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PHILADELPHIA -- Aaron Rowand threw a runner out at the plate, scored the tying run, then hit the winning homer that extended both his own and Philadelphia's recent hot streak.
Now that Rowand has the Phillies in the thick of the NL East race, he wants to stick around and see how it all plays out.
Rowand's two-out, solo homer in the eighth inning lifted the Phillies to their fourth straight win, 4-3 over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
"We're striving to win this division," Rowand said.
If the Phillies are to catch the New York Mets, they need their center fielder to keep playing like an All-Star. The trade deadline is looming and Rowand has heard his name discussed as potential trade bait to acquire the starter or reliever the Phillies badly need.
Rowand, a free-agent at the end of the season, wants to finish this year in Philadelphia.
"I expect to be here this season," Rowand said. "If they end up trading me at the deadline, it'll be a surprise to me. I'm not that worried about."
Rowand went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. He hit a 2-2 pitch off Luis Ayala (0-2) into the left-field seats for his 14th homer of the season, sending the crowd of 40,110 into a frenzy.
The Phillies were 8½ games behind the NL East-leading Mets on June 2. Now they trail New York by five games and opened a six-game homestand against second-division teams.
As Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said, "We're not early no more."
Ryan Madson (2-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win, and Antonio Alfonseca worked the ninth for his eighth save.
"We definitely look like we're together now," Manuel said.
The Nationals lost starter Jason Bergmann in the third inning with tightness in his left hamstring from running the bases. He walked Chase Utley with one out in the third. Then a trainer and pitching coach Randy St. Claire came out for a visit and soon signaled for the left-handed Billy Traber.
Bergmann allowed a run in the second and gave up Jimmy Rollins' 20th homer leading off the third that made it 2-0.
Nationals manager Manny Acta said Bergmann was day-to-day.
Rowand saved a run for the Phillies in the third on Ronnie Belliard's two-out single up the middle. He threw out Bergmann at the plate to end the inning and preserve the 2-0 lead.
"Rowand is having a great year and he had a big night," Acta said.
Traber was solid in emergency long relief, but left in the sixth after Rowand doubled. Rowand scored and tied the game at 3-all on Pat Burrell's sacrifice fly off Chris Booker. That was the only run charged to Traber in three innings.
Philadelphia received another average outing from starter Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick, called up from Double-A Reading in June, pitched at least six innings in each of his first six starts but failed to reach the sixth in his last two outings.
He lasted 5 2/3 innings in this one and allowed all three runs in the fourth. With the Phillies leading 2-0, Kendrick loaded the bases on a double, walk and a hit batter. Schneider cleared the bases with a double into the alley in left-center for a 3-2 lead.
Nationals RHP Shawn Hill threw 20 pitches in a live batting practice session for Class A Potomac on Monday. Hill, on the disabled list since May because of a strained left shoulder, is scheduled to throw a two-inning, 35-pitch simulated game on Wednesday. ... Phillies C Carlos Ruiz picked off Felipe Lopez at first in the fifth inning. ... Rowand's assist was his 10th of the season and gave Phillies outfielders a major-league best 31.
|Players of the Game|
|Felipe Lopez, SS||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.240|
|Ronnie Belliard, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.304|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Dmitri Young, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.335|
|Ryan Church, LF||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||.259|
|Austin Kearns, RF||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.251|
|Brian Schneider, C||3||0||1||3||1||1||1||.233|
|Ryan Langerhans, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.157|
|Jason Bergmann, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.120|
|Billy Traber, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Chris Booker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Tony Batista, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.220|
|Saul Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ray King, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Ayala, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Robert Fick, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.203|
|a-popped out for Booker in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Ayala in the 9th|
|2B - Ryan Zimmerman (23, Kendrick), Brian Schneider (12, Kendrick)|
|RBI - Brian Schneider 3 (35)|
|PK - Felipe Lopez (1, Kendrick)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Belliard-Zimmerman-Young|
|Chris Booker (BS,1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Luis Ayala (L,0-2)||0.1||1||1||1||1||0||1||3.86|
|WP - Chris Booker (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 52-31, Billy Traber 44-27, Chris Booker 5-2, Saul Rivera 13-6, Ray King 11-8, Luis Ayala 13-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 3-3, Billy Traber 6-0, Saul Rivera 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 12, Billy Traber 11, Chris Booker 2, Saul Rivera 4, Ray King 2, Luis Ayala 3|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.291|
|Shane Victorino, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.281|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.334|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||4||3||3||1||0||0||0||.330|
|Pat Burrell, LF||1||0||1||1||2||0||0||.239|
|Michael Bourn, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.294|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.258|
|Antonio Alfonseca, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.263|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||.167|
|J.C. Romero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.258|
|a-flied out for Madson in the 8th|
|2B - Aaron Rowand 2 (31, Bergmann, Traber), Carlos Ruiz (20, Bergmann)|
|HR - Jimmy Rollins (20, Bergmann), Aaron Rowand (14, Ayala)|
|SF - Pat Burrell (4)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins (60), Aaron Rowand (55), Pat Burrell (46), Carlos Ruiz (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aaron Rowand (30), Carlos Ruiz (16)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Aaron Rowand 1|
|Ryan Madson (W,2-2)||1.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.21|
|Antonio Alfonseca (S,8)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.58|
|HBP - Kearns (by Kyle Kendrick), F. Lopez (by Ryan Madson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 82-46, J.C. Romero 9-5, Ryan Madson 20-13, Antonio Alfonseca 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 5-8, J.C. Romero 1-0, Ryan Madson 2-3, Antonio Alfonseca 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 24, J.C. Romero 2, Ryan Madson 6, Antonio Alfonseca 4|
|Attendance - 40110|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Randy Marsh|