eighth. Steve Cishek allowed his first to batters to reach in the ninth, then struck out Ben Revere, Maikel Franco and Chase Utley for his 35th save. DODGERS 4, GIANTS 2 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clayton Kershaw (19-3) allowed two runs and seven
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straight playoff appearances (and winning the 2008 World Series) with a core that included Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels. But overpriced contracts and aging players have sunk the Phillies the last three seasons. They entered
Franco, Phillies rally to snap Pirates' 4-game win streak
Marte was awarded a double instead of a homer and was stranded at third. The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the first on Chase Utley 's RBI single. Franco hit a popup to shallow right that fell for a double when second baseman Neil Walker couldn
five starts with a 1.72 ERA - his best versus an NL team outside of a 1.64 mark against Miami. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are a combined 3 for 14 against Volquez. One problem for the right-hander is that the Pirates haven't given him
fourth-lowest ERA by a pitcher against one opponent over at least five starts in the last two years. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard - three of the Phillies' top five RBI leaders - are a combined 10 for 68 with 22 strikeouts against
A.J. Burnett strikes out 12 to help Phillies cool red-hot Nats
National League batting lead at .314 with Colorado's Justin Morneau, went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .311. Chase Utley went 0-for-4, extending his slump to 3-for-29.
Burnett K's 12, Phillies beat Nationals 3-2
for the NL batting lead at .314 with Colorado's Justin Morneau, went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .311. Chase Utley went 0-for-4, extending his slump to 3-for-29. TRAINER'S ROOM Nationals: Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera
versus the Phillies this season. Philadelphia's Cody Asche is batting .375 with four doubles in the season series, though Ryan Howard is 5 for 48 (.104) with 21 strikeouts and Chase Utley is 8 for 49 (.163) against the Nationals.
Revere, who entered the day second in the National League in hitting, went 3 for 4 to raise his average to .315. Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd also drove in runs for Philadelphia, which won its third in four games. Matt Adams homered and Matt
was already on his way off the mound by the time manager Ryne Sandberg arrived. "He's a competitor," teammate Chase Utley said. "I don't blame him for being frustrated for coming out of the game." Kendrick wasn't any better on June