PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard made up for an early mistake in a big way.
"After I made the error, I said to myself I have to get it back some way, somehow," Howard said.
It's been a memorable May for Howard. He has hit 13 homers and 33 RBI -- both tops in the majors for the month -- for the Phillies, who have won two in a row.
"It's cool, but it's not something I've really thought about," Howard said. "I'm just trying to stay focused at the plate and put some good swings together."
Clay Condrey (1-0) pitched four strong innings in relief of injured starter Jon Lieber to earn the win -- his first since April 4, 2003.
"You have to show them what you got, that's all I'm trying to do," Condrey said. "I've made some tweaks in my mechanics and my speeds are up. This is a big confidence booster for me."
Condrey, who hadn't pitched in the majors since 2003 with San Diego, yielded an unearned run on three hits. He struck out three and walked one.
"(Condrey) cuts and sinks the ball really well, nothing is straight," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "His stuff has gotten much better since he's been here."
Lieber left the game for a pinch hitter in the second inning. He suffered a left groin strain while fielding a ground ball in the top half of the inning.
Lieber was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game. The club brought up RHP reliever Brian Sanches from Triple-A Scranton where he was 2-2 with a 2.49 ERA and seven saves in 19 games.
Ryan Zimmerman homered for the Nationals, who have lost two of three.
Washington starter Michael O'Connor (2-3) was struck on the left ankle by a Chase Utley line drive in the sixth inning. After a couple of warm-up pitches, O'Connor departed.
Gary Majewski came in and retired the first out. After a walk to Pat Burrell, Howard hit a line drive into the front row of the leftfield seats, which has become a favorite spot for Howard's long drives.
"Ryan hits more home runs to the opposite field than any power hitter I've ever seen, it amazes me," Manuel said.
It was Howard's 18th homer, tied for second with Washington's Alfonso Soriano in the NL behind St. Louis' Albert Pujols (25).
The Phillies added five runs in the seventh as Burrell and David Bell each collected two-run singles and Aaron Rowand doubled home another run. Bell finished with three hits.
"They got nine runs in the last three innings, you can't do that and win ballgames," Washington manager Frank Robinson said.
Howard's throwing error came on a botched run-down play in the fourth inning. With runners on first and third, Lieber picked Marlon Byrd off first base. Howard caught the ball, looked Nick Johnson back to third, and sailed a throw into left field allowing Johnson to score easily.
Philadelphia scored its first two runs on a Bobby Abreu RBI groundout and a Sal Fasano RBI double.
O'Connor was pitching well before his injury. He retired 10 of the last 12 batters he faced, with the only hits coming from Utley, who tripled in the third. He was left stranded when O'Connor struck out Abreu and Burrell to end the threat.
O'Connor was optimistic about making his next start, "I really didn't have a chance to react, it got me pretty good. It's just a little bruise. I'll be OK."
Robinson wasn't as sure as his left-hander.
"We'll have to wait and see (Tuesday)," he said. "He took a pretty good shot. I watched him throw (warm-ups) and he was wincing on every pitch."
O'Connor surrendered three runs and five hits while striking out five.
Natalie Gulbis, who plays on the LPGA Tour, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Mike Lieberthal, who was activated from the 15-day DL before the game, pinch hit for Lieber and flied out. ... Zimmerman leads all NL rookies with nine home runs. ... Howard has a team-high eight errors. ... Condrey had an unassisted pickoff of Soriano at second base. ... Howard's 13 homers in the month is two shy of the Phillies record for any month -- Cy Williams (May 1923) and Jim Thome (June 2004).
|Players of the Game|
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|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.300|
|Royce Clayton, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.242|
|Jose Vidro, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.335|
|Saul Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nick Johnson, 1B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.303|
|Marlon Anderson, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.277|
|Daryle Ward, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.275|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.237|
|Brian Schneider, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.239|
|Robert Fick, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Michael O'Connor, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.071|
|Gary Majewski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joey Eischen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Santiago Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt LeCroy, PH-1B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.245|
|a-walked for Ramirez in the 8th|
|2B - Alfonso Soriano (10, Condrey)|
|HR - Ryan Zimmerman (9, Lieber)|
|RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (32)|
|CS - Alfonso Soriano (5, 3rd base by Condrey/Fasano)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Michael O'Connor (L,2-3)||5||5||3||3||0||5||0||3.00|
|WP - Gary Majewski (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Michael O'Connor 81-57, Gary Majewski 27-15, Joey Eischen 11-3, Santiago Ramirez 18-11, Saul Rivera 17-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael O'Connor 7-3, Gary Majewski 1-2, Santiago Ramirez 1-2, Saul Rivera 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Michael O'Connor 20, Gary Majewski 8, Joey Eischen 2, Santiago Ramirez 6, Saul Rivera 5|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||3||2||0||1||1||0||.255|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||2||2||0||1||0||2||.323|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||4||1||1||2||1||1||2||.280|
|Pat Burrell, LF||3||1||1||2||1||1||1||.286|
|Shane Victorino, PR-LF||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||5||1||1||3||0||1||3||.304|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.299|
|David Bell, 3B||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.270|
|Sal Fasano, C||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.253|
|Jon Lieber, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mike Lieberthal, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.292|
|Clay Condrey, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- David Dellucci, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.233|
|Rheal Cormier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Abraham Nunez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.161|
|Aaron Fultz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Franklin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Lieber in the 4th|
|b-lined out for Condrey in the 6th|
|c-grounded out for Cormier in the 7th|
|2B - Jimmy Rollins (12, O'Connor), Bobby Abreu (14, Rivera), Aaron Rowand (6, Ramirez), Sal Fasano (5, O'Connor)|
|3B - Chase Utley (1, O'Connor)|
|HR - Ryan Howard (18, Majewski)|
|RBI - Bobby Abreu 2 (38), Pat Burrell 2 (38), Ryan Howard 3 (47), Aaron Rowand (18), David Bell 2 (21), Sal Fasano (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Sal Fasano (2)|
|SB - Jimmy Rollins (9, 2nd base off Eischen/Schneider)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Utley-Rollins-Howard|
|E - Ryan Howard (8, wild throw), Jon Lieber (1, missed catch)|
|Clay Condrey (W,1-0)||4||3||1||0||1||2||0||1.29|
|Rheal Cormier (H,5)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.02|
|WP - Aaron Fultz (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lieber 32-20, Clay Condrey 45-31, Rheal Cormier 15-9, Aaron Fultz 21-12, Ryan Franklin 3-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lieber 3-3, Clay Condrey 4-4, Rheal Cormier 1-1, Ryan Franklin 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jon Lieber 9, Clay Condrey 14, Rheal Cormier 3, Aaron Fultz 4, Ryan Franklin 4|
|Attendance - 33682|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Bill Welke|