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33 games in 31 days: Game #26: The Phils losing streak hits five straight for the first time in 2011, despite scoring five runs for the first time since Saturday, as they lose to the Nats, 7-5.

Despite scoring five runs for the first time since they had clinched their division, the Phils losing streak reaches five games for the first time in 2011, as they fall to the Nats, 7-5.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Wilson Ramos hits a two-run home run, his fourteenth home run of the year, knocking in Chris Marrero, who had earlier singled, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ben Francisco hits an RBI single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Raul Ibanez’s single, making it a 2-1 Nats’ lead, while sending Ibanez, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, after Brian Schneider had loaded up the bases with a single, moving both Ibanez and Francisco up a base, and with still one man out, Vance Worley tied the game up at two-all with an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, while sending Francisco to third and moving Schnieder up to second base. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Ibanez knocked in Mayberry, who had earlier singled, stole second base, then went to third on catcher Ramos’ throwing error, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats regain the lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a two-run home run, his twenty-first home run of the year, scoring Michael Morse, who had just singled, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead. The Nats added to their lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Espinosa, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, then went to second base on Marrero’s walk, would score on pitcher Antonio Bastardo’s throwing error of Rick Ankiel’s bunt attempt, as he tried to force out Espinosa at third, giving the Nats a 5-3 lead, while allowing Marrero, who had just walked, to reach third base, and Ankiel to reach second base. The Nats then made it a 6-3 lead one batter later as Ramos hits an RBI single, scoring Marrero, while Ankiel would stop at third, putting runners on the corners. Pinch hitter Jonny Gomes then made it a 7-3 Nats’ lead as he hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ankiel. The Phils got two runs back in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Mayberry hits a two-run home run, his fifteenth home runs of the season, scoring Chase Utley, who had just walked, making it a 7-5 Nats’  lead. That would end up being the final score as Henry Rodriguez collected his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (11-3, 3.00) took the lost as he went six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out six. Joe Blanton pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, as he struck out one. Justin De Fratus pitched to two batters, getting neither one out, as he gave up two runs on a hit batter and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, as he gave up two runs on two hits and an error, while striking out a batter. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. John Lannan (10-13, 3.73) got the win as he went five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out three. Craig Stammen collected his first hold of the year as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Atahualpa Severino pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Todd Coffey collected his tenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Henry Rodriguez collected his first save of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Ben Francisco (Singles, RBI) leading the team with three hits each. Raul Ibanez followed with two hits, both singles, knocking in a run. Brian Schneider and Vance Worley (RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, as the offense finally scored more than five runs in a game since Saturday, but still lost. Still, the offense need to get out of its present hitting funk, especially the first four batters, as they have been in a collective 0-fer stupor since Saturday. Hopefully the expected return of Ryan Howard will help the team.

The Phils (98-57, 1st) will play their last regular season home game with the Nats (75-79, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (8-9, 3.66), who is coming off a win against the Cardinals on September 17, as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up five hits, as he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 9-2 win. He hope to put an end to the Phils’ five-game losing streak. The Nats will counter with Brad Peacock (1-0, 1.42), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 14, as he went five innings, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 2-0 win. He will try to add to the Phils’ present woes. The Phils will be trying to end their season at home on a winning note, after such a horrific home stand.

33 games in 31 days: Game #25: The Phils are swept in the doubleheader, as they lose the nightcap, 3-0

The Phils lose the second game of their doubleheader, as they fall to the Nats, 3-0.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with one man out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his twentieth home run of the year, giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. The Nats took a 2-0 lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ross Detwiler helped his own cause with an RBI single, scoring Espinsoa, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Wilson Ramos’ single, while Ramos, who had earlier singled, would stop at third on the late throw to the plate. The Nats then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third on Michael Morse’s single, would score as Carlos Ruiz’s pick-off throw hits him and gets away from third baseman Placido Polanco, allowing him to score, while Morse would move up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen picked up his fortieth save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (16-8, 2.38) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on eleven hits, while he struck out nine.  Justin De Fratus and David Herndon combined for two scoreless innings, giving up just a walk (Herndon), while striking out two (Herndon) between them. Ross Detwiler (3-5, 3.30) got the win as he pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up just three hits and one walk, while striking out three. Henry Rodriguez collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Drew Storen received his fortieth save of the year, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had just three hits in the ballgame, all singles, with Ben Francisco leading the team with two hits, while Placido Polanco had the other one. With this game, the team has hit a low point during this present period of getting few hits and scoring fewer runs. Seriously guys, this is not the way to build momentum going into the playoffs. Quit fooling around, or else you won’t get past the first round. Start playing up to your game, and cream the Nats for the next couple of games.

The Phils (98-56, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (74-79, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (11-2, 2.85), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on September 16, as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 4-2 extra-innings lost. He will be seeing if he can help end the Phils’ present four game losing streak. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (9-13, 3.68), who is coming off a lost to the Marlins on September 16, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks, while he struck out one, in the Nats’ 3-0 lost. He will be trying to give the Phils their first five game losing streak. The Phils will be out to put an end to their present slide and try to start building some momentum for the playoff.

33 games in 31 days: Game #24: The Phils drop their third game in a row as they lose to the Nats in extra-innings, 4-3.

The Phils lackluster offense continues as they lose their third game in a row, this time to the Nats, in extra-innings, 4-3.

The game starts out as a six innings pitchers’ duel between Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who gives up just four hits, while striking out four, and Nats’ starter Tom Milone against the Phils C-team line-up, who also gave up only four hits, while striking out two. The Nats took the lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and with two men out, Roger Bernadina hits a three-run home run, his seventh home run on the season, scoring Alex Cora, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Ian Desmond’s grounder, as Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Cora’s single, is tagged out at home plate, tw0-unassisted, for the inning’s second out, giving the Nats a 3-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch hitter Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twentieth home run of the year, knocking in Pete Orr and Michael Martinez, who had both singled, with Orr stopping at second base on Martinez’s single. The Nats retook the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, scoring Michael Morse, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on a Erik Kratz’s passed ball, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead, while sending Danny Espinosa, who had earlier been intentionally walked, on the third base, before moving up to second base on the late throw to the plate. That would be the final score as Drew Storen would collect his thirty-ninth save by pitching a scoreless tenth.

Kyle Kendrick received a no-decision, as he pitched six shutout innings, giving up four hits, while striking out four. Michael Schwimer pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out two. Joe Savery made his major league debut as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Brad Lidge pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Michael Stutes (6-2, 3.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Tom Milone also received a no-decision, as he also pitched six shutout inning, giving up just four hits, while striking out two. Doug Slaton pitched to two batters, with both men reaching base, as he gave up two runs on two hits. Tyler Clippard committed his seven blown save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while he struck out a batter. Sean Burnett pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Tom Gorzelanny (4-6, 4.09) got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Drew Storen collected his thirty-ninth save of the season as he pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with John Mayberry, Jr. and Hunter Pence leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Wilson Valdez (Single), Erik Kratz (Double), Pete Orr (Single), Michael Martinez (Single), pinch hitter Raul Ibanez (Home Run, 3 RBIs) and pinch hitter Placido Polanco (Single), had the other six Phils’ hits, as the offense continue to struggle stringing together hits and scoring runs.

The Phils (98-55, 1st) will continue their doubleheader with the Nationals (73-79, 3rd), with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on September 15, as he went nine innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out twelve, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning win. He will once again go for win no. seventeen, while trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present slide. The Nats plan to counter with Ross Detwiler (2-5, 4.42), who is coming off a no-decision against Mets on September 12, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats a sweep, while hoping the Phils don’t decide to wake up from their offensive sleepwalking and take it out on him.  The Phils will be out to end their present offensive ineptitude.

The Phils gets snake bit once again by Mother Nature and the Nats, as they lose in extra-innings on a walk-off bases loaded hit by the pitch, 5-4.

The Phils lose the use of another starter because of another long rain delay before losing to the Nats in 10 innings, thanks to a walk-off bases loaded hit by the pitch, 5-4.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ryan Zimmerman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ian Desmond, who had started off the game for the Nats with a double, then went to third on Rick Ankiel’s single, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats then added to their lead as, with once again runners on the corners, as Ankiel would go to third on Michael Morse’s single, and now with two men out, Danny Espiniosa hits an RBI single, knocking in Ankiel, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Morse up to second base. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier reached base on an infield single. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the year, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. In the top of the sixth, the game would be delayed by rain for over an hour, causing both clubs to remove their starters, Roy Halladay for the Phils and Chien-Ming Wang for the Nats. In the bottom of the sixth, the Nats would tie the game up at three-all as Espinosa hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the season. The Phils would retake the lead in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Michael Martinez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ibanez, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Ruiz’s single, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead, while sending Ruiz, who had just singled, up to second base. The Nats would retie the game up at four-all in their half of the ninth as, with two men out, Desmond hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the season. The Nats would win the game in the tenth as, with the bases loaded, via a Zimmerman double, an intentional walk of Morse, and a single by Jayson Werth, which moved both runners up a base, and with one man out, as Brad Lidge struck out, swinging, Espinosa, for the inning’s first out, Jonny Gomes, with a 1-0 count, is hit by the next pitch, forcing in Zimmerson, giving the Nats a 5-4 walk-off win.

Roy Halladay gets a no-decision, thanks to the hour plus rain delay, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out five. Michael Schwimer, making his major league debut, blew his first save opportunity of the year as he pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out four. Antonio Bastardo committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, as he struck out the side. Brad Lidge (0-1, 2.25) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter, while he struck out one. Chien-Ming Weng also received a no-decision, thanks to the long rain delay, as he pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Tom Gorzelanny pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Todd Coffey and Tyler Clippard would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Clippard), while striking out one (Coffey) batter between them. Drew Storen pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Sean Burnett (4-5, 4.63) gets the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Carlos Ruiz (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Michael Martinez (Single, RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits.

The Phils (81-44, 1st) will start a three games series with the Mets (60-66, 4th), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (13-7, 2.82), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on August 17, as he went seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 9-2 rout. He will be going for his fourth straight win, while hoping to give the bullpen a rest, after the way it was messed up thanks to the rains of the previous four days. The Mets will counter with Dillon Gee (11-4, 3.92), who is coming off a win against the Padres on August 17, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Mets’ 7-3 win. He will be trying to confound the Phils. The Phils will be out to take last weekend’s embarrassment out on the Mets.

Roy Oswalt and Michael Stutes combine for the eight-hit shutout as the Phils beat the Nats, 5-0.

Phils pitching shuts down the Nats’ bats, as they defeat the Nationals, 5-0.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits a two-run triple, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, then, although being caught off first base by Nats’ starter John Lannan, he would be safe at second as shortstop Ian Desmond committed a miss catch error, and Carlos Ruiz, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats tried to score in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, Ryan Zimmerman on second, via a single, and a walk to Michael Morse, which sent Zimmrman up to second base, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a single to left. Zimmerman is sent in to score, but, he is thrown out at the plate by a one-hop strike by Mayberry, for the inning’s second out, while Morse would stop at second base on the play. Roy Oswalt would then get out of the inning by striking out Danny Espinosa. That would turn out to be the Nats’ last shot as Oswalt would control them until he is replaced by Michael Stutes in the ninth. The Phils would add to their lead in the sixth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his fifteenth home run of the year, and his fourth as a Phil, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. Five batters later, the Phils made it a 5-0 lead as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a two-run single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, sending Mayberry, who had singled earlier, up to second base, then moved up to second base on Valdez’s force out grounder, 5-unassisted, forcing out Mayberry at third base, for the inning’s first out, then stopped at third base on Oswalt’s sacrifice bunt that lead to the bases being loaded as Collin Balester tried to throw to third base to force out Ruiz, but failed, and Valdez, who had been safe at first on his force out, then would stop at second base on Oswalt’s sac bunt, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while Oswalt, who had been safe at first on the sac bunt-fielder’s choice, would be thrown out at third, 8-5, for the inning’s second out, while Rollins would move up to second base on the throw. That would be the final score as Stutes pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, ending the game on an Espinosa ground out, 3-unassisted.

Roy Oswalt (6-7, 3.51) got the win as he pitched eight shutout innings, giving up eight hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Stutes pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. John Lannan (8-9, 2.61) took the lost as he pitched five innings plus three batters, giving up five runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks, while striking out one. Collin Balester pitched two innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Henry Rodriguez and Ryan Mattheus combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two walks (one each), while striking out two (Rodriguez) batters between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (2 RBIs), John Mayberry, Jr. and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with two hits each, all singles. Shane Victorino (Single), Hunter Pence (Home Run, RBI) and Wilson Valdez (Triple, 2 RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits.

The Phils (81-43, 1st) will conclude their series (depending on the weather) with the Nats (60-64, 3rd), with the game already in progress, with the Phils presently in the lead.

Roy Oswalt wins his first start since coming back from the DL as the offense take advantage of Nats’ mistakes as the Phils win, 11-3.

Roy Oswalt wins his first start after coming off the DL, as the bats take advantage of several Nats’ mistakes, as the Phils beat the Nats, 11-3.

The Phils took the lead in the first as. with one man on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a two-run home run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who began the game reaching base on second baseman Danny Espinosa’s fielding error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats cut the Phils’ lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Laynce Nix hits an RBI double, knocking in Michael Morse, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Jayson Werth’s fly out, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. Two batters later, the Nats’ tied the game up at two-all as Ian Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Nix, before moving up to second base on Raul Ibanez’s late throw to the plate. The Phils regain the lead in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Shane Victorino, who had been safe at first on shortstop Desmond’s throwing error, then stopped at third on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, on to third base. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, after Hunter Pence had walked, the Phils added to their lead as Ibanez hits an RBI ground out, 3-1, for the inning’s first out, scoring Utley, to give the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Howard on to third base, and Pence up to second base. Three batters later, after Carlos Ruiz had been intentionally walked to reload the bases, and then Wilson Valdez had hit into a force out at the plate, 1-2, as Nats’ starter John Lannan had made a good play on his grounder, beating Howard with his throw to the plate for the second out, while the other two runners both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded, the Phils took a 5-2 lead as Roy Oswalt walked, forcing home Pence, while sending Ruiz over to third, and Valdez up to second as the bases remained loaded. Jimmy Rollins then followed with an infield single to short, knocking in Ruiz, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead, before it became a 7-2 Phils’ lead as Valdez, who had kept on running, scored as well, while Oswalt stopped at second. The Nats got a run back in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Morse hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Zimmerman, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Oswalt’s wild pitch, making it a 7-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the sixth as, with the bases loaded once again, via a strikeout-wild pitch on Rollins, allowing him to reach first base, a single by Victorino. moving Rollins up to second base, and a force attempt fielding error by first baseman Morse, allowing Utley to reach first base, as Rollins stopped at third, and Victorino reached second base, and with one man out, Howard hits into an RBI force out, 3-6, wiping out Utley at second base for the second out, before Howard beats the throw back to first base, allowing Rollins to score, giving the Phils an 8-3 lead, while Victorno would stop at third base. The Phils then increased their lead in the eighth as, with the bases once more loaded, via a walk to Rollins, a single by Victorino, sending Rollins on to second base, a Ryan Mattheus’ wild pitch that moved both runners up a base and an intentional walk to Howard, and with one man out, Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, giving the Phils a 9-3 lead, while moving both Victorino and Howard up a base, leaving the bases loaded. Ibanez then made it a 10-3 lead as he hits a sacrifice fly to left, knocking in Victorino. The Phils then took an 11-3 lead as Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, while sending Pence up to second base. That would be the final score as Michael Stutes would throw his second scoreless inning in relief of Oswalt.

Roy Oswalt (5-7, 3.84) gets the win as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five. Michael Stutes pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. John Lannan (8-8, 3.55) took the lost as he lasted just three innings, giving up seven runs, only one of which was earned, thanks to three Nats’ errors, on four hits and five walks, while striking out only one. Collin Balester pitched three innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out three. Henry Rodriguez pitched an inning, plus two batters, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, as he struck out a batter. Ryan Mattheus also pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino (Singles) and Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 4 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (RBI), Chase Utley, Hunter Pence (RBI), Carlos Ruiz (RBI) and Wilson Valdez had the other five Phils hits, all singles. Raul Ibanez knocked in two runs, via a ground out and a sac fly and Roy Oswalt, via a walk, forced in a run. The final Phil run scored as Valdez kept on running from second base on Rollins’ infield single, following Ruiz across the plate.

The Phils (78-41, 1st) are not playing today as their game with the Nats was rained out. Their next game will be Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.

The Phils get crushed as they lose to the Nats, 10-2.

The Phils are crushed as they lose to the Nats, 10-2.

The Nats took the lead in the third as, with the bases loaded, via Jason Marquis being safe at first on a force out on a bunt attempt, 1-6, as he tried to move Brian Bixler, who had earlier singled, over to second base, a single by Roger Bernadina, sending Marquis on to second base, and a walk by Ian Desmond, moving both men up a base, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Marquis, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while Bernadina would move up to third. The Nats then took a 2-0 lead as, now with runners on the corners, and now with two men out, Michael Morse hits an RBI single, knocking in Bernadina, while sending Desmond up to second base. The Nats then made it a 5-0 lead as Danny Espinosa hits a three-run home run, his ninth home run of the year, scoring both Desmond and Morse. The Phils got on the scoreboard in the fifth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the year, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 5-1. The Phils then cut the Nats’ lead down to 5-2 as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a solo shot, his third home run of the season. The Nats got a run back in the sixth as Espinose hits a lead-off home run, his tenth home run of the season, and his second in the ballgame, giving the Nats a 6-2 lead. The Nats then broke the game wide open in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Morse hits an RBI double, knocking in Desmond, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on a Werth ground out, 5-3, and then stole third, giving the Nats a 7-2 lead.  Two batters later, the Nats took an 8-2 lead as Ivan Rodriguez hits an RBI single, knocking in Morse, before going on to second base on the throw home. The Nats then made it a 9-2 lead as Jerry Hairston hits an RBI single, scoring Rodriguez, before being caught in a rundown, and then being tagged out, as he tried to move up to second base, 7-5-4, for the inning’s final out. The Nats added a run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Cole Kimball, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Desmond’s walk, giving the Nats a 10-2 lead, while sending Desmond, who had just walked, over to third base. That would end up being the final score as the Phils went down in the ninth.

Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94) took the lost as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out four. Michael Stutes pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Danys Beaz pitched an inning, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Mike Zagurski pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out one. Jason Marquis (6-2, 4.13) got the win as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out four. Tyler Clippard collected his eleventh hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Cole Kimball pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco (Singles), Carlos Ruiz (Singles) and Dom Brown (Double, Home Run, RBI), all leading the team with two hits each.  Chase Utley (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Home Run, RBI), had the other three hits, as the Phils’ offense was unable to overcome another early deficit.

The Phils (34-21, 1st) will conclude their three-game series with the Nats (23-31, 5th) with an afternoon game, already in progress.