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Utley's two homers highlight Phillies win; Hamels sprains ankle

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PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels had another painful start in otherwise easy victory for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Chase Utley homered twice and drove in three runs, Pedro Feliz added a three-run shot and the Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 7-1 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.

Raul Ibanez also went deep for the Phillies, who won despite losing ace Hamels early for the second consecutive start. The left-hander came out in the fifth inning after spraining his left ankle trying to field John Lannan's bunt.

X-rays on Hamels' ankle were negative and the pitcher said he was planning to make his next start, although it will depend on how he responds to treatment.

"There's some frustration, almost comedy," said Hamels, who missed a chance to earn his first victory, but lowered his ERA to 7.27. "Last time I felt like I was doing really well. This time I felt like I was finally getting in a good grove again. I don't know what else to do but laugh about it."

Hamels allowed four hits and struck out four in 4 1/3 innings, leaving with a 5-0 lead.

"It didn't look that good, hopefully it's not too bad," Utley said about Hamels' injury.

The World Series MVP left his start last Thursday against Milwaukee with a bruised left shoulder after being hit by Prince Fielder's line drive with one out in the fourth.

Chad Durbin (1-0) came on in relief of Hamels and allowed only Adam Dunn's sixth-inning homer in 3 2/3 innings.

"Durbin was a key in the game," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "He shut us down. We couldn't take advantage after Hamels went out."

Durbin got plenty of help from the Phillies offense. Utley had three hits and Ibanez led off the eighth with a home run to left-center, his seventh this season. He also had a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning Monday night in a 13-11 victory.

"We have a lot of good hitters from top to bottom," Utley said. "We can swing the bats pretty well."

The fast-starting Utley upped his average to .357 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 19 games.

"Utley's definitely swinging the bat real good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Ryan Zimmerman extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 17 games with a first-inning double off the left-field wall for Washington (4-15), which has lost five of six and owns baseball's worst record.

Zimmerman's streak is the longest for the Nationals organization but trails the franchise record of 31 set in 1999 by Vladimir Guerrero with the Montreal Expos.

The Phillies scored five times in the third on a two-run homer to right by Utley and Feliz's shot to left. Utley led off the fifth with a solo drive to right, giving Philadelphia a 6-0 advantage.

Utley is 8-for-14 with five RBI off Lannan (0-3), who gave up six runs -- three earned -- and nine hits in five innings.

"He made a lot of mistakes in the strike zone, especially with Utley," Acta said of Lannan. "We're scoring enough runs most nights. It's a matter of putting things together."

Notes

  • Acta said before the game Joel Hanrahan no longer will be the team's closer. Instead, he'll rely on veterans such as Kip Wells and Julian Tavarez in a closer-by-committee, basing who pitches on matchups.
  • Washington's Nick Johnson went 0-for-4, snapping his 11-game hitting streak.
  • Jesus Flores is 1-for-14 with eight strikeouts against Hamels.
 
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Touch 'em all: Chase Utley smacks his sixth and seventh homers and is hitting .357 on the season. (AP)
Touch 'em all: Chase Utley smacks his sixth and seventh homers and is hitting .357 on the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Washington

A. Dunn
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4000012 .167
Nick Johnson, 1B4000013 .338
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010010 .293
Adam Dunn, LF3121101 .328
Elijah Dukes, CF4000012 .283
Austin Kearns, RF3000102 .240
Jesus Flores, C4000012 .281
Alberto Gonzalez, SS3020000 .271
John Lannan, P2010001 .250
    Jason Bergmann, P0000000 .000
   a- Alex Cintron, PH1000010 .000
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
Totals3216126  
a-struck out for Bergmann in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (7, Hamels)
HR - Adam Dunn (6, Durbin)
RBI - Adam Dunn (15)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Alberto Gonzalez (6, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
John Lannan (L,0-3) 5963123 4.61
Jason Bergmann 1100010 3.60
Saul Rivera 2111021 10.24
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 83-53, Jason Bergmann 8-7, Saul Rivera 33-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 11-2, Jason Bergmann 1-1, Saul Rivera 3-1
Batters Faced - John Lannan 25, Jason Bergmann 4, Saul Rivera 7
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4010010 .195
Shane Victorino, CF4120001 .291
Chase Utley, 2B4233000 .357
Ryan Howard, 1B4000011 .276
Jayson Werth, RF4100010 .261
Raul Ibanez, LF3221100 .355
Pedro Feliz, 3B4123001 .333
Chris Coste, C4010000 .189
Cole Hamels, P2000012 .000
    Chad Durbin, P1000010 .500
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .125
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
Totals35711715  
a-lined out for Durbin in the 8th
Batting
HR - Chase Utley 2 (7, Lannan, Lannan), Raul Ibanez (7, Rivera), Pedro Feliz (2, Lannan)
RBI - Chase Utley 3 (20), Raul Ibanez (17), Pedro Feliz 3 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Feliz 3 (5)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (1, 2nd base off Bergmann/Flores)
CS - Shane Victorino (1, 2nd base by Lannan/Flores)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Feliz-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels 4.1400240 7.27
Chad Durbin (W,1-0) 3.2111021 4.97
Clay Condrey 1100000 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 61-38, Chad Durbin 42-29, Clay Condrey 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 3-5, Chad Durbin 3-6, Clay Condrey 2-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 18, Chad Durbin 12, Clay Condrey 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43930
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt