Countdown to the Playoffs, Game # 13: The Phils rally in the ninth, defeating the Nats on a Jayson Werth walk-off two-run bomb, as they win, 7-6.

The Phils rally for four runs in the ninth, winning the game on a two-run bomb by Jayson Werth, as they come from behind to defeat the Nats, 7-6, sweeping the three-game series, to stay three games ahead of the Braves, who are coming to Philly for an important three-game set.

The Nats took the lead in the third as Willie Harris hits a lead-off home run, his ninth home run of the season, to give the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brian Schneider hits a two-run double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Raul Ibanez’s single, and Ibanez, who had just singled, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Werth hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, then stole second base, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Nats retook the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Michael Morse hits a three-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Ian Desmond, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, and Adam Dunn, who had just walked, giving the Nats a 4-3 lead. The Nats increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Danny Espinosa hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 5-3 Nats’s lead. The Phils threaten to get back into the game in their half of the seventh as Polanco and Chase Utley started the inning off with singles, with Polanco stopping at second base, and with nobody out. But Sean Burnett then struck out Ryan Howard and then Jayson Werth, both swinging, for outs number one and two of the inning. He then ended the inning by getting Raul Ibanez to lined out to the second baseman, 4-unassisted. The Nats then made it 6-3 in the eighth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Harris hits an RBI single, knocking in Roger Bernadina, who had earlier doubled, while sending Morse, who had just been intentionally walked, to second base. The Phils then struck in the ninth. Polanco started the inning off with a lead-off single. Utley followed with a double, sending Polanco to third. Howard then knocked them both in with a two-run single to right center field, making it a 6-5 Nats’ lead. Werth, after getting the count 3-1, fouled off three straight pitches, before sending the next pitch, a fastball, deep into left center field for a two-run walk-off home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year, scoring Howard before him, giving the Phils a 7-6 walk-off win.

Joe Blanton got a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out eight. Danys Baez pitches an inning, giving up a run on a hit. J.C. Romero pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Vance Worley gets the win, his first in the majors, as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA. Yunesky Maya also receives a no-decision as he pitches four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. Doug Slaten pitches a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Joel Peralta collects his eight hold of the year as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out one. Sean Burnett collects his twentieth hold of the year as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Tyler Clippard receives his twenty-second hold as he pitches a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Drew Storen blew his second save opportunity before taking the lost as he pitches to four batters, giving up four runs on four hits. His record is now 3-4 with a 3.83 ERA.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Brian Schneider leading the team with three hits each, with Utley’s hits being two singles and a double, Werth’s three hits being two singles, and the game winning two-run home run, knocking in three runs, while Schneider’s three hits were two singles and a double, knocking in two. Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez both followed with two hits apiece, all singles, while Ryan Howard had the final Phil hit, a two-run single. The Phils’ offense keep on hitting the ball and scoring runs, as they prepare to meet the Braves for an important three game series.

The Phils (89-61, 1st) will continue their home stand with an important three-game series with the Braves (86-64, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will start the series off with their number two starter Cole Hamels (11-10, 3.01), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on September 14, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, while striking out thirteen, in the Phils’ 2-1 win. In his last three starts, his record is 3-0, as he had pitched twenty and two-thirds innings, giving up only one run on twelve hits and six walks, while striking out twenty-five. He will be going for his five straight win, while planning to give the Phils a good start in the home stand. The Braves will counter with Brandon Beachy (0-0, -.–), who will be starting the game in place of original announced starter Jair Jurrjens. He will be trying to give the Phils’ bats fit while he is on the mound. The Phils will be going for their eighth win in a row, while trying to not let a rookie who was put on the mound at literally the last minute slow them down.

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