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Phillies complete sweep of Nationals, extend NL East lead

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WASHINGTON -- The Philadelphia Phillies haven't shown any ill effects from losing five of six last week and falling out of first place in the NL East.

They have simply refocused, played some of their best baseball of the season and moved back on top of the division.

Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth hit home runs, and the Phillies stretched their winning streak to five games with an 8-4 victory against the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

The toughest part of the 1-5 streak came when the Mets took two of three from the Phillies in New York. The Phillies fell out of first place for the first time since June 1, but they realized what needed to be return to first place and have won every game since.

"Coming off of those (games), it wasn't like the world was over," Rollins said. "If we lose, go out there and win tomorrow. If we win, go out there and win tomorrow. Nothing changed in the attitude from winning and losing."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he isn't much for meetings, but he called a closed-door session then, and the Phillies bounced back to take the last two games of the series with Atlanta before sweeping the Nationals to extend Washington's losing streak to nine.

"The way we went out there playing is very good," Rollins said. "We're getting hits with two outs, runners in scoring position and we're getting good quality starts. We're back to the way we need to be playing."

Manuel said he's hoping the Philadelphia offense is getting back in a groove. The Phillies scored 18 runs in the three victories against the Nationals after getting 22 in the two victories against the Braves.

"It's good to win three in a row," Manuel said. "I felt like we hit the ball pretty good all three days in here, and we hit the ball those last two at home (against Atlanta). That's a good sign."

The Phillies took a one-game lead over idle New York in the NL East.

Washington tied this season's longest losing streak and its worst since the Nationals moved from Montreal in 2005.

Rollins was hitting only .200 against Washington this season (7-for-35) before going 2-for-4 with a walk, three RBI and two runs scored.

Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick (9-5) earned his first victory since July 1, giving up two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Werth's solo home run and Rollins' RBI groundout helped the Phillies go up 3-0 in the second. Rollins hit a two-run homer in the fourth to give Philadelphia a 5-2 lead.

Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell added RBI singles in a three-run sixth that gave the Phillies an 8-2 lead. Washington helped the Phillies by making three errors, two of which led to runs off starter John Lannan (6-11).

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is day-to-day with a bruised hand after Kendrick hit him with a pitch in the third.

Zimmerman came out in the fourth, He recently spent 48 games on the disabled list with shoulder problems.

"We can't sit here and pout," Zimmerman said. "We can't sit here and feel sorry for ourselves. We just have to show up and play and just have some pride."

The Nationals announced after the game they released infielder Felipe Lopez and catchers Paul Lo Duca and Johnny Estrada, who had been designated for assignment July 22. Lo Duca was a $5 million free-agent signing this past offseason, but injuries slowed him this year.

Washington will reactivate outfielder Elijah Dukes from the 15-day disabled list, recall infielder Emilio Bonafacio from Triple-A Columbus and add infielder Alberto Gonzales on Friday. The Nationals obtained Gonzales from the New York Yankees on Thursday for right-hander Jhonny Nunez.

Notes

  • The Nationals went 5-19 in July.
  • The Phillies have hit a home run in 22 of their past 26 games against the Nationals.
  • Philadelphia OF Shane Victorino got his eighth bunt hit of the season in the fourth, one of two infield hits he had in the game.
 
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While his teammates batter Washington pitching, Kyle Kendrick puts forth a quality start.  (US Presswire)
While his teammates batter Washington pitching, Kyle Kendrick puts forth a quality start. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

P. Orr
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4223100 .272
Shane Victorino, CF4120001 .289
Chase Utley, 2B3110112 .293
Ryan Howard, 1B5021024 .239
Pat Burrell, LF3011203 .279
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .167
Jayson Werth, RF-LF5111034 .271
Eric Bruntlett, 3B5110012 .232
Carlos Ruiz, C4110011 .217
Kyle Kendrick, P3100021 .125
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
    Geoff Jenkins, RF0000000 .242
Totals368116410  
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (25, Lannan)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (8, Lannan), Jayson Werth (15, Lannan)
SH - Kyle Kendrick (5)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 3 (40), Ryan Howard (95), Pat Burrell (64), Jayson Werth (41)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard (38), Pat Burrell (28)
SB - Shane Victorino (26, 2nd base off Lannan/Flores)
CS - Shane Victorino (8, 3rd base by Lannan/Flores), Eric Bruntlett (2, 2nd base by Lannan/Flores)
Team LOB - 8
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Kendrick (W,9-5) 6.2722140 4.59
Clay Condrey 1.1000010 3.61
Rudy Seanez 0.2222100 3.58
Chad Durbin 0.1000000 1.67
HBP - Zimmerman (by Kyle Kendrick), Belliard (by Kyle Kendrick)
WP - Kyle Kendrick (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 110-69, Clay Condrey 20-10, Rudy Seanez 13-7, Chad Durbin 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 11-5, Clay Condrey 3-0, Rudy Seanez 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 30, Clay Condrey 4, Rudy Seanez 5, Chad Durbin 1
Washington Nationals
Willie Harris, LF-2B5001001 .246
Lastings Milledge, CF5011010 .237
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B1110000 .264
    Ryan Langerhans, LF1000200 .278
Austin Kearns, RF5010034 .212
Jesus Flores, C4011010 .282
Kory Casto, 1B4110002 .207
Ronnie Belliard, 2B-3B3000001 .223
Pete Orr, SS4130001 .241
John Lannan, P1000001 .036
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
    Garrett Mock, P0000000 .000
   a- Wil Nieves, PH1000000 .276
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
   b- Felipe Lopez, PH1110000 .234
Totals3549325  
a-grounded out for Mock in the 7th
b-doubled for Colome in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kory Casto (6, Kendrick), Felipe Lopez (20, Seanez)
SH - John Lannan (3)
RBI - Willie Harris (25), Lastings Milledge (34), Jesus Flores (45)
2-OUT RBI - Jesus Flores (21)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Harris-Orr-Casto
E - Ronnie Belliard (8, Throwing), Jesus Flores (4, Throwing), Ryan Zimmerman (3, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
John Lannan (L,6-11) 5.2986372 3.61
Charlie Manning0100000 4.18
Garrett Mock 1.1100020 5.27
Jesus Colome 2000110 4.93
HBP - Victorino (by John Lannan), Utley (by Jesus Colome)
WP - John Lannan (5)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 104-66, Charlie Manning 5-3, Garrett Mock 20-13, Jesus Colome 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 7-3, Garrett Mock 1-1, Jesus Colome 3-1
Batters Faced - John Lannan 30, Charlie Manning 1, Garrett Mock 5, Jesus Colome 7
Game Information
Attendance - 31658
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Tim Timmons