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PHILADELPHIA -- Jon Lieber is more comfortable and far more productive in the starting rotation than the bullpen.
Lieber (1-0) gave up five hits, striking out five in his second start since moving into the rotation after ace Brett Myers was sent to the bullpen to bolster a struggling relief corps.
Lieber tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings at Cincinnati last Friday. The veteran right-hander allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings in the bullpen, but has a 1.54 ERA in his two starts.
"I was never really worried about being in the bullpen," Lieber said. "I was fine down there. (Starting) gives me more time to get ready."
Myers pitched a scoreless eighth to preserve a four-run lead before Rollins connected to make it 9-3 in the bottom half of the inning.
Utley had three singles and two doubles for his first career five-hit game. He raised his average to .296 from .250.
"It's all about finding holes," Utley said. "I'm just trying to put the ball in play and hit it hard."
John Patterson (0-4) retired the first two batters in the third inning before Utley doubled off the left-field wall. Left fielder Robert Fick turned the wrong way on the ball, though he probably didn't have a play.
Howard then snapped a 1-for-9 slump with his third homer to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead. Howard hit a straight fastball into the right-field seats. The reigning NL MVP is hitting .213 with 23 strikeouts in 61 at-bats.
The Phillies scored three times in the sixth to extend their lead to 7-2. One run came in when second baseman Ronnie Belliard dropped Shane Victorino's popup to shallow right field for an error with the bases loaded. Utley followed with a two-run single to left.
"He's warming up. He's hitting the ball all over the field," manager Charlie Manuel said of Utley. "He's going more to the opposite field and he's pulling the ball when it's middle-in."
Lieber retired the first nine batters, getting all five of his strikeouts. But Felipe Lopez singled to start the fourth and Belliard followed with an infield single. After Ryan Zimmerman hit into a double play, Dmitri Young looped a single just past second baseman Utley's glove to cut it to 3-1. Austin Kearns followed with an RBI double that nearly cleared the center-field fence to make it 3-2.
Utley ripped a two-out double down the right-field line to score Rollins, giving the Phillies a 4-2 lead in the fifth.
Patterson, the Nationals' struggling No. 1 starter, gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"He's making progress," manager Manny Acta said. "There was no drop-off in his velocity like his other outings. We didn't play very good defense behind him."
|It's a perfect night for Chase Utley; five hits in five plate appearances to go with three RBI. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Felipe Lopez, SS||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.300|
|Ronnie Belliard, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.233|
|Dmitri Young, 1B||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.260|
|Austin Kearns, RF||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.275|
|Ryan Church, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.293|
|Robert Fick, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.143|
|a- Michael Restovich, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.267|
|Chris Snelling, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.227|
|Brian Schneider, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.182|
|John Patterson, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Micah Bowie, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Wagner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.077|
|Levale Speigner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jesus Colome, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jesus Flores, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.200|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Fick in the 7th|
|b-walked for Wagner in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Colome in the 9th|
|2B - Ryan Zimmerman (5, Lieber), Austin Kearns (7, Lieber), Brian Schneider (2, Rosario)|
|RBI - Dmitri Young (10), Austin Kearns (3), Brian Schneider (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dmitri Young (4), Austin Kearns (3)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Ronnie Belliard (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|John Patterson (L,0-4)||5.1||8||6||6||3||3||1||7.71|
|IBB - Howard by John Patterson|
|WP - John Patterson (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - John Patterson 100-60, Micah Bowie 18-9, Ryan Wagner 7-2, Levale Speigner 8-5, Jesus Colome 27-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Patterson 6-7, Micah Bowie 1-0, Levale Speigner 2-1|
|Batters Faced - John Patterson 27, Micah Bowie 4, Ryan Wagner 1, Levale Speigner 3, Jesus Colome 7|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||3||1||2||1||0||1||.295|
|Shane Victorino, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.282|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||1||5||3||0||0||0||.296|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||3||1||1||2||2||2||3||.213|
|Pat Burrell, LF||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.344|
|Matt Smith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Geoff Geary, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.136|
|Wes Helms, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.290|
|Brett Myers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jayson Werth, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Francisco Rosario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.365|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.296|
|Jon Lieber, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.200|
|b- Greg Dobbs, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.174|
|Michael Bourn, LF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.231|
|a-struck out for Myers in the 8th|
|b-walked for Lieber in the 6th|
|2B - Chase Utley 2 (13, Patterson, Patterson), Pat Burrell (5, Patterson)|
|3B - Michael Bourn (1, Colome)|
|HR - Jimmy Rollins (8, Colome), Ryan Howard (3, Patterson)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (16), Chase Utley 3 (16), Ryan Howard 2 (12), Carlos Ruiz (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (6), Ryan Howard 2 (7)|
|SB - Jimmy Rollins (3, 2nd base off Patterson/Schneider)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard, Myers-Utley-Howard|
|Jon Lieber (W,1-0)||6||5||2||2||0||5||0||3.21|
|Geoff Geary (H,4)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.61|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lieber 86-64, Matt Smith 23-9, Geoff Geary 4-3, Brett Myers 18-10, Francisco Rosario 21-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lieber 7-5, Matt Smith 2-0, Brett Myers 2-0, Francisco Rosario 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jon Lieber 22, Matt Smith 5, Geoff Geary 1, Brett Myers 4, Francisco Rosario 4|
|Attendance - 23526|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 57|
|Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Brian O'Nora|