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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kevin Frandsen hit one of Philadelphia's four solo homers to back Kyle Kendrick, and the Phillies inched closer in the NL playoff race with a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley also went deep for the resurgent Phillies, who pulled within three games of St. Louis for the league's second wild-card spot with their fourth straight win. Milwaukee and Los Angeles also stand in Philadelphia's way with 11 games remaining.
Despite the loss, the Braves are in excellent position to secure a postseason berth. Their magic number for clinching a spot was five, pending the outcome of the Milwaukee-Washington game.
Kendrick (10-11) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out six. He is 6-2 with a 2.17 ERA since Aug. 14.
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As the Phillies continue their hot ways, so does Ryan Howard. Howard hit his third home run in as many nights tonight to help lead the way against the Braves. The Phillies used four long balls and some good pitching from Kyle Kendrick to win 6-2 and move up another game in the Wild Card hunt.
Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, Kevin Frandsen chipped in with solo home runs of their own...
There is a better shot at that 5th postseason berth for Chase Utley and the Philadelphia Phillies than the numbers display. What can be discovered inside the final matchups on the schedule?
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I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings...
Returning warriors, like Chase Utley, have guided the Philadelphia Phillies to a possible wild-card berth with a strong 2nd half. Can Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard inspire this squad to compete beyond the regular schedule?
TAL’S HANDY CAPS
I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle...
On Thursday night, the Phillies gave the Mets a spanking and then some. It was an outright stomping to the tune of 2 touchdowns and a safety. If you are not a football fan, that is the baseball equivalent of 16 runs.
The 16-1 pummeling began with an 8-run 1st inning. The Phillies went all the way through the line-up, batters 1-8, before a single out was recorded by the Mets. The...
Phillies Bandwagon Still Loading!
Forget the score, the Phillies have done what they needed to do. Sweep the Mets. Now on to the Braves. The Phils are 4 games back after having played 150 games. With 12 games to go it will take a minor miracle for the Phils to make the playoffs but miracles are what make sports fun.
The Cards are playing .500 baseball right now so if that holds...
Final: Braves 2, Phillies 6.
WP: Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89 ERA) LP: Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46 ERA)
The Cubs made an epic comeback earlier this afternoon home against the St. Louis Cardinals, which increased hope for the Phillies of making the playoffs. A win tonight for Philadelphia would mean that they would just be three games back with 11 games left to play. Mission accomplished...
We have reached the end: this is the last Phillies homestand of the 2012 season. The Atlanta Braves open the homestand tonight for the first of a three-game series. Being Atlanta's last visit to Citizens Bank Park and with the impending retirement of Chipper Jones, he will be honored by the Phillies before tonight's game. Kyle Kendrick takes on Braves starter Tommy...
Atlanta Braves (86-64) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (76-74)
Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33) vs. Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 3.95)
Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clear, 70
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The offense exploded last night! Hopefully the Phillies saved some runs for tonight. The sweeping of the New York Mets was huge, and the Phillies need to carry that momentum...
On Wednesday night, the Phillies won the game over the Mets in 2 bookend innings, the 1st and the 9th. In between, not much happened.
Jimmy Rollins led the game off with a solo home run. That turned out to be the only hit for the Phillies until John Mayberry Jr. singled in the 8th. It was also the only run of the game for the Phils until there were 2 outs in the 9th inning.
The Phillies have put themselves into a position in the second wildcard race where a series like this is a must-win. In fact, the next 11 games are all must-wins. They hoped Roy Halladay could help them continue their winning streak, but it wouldn't be that simple.
In the top of the first inning, Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones scored on a three-run home run off the bat...
Juan Pierre helped the Phillies to a 16-1 route of the New York Mets last night with a career-high 5 hits.
For the Phillies, this season will be a memorable one. Last night’s 16-1 drubbing of the hapless New York Mets will be one of the highlights. As the season winds down, though, it becomes more and more apparent that the Phillies will probably not make the playoffs.
Atlanta Braves (86-65) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (77-74)
Mike Minor (9-10, 4.31) vs. Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.03)
Time: 4:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clear, 85
Media: Twitter and Facebook
What a huge win for the Fightin’ Phils on Friday night. They have to continue the momentum all weekend long.
This hasn’t been Roy Halladay’s best season, struggling with injuries...
The Phillies presented Chipper with a Dick Perez painting. (Photo by Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network)
As Chipper Jones makes his final jaunt into Philly this weekend, it brings back awful memories of him tearing the Phillies a new one through all the years. The headline is written with a degree of sarcasm, it also rings true.
Hearing “Larry” come from the stands as...