Kevin McAlpin covers the Phillies for 97.5 The Fanatic.  You can follow him on Twitter(@KevinMcAlpin) 

Last night, the Phillies won their second-straight game on a walk-off home run.  It's a feat the club has only accomplished once before when Johnny Callison hit back-to-back walk-off homers on September 13 and 14, 1962.  Heading in to the ninth inning, the majority of the 45,029 in attendance were still in their seats getting ready for the second night of post-game fireworks.  However, the Phillies offense put up some fireworks of their own, culminating in an improbable 10th inning 9-7 win.  Earlier in the week, Charlie Manuel questioned the team's "edge."  Could the last two night's be a sign that their swagger's coming back?  With two games remaining before the All-Star break, a strong finish against a first place club like the Reds could carry momentum their way heading in to the second-half.

Tonight, the Phillies send their ace Roy Halladay (10-7, 2.33).  Halladay last pitched on Monday and went the distance, giving up just one run on five hits as the Phillies beat the Braves 3-1.  Back on June 30, Halladay pitched eight innings in Cincinnati where he gave up four runs on 13 hits but took the loss.  The Phils will face another youngster as the 23-year-old lefty Travis Wood (0-0, 3.86) gets the nod for the Reds.  Wood last pitched on Monday at the Mets and took a no decision after he was pulled after 4.2 innings and gives up five runs on six hits. 

Monday, injured third baseman Placido Polanco will head to Clearwater to begin rehab.  He said he hopes to return for the series in St. Louis on July 19, however there's no official timetable for his return.  Entering play tonight, the Phillies trail the Braves by five-and-a-half games.  With a stretch run comes plenty of divisional play where ground can be made up, or lost in a hurry.  One thing that's for sure, this team has not and will not panic.

Ruiz Returns:  Today the Phillies activated Carlos Ruiz from the DL.  Reserve catcher Dane Sardinha was designated for assignment to make room for Ruiz.

Phillies Line-Up:  Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Werth RF, Howard 1B, Francisco LF, Ransom 3B, Ruiz C, Castro 2B, Halladay (10-7, 2.33) P.