The Phils come up short as they lose to the Nats, 2-1.

The Phils come up a little short as they drop the series to the Nats as they lose, 2-1.

The Nats took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Roger Bernadina, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Ian Desmond’s sacrifice bunt, 5-3, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled, would score on a Alex Cora fielding error of a Carlos Ruiz grounder, while Ben Francisco, who had earlier walked, would stop at second base, while Ruiz would be safe at first. The Phils tried to take the lead in the third as, with John Mayberry, Jr., who was earlier hit by the pitch, and then stole second base, and with two men out, tried to score on a grounder hit into right center field by Howard against the infield shift for an infield single, but was thrown out at home plate by second baseman Danny Espinosa, 4-2, for the inning’s final out. The Nats then retook the lead in their half of the third as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his ninth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 2-1 lead. The Phils tried to retied the game in the sixth, as they loaded the bases, via a walk by Francisco, a single by Raul Ibanez, sending Francisco up to second base, and a walk by pinch hitter Jimmy Rollins, and with two men out, but ended up being denied as pinch hitter Dom Brown flied out to left for the final out. That would be the last threat the Phils would mustard before Drew Storen would come in and collect his tenth save with a scoreless ninth.

Roy Oswalt (3-3, 2.70) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Bastardo), while striking out three (Stutes (2), Bastardo (1)) between them. John Lannan (3-5, 4.05) gets the win, his first against the Phils, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits, a hit batter and three walks, while striking out a batter. Todd Coffey received his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, as he walked a better. Doug Slaten also collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Tyler Clippard collected his twelfth hold of the year as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings. Drew Storen picked up his tenth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, an infield single and a double. Placido Polanco (Single), Raul Ibanez (Single) and Jimmy Rollins (Bunt Single), had the other three Phils’ hits, as the offense could not get a key hit, as their only run came in on a Nats’s error.

The Phils (34-22, 1st) have the day off tomorrow, before starting a three-game series with the Pirates (25-28, 4th Central) in Pittsburgh.

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