The Phils leave Washington with a win as Cole Hamels threw eight strong innings, as the Phils defeat the Nats, 9-3.

The Phils escape the Nation’s capital with a victory behind the strong pitching of Cole Hamels as they defeat the Nats, 9-3.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, with Chad Tracy at the plate, Bryce Harper, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, and then went to third on a single to left by Jayson Werth, would steal home plate, his first stolen base of both the season and his career, as Phils’ starter Cole Hamels was trying to keep Werth close to first, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Hunter Pence hits a two-run home run, his fifth home run of the season, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had lead the inning off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils added to their lead three batters later as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits an RBI single, knocking in Laynce Nix, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second base on Carlos Ruiz’s ground out, 4-3, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils then busted the game open in the ninth. With a runner on second, and with one man out, Juan Pierre hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead, before Pierre moved up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then took a 5-1 lead as Victorino hits an RBI triple, scoring Pierre. The Phils then made it a 7-1 lead as Pence hits his second two-run home run of the game, his sixth home run of the season, knocking in Victorino. Four batters later, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Freddy Galvis hits a two-run single, knocking in Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Polanco’s double, and Polanco, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 9-1 lead. The Nats would get one of the runs back in their half of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Roger Bernadina hits an RBI double, scoring Rick Ankiel, who had earlier hit into a force out, 3-6, wiping out at second base Danny Espinosa, who had earlier walked, for the inning’s second out, then stopped at second base on Wilson Ramos’ single, making it a 9-2 Phils’ lead, while sending Ramos, who had just singled, on to third base. The Nats then made it a 9-3 Phils’ lead as Ian Desmond hits an RBI single, scoring Ramos, while sending Bernadina all the way to third. After Desmond moved up to second base on defensive indifference, Brian Sanches finally ended the ballgame by getting Steve Lombardozzi to pop out to the second baseman for the final out.

Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.45) got the win as he threw eight strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits, a walk, and a hit batter, while he struck out eight. Brian Sanches pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Jordan Zimmermann (1-3, 2.29) took the lost as he went six innings, plus three batters, giving up three runs on seven hits, four walks and a hit batter, while he struck out one. Craig Stammen and Sean Burnett combined for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out one batter (Stammen) between them. Ryan Perry pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up six runs on five hits and a walk. Tom Gorzelanny pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.

The Phils’ bats had thirteen hits in the ballgame, with Placido Polanco (Singles, Double, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Juan Pierre (Singles, RBI) and Hunter Pence (Home Runs, 4 RBIs) with two hits each. Shane Victorino (Triple, RBI), Laynce Nix (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Single), Pete Orr (Single), Freddie Glavis (Single, 2 RBIs) and Cole Hamels (Single) had the other six Phils’ hits. The Phils also had five walks, a hit batter (Hamels) and a stolen base (Jimmy Rollins (6)), in the game.

The Phils (14-15, 5th) will start a home stand, starting with a three-game set against the Mets (15-13, 3rd). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (3-2, 3.40), who is coming off an awful start against the Braves on May 2, as he pitched five and one-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on twelve hits, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 15-13 extra-innings lost. He will be trying to come back from that bad start as he continues to look for his fourth win of the season. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (2-1, 4.08), who is coming off a lost to the Astros on May 1, as he threw just three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks, while he struck out a batter, in the Mets’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to recover from that lost. The Phils will be trying to bounce back from their losing series in Washington.

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