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Wilson's RBI single lifts Nats over Phillies in 12 innings

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WASHINGTON -- Preston Wilson raised his right arm as he left the plate in the bottom of the 12th inning, running while his blooper dropped into right field to score Jose Guillen with the winning run.

Their Washington Nationals teammates streamed onto the field, first mobbing Guillen, then running toward Wilson to celebrate a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

It had been quite some time since the Nationals won like that, quite some time since they looked so happy as a group.

"We haven't had any dramatic wins -- not one -- in the second half," manager Frank Robinson said.

And what would a loss have meant, considering that closer Chad Cordero blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth by giving up consecutive homers to Philadelphia's Ryan Howard and David Bell.

"You almost could have pulled the plug on the life support," Robinson said. "It probably would have been pretty close to the season, really."

Instead, Washington moved within three games of wild-card leader Philadelphia, with a chance to cut that to two in the series finale Sunday. The Nationals also moved past the New York Mets for fourth place in the NL East.

"You know, we can make a game interesting," said first baseman Brad Wilkerson, who made a key throw home for a forceout to help reliever Gary Majewski get out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 11th.

Wilson's hit off Aquilino Lopez (0-1) after Guillen walked, then advanced on a passed ball -- made a winner of Hector Carrasco (4-3). He threw a perfect 12th, although Bobby Abreu hit a drive to center field that Wilson caught with his back against the wall.

"I thought that might go," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Before the game, Robinson said for the first time that he didn't think his club could win the division title, and he didn't sound too optimistic about the wild card, either. Bemoaning the team's poor record since early July and a sudden dip in clubhouse chemistry, Robinson sighed and said, "Seemed like just yesterday we were having fun."

But Washington pulled out a win right when things looked bleakest.

The Nationals scored two runs in the first off Eude Brito, who was making his second major-league start, and two unearned runs in the eighth off reliever Ryan Madson. So Cordero needed three outs to notch what would have been his franchise-record 44th save.

Instead, he blew a save for the fifth time this season, allowing three straight hits to start the inning: Pat Burrell's single, and the homers.

"He's picked us up all year," Wilson said about Cordero. "It's time for us to pick him up a little bit."

Said Bell: "You always feel like you're going to win, especially after you come back and tie it like that."

Cordero's slip-up wasted a solid start by John Patterson, who rebounded from his shortest outing of the season to limit Philadelphia to one run and five hits over 7 2/3 innings.

Patterson allowed Burrell's 28th homer in the second inning, struck out eight and walked one. After giving up two-out hits in the eighth to Jimmy Rollins and Kenny Lofton -- putting runners at second and third -- the right-hander was lifted and walked off to a standing ovation.

Left-hander Joey Eischen came on and promptly walked Chase Utley to load the bases. But Eischen struck out Abreu on three pitches. After their power display in the ninth, the Phillies wasted another good chance in the 11th.

"The game was there for us," Manuel said, "and tonight we couldn't do it."

The Nationals did, winning the kind of close game that they excelled at early in the season but have been losing since the All-Star break, hastening their slide down the standings.

"If we lost that game, it was going to be a different atmosphere here tomorrow," Guillen said. "I don't know where we were going to go from there."

Notes

  • Nationals 1B Nick Johnson left in the third inning with a bruised right heel, aggravating an injury that put him on the DL for most of July. He jammed the heel on first base running out a groundout in the second.
  • The Phillies have hit back-to-back homers six times this season.
 
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Washington's Jose Guillen comes home to score the game-winning run in the 12th inning.  (AP)
Washington's Jose Guillen comes home to score the game-winning run in the 12th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

P. Wilson
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Washington

M. Byrd
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS6010006 .261
Kenny Lofton, CF6010033 .308
Chase Utley, 2B5000120 .287
Bobby Abreu, RF5000123 .296
Pat Burrell, LF4121010 .284
    Shane Victorino, PR-LF1100011 .000
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .333
   a- Ramon Martinez, PH1000010 .270
    Aquilino Lopez, P0000000 .000
Ryan Howard, 1B5122020 .288
David Bell, 3B5121001 .247
Todd Pratt, C4010000 .252
Eude Brito, P1000010 .000
   b- Michael Tucker, PH0000100 .241
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .200
   c- Tomas Perez, PH1000010 .248
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   d- Jason Michaels, PH1000000 .312
    Ugueth Urbina, P0000000 .000
    Endy Chavez, LF0000100 .218
Totals4549441414 
a-struck out for Fultz in the 12th
b-walked for Brito in the 5th
c-struck out for Geary in the 8th
d-grounded out for Madson in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Bell (27, Majewski)
HR - Pat Burrell (28, Patterson), Ryan Howard (13, C. Cordero), David Bell (8, C. Cordero)
RBI - Pat Burrell (98), Ryan Howard 2 (39), David Bell (51)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Pat Burrell 1
PB - Todd Pratt 2 (5)
E - Ryan Howard (5, Missed catch)
Philadelphia Phillies
Eude Brito 4622120 2.79
Geoff Geary 3000110 3.80
Ryan Madson 1220000 3.27
Ugueth Urbina 1100120 3.65
Aaron Fultz 2000010 2.18
Aquilino Lopez (L,0-1) 0.1110100 0.96
HBP - Wilkerson (by Eude Brito)
Pitches-Strikes - Eude Brito 70-45, Geoff Geary 35-21, Ryan Madson 17-12, Ugueth Urbina 20-10, Aaron Fultz 21-12, Aquilino Lopez 10-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eude Brito 4-5, Geoff Geary 6-2, Ryan Madson 4-0, Ugueth Urbina 1-0, Aaron Fultz 4-1, Aquilino Lopez 1-0
Batters Faced - Eude Brito 19, Geoff Geary 10, Ryan Madson 6, Ugueth Urbina 5, Aaron Fultz 6, Aquilino Lopez 3
Washington Nationals
Brad Wilkerson, RF-1B5010011 .250
Deivi Cruz, SS5110102 .263
Nick Johnson, 1B1000102 .286
    Rick Short, 1B1000000 .250
    Jose Guillen, RF2100100 .303
Preston Wilson, CF6122012 .257
Vinny Castilla, 3B5110000 .249
Marlon Byrd, LF4122120 .263
Gary Bennett, C5011013 .236
Jamey Carroll, 2B5000002 .241
John Patterson, P3020000 .122
    Joey Eischen, P0000000 .333
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
   a- Brandon Watson, PH1000010 .190
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Blanco, PH1000000 .190
    Hector Carrasco, P0000000 .000
Totals4451054612 
a-struck out for C. Cordero in the 9th
b-fouled out for Majewski in the 11th
Batting
2B - Deivi Cruz (11, Brito), Preston Wilson (27, Brito), John Patterson (3, Brito)
RBI - Preston Wilson 2 (74), Marlon Byrd 2 (19), Gary Bennett (18)
2-OUT RBI - Marlon Byrd 2 (8), Gary Bennett (9)
Team LOB - 10
Washington Nationals
John Patterson 7.2511181 2.44
Joey Eischen (H,6) 0.1000110 3.25
Chad Cordero (BS,5) 1333002 1.32
Gary Majewski 2100230 2.74
Hector Carrasco (W,4-3) 1000020 2.02
HBP - Pratt (by Gary Majewski)
Pitches-Strikes - John Patterson 119-81, Joey Eischen 8-4, Chad Cordero 22-15, Gary Majewski 42-26, Hector Carrasco 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Patterson 9-6, Chad Cordero 1-2, Gary Majewski 3-0
Batters Faced - John Patterson 29, Joey Eischen 2, Chad Cordero 6, Gary Majewski 10, Hector Carrasco 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30561
Game Time - 3:56
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Paul Emmel