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Nationals nab shutout as Phillies have no answers for Hill

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Shawn Hill couldn't get a grip on his curveball, had to rely almost exclusively on his sinker and cringed with embarrassment when he threw a wild pitch to the backstop netting.

Yet the right-hander had enough to handcuff the Philadelphia Phillies for seven innings en route to his first victory in almost two years.

Hill allowed two hits, Jose Guillen had a two-run double and the Washington Nationals beat the Phillies 6-0 Sunday.

"It was a very good outing today -- all except his pitch count, which was up high and early. ... It was just what we needed today," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said.

Hill (1-1) walked three and struck out four in winning for the first time since July 4, 2004, with Montreal, his only previous major league victory. The right-hander didn't pitch in 2005 after undergoing ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery in September 2004.

"Coming off the rehab, I had to go through some hurdles there," said Hill. "You learn to calm yourself down, compose yourself to get through one hitter at a time instead of jumping ahead."

The only Phillies hitter to have success against Hill was Ryan Howard, who singled to left in the second and doubled to right in the fourth. Howard went to third when Hill, attempting a curve, threw a one-out wild pitch to the backstop in the fourth, but was stranded.

"The balls that were coming out were really chalky," Hill said. "I don't know whether it was how they were rubbed up or not, but I had to rub them up a quite a bit. The curveball was slipping out all the time."

Guillen, activated off the 15-day disabled list the previous day, went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI on Sunday in his first start since May 25.

"The first one was a real confidence-builder, the first time up today," Robinson said of Guillen. "To get the big hit there and get us started in the third inning was a big confidence-builder. ... To get a lead early was a good feeling," Robinson said.

Bill Bray pitched the eighth and Saul Rivera worked the ninth to complete the combined three-hitter for Washington's second shutout of the year, and the first this season against Philadelphia. The Phillies finished an 11-game road trip 6-5.

"In order to be a contending team, we've got to play better and I think our players know that," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I don't know if it takes improvement or our just playing consistent and getting the most out of our talent or what."

After taking three of four against the Phillies, the Nationals have won six of seven series.

"We're all here to help each other out," said Washington's Robert Fick, who hit his first homer of the season. "I think we're coming together as a ballclub."

The Nationals, winners of nine of 11, scored all four runs off Cole Hamels (1-1) with two outs. He allowed six hits in five innings, walked two and struck out a season-high eight.

Washington went up 3-0 in the second. With two outs, Alfonso Soriano walked and stole second, Royce Clayton walked and both scored on Guillen's double down the left-field line.

Nick Johnson followed with an RBI double that left fielder Pat Burrell broke in for and couldn't recover before the catchable ball sailed over his head.

The Nationals struck again with two down in the fourth. Brendan Harris led off with a double and moved to third on Fick's single. After Hamels struck out two hitters, Soriano lined a run-scoring single to left.

Fick and pinch-hitter Daryle Ward hit solo homers off reliever Clay Condrey in the eighth.

Notes

  • The Phillies went 10-10 in a stretch of 20 games in 20 days.
  • Howard has reached base safely in 53 of 62 games.
  • Before singling in the fourth, Soriano was on an 0-for-10 skid.
  • Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an eighth-inning single.
  • Ward hit his third pinch home run of the season, and eighth of his career.
 
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Robert Fick's solo shot in the eighth inning puts an exclamation point on the Nationals' win.  (AP)
Robert Fick's solo shot in the eighth inning puts an exclamation point on the Nationals' win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

A. Soriano
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

S. Hill
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 3
K 4
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000001
Chase Utley, 2B4000001
Bobby Abreu, RF3010111
Pat Burrell, LF3000111
Ryan Howard, 1B4020012
Aaron Rowand, CF4000002
David Bell, 3B3000111
Sal Fasano, C2000013
   a- David Dellucci, PH1000000
Cole Hamels, P1000100
    Brian Sanches, P0000000
   b- Shane Victorino, PH1000001
    Geoff Geary, P0000000
    Clay Condrey, P0000000
Totals300304513 
a-flied out for Fasano in the 9th
b-grounded out for Sanches in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard (, Hill)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (, 2nd base off Hill/Fick)
Team LOB - 8
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (L,-) 5644280
Brian Sanches 1000000
Geoff Geary 1100120
Clay Condrey 1222002
HBP - N. Johnson (by Geoff Geary)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 93-59, Brian Sanches 9-5, Geoff Geary 27-15, Clay Condrey 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 1-6, Brian Sanches 1-2, Clay Condrey 2-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 23, Brian Sanches 3, Geoff Geary 6, Clay Condrey 5
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF4121100
Royce Clayton, SS3100113
Jose Guillen, RF3122110
Nick Johnson, 1B3011021
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4000024
Brendan Harris, 2B4110000
Robert Fick, C4121000
Marlon Byrd, CF4000012
Shawn Hill, P2000022
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH1000010
    Bill Bray, P0000000
   b- Daryle Ward, PH1111000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000
Totals3369631012 
a-struck out for Hill in the 7th
b-homered for Bray in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (, Geary), Jose Guillen 2 (, Hamels, Hamels), Nick Johnson (, Hamels), Brendan Harris (, Hamels)
HR - Robert Fick (, Condrey), Daryle Ward (, Condrey)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (), Jose Guillen 2 (), Nick Johnson (), Robert Fick (), Daryle Ward ()
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (), Jose Guillen 2 (), Nick Johnson (), Daryle Ward ()
SB - Alfonso Soriano (, 2nd base off Hamels/Fasano)
Team LOB - 7
Washington Nationals
Shawn Hill (W,-) 7200340
Bill Bray 1100110
Saul Rivera 1000000
HBP - Fasano (by Shawn Hill)
WP - Shawn Hill ()
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Hill 108-64, Bill Bray 19-11, Saul Rivera 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Hill 7-10, Saul Rivera 1-2
Batters Faced - Shawn Hill 27, Bill Bray 5, Saul Rivera 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30583
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Joe Brinkman, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Tim Timmons