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.

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