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The Philadelphia Phillies were defeated 4-3 on Sunday by the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies dropped all three games of the three-game set against Atlanta. The loss was the 50th of the season for the Phillies. They did not lose their 50th game last season until September 12.
Jason Pridie got the Phillies off to a good start in the game with his two-run second inning homer. Dan Uggla's two-run shot tied the game in the top of the fourth inning. Pridie struck back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double. Brian McCann tied the game up in the top of the fifth inning with an RBI single. McCann's solo shot in the seventh inning put the Braves up for good.
Vance Worley got the start for the Phillies and went six innings. Worley gave up seven hits, four walks and three earned runs while striking out five batters. However, it was Raul Valdez who replaced Worley who took the loss for giving up two hits and an earned run in 2/3 innings of work. Jair Jurrjens got the win for the Braves, giving up six hits, three earned runs and a walk in seven innings of work. Craig Kimbrel struck out two batters in the ninth inning to pick up his 25th save for the Braves.
The Phillies (37-50) will begin their next series against the Colorado Rockies (33-52) on Friday at Coors Field. The road trip might be welcomed as Philadelphia is only 17-27 at home this season.
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The Philadelphia Phillies will look to try and end their disappointing first half of their 2012 season on a good note Sunday, as they conclude a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves at Citizen's Bank Stadium (1:35 p.m. ET on PHL 17 or TBS). Vance Worley (4-5) will take the mound for the Phillies and oppose the Braves' Jair Jurrjens (2-2).
Worley will be trying to snap a three-game losing streak for the Phils', who are unexpectedly going to enter the MLB's All-Star break in last place in the NL East Division standings. The rookie is also trying to bounce-back from one of his work start of the season, a four-inning, 10-hit, six-run performance against the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Jurrjens is making his third start since coming back from a minor-league stint. In that time back, Jurrjens has compiled an ERA is 1.47.
The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night by a final score of 6-3. It was Philadelphia's ninth loss in their last ten games, spanning back to June 27 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Both teams exchanged runs in the second inning, and the Phillies had an early lead going into the third. The Braves struck first with a solo home run by catcher Brian McCann, but Philadelphia responded quickly thanks to a double by Juan Pierre that scored Hunter Pence, and later an RBI single by pitcher Joe Blanton. That was followed by a fielder's choice grounder by Jimmy Rollins that scored Pierre.
But the 3-1 lead quickly evaporated, as the Braves made it 3-2 an inning later off an RBI double from left fielder Martin Prado. In the fourth inning, the Braves took the lead for good. Starting pitcher Joe Blanton allowed an RBI single to McCann, and shortstop Andrelton Simmons hit a sacrifice fly that brought home first baseman Freddie Freeman. In the seventh inning, the Braves extended the lead to 6-3.
Blanton was given the loss after pitching 6.1 innings, allowing nine hits and six runs (five earned). His record dropped to 7-8 on the season.
The Phillies now sit at 37-49, and are just 17-26 at home. They are 14 games back of the division-leading Washington Nationals in the NL East.
The Philadelphia Phillies look to put an end to their free fall as they continue a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. (Game Time: 7:15 p.m., TV Schedule: Fox)
Despite the successful season debut of Ryan Howard, Philadelphia dropped the series opener to Atlanta on Friday night, 5-0. Howard went 2-for-4 with a double in his first appearance this season after offseason Achilles surgery, but even the slugger could not revive the slumbering Phillies offense, which has now scored two runs or fewer in five of its past seven games.
Joe Blanton will look to return Philadelphia to the win column. He'll be opposed by Atlanta's Tommy Hanson.
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The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves Friday night by a final score of 5-0. Neither team could muster much sustained offense for much of the game, and things remained scoreless until Antonio Bastardo fell apart in the eighth and the Braves cracked the game open. Ryan Howard made his return from injury in the game, and he went 2-for-4 on the night.
Kyle Kendrick pitched seven strong innings for the Phillies, exiting the game after throwing 89 pitches, giving up four hits, one walk, and striking out five. Bastardo came on in relief, and that's where the wheels came off. He gave up a leadoff single to a pinch hitting Matt Diaz, walked the next batter, collected two outs on fly balls, then walked the bases full, walked in a run, and gave up a grand slam to Brian McCann. That was the end of his night, and Michael Schwimer came in to end the inning with the Braves leading 5-0. That's where things ended, as Philadelphia's offense was unable to answer in either the eighth or the ninth.
Howard's return to baseball and night at the plate were one of the few bright spots in the game for Philadelphia. He picked up a double to deep center in the second inning and a single to center in the seventh.
Atlanta now leads 1-0 in the three game series. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET.
Ryan Howard has officially been activated from the disabled list and will make his season debut in Friday's series opener against the Atlanta Braves. The Philadelphia Phillies optioned infielder Hector Luna to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in order to make room for the slugger.
Howard has missed the entire 2012 season to date after rupturing his Achilles tendon last year. He recently completed a rehab assignment in the minor leagues, where he dominated with 10 hits in 20 at-bats. He had one home run, 10 RBI and five walks in seven games.
Luna is batting .246 with two homes runs and 10 RBI over 61 appearances with the Phillies this season.The 32-year old has also spent 30 games in Triple-A, where he is hitting .269 with one home run and 12 RBI.
Ryan Howard looks to make his season debut Friday night as the Philadelphia Phillies begin a three game series against Atlanta Braves.