Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
TEX 40-40 437 5.46 X 801 (x) 43 12
PHI 43-37 404 5.05 2 773 (2) 64 7

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
TEX 40-40 444 5.55 X 4.90 (x) 4.98 (x)
PHI 43-37 329 4.11 4 4.42 (9) 2.59 (1)

The Texas Rangers came into last night’s game as the team that had both scored and allowed the most runs in all of baseball this season. That must be frustrating if you’re a Rangers fan. If you’re a Phillies fan the frustrating thing is the even-handed, steady consistency with which the Phillies are playing, and losing, these days.

Brett Myers stole the show last night as the Phillies lost for the eighth time in nine games. Myers couldn’t hold a 5-1 lead and didn’t make it out of the third inning. In his defense he may have been suffering from shock that the Phillies scored five runs in a game.

The Phillies lost to the Texas Rangers last night, falling 8-7. They are 43-38 on the season.

Myers got the start for the Phillies and went two innings, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and a home run. He struck out two. His ERA is up to 5.84 on the season.

Ian Kinsler led off the first and hit Myers’ second pitch of the game out to left. 1-0. Josh Hamilton walked with one out, but Milton Bradley hit into a double-play behind him.

David Murphy started the second with a walk and Marlon Byrd walked behind him. Myers struck out Chris Davis and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and then got Ramon Vazquez to ground back to the mound to leave both runners stranded.

He started the third with a 5-1 lead. Kinsler led off with a double and moved to third when Michael Young followed with an infield single. Hamilton was next and he hit a ball back up the middle and off the foot of Myers. The ball bounded in-between first and second where Bruntlett took it, but Hamilton was safe with a single and Kinsler scored to make it 5-2 with men on first and second. Bradley walked to load the bases and Murphy followed with another walk that forced in Young and made it 5-3. Condrey came in to pitch to the righty Byrd and Byrd hit a ground ball to third. Feliz went to Utley for the first out and Utley’s throw to first was in time to get the call. Looked safe to me. Hamilton scored on the play to make it 5-4 with Bradley going to third. Huge double-play for Condrey and it was made bigger when Davis hit the first pitch of his at-bat out to left to put Texas up 6-5. Salty flew to left for the third out.

Myers started the inning up 5-1 and gave up three hits and two walks without getting an out. His line would have been worse without the double-play ball Condrey threw.

Condrey threw a 1-2-3 fourth.

He returned for the fifth and with one out Bradley pounded a 3-2 pitch down the right field line and off the foul pole, putting the Rangers up 7-6. Murphy and Byrd followed with back-to-back singles before Condrey struck out Davis for the second out with men on first and second. Saltalamacchia hit a ball that Rollins fielded at deep short. Rollins threw to second but not in time to get Byrd and the bases were loaded. Madson came in to pitch to the lefty Vazquez and struck him out swinging at a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

Huge out for Madson against a lefty.

Madson came back for the sixth. Kinsler led off with a double and moved to third when Young followed with a fly ball to deep right. Hamilton was next and grounded out to first on a nice diving play by Bruntlett — Kinsler should have scored but held third. Bradley grounded to first to end the inning.

Romero pitched the seventh and walked Byrd with one out, but struck out Davis and Saltalamacchia behind him.

Seanez pitched the eighth. Kinsler walked with one out and stole second. Young doubled to right-center, but Kinsler didn’t run until late and had to hold third. Second bad base-running play by Kinsler in three innings. Hamilton flew to left and Kinsler scored to put Texas up 8-6. Bradley was hit by a pitch before Murphy grounded to second to end the inning.

Six innings for the pen in which they allow three runs on seven hits and two walks. Condrey gave up a pair of home runs, but did help bail Myers out in the third. Manuel didn’t use Lidge, who last pitched on Sunday, and the run that Seanez allowed proved to be critical.

Manuel didn’t have a good game.

Condrey threw 46 pitches, Romero 23, Seanez 20 and Madson 18. The Phils could use a long outing from Hamels.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Kevin Gabbard went (1) Werth (2) Utley (3) Rollins (4) Burrell (5) Howard (6) Feliz (7) Victorino (8) Coste (9) Bruntlett. Howard at DH, Bruntlett plays first. Rollins stays at third with Werth hitting leadoff. Utley stays at second in the order instead of the third, and Burrell and Howard flip from their usual spots in the order. Victorino down to seventh after hitting sixth against the righty on Thursday. Coste catches. Bruntlett should never play first. Nice to see Coste in the lineup. The DH gives the Phillies a chance to put an extra hitter in their lineup and they go with the backup shortstop? Bruntlett is a good utility player — the Phillies shouldn’t ask him to be more than that.

1-2-3 in the first.

Burrell walked to start the second, but Howard struck out and Feliz popped to second. Burrell went to second on a wild pitch before Victorino walked. Coste grounded to short for the third out.

Bruntlett walked to start the third. Werth was next and lined a ball back to the pitcher Gabbard. Gabbard didn’t catch the ball and was bizarrely given an error. Bruntlett went to second. Utley walked to load the bases. Rollins chopped a 1-2 pitch to short. Young charged and made a nice throw to nip Rollins as Bruntlett scored to tie the game at 1-1. The lefty Gabbard walked the righty Burrell to load the bases and set up the double-play. Howard struck out for the second out, but Feliz picked him up, hitting a 1-0 pitch out down the left field line for a grand slam that put the Phils up 5-1. Victorino grounded to second for the third out.

Bad at-bat for Howard with the bases loaded and one out.

Coste homered to left to start the fourth, tying the game at 6-6. After Bruntlett grounded to second for the first out, Werth and Utley singled back-to-back. It put men on first and third with one out for Rollins and Rollins hit into a double-play.

Howard walked with one out in the fifth, but Feliz flew to center and Victorino grounded to first. Davis made a nice diving play on a ball well-hit by Victorino for the third out.

Bruntlett was hit by a pitch with one out in the sixth. Werth struck out for the second out. With Utley at the plate, Bruntlett was running on a 1-2 pitch in the dirt that bounced away from Saltalamacchia. Bruntlett would have moved to second anyway, but because he was running has his eighth stolen base of the season. Utley struck out to end the frame.

Eight stolen bases is a career high for Bruntlett.

Burrell and Howard struck out in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Feliz walked to start the eighth and Taguchi ran for him at first. Victorino struck out swinging at a bad pitch and Coste flew to left before Taguchi stole second. Bruntlett popped to second for the third out.

Werth led off the ninth with a home run that cut the Texas lead to 8-7. Utley grounded to first and Rollins struck out looking before Burrell doubled into the right field corner. Jenkins ran for Burrell and Howard reached on an infield single to short that moved Jenkins to third. Dobbs, who had entered the game at first in the bottom of the eighth after Taguchi ran for Feliz, grounded to second on a 1-1 pitch to end the game and leave both runners stranded.

With Dobbs and Bruntlett both in the game, Manuel put Dobbs at first and Bruntlett at third.

Pinch-running Taguchi for Feliz in the top of the eighth took Feliz out of the game. Phils wound up with the lefty Dobbs instead of the righty Feliz, who hit a grand slam in the game, facing lefty CJ Wilson with two outs and men on first and third in the ninth.

Werth was 2-for-5 with a home run.

Utley 1-for-4 with a walk.

Rollins 0-for-5 with an RBI, two strikeouts and four men left on base.

Burrell 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.

Howard 1-for-4 with a walk, three strikeouts and four men left on base.

Feliz 1-for-3 with a walk and a grand slam.

Victorino 0-for-3 with a walk.

Coste 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Bruntlett 0-for-2 with a walk.

Cole Hamels (7-5, 3.27) faces righty Vicente Padilla (10-3, 3.74) tonight. Texas has won nine of the last ten games that the former Phil Padilla has started. In his 16 starts this season Padilla has walked just ten right-handed batters. Opponents are hitting just .259 against him and his rate of hits per nine innings hasn’t been lower since 2003. He does give up a lot of home runs and has surrendered eight over his last five starts. Hamels is on pace to throw about 226 innings this season coming into this start — that’s too many and there’s no way he’s going to throw that many. He has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last four starts, going at least seven innings each time out.