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Nationals rough up struggling Myers to beat Phillies

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Alfonso Soriano's combination of power and speed has put him in elite company.

Soriano hit a leadoff homer, Ryan Zimmerman went deep and drove in a career-best five runs, and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 Friday night.

Soriano became the third player in major league history to have at least four seasons of 30 homers and 30 stolen bases, and Tony Armas Jr. pitched 5 1/3 effective innings for the Nationals.

Soriano, who was 4-for-6, led off the game with his 39th homer and stole his 30th base in the second inning. Only Bobby and Barry Bonds have reached those numbers five times.

"It is good, but I'm working hard to get better in the field and to make my team better," Soriano said. "So whatever number that I put (up) this year, maybe I want to enjoy after the season, but not now. It is more important for me to win and make the team better."

With one more homer and one more assist, Soriano will become the first player ever to have 40 homers, 30 steals and 20 outfield assists in a season. He initially objected to moving to left field from second base after joining Washington this season.

"He's an exciting player," Nationals manager Frank Robinson said.

Mike Lieberthal homered and had three RBI for the Phillies, who remained 2½ games back in the NL wild-card race. Philadelphia has lost two in a row after three straight wins against the East-leading New York Mets.

Armas (8-8) gave up three runs and six hits to win for the first time since July 23. He lost three consecutive starts, but got a no-decision when he didn't allow an earned run in seven innings in a loss to the Mets last Sunday.

Lieberthal's solo homer to left off Jon Rauch cut the deficit to 6-4 in the eighth. Chad Cordero pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.

Brett Myers (8-6) was terrible for the fourth straight start, lasting just 3 1/3 innings. He gave up six runs and nine hits in his second-shortest outing this season, and has a 9.45 ERA this month.

Myers had three solid outings after returning from a leave of absence that followed his arrest for domestic violence in Boston two months ago.

"It's just not working right now," Myers said.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is concerned about his staff ace.

"We need Brett if we're going to win anything," Manuel said. "We got to get him going."

Soriano drove Myers' third pitch 451 feet way beyond the center-field wall. It was his ninth leadoff homer this season and it tied his career high in homers set with the New York Yankees in 2002.

After Felipe Lopez singled, Zimmerman lined a two-run shot into the left-field seats to make it 3-0. It was the fifth homer allowed by Myers in a span of eight batters over two games.

In his last outing, Myers gave up three straight homers to Cincinnati's Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Dunn and Rich Aurilia. He exited that game two batters later.

"I feel fine physically," Myers said. "No excuses, I still have to make pitches."

Zimmerman ripped a two-run double down the left-field line to make it 5-0 in the second. He blooped a single to right field to extend the lead to 6-0 in the fourth.

The Phillies chased Armas with three runs in the sixth inning. Pat Burrell doubled home Chase Utley for the first run. After Aaron Rowand's infield single, Lieberthal drove in both runners with a double to straightaway center to make it 6-3.

But Saul Rivera entered and struck out Abraham Nunez and retired pinch-hitter Danny Sandoval on a pop-up to third base one pitch after the rookie hooked a liner 10 feet outside the right-field foul pole.

Notes

  • Lieberthal passed Red Dooin for the most games caught in team history, 1,125. He threw out two baserunners trying to steal second base.
  • The last-place Nationals have won three of four.
  • Myers' shortest outing was 2 2/3 innings against the Mets on June 14. He gave up five earned runs in that one.
  • Nunez's nine-game hitting streak ended.
  • Soriano has 39 career leadoff homers.
 
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Players of the Game
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Philadelphia

M. Lieberthal
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF6241022 .294
Felipe Lopez, SS4320113 .272
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5135022 .288
Nick Johnson, 1B4020122 .289
Jose Vidro, 2B5020003 .302
Ryan Church, RF4000036 .246
   a- Austin Kearns, PH-RF1000010 .263
Alex Escobar, CF4000114 .315
Brian Schneider, C2010302 .239
Tony J. Armas, P3000025 .079
    Saul Rivera, P1000010 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   b- Bernie Castro, PH1000001 .250
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals40614661530 
a-struck out (wild pitch) for Church in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Rauch in the 9th
Batting
2B - Felipe Lopez (19, Myers), Ryan Zimmerman (38, Myers)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (39, Myers), Ryan Zimmerman (17, Myers)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano (79), Ryan Zimmerman 5 (83)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (30, 2nd base off Myers/Lieberthal), Nick Johnson (10, 2nd base off Rhodes/Lieberthal)
CS - Alfonso Soriano (13, 2nd base by White/Lieberthal), Bernie Castro (1, 2nd base by Fultz/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - N. Johnson-F. Lopez
Washington Nationals
Tony J. Armas (W,8-8) 5.1633220 4.73
Saul Rivera (H,4) 1.2000130 3.82
Jon Rauch (H,13) 1111011 3.39
Chad Cordero (S,23) 1000000 3.25
HBP - Dellucci (by Tony J. Armas), Dellucci (by Tony J. Armas)
Pitches-Strikes - Tony J. Armas 88-52, Saul Rivera 26-16, Jon Rauch 16-9, Chad Cordero 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony J. Armas 8-5, Saul Rivera 1-1, Jon Rauch 1-1, Chad Cordero 1-2
Batters Faced - Tony J. Armas 25, Saul Rivera 6, Jon Rauch 4, Chad Cordero 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000100 .273
David Dellucci, RF3000011 .328
Chase Utley, 2B3100114 .323
Ryan Howard, 1B4000015 .296
Pat Burrell, LF3111110 .256
Aaron Rowand, CF4120011 .254
Mike Lieberthal, C4133001 .263
Abraham Nunez, 3B4000013 .192
Brett Myers, P1010000 .044
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Roberson, PH1000000 .185
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .333
   b- Danny Sandoval, PH1000001 .150
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .000
   c- Shane Victorino, PH1000000 .266
Totals334743616 
a-flied out for Sanches in the 5th
b-fouled out for Geary in the 6th
c-flied out for Fultz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pat Burrell (17, Armas), Mike Lieberthal (11, Armas)
HR - Mike Lieberthal (4, Rauch)
RBI - Pat Burrell (74), Mike Lieberthal 3 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lieberthal (9)
Team LOB - 7
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers (L,8-6) 3.1966452 4.40
Brian Sanches 1.2200050 6.06
Geoff Geary 1100110 3.48
Rick White 1.1100020 4.56
Arthur Rhodes 0.2100010 5.02
Aaron Fultz 1000110 4.11
IBB - Schneider by Brett Myers
WP - Arthur Rhodes (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 91-53, Brian Sanches 27-19, Geoff Geary 18-11, Rick White 17-11, Arthur Rhodes 11-8, Aaron Fultz 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 3-2, Geoff Geary 1-1, Rick White 1-0, Arthur Rhodes 1-1, Aaron Fultz 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 23, Brian Sanches 7, Geoff Geary 5, Rick White 4, Arthur Rhodes 4, Aaron Fultz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30123
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Charlie Reliford, Third Base - Larry Vanover