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Phillies Making Own Breaks Toward Third Straight NL East Crown

Published by on June 4, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

When the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 10-5 on Tuesday night, a couple important things happened.

The Phils went 10 games over .500 at 30-20 and 2 1/2 game lead over the New York Mets in the National League East. Certainly the race in the NL East is not over by a long shot. But temporarily, it gave the Phillies some breathing room from the week-to-week flip flop with the Mets.

The Phils followed up with a win the following night against the Padres, 5-1. The lead widened to three games, as the Mets got rained out Wednesday.

But more significantly, it was the second win this season by a rookie pitcher, Antonio Bastardo, pictured above, in his first big league game of the year.

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