee fielded his position well, got two hits at the plate and scattered three runs on eight hits and three walks over seven innings of work, striking out seven.

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