Washington at Philadelphia

W: B. Wagner (2-1) L: H. Carrasco (3-2)
HR: WAS - None   PHI - None

Bell's sac fly lifts Phillies to 1-0 victory over Nationals

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- The fastball sailed near David Bell's chin, knocking him down and bringing a gasp from the crowd. With the bases loaded and the game on the line, the last thing Bell needed was extra motivation.

"I already had enough adrenaline going. I didn't need any more," Bell said.

The pressure and the brushback hardly bothered Bell as his sacrifice fly off Hector Carrasco in the ninth inning snapped a rare pitcher's duel at Citizens Bank Park and lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 1-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Bobby Abreu lined a single to right off Carrasco (3-2) to lead off the ninth. After Pat Burrell struck out for the third time, Chase Utley doubled to right and Ryan Howard was intentionally walked.

Bell hit a long fly to left and Matthew Cepicky never attempted a throw.

Billy Wagner (2-1) earned the win, striking out two in a scoreless ninth and the Phillies won their first 1-0 game in the second year of their home park.

"A lot of times a 1-0 game can give you a bigger lift than a blowout," Bell said.

The Phillies (44-44) moved back to .500 and gained a game on the NL East-leading Nationals. They won for only the sixth time in their past 20 games and hope a series win can give them some sort of momentum heading into the All-Star break.

"If we take them two out of three, that should help us," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

The Nationals wasted a strong start from John Patterson, who saw one of his finest efforts of the season turn into his 10th no-decision this year. They had only six hits and Carlos Baerga had three of them.

"You can't expect to win if you don't score runs," Washington manager Frank Robinson said. "We just couldn't get anything going."

Patterson came in with a groundball (68) to flyball (118) ratio of 0.6, but even with that lopsided number, he amazingly didn't get an out on the ground. First baseman Baerga didn't have his first putout until he caught a popup in the seventh.

Patterson struck out Philadelphia's 3-4-5 hitters in the fourth, then whiffed Howard to start the fifth. When Patterson got Burrell to strike out swinging in the sixth, it was the right-hander's season-high eighth and final strikeout.

Patterson allowed only singles to Kenny Lofton and Jimmy Rollins and didn't allow anyone past second. He walked just one.

"I could go out there and win the next 10 in a row. Ten no-decisions is what I have," Patterson said. "If I keep throwing the ball the way I have been, anything could happen."

Cory Lidle, who won his previous two starts, was sharp, also. He struck out seven, walked one and gave up five hits in eight innings, his longest effort since he tossed a complete game at Baltimore on May 22.

"Even in the bullpen, I knew I was going to be hitting my spots," Lidle said.

Lidle was the beneficiary of some nifty defense, also. In the seventh, second baseman Utley made a diving stop to his right and erased Baerga on a force at second. After reaching on the fielders' choice, Cepicky was caught stealing by Mike Lieberthal to end the inning.

"Patterson threw a great game. I kept thinking we were going to have a big inning," Lidle said.

The Nationals are still guaranteed of going into the All-Star break in first place in the NL East. Last year, the Phillies led the division, then finished 10 games behind Atlanta in the final standings.


  • Right-hander Geoff Geary will miss the rest of the series after he was struck in the right eye with a foul ball while batting Friday night. "My eyeball was in shock," Geary said. "My doctor stressed I don't want to get hit in the eye again."
  • Here's one reason why the Nationals are in first and the Phillies in last: Washington leads the majors with 24 one-run wins, while the Phillies are just 10-11 in one-run games.
  • One well-intentioned adult gave a foul ball to a little boy who then threw it down into the box seats.
  • Washington infielder Junior Spivey broke his wrist before the game and should miss eight to 12 weeks. "The ball bounced back off the T and I didn't think anything about it," he said. "I kept swinging, then I felt it pop."
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Bobby Abreu meets his greeting party after scoring the game-winning run for the Phillies.  (AP)
Bobby Abreu meets his greeting party after scoring the game-winning run for the Phillies. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Lidle
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 7

J. Patterson
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 8

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Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, CF4000021 .269
Jamey Carroll, SS4010001 .251
Jose Vidro, 2B4010001 .277
Jose Guillen, RF4000012 .309
Carlos Baerga, 1B4030000 .274
Vinny Castilla, 3B4010023 .255
Matthew Cepicky, LF3000021 .200
Gary Bennett, C2000102 .239
John Patterson, P3000021 .043
    Hector Carrasco, P0000000 .000
CS - Matthew Cepicky (1, 2nd base by Lidle/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 6
Washington Nationals
John Patterson 7200280 2.91
Hector Carrasco (L,3-2) 1.2311110 2.43
IBB - Howard by Hector Carrasco
Pitches-Strikes - John Patterson 108-68, Hector Carrasco 39-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Carrasco 2-2
Batters Faced - John Patterson 25, Hector Carrasco 9
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4010001 .269
Kenny Lofton, CF4010002 .349
Bobby Abreu, RF3110111 .308
Pat Burrell, LF4000033 .287
Chase Utley, 2B4010020 .309
Ryan Howard, 1B3000120 .237
David Bell, 3B2001100 .251
Mike Lieberthal, C3000001 .231
Cory Lidle, P2000011 .194
   a- Endy Chavez, PH1010000 .234
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .500
a-singled for Lidle in the 8th
2B - Chase Utley (16, Carrasco)
SF - David Bell (2)
RBI - David Bell (30)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (20, 2nd base off Patterson/Bennett)
Team LOB - 7
Philadelphia Phillies
Cory Lidle 8500170 3.65
Billy Wagner (W,2-1) 1100020 2.23
WP - Cory Lidle (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Cory Lidle 102-65, Billy Wagner 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cory Lidle 12-4, Billy Wagner 1-0
Batters Faced - Cory Lidle 29, Billy Wagner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33365
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Jim Reynolds