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Soriano's two-run shot helps Nationals avoid sweep to Phils

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Alfonso Soriano isn't a typical leadoff hitter. He's just a productive one.

Soriano hit a two-run homer and a tiebreaking single, helping the Washington Nationals avoid a three-game sweep with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Livan Hernandez (4-5) pitched seven solid innings, allowing two runs and five hits to get his third straight win. Mike Stanton struck out Chase Utley, Bobby Abreu and Ryan Howard in the eighth, and Chad Cordero finished for his eighth save in 10 chances.

With two runners on, Cordero retired pinch-hitters Pat Burrell and David Bell to end it.

"Soriano gave us a spark," manager Frank Robinson said. "It seems when he does things, we win the game."

Aaron Rowand and David Dellucci hit solo homers for Philadelphia, which begins an 11-game road trip in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

"We had a lot of opportunities and came up short," Rowand said. "We just have to go out there, put together some rallies and string together some hits."

Cory Lidle (4-5) walked Mike Vento to start the seventh. Vento advanced to second on Hernandez's sacrifice bunt and scored on Soriano's single up the middle that gave the Nationals a 3-2 lead.

Hernandez hit a one-out single in the third, before Soriano launched his 19th homer into the seats in left-center to put Washington ahead 2-1.

Soriano is batting .338 (48-for-142) with 13 homers and 26 RBI in the 34 games when he has batted first in the lineup. He's hitting just .220 (17-for-77) with six homers and 12 RBI in the 19 games he's been in the middle of the order.

"I got the big hit, but Livan pitched a great game," Soriano said.

Dellucci tied it at 2 with a shot to right field leading off the fifth. Hernandez escaped further trouble in the inning by retiring Jimmy Rollins on a double-play grounder with runners on first and third and one out.

The Phillies have lost seven straight one-run games since beating Cincinnati in extra innings on May 14. Overall, they're 7-11 in one-run games.

"We couldn't get the big hit at the right time," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We had chances but couldn't get it done. We were a hit away from winning the game."

Rowand gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the second inning with his seventh homer. After he froze on a breaking ball, Rowand stayed back and hit another off-speed pitch into the left-field seats.

Nationals center fielder Marlon Byrd made an outstanding catch in the fourth inning, leaping to rob Abreu of a homer.

Lidle gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He hasn't allowed fewer than three runs in any of his 11 starts.

Hernandez has lowered his ERA from 6.52 to 5.10 in his last four outings. He's pitched at least seven innings in each of those starts and hasn't given up more than three earned runs in any.

"I've changed my mechanics and my knee was bothering me earlier in the season," Hernandez said.

Notes

  • Soriano is 13-for-36 with three homers and eight RBIs against Lidle. He had 12 homers in May.
  • Hernandez was 1-for-2 and is hitting .259 (7-for-27). He had two doubles and a homer in a 7-6 extra-inning loss at Philadelphia on April 19.
  • Dellucci has two homers in his five starts in left field.
  • The Phillies play only nine games at home in June.
  • Rollins went 0-for-4 and stranded four runners in his last two at-bats. He is 8-for-47 against Hernandez.
 
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Nats closer Chad Cordero directs teammates to a pop fly, which is the final out of the game.  (AP)
Nats closer Chad Cordero directs teammates to a pop fly, which is the final out of the game. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

A. Soriano
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Philadelphia

D. Dellucci
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF5123011 .297
Royce Clayton, SS5030010 .254
Jose Vidro, 2B5000013 .319
Nick Johnson, 1B3000102 .293
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4000012 .266
Brian Schneider, C3010100 .237
Marlon Byrd, CF4000023 .231
Mike Vento, RF3110111 .500
Livan Hernandez, P2110001 .259
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1010000 .246
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals353933713 
a-singled for Stanton in the 9th
Batting
HR - Alfonso Soriano (19, Lidle)
SH - Livan Hernandez (4)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 3 (38)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Vidro-Clayton-N. Johnson
E - Livan Hernandez (2, wild throw)
Washington Nationals
Livan Hernandez (W,4-5) 7522232 5.10
Mike Stanton (H,7) 1000030 3.80
Chad Cordero (S,8) 1100110 3.28
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 96-63, Mike Stanton 16-11, Chad Cordero 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 6-12, Chad Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 28, Mike Stanton 3, Chad Cordero 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000003 .250
Chase Utley, 2B4000010 .315
Bobby Abreu, RF4000010 .273
Ryan Howard, 1B3000120 .294
Aaron Rowand, CF4111011 .306
David Dellucci, LF4131010 .277
Abraham Nunez, 3B2010201 .172
Sal Fasano, C3010002 .256
   a- Pat Burrell, PH1000000 .277
Cory Lidle, P1000010 .059
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
   b- Shane Victorino, PH1000002 .330
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .333
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .000
   c- David Bell, PH1000002 .265
Totals322623711 
a-grounded out for Fasano in the 9th
b-fouled out for Cormier in the 7th
c-fouled out for Fultz in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Dellucci (5, C. Cordero), Abraham Nunez (2, Hernandez)
HR - Aaron Rowand (7, Hernandez), David Dellucci (2, Hernandez)
SH - Cory Lidle (3)
RBI - Aaron Rowand (19), David Dellucci (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Utley-Howard
E - Chase Utley (3, misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cory Lidle (L,4-5) 6.1733351 4.86
Rheal Cormier 0.2000000 0.98
Geoff Geary 1.1200020 3.41
Aaron Fultz 0.2000000 3.56
WP - Cory Lidle (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Cory Lidle 103-63, Rheal Cormier 5-3, Geoff Geary 21-16, Aaron Fultz 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cory Lidle 9-5, Geoff Geary 2-1, Aaron Fultz 1-0
Batters Faced - Cory Lidle 29, Rheal Cormier 2, Geoff Geary 7, Aaron Fultz 1
Game Information
Attendance - 30386
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Marty Foster