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Burrell homer ruins strong outing by Hernandez

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Pat Burrell's ability to make an in-game adjustment against Livan Hernandez helped the Philadelphia Phillies end a two-game slide.

Burrell's two-run homer off Hernandez sparked a five-run rally in the eighth inning, and Philadelphia beat the Washington Nationals 6-2 on Saturday.

"He's tough against our team and I think he's faced us enough (that) he knows the tendency of our hitters," Burrell said. "I was a little out in front most of the day on him, and he has the ability to do that, he always has."

But Burrell -- who was 5-for-29 during the Phillies' 11-game road trip before facing Hernandez in the eighth -- waited until the right-hander left a ball over the plate. Despite his slump, Burrell still has three homers and nine RBI during the trip.

"I haven't been swinging the bat at all, or very good at all," he said. "I'm really still not. To be able to come up big for the team late in the game when it's on the line, that's the most important."

With their bullpen spent after a 12-inning victory Friday night, the Nationals needed a long outing from Hernandez, who had won four straight starts. Fighting flu symptoms, the right-hander gritted his way through seven innings, then faltered in the eighth as Washington lost for only the second time in 10 games.

Bobby Abreu led off with a hard grounder that handcuffed second baseman Jose Vidro for an infield hit. Burrell drove Hernandez's next pitch, his 118th of the game, over the left-field wall for his 16th homer, erasing a 2-1 deficit.

"He hit it out -- nothing you can do with that," Hernandez said. "He's a power hitter. I left the ball up and he hit it out."

Nationals manager Frank Robinson defended his decision to stick with Hernandez so long and said it had more to do with the pitcher's effectiveness than the tired bullpen.

"He was in control of the game," Robinson said. "If he goes through the eighth inning, he's out of there, or if he gets into a little trouble, he's gone. We didn't keep them in check even after the home run."

Mike Stanton relieved and struck out Ryan Howard before being replaced by Jon Rauch. Aaron Rowand, who had three hits, reached on an error by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. David Bell singled and pinch-hitter David Dellucci doubled off the left-field wall, scoring both runners.

After pinch-hitter Abraham Nunez grounded out, Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI double down the right-field line for a 6-2 lead.

Geoff Geary (4-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win. Arthur Rhodes worked a perfect eighth and Tom Gordon got the final three outs for the Phillies, who have won five of seven.

Hernandez (5-6) allowed three runs and nine hits over seven-plus innings. He walked three and struck out four.

"I thought he put the ball where he wanted to," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "And that's the whole secret to his pitching. He's got a great sequence to his pitching and his command is outstanding and he knows how. He evidently understood his hitters good. He was doing a good job until Burrell touched him off there."

While Hernandez was wriggling out of trouble early, Washington was unable to solve right-hander Cory Lidle, who didn't allow a hit until Marlon Anderson's leadoff double in the fifth. Lidle went six innings, giving up two runs and three hits. He walked four and struck out two.

The Phillies went up 1-0 in the fifth, when Lidle drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on Rollins' single to right and scored on Chase Utley's sacrifice fly.

Anderson doubled down the left-field line leading off the Washington fifth, breaking up Lidle's no-hit bid and starting a game-tying rally. Brian Schneider's groundout advanced Anderson to third, and he scored on Marlon Byrd's sacrifice fly to short right-center.

Zimmerman delivered a tiebreaking single with two outs in the bottom half.

Notes

  • The Phillies placed C Mike Lieberthal on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hip and recalled RHP Brian Sanches from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • The Nationals activated OF Jose Guillen (right hamstring strain) from the DL and optioned OF Mike Vento to Triple-A New Orleans.
  • Rowand had his third three-hit game of the year, his first since April 14.
  • Abreu has hit safely in 10 consecutive games.
 
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Phillies' starter Cory Lidle throws six innings and gives up two runs on three hits, but doesn't get the win.  (AP)
Phillies' starter Cory Lidle throws six innings and gives up two runs on three hits, but doesn't get the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

P. Burrell
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

A. Rowand
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5021001
Chase Utley, 2B4001021
Bobby Abreu, RF5110021
Pat Burrell, LF4112100
    Tom Gordon, P0000000
Ryan Howard, 1B5010021
Aaron Rowand, CF4130000
David Bell, 3B2110212
Chris Coste, C3000003
   a- David Dellucci, PH1112000
    Sal Fasano, C0000000
Cory Lidle, P2110010
   b- Shane Victorino, PH1010000
    Geoff Geary, P0000000
   c- Abraham Nunez, PH1000001
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000
    Chris Roberson, LF0000000
Totals3761263810 
a-doubled for Coste in the 8th
b-singled for Lidle in the 7th
c-grounded out for Geary in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (, Rauch), Aaron Rowand (, Hernandez), David Dellucci (, Rauch)
HR - Pat Burrell (, Hernandez)
SF - Chase Utley ()
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (), Chase Utley (), Pat Burrell 2 (), David Dellucci 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins ()
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Chase Utley (, Wild throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cory Lidle 6322420
Geoff Geary (W,-) 1200100
Arthur Rhodes 1000010
Tom Gordon 1000020
IBB - N. Johnson by Cory Lidle, Soriano by Geoff Geary
Pitches-Strikes - Cory Lidle 99-53, Geoff Geary 23-15, Arthur Rhodes 8-5, Tom Gordon 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cory Lidle 8-7, Geoff Geary 2-1
Batters Faced - Cory Lidle 24, Geoff Geary 6, Arthur Rhodes 3, Tom Gordon 3
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF3000101
Royce Clayton, SS3120101
Jose Vidro, 2B4000014
Nick Johnson, 1B3000101
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3011110
Marlon Anderson, RF3110002
    Jose Guillen, RF1000000
Brian Schneider, C4000011
Marlon Byrd, CF3011010
Livan Hernandez, P1000100
    Mike Stanton, P0000000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000
   a- Robert Fick, PH1000010
Totals292525510 
a-struck out for Rauch in the 9th
Batting
2B - Royce Clayton (, Lidle), Marlon Anderson (, Lidle)
SF - Marlon Byrd ()
SH - Livan Hernandez ()
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (), Marlon Byrd ()
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman ()
CS - Ryan Zimmerman (, 2nd base by Lidle/Coste)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Zimmerman-Vidro-N. Johnson, Hernandez-Clayton-N. Johnson
E - Ryan Zimmerman (, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Livan Hernandez (L,-) 7933341
Mike Stanton 0.1000010
Jon Rauch 1.2331030
IBB - Bell by Livan Hernandez
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 118-69, Mike Stanton 5-3, Jon Rauch 35-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 2-13, Jon Rauch 2-1
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 31, Mike Stanton 1, Jon Rauch 9
Game Information
Attendance - 32089
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Joe Brinkman, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Derryl Cousins