Washington at Philadelphia

Final 10th
W: C. Cordero (1-0) L: R. Cormier (0-1)
HR: WAS - J. Vidro (1)   PHI - None

Nationals 5, Phillies 4 (10)

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- The Washington Nationals moved down the map geographically and up in the standings.

Jose Vidro led off the 10th inning with a homer, leading the Nationals to their second consecutive win, 5-4 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

Vidro had three RBI and Brad Wilkerson continued his torrid hitting, going 4-for-5 a day after hitting for his second career cycle.

"To come back and win, that's a pretty good feeling because it shows we matured a lot," Vidro said.

Washington, which moved during the offseason after 36 years as the Montreal Expos, completed its first series by winning two of three. Though 159 games remain, the Nationals are tied for first in the NL East with Atlanta.

The Nationals play their home opener at RFK Stadium on April 14 against Arizona. Washington hadn't had a major-league team since the expansion Senators left for Texas following the 1971 season.

"That's what we want to do, win series," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. "It would've been disheartening if we lost."

Placido Polanco had a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh for the Phillies, but reliever Tim Worrell blew another one-run lead in the eighth.

Vidro hit a 1-2 pitch off Rheal Cormier (0-1) into the left-field seats to start the 10th. Chad Cordero (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

"I tried to bunt for a hit," Vidro said. "Once I got two strikes, I was just trying to get a hit. I got an inside pitch and hit it pretty good."

Polanco's two-out RBI single off Esteban Loaiza gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead in the seventh. But the Nationals answered in the eighth against Worrell, who allowed four runs and retired just one batter a night earlier.

Jose Guillen, who hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Worrell in the eighth inning Wednesday night, led off the eighth with a triple. Nick Johnson's groundout off the first base bag drove in Guillen to tie it at 4.

"The bullpen is the strength of our club. It's just a bump in the road," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I have all the confidence in the world in our bullpen."

Wilkerson singled, doubled and singled in his first three at-bats, extending his streak to seven consecutive hits before striking out. He also singled off Billy Wagner in the ninth.

"I feel like if I stay within myself, I see the ball a lot better," Wilkerson said.

Loaiza allowed four runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, an encouraging outing for the former All-Star playing for his third team since the start of last season.

The right-handed Loaiza was 10-7 with a 5.70 ERA for the White Sox and Yankees last season, a year after he won 21 games, was the AL starter in the All-Star game and finished second in Cy Young award voting behind Toronto's Roy Halladay.

"He was fine. I'll take that from him," Robinson said.

Phillies starter Randy Wolf allowed three runs and eight hits, striking out six in six innings. The former All-Star left-hander is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he was just 5-8 with a 4.17 ERA.

"We're 1-2, but if our starting staff can stay on this pace, we'll be fine," Wolf said.

Loaiza retired the first 12 batters before Jim Thome lined a double to start the fifth. Pat Burrell's two-run single in the sixth tied it at 3.

Vidro's RBI single in the first gave Washington a 1-0 lead. Wilkerson had an RBI single in the fifth and Vidro added a sacrifice fly one out later to make it 3-0.


Nationals 1B Wil Cordero was placed on the 15-day DL after hurting his left knee early in the game. INF Carlos Baerga will take his spot on the roster. ... Wilkerson had reached base safely eight consecutive trips to the plate (one walk and seven hits) before he fanned in the seventh. ... A notoriously slow starter, Burrell has six hits and six RBI in the first three games. ... Only 21,693 fans turned out at Citizens Bank Park, an obvious sign fans are disenchanted with the Phillies just one season after the team had 44 sellouts and set a franchise record in attendance.
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Players of the Game

J. Vidro
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

B. Wilkerson
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, CF5141010 .643
Cristian Guzman, SS4000012 .143
Jose Vidro, 2B4123011 .357
Jose Guillen, RF5120012 .333
Wil Cordero, 1B2000012 .000
    Nick Johnson, 1B2001110 .333
Vinny Castilla, 3B5000003 .462
J.J. Davis, LF3010010 .400
   a- Terrmel Sledge, PH-LF1000000 .222
Brian Schneider, C3110120 .364
Esteban Loaiza, P3110002 .333
    Joe Horgan, P0000000 .000
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Blanco, PH1000010 .000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Davis in the 8th
b-struck out for Ayala in the 9th
2B - Brad Wilkerson (2, Wolf), Brian Schneider (2, Wolf)
3B - Jose Guillen (1, Worrell)
HR - Jose Vidro (1, Cormier)
SF - Jose Vidro (1)
SH - Cristian Guzman (1)
RBI - Brad Wilkerson (3), Jose Vidro 3 (3), Nick Johnson (2)
SB - J.J. Davis (1, 2nd base off Wolf/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 7
E - Brad Wilkerson (1, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Esteban Loaiza 6.2544340 5.40
Joe Horgan 0.1000100 0.00
Luis Ayala 1000010 0.00
Chad Cordero (W,1-0) 2100020 0.00
HBP - Thome (by Esteban Loaiza)
Pitches-Strikes - Esteban Loaiza 104-63, Joe Horgan 5-1, Luis Ayala 9-5, Chad Cordero 28-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esteban Loaiza 8-8, Luis Ayala 1-1, Chad Cordero 1-3
Batters Faced - Esteban Loaiza 29, Joe Horgan 2, Luis Ayala 3, Chad Cordero 7
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000102 .200
Placido Polanco, 2B5121001 .400
Bobby Abreu, RF3100200 .083
Jim Thome, 1B4010023 .273
Pat Burrell, LF5012031 .500
Kenny Lofton, CF4000013 .273
David Bell, 3B4110001 .231
Mike Lieberthal, C4010010 .273
Randy Wolf, P1000000 .000
   a- Jose Offerman, PH0100100 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   b- Chase Utley, PH1000001 .200
    Tim Worrell, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
   c- Tomas Perez, PH0000000 .000
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
a-walked for Wolf in the 6th
b-grounded out for Madson in the 7th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Wagner in the 9th
2B - Jim Thome (1, Loaiza)
SH - Tomas Perez (1)
RBI - Placido Polanco (1), Pat Burrell 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (1), Pat Burrell 2 (5)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Rollins-Polanco-Thome
PB - Mike Lieberthal (1)
Philadelphia Phillies
Randy Wolf 6833160 4.50
Ryan Madson 1000010 0.00
Tim Worrell (BS,2) 1111000 19.29
Billy Wagner 1100030 0.00
Rheal Cormier (L,0-1) 1111101 9.00
IBB - Schneider by Randy Wolf
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 98-65, Ryan Madson 14-10, Tim Worrell 11-9, Billy Wagner 16-11, Rheal Cormier 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 6-6, Ryan Madson 1-1, Tim Worrell 3-0, Rheal Cormier 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 27, Ryan Madson 3, Tim Worrell 4, Billy Wagner 4, Rheal Cormier 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21693
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino