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Phils Lose Late

The Phillies limped into Saturday afternoon seeking their third win since the All-Star break. That’s not a typo; they’ve won only two games since the midsummer classic.

John Lannan started for the Phils today, bringing his 6-1 career record against the Atlanta Braves to the hill. He was opposed by Braves starter Brandon Beachy.

The Phillies would strike first, as Jimmy Rollins led off the first inning with a single. He would steal second and advance to third on an errant throw from catcher Evan Gattis. After Michael Young flied out, Chase Utley stepped up and grounded out softly to second, allowing Rollins to score from third.

The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the second inning, when John Mayberry, Jr., took Beachy deep to left field. Darin Ruf would score on the homer, and the Phillies led 3-0.

The Braves got on the board in their next at-bat, when Justin Upton hit a solo shot to left center field, making it 3-1. They would get to Lannan in the top of the fifth inning, when Joey Terdoslavich singled to start the inning. He would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by Beachy, and then stole third.

The next batter was shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who would reach base on a sharp ground ball to third. Cody Asche was unable to handle it, allowing Simmons to reach. Justin Upton then followed with a walk to load the bases with one out.

First baseman Freddie Freeman would hit next and he laced a first pitch single to center field. Terdoslavich & Simmons both scored, and the game was tied at 3-3.

That would be all for Lannan, who finished going 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks. Zach Miner replaced him and allowed the go ahead run to score on a ground out by Gattis. Upton scored to make it 4-3 Atlanta.

The Phillies, to their credit, would fight back to tie the game in seventh inning. Mayberry led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sac bunt from Carlos Ruiz. He would score on a bloop single to left field by Rollins.

All told, the Phils went 2-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven men on base.

The game remained tied into the 12th inning, when Jake Diekman walked the bases loaded.  First Justin Upton, then after a ground out advanced him to second, Diekman intentionally walked Gattis to set up a possible double play. That was followed by a walk to Paul Janish.

Charlie Manuel then called on Justin De Fratus to get the final two outs. He would, but not before allowing the go ahead run to score. With the bases loaded and only one out, Dan Uggla stepped up and grounded into a force out the plated Upton and gave the Braves the lead at 5-4.

The Phillies were unable to answer in the bottom of the 12th and lost their 12th game since the break. They are now 2-12 since, and have averaged just three runs per game during that stretch.

They will attempt to avoid the sweep tomorrow night at the Bank; game time is slated for 8:05.

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