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PHILADELPHIA -- The bottom of the order is carrying the Philadelphia Phillies while their big guys struggle.
Wes Helms drove in the go-ahead run with a single in a three-run eighth inning to lead the Phillies to their fourth straight win, 6-3 over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.
Antonio Alfonseca (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Tom Gordon worked the ninth for his fourth save in six chances.
"We got some clutch hits," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I like the way we swung the bats with two strikes."
Nationals starter Jason Bergmann allowed two runs -- one earned -- and three hits in six innings, leaving with a 3-2 lead. But Aaron Rowand hit reliever Saul Rivera's second pitch into the left-field seats to tie it at 3 in the seventh.
Chase Utley was hit by a pitch from Micah Bowie (0-1) leading off the bottom of the eighth. After Bowie struck out Ryan Howard, Jon Rauch came in to face Pat Burrell, who walked. Helms followed with a single to right-center that scored Utley to make it 4-3. Burrell scored when third baseman Ryan Zimmerman let center fielder Ryan Church's throw get past him for an error. Carlos Ruiz drove in another run with a two-out single.
While Utley (.250) and reigning NL MVP Howard (.207 with only two homers) are off to slow starts, Burrell (.339), Helms (.308) and Rowand (.371) have picked up the slack for the Phillies (8-11).
"That's what we have to do when our big guys aren't hitting," Helms said. "That's what this lineup can do."
The Phillies haven't lost since Manuel called a team meeting in Cincinnati before Saturday's game.
"I think it's the way Charlie went about it," said starter Jamie Moyer, who allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. "Some managers come in and tear up the room. Charlie just spoke and left the meeting to us and then we spoke. It forced people to take a step back and see what their priorities are."
The Phillies had just one hit before Utley doubled to left-center with two outs in the sixth. Howard walked and Burrell followed with an RBI double down the left-field line to cut it to 3-2.
Austin Kearns tripled to start the second for Washington. His sinking liner was misplayed by Rowand, who made a diving attempt in center field and allowed the ball to skip past. Church followed with an RBI double off the scoreboard in right-center for a 1-0 lead.
Felipe Lopez led off the third with a single, and scored on Ronnie Belliard's double down the left-field line to make it 2-1.
Rowand's two-out double in the second scored Helms, who reached on first baseman Dmitri Young's fielding error.
The Nationals went ahead 3-1 in the sixth on Brian Schneider's two-out single. Kearns doubled to start the inning and advanced to third on Church's fly out to right field. Moyer retired Michael Restovich on a check-swing grounder back to the mound, but Schneider delivered a clutch hit with Bergmann up next.
"Baseball is like boxing. If you don't hit, the other guy is going to hit you back," Nationals manager Manny Acta said.
|Players of the Game|
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|Felipe Lopez, SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.302|
|Ronnie Belliard, 2B||4||0||1||1||1||0||1||.267|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.233|
|Dmitri Young, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.257|
|Austin Kearns, RF||4||2||2||0||0||0||1||.273|
|Ryan Church, CF||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.306|
|Michael Restovich, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.286|
|Chris Snelling, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.233|
|Brian Schneider, C||3||0||1||1||1||1||1||.177|
|Jason Bergmann, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.125|
|Saul Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Micah Bowie, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Robert Fick, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.158|
|a-grounded out for Rauch in the 9th|
|2B - Ronnie Belliard (3, Moyer), Austin Kearns (6, Moyer), Ryan Church (9, Moyer)|
|3B - Austin Kearns (1, Moyer)|
|RBI - Ronnie Belliard (7), Ryan Church (9), Brian Schneider (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brian Schneider (1)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Dmitri Young (4, Missed catch of throw), Ryan Zimmerman (5, Missed catch of throw)|
|Saul Rivera (BS,1)||0.1||2||1||1||0||0||1||1.35|
|Micah Bowie (L,0-1)||1||0||1||1||0||2||0||3.60|
|HBP - Utley (by Micah Bowie)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 87-51, Saul Rivera 10-6, Micah Bowie 25-16, Jon Rauch 21-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 3-11, Saul Rivera 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 24, Saul Rivera 3, Micah Bowie 4, Jon Rauch 5|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.298|
|Shane Victorino, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.301|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||2||1||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.207|
|Pat Burrell, LF||2||1||1||1||2||1||0||.339|
|Michael Bourn, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Wes Helms, 3B||4||2||1||1||0||0||3||.308|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.371|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.300|
|Jamie Moyer, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.100|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Abraham Nunez, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Antonio Alfonseca, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Greg Dobbs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.174|
|Tom Gordon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Madson in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Alfonseca in the 8th|
|2B - Chase Utley (11, Bergmann), Pat Burrell (4, Bergmann), Aaron Rowand (5, Bergmann)|
|HR - Aaron Rowand (3, Rivera)|
|SH - Abraham Nunez (2)|
|RBI - Pat Burrell (8), Wes Helms (9), Aaron Rowand 2 (10), Carlos Ruiz (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Pat Burrell (3), Aaron Rowand (6), Carlos Ruiz (3)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Utley|
|E - Wes Helms (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Antonio Alfonseca (W,1-0)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.77|
|Tom Gordon (S,4)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.91|
|WP - Tom Gordon (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 99-58, Ryan Madson 10-7, Antonio Alfonseca 15-11, Tom Gordon 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 7-6, Ryan Madson 1-1, Antonio Alfonseca 2-1, Tom Gordon 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 27, Ryan Madson 3, Antonio Alfonseca 4, Tom Gordon 4|
|Attendance - 24745|
|Game Time - 2:46|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Jerry Crawford|