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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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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).


Game 129: Lineup Sees More Frandsen; Brown Returns

FRANDSEN OPENING EYES — Despite Placido Polanco being healthy, Kevin Frandsen is still getting the lion’s share of the starts at third base.

Frandsen will get the call at third base once again on Tuesday night against the New York Mets. It is his ninth start in the past 11 games.

Frandsen has given Charlie Manuel no reason to sit him on the bench. The Phillies third baseman has been on fire at the plate lately. He is hitting .417 with five RBIs in his last 10 games.

Since being called up from Lehigh Valley, Frandsen has done everything right. While most of the praise has been for his bat, his defense has been surprisingly strong. He’s made several diving stops to help out the Phillies pitchers.

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Early lead propels D’Backs to win

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 2
WP – Ian Kennedy (10-8, 4.15)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45)
SV – JJ Putz (20)

PHILADELPHIA — When Joe Blanton was traded to the Dodgers before the game, Kyle Kendrick was given the spot start.

Unfortunately for Kendrick, he fell behind early and the Phillies never could recover in a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Justin Upton started the game off in the first inning with a solo home run, the 100th of his career. Ironically, his brother Rays outfielder BJ Upton hit his 100th career home run.

Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Johnson each had an RBI to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead.

But the Phillies were able to chip away at the lead. Chase Utley hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Newly acquired Nate Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Kevin Frandsen to cut the lead to 3-2.

Unfortunately that was as close as the Phillies would get.

Jason Kubel added a solo home run in the ninth inning off Josh Lindblom.

2B: Mayberry (15)


Detwiler Stifles Phils Offense In Shutout

Nationals 3, Phillies 0
WP – Ross Detwiler (6-4, 3.02)
LP – Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34)
SV – Tyler Clippard (21)

WASHINGTON — From the first pitch to the time he left in the seventh inning, Ross Detwiler was nothing short of masterful.

Detwiler stifled the Phillies lineup as he only allowed three hits en route to a 3-0 Nationals victory over the Phillies. The win allowed the Nationals to avoid being swept by their division rivals.

The Phillies never could seem to get anything going. Their best chance came in the third inning when Kevin Frandsen singled with one out and was followed by a Chase Utley walk to put runners at first and second.

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Phils Walk-Off Again, Sweep Brewers

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits an RBI single in the 3rd inning. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 7, Brewers 6
WP – Michael Schwimer (2-1, 3.86)
LP – Francisco Rodriguez (2-6, 4.80)

PHILADELPHIA —  On the day that Cole Hamels signed a six-year contract extension, there was a lot to be excited about at Citizens Bank Park.

After coughing up a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, the Phillies came back from behind once again as they trailed 6-5 entering their half of the 10th inning. Jimmy Rollins’ RBI single in the 1oth gave the Phils a 7-6 walk-off win and sweep against the Brewers.

John Mayberry Jr. stepped to the plate with one out and was able to work a walk against Francisco Rodriguez. Erik Kratz followed with a double down the left-field line to put runners on second and third.

With a catch to tie or win the game, Carlos Ruiz did not disappoint. Ruiz lifted a fly ball to center field that scored Mayberry which tied the game on a sacrifice fly.

But the Phillies still had a chance to win it. And for the second time in four games, Rollins obliged with a game-winning RBI single that allowed the team to get a walk-off win to clinch the sweep of the Brewers.

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Kemp’s Walkoff Homer Beats Phils

Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed a run on two hits in eight innings of work in the no decision against the Dodgers. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Dodgers 5, Phillies 3 (12 innings)
WP – Jamey Wright (4-2, 3.58)
LP – Jake Diekman (1-1, 5.03)

LOS ANGELES – Hunter Pence was the Phillies hero last night. Matt Kemp was the Dodgers hero today.

Just when it looked like the Phillies had the game won due to Pence’s heroics, it all turned.

After Pence knocked in two runs to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead, Jonathan Papelbon blew his third save of the year. Papelbon allowed two runs to cross the plate and the game went to extra innings.

In the 12th inning, with a runner on base, Kemp blasted a Jake Diekman pitch to right center field to win the game for the Dodgers by a score of 5-3.

It was the 10th walkoff loss for the Phillies this season.

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Papelbon saves Phils in win

Phillies 8, Rockies 5

WP – Vance Worley (5-5, 3.47)
LP – Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 6.14)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (19)

DENVER — With the Phillies leading the Colorado Rockies 6-2, the game looked to be well in hand. But that was before Wilin Rosario connected on a three-run home run to cut the lead to one.

Jonathan Papelbon entered the game with one out in the eighth inning and had little room for error. The Phillies All-Star did not disappoint as he shut the door to give the Phillies a 8-5 win.

A night after the offense looked anemic behind Cliff Lee, they were a completely different bunch.

Shane Victorino broke his extra-base hit drought and smacked a double to right field. Chase Utley knocked him in on an RBI single. Ryan Howard proceeded to walk.

That put two runners on base for Carlos Ruiz. The Phillies catcher connected on a Jeremy Guthrie pitch and deposited it into center field to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead before Vance Worley even took the mound.

Worley pitched pretty well as he only surrendered two runs on eight hits in seven innings of work. The right-hander also had what proved to be the game-winning two-run double.

It was the first time Ryan Howard tasted his victory since his return from the disabled list.

Chase Utley also had a very strong night at the plate as he went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Juan Pierre helped out with a 3-for-3 night at the plate with a run scored.

2B: Victorino (14), Worley (1), Rollins (21). 3B: Victorino (3). HR: Ruiz (14)


Blanton Struggles in Phils Loss

Braves 6, Phillies 3
WP – Tommy Hanson (10-5, 3.71)
LP – Joe Blanton (7-8, 4.98)
SV – Craig Kimbrel (24)

PHILADELPHIA — It seems as though a lead is never safe with this year’s Phillies team.

After trailing 1-0 early in the game, the Phillies took a 3-1 lead in the second inning only to see it slip away. The Braves scored all six runs off Joe Blanton as they defeated the Phillies 6-3 on Saturday evening.

The Phillies had RBIs from Juan Pierre, Joe Blanton, and Jimmy Rollins to take their lead.

But the Braves battled back over the next two innings.

Brian McCann continued his torture of Phillies pitching as he singled in a run to tie the game at 3. McCann has six RBIs through two games this series.

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Rally falls short for Phils

Phillies 2B Chase Utley hits a homer in the 1st inning. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Pirates 11, Phillies 7
WP –  James McDonald(7-3, 2.44)
LP – Raul Valdes (2-1, 3.24)

On a night that marked the return of Philadelphia’s favorite son Chase Utley, the Phillies bullpen had a tall task ahead of them.

Despite a solo home run in his first at-bat, Utley couldn’t even overcompensate for the pitching woes as the Phillies fell to the Pirates 11-7 on Wednesday evening.

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead courtesy of solo home runs from Utley and Carlos Ruiz. But the Pirates rattled off eight straight runs on their way to victory.

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