The Phils go to 2-0 on the season as they defeat the Nats, 8-4.

The Phils go to 2-0 on the season, for the first time since 2003, as they are led by the bat of Ryan Howard, as he knocks in three runs with a two-run home run and an RBI double, while Ryan Madson pitches a four-out save to save the win for Cole Hamels who would pitch five good enough to win innings to get the victory.

The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via a Jimmy Rollins’ walk, Placido Polanco being hit by the pitch, which moved Rollins up to second base and a single to right by Chase Utley, which sent Rollins on to third base and Polanco up to second, Ryan Howard hits into a 4-6-3 double play, scoring Rollins and sending Polanco to third base, while Utley is wiped out at second base. Two batters later, with runners on the corners, after Jayson Werth reaches base with a walk, and with Raul Ibanez batting, it became 2-0 Phils as Polanco scores on a wild pitch thrown by Nats’ starters Jason Marquis, while Werth moves up to second base. The Nats would make it a 2-1 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the third as, with no one on, and with two men out, Ian Desmond hits a solo home run, his first home run of the year. Three batters later, with two men on, via walks to Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn, with Dunn’s walk moving Zimmerman up to second base, Josh Willingham ties the game up at 2-all with an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, while sending Dunn over to second. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with runners on first and second, via singles to Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz, with Victorino moving up to second on Ruiz’s single, and with one man out, Hamels help his own cause as he hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, while sending Ruiz over to third base, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Nats would retie the score at 3-all in the bottom of the inning as, with two men out and a runner on first, as Nyjer Morgan reached base on a Howard’s error, Desmond hits an RBI double, scoring Morgan. The Phils took the lead for good in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with no outs, Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Polanco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. One batter later, Howard would hit a two-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Utley, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils add to their lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a Polanco single, an Utley walk, which sent Polanco on to second base and a walk to Werth, which moves Polanco up to third and send Polanco on to second, Ibanez made it a 7-3 Phils’ lead with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Polanco. The Nats got a run back in the eight as, with no one out, Adam Kennedy hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Cristian Guzman, who has earlier tripled, making it 7-4 Phils. The Phils would make it an 8-4 lead in the top of the ninth as, with Utley on first, safe on a Desmond’s error, and with no one out, Howard hits an RBI double, scoring Utley from first. That would be the final score as Ryan Madison pitches a four-out save, recording his first save of the season.

Cole Hamels records the win, as he pitches five innings, giving up three runs, only two of which are earned, on five hits and four walks, while striking out five. His record is now 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA. Chad Durbin records his first hold of the season as he pitches two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and a walk, while striking out two batters. Danys Baez pitches one-third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Antonio Bastardo records his first hold of the season as he pitches a third of an inning. Ryan Madson records his first save of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning and a third, giving up two hits while striking out two. Jason Marquis took the lost as he pitches only four innings, plus three batters, as he gives up six runs on eight hits, three walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out only two. His record is now 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. Tyler Walker pitches two shut out innings, as he strikes out three. Jesse English pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Tyler Clippard pitches an inning and a third, giving up just one hit and walking two. Matt Capp pitches an inning, giving up a run on one hit and two walks, while striking out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz all leading the team with two hits apiece, with Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and starter Coel Hamels getting the other three hits. Howard’s two hits were a two-run home run and a double, knocking in three runs, while forcing in a fourth on a bases loaded double play. Polanco had a double and a single, while scoring three runs. Utley had two singles, knocking in a run, while scoring two. Ruiz’s two hits were also singles. Rollins had a double, scoring a run. Victorino had a single, scoring a run. Hamels also had a single, knocking in a run. Ibanez brought in the last Phils’ RBI with a sacrifice fly.

The Phillies (2-0) will conclude their three games series with the Nationals (0-2) with a 4:35 pm late afternoon game in the nation’s capital. The game will be played in Nationals Park. The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (0-0, -.–), who will be pitching in place of the injured Joe Blanton, who is presently on the 15-days disabled list. He will be opposed by Craig Stammen (0-0, -.–) , who is in his second year pitching for the Nationals. The Phillies will be planning to leave Washington with a sweep.

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