An eight-game losing streak mercifully came to an end Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, in what may be perhaps the final game before some major roster reshuffling.
The Phillies hadn't won since July 19 and hadn't even homered since July 20.
Plenty went right Tuesday night — the Phils racked up 10 hits, slammed two home runs and got a quality start from John Lannan. The bullpen closed it out without even making it interesting.
Michael Young — the focus of many a rumor as Wednesday's trade deadline quickly approaches — went deep in the sixth to give the Phils a 6-2 lead. He, as well as Chase Utley, Delmon Young and John Mayberry all had two hits apiece.
John Lannan improved to 3-4 and lowered his ERA to 4.10 by giving up three runs in seven innings and allowing seven hits. Antonio Bastardo and Justin De Fratus both gave up one hit but nothing more in scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth.
For the first time since being called up, Darin Ruf did not reach base safely. He had done so in 26 straight games dating back to last season.
Promoted prospect Cody Asche, whom Charlie Manuel said will start at third base on Wednesday, popped up on an 0-2 pitch in his major-league debut.
Red Sox no longer after Lee
According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Red Sox are no longer pursuing Cliff Lee as the Phillies' asking price for the All-Star left-hander seems to be too high. Instead, Boston will acquire Jake Peavy from the White Sox, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.