Kyle Kendrick turned in his fifth straight poor start, allowing five runs on seven hits in just four innings, "highlighted" by Prince Fielder's three run bomb in the first inning. Randy Wolf turned in a solid outing, allowing just two runs over 6 2/3 innings.
Scott Mathieson made his first appearance for the Phillies since June, allowing an unearned run due to an error by first baseman Ryan Howard.
The game was not without questionable moves from Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel. Notably, the decision to use Mathieson in a close, pressure situation, in addition to not pinch-hitting for left fielder Ben Francisco in the eighth inning, with runners on first and second and representing the tying run against righty reliever John Axford. Francisco flied out to right, effectively ending the day for the Phillies.
Both Phillies runs scored in the bottom of the second inning on a two-RBI double from Carlos Ruiz.