The Phils start their series with the 1st-place Nats with a 4-2 win.

The Phils starts off their latest series with a win as they defeat the first place Nats, 4-2.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who has started off the Phils’ half of the first with a single, then stopped at second base on Kevin Frandsen’s walk, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Frandsen, who had just walked, would go on to third base. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Rollins hits a two-run single, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Laynce Nix’s walk, then went to third base on Kyle Kendrick’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and Nix, who had earlier walked, then stopped at second base on Kendrick’s sac bunt, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Nats got on the scoreboard in the seventh as, with one man on, and with two men out, pinch hitter Tyler Moore hits a two-run home run, his seventh home run of the year, knocking in Kurt Suzuki, who had just walked, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the  eighth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Utley, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would be the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his twenty-eighth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth.

Kyle Kendrick (7-9, 4.12) got the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings. giving up two runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out three.  Jeremy Horst collected his second hold of the season as he went a third of an inning,  getting out the only batter that he would face. Antonio Bastardo received his nineteenth hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Josh Lindblom pitched to one batter, walking him. Raul Valdes collected his first hold of the year as he went a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Jonathan Papelbon received his twenty-eighth save of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Edwin Jackson (7-9, 3.72) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out eight. Ryan Mattheus pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Michael Gonzalez pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Drew Storen pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Ryan Howard (Single, Double, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Laynce Nix (Single) and Kyle Kendrick (Double) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks and a stolen base (Utley (4)) in the game.

The Phils (59-67, 3rd) will continue their series with the Nats (77-48, 1st) 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 their ace Roy Halladay (7-7, 3.95), who is coming off a win against the Reds on August 20, as he went seven innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out just three, in the Phils’ 12-5 rout. He will be trying for his fourth win in his last five starts. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (16-6, 3.23) who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 19, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Nats’ 5-2 win. Gonzalez will be trying for his fourth straight win. The Phils will be going for the series win.

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