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Phillies 5, Nationals 4, 12 innings

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ramon Martinez had a flight to Puerto Rico to catch. First, he had to end the game and give himself a shot to get to the airport on time.

Ryan Howard hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Martinez's pinch-hit single drove in the winning run in the 12th to lift the Philadelphia Phillies past the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Sunday.

"I felt good about sending (Martinez) up because he makes contact," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

There was little time to celebrate, though. Martinez was out of his cleats before he got to the locker room and left for the airport within minutes of the game's end.

David Bell hit a one-out single to center off Sun-Woo Kim (1-2) in the 12th and went to third on Todd Pratt's single. Jason Michaels flew out and Jimmy Rollins was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Martinez, who had only nine at-bats for the Phillies since he was acquired June 8 from Detroit, chopped a grounder into left to end the game that lasted 4 hours, 1 minute.

That made a winner of Rheal Cormier (3-2), who gave up two hits in two innings.

Kim allowed four hits in 2 2/3 innings.

The Phillies won their first series since they swept a three-game set from Milwaukee on June 10-12. They also won consecutive games for the first time since June 16-17. The Phillies beat the Nationals 1-0 on Saturday on David Bell's sacrifice fly in the ninth.

"Those two wins the last two days have been good for us," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We hung in there and really got the job done."

The Nationals lost for the fifth time in seven games, but still enter the All-Star break 52-36 and in first place in the NL East.

Washington had its chances against Philadelphia's bullpen in extra innings, but the Nationals stranded two runners in both the 10th and 12th innings. The Nationals left 12 runners on base; the Phillies stranded 16.

"Those are the types of games we've been putting in the win column," Washington manager Frank Robinson said.

The Nationals couldn't this time because their bullpen failed.

The Phillies trailed 4-2 in the eighth when reliever Gary Majewski gave up a one-out walk to Chase Utley. Howard followed with his third homer of the year, clearing the 401-foot sign in center with a shot that landed in the shrubs.

"I just wanted to hit it hard and see if it got over his head," Howard said.

Howard could have tied the game in the ninth in Friday's one-run loss, but his deep drive was caught against the same 401-foot sign in center. Still, he has two homers and nine RBI in his last four games subbing at first for the injured Jim Thome.

"I'm just trying to do my part and get something going," Howard said.

Washington's Esteban Loaiza was steady but hardly exceptional in his six innings, striking out six and walking five. The Nationals led 3-0 following Jose Guillen's 18th homer in the fourth, a two-run shot to left.

Loaiza ran into his only jam in the fifth, loading the bases with one out. One run scored on a wild pitch, but the right-hander struck out Pat Burrell and Utley to end the threat.

Washington made it 4-2 when Ryan Madson's wild pitch in the seventh scored Jamey Carroll, who had singled.

Jon Lieber's monthlong swoon continued for Philadelphia. The Phillies starter allowed seven hits, struck out six and hasn't won since beating Texas on June 7.

He had a no-decision in his last start at Pittsburgh after getting hit in the elbow on a line drive that forced him out in the first inning.

What a difference it's been for last year's Montreal Expos, who were 31-56 and 15 games out of first place at the 2004 All-Star break. With spirited crowd support that's contributed to the best home record in the National League (30-13), the Nationals have been one of baseball's biggest surprises of the first half.

Last season's Expos lost 95 games and finished 29 back in the standings. This year's team is aiming to show the first half was no fluke.

Leading the division at the break is no guarantee of a successful season, of course. Just ask the Phillies who led the NL East at the break last year, then finished 10 games behind Atlanta.

"We haven't won anything yet," center fielder Marlon Byrd said. "There's a long way to go."

Notes

Washington RF Jose Guillen seemed to hurt his left ankle or foot during a hard swing in the sixth inning. After a brief delay, Guillen finally strapped a shin guard to his lower leg. Then Washington manager Frank Robinson and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel started shouting at each other across the field, with Manuel coming out of the dugout to argue with the home plate umpire. After all the commotion, Guillen struck out looking on the next pitch. ... Nationals C Brian Schneider left the game after complaining of dizziness.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

J. Guillen
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, CF5021120 .271
Jamey Carroll, SS6110034 .249
Jose Vidro, 2B6130012 .288
Jose Guillen, RF6122011 .310
Carlos Baerga, 1B5010000 .270
    Tony Blanco, PR0000000 .250
    Sun-Woo Kim, P0000000 .000
Vinny Castilla, 3B2000210 .253
Matthew Cepicky, LF3120000 .278
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
    Joey Eischen, P00000001.000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
   a- Wil Cordero, PH-1B2000014 .122
Brian Schneider, C2000001 .263
   b- Gary Bennett, PH-C3000003 .231
Esteban Loaiza, P2010001 .250
   c- Marlon Byrd, PH-LF3000010 .257
Totals45412331016 
a-struck out for C. Cordero in the 10th
b-popped out for Schneider in the 6th
c-grounded out for Loaiza in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Baerga (4, Wagner), Matthew Cepicky (3, Lieber)
HR - Jose Guillen (18, Lieber)
SH - Sun-Woo Kim (2), Gary Majewski (1)
RBI - Brad Wilkerson (34), Jose Guillen 2 (51)
2-OUT RBI - Brad Wilkerson (16)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Vidro-Carroll-Cordero
E - Carlos Baerga (5, misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Esteban Loaiza 6622350 3.57
Gary Majewski (BS,2) 1.2222101 3.21
Joey Eischen0000100 4.91
Chad Cordero 1.1000210 1.13
Sun-Woo Kim (L,1-2) 2.2411210 4.37
IBB - T. Perez by Joey Eischen, Howard by Chad Cordero, Rollins by Sun-Woo Kim
WP - Esteban Loaiza (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Esteban Loaiza 100-65, Gary Majewski 29-16, Joey Eischen 4-0, Chad Cordero 32-16, Sun-Woo Kim 47-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esteban Loaiza 6-7, Gary Majewski 1-4, Chad Cordero 1-3, Sun-Woo Kim 5-1
Batters Faced - Esteban Loaiza 27, Gary Majewski 8, Joey Eischen 1, Chad Cordero 7, Sun-Woo Kim 13
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5130201 .273
Kenny Lofton, CF6010016 .343
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
   a- Ramon Martinez, PH1011000 .257
Bobby Abreu, RF5110101 .307
Pat Burrell, LF4000213 .283
Chase Utley, 2B5100115 .303
Ryan Howard, 1B5123100 .250
David Bell, 3B6120014 .252
Todd Pratt, C5020123 .236
Jon Lieber, P2000011 .057
   b- Endy Chavez, PH1000001 .231
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   c- Tomas Perez, PH0000100 .255
    Ugueth Urbina, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .500
   d- Jason Michaels, PH-CF2000002 .297
Totals4751249727 
a-singled for Cormier in the 12th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Lieber in the 6th
c-was walked intentionally for Madson in the 8th
d-grounded out for Wagner in the 10th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (14, Loaiza), David Bell (16, Majewski)
HR - Ryan Howard (3, Majewski)
RBI - Ramon Martinez (6), Ryan Howard 3 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Ramon Martinez (3)
SB - Kenny Lofton (10, 2nd base off Loaiza/Schneider), Chase Utley (8, 2nd base off C. Cordero/Bennett)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kenny Lofton 1
Philadelphia Phillies
Jon Lieber 6733161 5.09
Ryan Madson 2211010 3.68
Ugueth Urbina 1000010 3.98
Billy Wagner 1100110 2.18
Rheal Cormier (W,3-2) 2200110 5.17
IBB - Castilla by Billy Wagner, Castilla by Rheal Cormier
HBP - Castilla (by Jon Lieber), Castilla (by Ryan Madson)
WP - Ryan Madson (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lieber 92-65, Ryan Madson 37-18, Ugueth Urbina 16-10, Billy Wagner 14-8, Rheal Cormier 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lieber 8-3, Ryan Madson 4-1, Billy Wagner 2-0, Rheal Cormier 4-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lieber 26, Ryan Madson 9, Ugueth Urbina 3, Billy Wagner 5, Rheal Cormier 9
Game Information
Attendance - 34124
Game Time - 4:01
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Wally Bell