The Phils once again come from behind, giving Doc Halladay his seventh win of the season, as they defeat the Nats, 5-4.
The Nats took the lead in the second as Michael Morse hits a lead-off home run, his seventh home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. Four batters later, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Livan Hernandez performed a sucide squeeze bunt RBI out, 3-unassisted, scoring Jerry Hairston, who was earlier safe at first on a force out, 5-4, wiping out at second base Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Alex Cora’s single, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Cora, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils cut the Nats’ lead in half in the fourth as, with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his twelfth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead. The Phils then tied it up at two-all as Ryan Ibanez hits a solo home run of his own, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils then took the lead two batters later as, with a man on second, and with still one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats tied it up at three-all in the fifth as, with two men out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the year. The Nats then retook the lead in the sixth as Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his eighth home run of the season. The Phils retied the game at four-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Chase Utley’s walk, while sending Utley, who had just walked, to third base. The Phils then took a 5-4 lead as Ibanez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley. The Nats tried to retie the game in their half of the seventh as they put runners on the corners, via a double by Cora, and a single by Ian Desmond, which sent Cora to third base, with no one out. Roy Halladay then got out of the inning by first getting Rick Ankiel to hit a grounder to him, before he threw home, catching Cora in a rundown before he is tagged out at third, 1-2-5, for the inning’s first out, while Desmond moved up to second base and Ankiel was safe at first, then getting Espinosa to fly out to left for the inning’s second out, before striking out Jayson Werth for the final out. That would be the final score as Ryan Madson would record his twelfth save in twelve tries as he pitched a strong 1-2-3 ninth.
Roy Halladay (7-3, 2.56) gets the win as he goes seven innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, as he struck out five. Antonio Bastardo recorded his third hold of the year as he gets out the only man that he would face in a third of an inning. Jose Contreras received his second hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, hitting a batter. Ryan Madson recorded his twelfth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. Livan Hernandez received a no-decision as he went six and one-third innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out four. Sean Burnett blew his fourth save before taking the lost (0-2, 5.59) as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Todd Coffey pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.
The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles), Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double) all leading the team with two hits apiece. Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Dom Brown (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to roll.
The Phils (34-20, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (22-31, 5th) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.50), who is coming off a win against the Reds on May 26, as he went eight innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Phils’ 10-4 rout. He’ll be trying for his fifth win of the year. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (5-2, 4.26), who is coming off a lost against the Brewers on May 25, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out only one, in the Nats’ 6-4 lost. He will be trying to do better than his last start against the Phils. The Phils will be going for their third straight series win.