The Phils start their latest home stand with a lost as they drop one to the Nats, 4-1.

The Phils begin their latest home stand with a lost as they drop one to the Nationals, 4-1.

The Nats took the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, Livan Hernandez helped his cause with an RBI single, knocking in Wilson Ramos, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Laynce Nix’s walk, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead, while sending Nix, who had earlier walked, on to second base. The Nats then took a 2-0 lead as the next batter, Rick Ankiel, hits an RBI single, knocking in Nix, while sending Hernandez on to second base. The Phils got a run back in their half of the second as, with two men on, and with two men out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Danny Espinosa’s fielding error, stopped at second base on Raul Ibanez’s single, then went to third on Carlos Ruiz’s fly out, cutting the Nationals’ lead down to 2-1, while sending Ibanez, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Nats added to their lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Ankiel, who then stole second base, a single by Espinosa, sending Ankiel on to third base, and a walk to Ryan Zimmerman, sending Espinosa up to second base, and with one man out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 3-unassisted, scoring Ankiel, giving the Nats a 3-1 lead, while moving both Espinosa and Zimmerman up a base. The Nats then made it a 4-1 lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Ian Desmond, who had earlier hit a ground-rule double. The Phils tried to rally in the ninth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Chase Utley’s single, cutting the Nats’ lead down to 4-2. Drew Storen then ended the rally by getting Ibanez to pop out to the second baseman for the final out, thus recording his thirty-first save of the season.

Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.62) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out five.  Kyle Kendrick pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Livan Hernandez (7-11, 4.21) got the win as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Tyler Clippard recorded his thirtieth hold of the season as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Drew Storen recorded his thirty-first save of the year, as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, as he struck out a batter.

The Phils had only six hits in the ballgame, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, both singles. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez (RBI), had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. Hunter Pence knocked in the other Phil run with a sacrifice fly.

The Phils (77-41, 1st) will continue their series with the Nats (57-61, 4th) 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 (4-7, 3.84), who is coming off a lost to the Giants on August 7, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 3-1 lost. He will be out to even the series in his second start back from his injury. The Nats will counter with John Lannan (8-7, 3.56), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on August 7, as he went six innings, giving up a run on six hits and four walks, while he struck out three, in the Nats’ 3-2 win. He will be trying to give the Nats the series win. The Phils will be out to even the series while hoping that the old Oswalt will be back with this start.

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