The Phils are unable to complete the sweep as they are blanked by the Nats, 3-0.

The Phils are prevented from completing the sweep as they get blanked by the Nats, 3-0.

The Phils tried to take the lead in the second as, with two men on, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier reached base on a force out, 5-4, as Ty Wigginton, who had lead-off the inning reaching base on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s fielding error, is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, then moved up to second base on Dom Brown’s walk, is sent home on Michael Martinez’s single to right, but is instead thrown out at the plate by a strong throw from right fielder Bryce Harper, as catcher Sandy Leon applies the tag for the inning’s second out, while Brown, who had just walked, would stop at second base on the play. The Nats took the lead in their half of the second as Adam LaRoche hits a lead-off home run, his twentieth home run of the season, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. The Nats increased their lead in the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, LaRoche hits an RBI single, knocking in Zimmerman, who had earlier reached base on an infield single, then stopped at second base on Michael Morse’s single, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead, while sending Morse, who had just singled, up to third base, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Nats then took a 3-0 lead as Jayson Werth hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Morse, while moving Zimmerman up to third base. That would end up being the final score as Tyler Clippard recorded his twenty-first save of the season by striking out Ryan Howard on a third called strike, with two men on base, for the final out.

Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out two. Ross Detwiler (6-4, 3.02) got the win as he pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, while striking out three. Sean Burnett collected his twenty-fourth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Tyler Clippard received his twenty-first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking two batters, while striking out one.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, singles by Kevin Frandsen, Chase Utley and Michael Martinez, as they kept on helping the Nats’ pitching staff by going after bad pitches. They also had four walks in ballgame.

The Phils (47-58, 5th East) will come home to start a three-game series with the D-backs (54-51, 3rd West) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (8-9, 4.59), who is coming off a lost to the Braves on July 28, as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on fours hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to once again even up his record. The D-backs plan to counter with Ian Kennedy (9-8, 4.20), who is coming off a win against the Mets on July 28, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the D-backs’ 6-3 win. He will be going for win no. 10. The Phils will be trying to start off the new homestand on a winning note.

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