Howard powers Phillies past Braves

howard2.jpgRyan Howard is on fire this month and showed that today delivering twice for the phillies. 2nd inning Howard leads off with a solo home run to left center field. When Howard is hittting opposite field you know he is hot. Then the phillies had two rain delays which forced them to take Pedro Martinez out. The last time this happened Moyer came in and went 6 innings had 5 strikeouts and allowed 0 ER. Moyer came in for Martinez again and same story. He went 4.1 innings allowed 1 ER and had 5 strikeouts. In the 4th inning Ryan Howard blasted a two run home run to deep center. That two run shot has him 7 RBI behind Fielder for the leauge lead, and 4 HR behind Pujols for the leauge lead. Howard finished the game 3-3 with a walk and 3 RBI. In the 7th the struggling Ibanez leadoff the inning with a triple. Then Pedro Feliz drove him in to make the score 4-1. Madson came in to pitch in the 8th to hold the game for the closer. First batter, leadoff double. Here we go again…not. Madson only let up the one run getting Adam LaRoche to fly out with 2 outs and bases loaded. Lidge, after blowing his last save on six pitches, had a 1-2-3 inning and converted a save. WHAT!?!?! Lidge actually got a save? Yes and that save can hopefully turn into many saves and more saves into the postseason. Overall this game was huge for the phillies. They are now 8 games ahead of the Braves and Marlins, Moyer is and Martinez are both looking good and have a chance to win with either one of them pitching and Madson and Lidge both can try and feed of this game.

Tomorrow the undefeated philly Cliff Lee will pitch. Lee is 5-0 with an amazing 0.68 ERA in a phils uniform. He went 7 innings and allowed 0 ER and got the win his last start. Lowe will take the hill for the Braves. He is 12-8 with a 4.48 ERA. Lowe got a ND his last start only going 5 innings allowing 3 ER.

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