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Phillies keep up with Mets by beating Nationals in 10th inning

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WASHINGTON -- Ryan Howard may be closing in on a forgettable record, but he'll get a pass if he keeps sending the Phillies to late-season wins.

Howard struck out in his first four at-bats before driving in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning Saturday night, helping Philadelphia beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 in 10 innings and keep pace in the NL East.

"That's what baseball is all about," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "You go from sitting there striking out, and all of a sudden with one swing, you become a hero."

Howard has 194 strikeouts this season, and with one more will tie Cincinnati's Adam Dunn for the major league record set in 2004.

"I don't know why you're bringing that up," Howard said. "I haven't thought about it at all. It's part of the game."

Howard has never struck out five times in a game, but found himself in a 1-2 hole and fouling off pitches before hitting a fastball from Chris Schroder (2-3) to center that scored Chase Utley and gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

"With a couple of pitches, I just couldn't pull the trigger," Howard said. "I went up there in my last at-bat, trying to be aggressive."

Schroder said he didn't get confident because Howard had yet to put the ball in play.

"He is one of the best hitters in the game. The longer they go 'ohfer,' the more they are due," Schroder said.

Utley homered for the Phillies, who won for the ninth time in 10 games and remained 1½ games back of the New York Mets in the division. Philadelphia trails San Diego by a half-game in the wild-card race, after the Padres lost 6-2 to the Colorado Rockies.

Howard's big hit followed a single by Utley and a walk by Pat Burrell. Aaron Rowand, who had four hits, followed Howard by hitting into a fielder's choice, with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman going home to get pinch-runner Michael Bourn. Shane Victorino followed with a grounder to Robert Fick at first, but reliever Jesus Colome didn't cover and the bases were loaded.

Jayson Werth walked to score Howard and pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz added an insurance run with a single to left.

Before the game, Manuel said he'd never used a reliever in five consecutive games. But he didn't promise he wouldn't.

J.C. Romero retired two batters in relief of starter Kyle Kendrick, and Tom Gordon set down Washington in order in the eighth. Brett Myers (5-7), the fifth Philadelphia pitcher, picked up the win by working a perfect ninth.

All three had pitched the past four games.

"They said they wanted the ball. They said they wanted to pitch," Manuel said. "They said they were ready. If they said they were ready, I was going to use them."

Philadelphia's bullpen allowed just two hits in four innings and has given up only two earned runs in the past 30 2/3 innings.

"I got three outs. That's all that matters," Myers said. "I don't have time to feel tired. When that phone rings, I'm ready to go."

Clay Condrey worked a scoreless 10th for his second save.

"I'm getting tired of hearing people say our bullpen isn't good," Myers said.

With one out in the first, Utley hit a home run to right field off Washington starter Tim Redding. It was Utley's 21st home run and extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

Washington tied the score in the sixth when Zimmerman singled off Kendrick. Ryan Church singled one out later. Ronnie Belliard then grounded to third and after Abraham Nunez threw to second to force Church, Utley's relay throw to first was wild and Zimmerman scampered home.

Notes

  • Nationals 1B Dmitri Young hasn't played since getting hit by a hard-one hopper by Atlanta's Mark Teixeira on Sept. 15, and said he may not play again this season.
  • Washington OF Wily Mo Pena missed the game with a contusion in his right hand. He was hit with a pitch from Philadelphia's Adam Eaton during Friday's game.
  • Utley's hitting streak is the longest by any Phillies player this season.
  • The Nationals are 121-121 in their three years at RFK Stadium. The 36-year-old ballpark's final game is on Sunday.
 
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Ryan Howard (right) drives in the go-ahead run as the Phils take care of business in Washington, D.C.  (AP)
Ryan Howard (right) drives in the go-ahead run as the Phils take care of business in Washington, D.C. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

T. Redding
IP 6.2
H 8
ER 1
BB 0
K 7
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5010001 .294
Chase Utley, 2B5231001 .335
Pat Burrell, LF4010121 .260
    Michael Bourn, PR-LF0000000 .267
Ryan Howard, 1B5111042 .265
Aaron Rowand, CF5140000 .313
Greg Dobbs, 3B3000025 .275
    Abraham Nunez, 3B0000100 .237
   a- Shane Victorino, PH1010000 .284
    Wes Helms, PR-3B0000000 .250
Jayson Werth, RF4011123 .310
Chris Coste, C5000014 .281
Kyle Kendrick, P1000000 .162
   b- Pete Laforest, PH1000000 .303
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
   c- Tadahito Iguchi, PH1000000 .267
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
   d- Carlos Ruiz, PH1011000 .259
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
Totals414134311  
a-singled for Nunez in the 10th
b-flied out for Kendrick in the 7th
c-flied out for Gordon in the 9th
d-singled for Myers in the 10th
Batting
2B - Aaron Rowand (44, Redding)
HR - Chase Utley (21, Redding)
SH - Kyle Kendrick (5)
RBI - Chase Utley (100), Ryan Howard (125), Jayson Werth (48), Carlos Ruiz (53)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Ruiz (21)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Pat Burrell (10, Dropped fly), Aaron Rowand (3, Misplayed grounder), Chase Utley (9, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Kendrick 6610060 3.83
J.C. Romero 0.2100100 2.10
Geoff Geary 0.1000010 4.15
Tom Gordon 1000020 4.75
Brett Myers (W,5-7) 1000010 4.45
Clay Condrey (S,2) 1100000 5.21
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 93-68, J.C. Romero 16-9, Geoff Geary 6-4, Tom Gordon 17-10, Brett Myers 11-7, Clay Condrey 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 7-6, J.C. Romero 1-1, Tom Gordon 1-0, Brett Myers 1-1, Clay Condrey 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 25, J.C. Romero 4, Geoff Geary 1, Tom Gordon 3, Brett Myers 3, Clay Condrey 4
Washington Nationals
Nook Logan, CF5010023 .264
Felipe Lopez, SS5000002 .241
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5110033 .267
Austin Kearns, RF5000022 .261
Ryan Church, LF4020010 .270
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4020010 .290
Robert Fick, 1B4010003 .238
Brian Schneider, C3010002 .234
    Cristian Guzman, PR0000000 .329
    Jesus Flores, C1000010 .250
Tim Redding, P2000000 .077
    Arnie Munoz, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Batista, PH0000100 .258
    Justin Maxwell, PR0000000 .333
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
   b- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH1000000 .227
    Chris Schroder, P0000000 .000
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Albaladejo, P0000000 .000
Totals39180110  
a-walked for Munoz in the 7th
b-flied out for C. Cordero in the 9th
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Church 1
Washington Nationals
Tim Redding 6.2811071 3.53
Arnie Munoz 0.1000000 4.50
Jon Rauch 1100130 3.72
Chad Cordero 1000000 3.08
Chris Schroder (L,2-3)0233100 3.30
Jesus Colome 0.1100100 3.39
Jonathan Albaladejo 0.2100010 2.53
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 106-72, Arnie Munoz 3-2, Jon Rauch 29-17, Chad Cordero 10-6, Chris Schroder 13-7, Jesus Colome 12-4, Jonathan Albaladejo 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 4-9, Arnie Munoz 1-0, Jesus Colome 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 28, Arnie Munoz 1, Jon Rauch 5, Chad Cordero 3, Chris Schroder 3, Jesus Colome 3, Jonathan Albaladejo 2
Game Information
Attendance - 26412
Game Time - 3:55
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Larry Poncino