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Phillies hit back-to-back HRs in eighth to beat lowly Nationals

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WASHINGTON -- There was plenty of drama over who would come out of the Philadelphia Phillies' bullpen in the ninth inning.

Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz had hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to give the Phillies a 6-5 lead against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

Chan Ho Park pitched a scoreless eighth for the defending World Series champions.

Then came the question: Would closer Brad Lidge get another chance a night after his 10th blown save?

Ryan Madson pitched the ninth instead of the struggling Lidge, earning his sixth save in as many six chances as Philadelphia beat the Nationals for the ninth consecutive time.

 Phils: Closer role unclear | Reliever Eyre to have elbow examined

"When the eighth inning rolled around and I didn't pitch, I didn't know what to expect," Madson said. "If they call my name, I'll be ready to go get some outs -- that's what I was thinking."

Madson replaced Lidge during the ninth inning Tuesday, leading to speculation about whether Lidge, who was perfect in 41 save attempts last season, might have lost his closer role.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel didn't say who would be pitching the ninth before this game Wednesday, but when it came time, Lidge stayed in the bullpen and Madson took the mound.

"Madson pitched good last night," Manuel said. "I like him, plus I wanted to leave Lidge alone."

Madson gave up a leadoff single to Justin Maxwell -- who had a career-high three hits -- but struck out Cristian Guzman and got Adam Dunn to line into a game-ending double play.

Madson's save came after Park pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. Park replaced starter Cliff Lee with runners on first and second and walked Elijah Dukes before retiring three consecutive pinch-hitters: Willie Harris flied out, Pete Orr had a sacrifice fly and Wil Nieves grounded out.

"We had bases loaded with no outs, and we only got one run out of that," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "It comes back to haunt us."

Lee (6-2) pitched seven-plus innings, allowing five runs and 10 hits.

"Obviously it's better when I pitch into the eighth inning instead of three innings," said Lee, who lost his previous two starts. "I'm pleased with how things went."

Werth's leadoff drive on a 3-1 pitch from Tyler Clippard (2-2) gave the Phillies a 5-4 lead. It was his second in two games and No. 33 on the year.

Feliz followed with his 10th of the season, a shot that landed in the left-field seats beyond Philadelphia's bullpen.

It was the Phillies' 10th set of back-to-back home runs and second in two games. Werth and Raul Ibanez had successive drives in the seventh inning of Philadelphia's 5-3 victory against the Nationals on Tuesday night.

The home runs pushed the Phillies ahead after they had stranded three runners at third base.

"It's how we're getting it done right now," Werth said. "The way things are going lately, we're overanalyzing too much. We get what we can."

The Nationals tied it at 4 in the seventh. Alberto Gonzalez led off with his third double of the game and advanced on pinch-hitter Jorge Padilla's bunt single. With one out, Guzman hit a grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins that looked like a double play. But second baseman Chase Utley lost the ball as he tried to transfer it to his throwing hand, allowing Gonzalez to score.

Even though the Phillies have questions surrounding their bullpen and have had some tough times on offense lately, Werth said they're feeling good as they head into the final weeks of the season. Philadelphia entered the day with a six-game lead in the NL East.

"We're a first-place team. We're world champs. We know our identity and who we are," Werth said. "It's a long season. Just because for a couple of weeks, we haven't played like we played before doesn't matter. It's where you finish."

Notes

  • Phillies LHP Scott Eyre was sent to Philadelphia to have his sore left elbow examined.
  • Phillies LHP Jamie Moyer will start Saturday against New York in place of J.A. Happ, who was scratched from Monday's start with an oblique strain.
  • Philadelphia promoted LHP Sergio Escalona and 1B Andy Tracy from the minors.
  • Nationals C Jesus Flores grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth, his first appearance after missing 106 games with a right shoulder injury.
  • Gonzalez's three doubles were a career high.
 
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Pedro Feliz hits the second of the Phillies' back-to-back homers in the eighth, his 10th shot of the season.  (AP)
Pedro Feliz hits the second of the Phillies' back-to-back homers in the eighth, his 10th shot of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Werth
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Washington

A. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5011010 .241
Shane Victorino, CF5020003 .296
Chase Utley, 2B5000004 .292
Ryan Howard, 1B3110201 .275
Raul Ibanez, LF5121024 .280
Jayson Werth, RF4222123 .270
Pedro Feliz, 3B3221101 .268
Paul Bako, C2000111 .203
   a- Andy Tracy, PH1000010 .000
    Carlos Ruiz, C0000000 .253
Cliff Lee, P4011010 .250
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .143
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals37611658  
a-struck out for Bako in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (33, Mock), Raul Ibanez 2 (29, Mock, Mock)
HR - Jayson Werth (33, Clippard), Pedro Feliz (10, Clippard)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (62), Raul Ibanez (83), Jayson Werth 2 (84), Pedro Feliz (66), Cliff Lee (1)
2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (24)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (26, 2nd base off Burnett/Bard), Ryan Howard (6, 2nd base off Burnett/Bard)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Utley-Rollins
PB - Paul Bako 2 (3)
E - Ryan Howard (12, Missed catch of throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cliff Lee (W,13-11) 71054040 3.13
Chan Ho Park (H,10) 1000100 4.54
Ryan Madson (S,6) 1100010 3.11
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 107-77, Chan Ho Park 14-8, Ryan Madson 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 12-6, Chan Ho Park 1-2
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 32, Chan Ho Park 4, Ryan Madson 3
Washington Nationals
Justin Maxwell, CF5130022 .195
Cristian Guzman, SS4112011 .295
Adam Dunn, 1B5022013 .282
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4100013 .297
Josh Willingham, LF4010001 .281
Elijah Dukes, RF3000100 .258
Josh Bard, C3000000 .238
   a- Willie Harris, PH1000003 .229
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B3230000 .259
   b- Pete Orr, PH-2B0001000 .345
Garrett Mock, P1000001 .053
   c- Jesus Flores, PH1000001 .308
    Jason Bergmann, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
   d- Jorge Padilla, PH1010000 .111
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   e- Wil Nieves, PH-C1000002 .253
Totals36511515  
a-flied out for Bard in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Gonzalez in the 8th
c-grounded out for Mock in the 5th
d-hit a bunt single for Burnett in the 7th
e-grounded out for Clippard in the 8th
Batting
2B - Cristian Guzman (23, Lee), Josh Willingham (28, Lee), Alberto Gonzalez 3 (16, Lee, Lee, Lee)
SF - Pete Orr (2)
SH - Cristian Guzman (6)
RBI - Cristian Guzman 2 (49), Adam Dunn 2 (94), Pete Orr (4)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (27)
SB - Justin Maxwell (4, 2nd base off Madson/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Dunn
E - Wil Nieves (5, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Garrett Mock 5644340 5.75
Jason Bergmann 1.1100100 5.18
Sean Burnett 0.2000110 2.91
Tyler Clippard (L,2-2) 1222012 3.16
Mike MacDougal 1200020 3.35
IBB - Howard by Sean Burnett
WP - Garrett Mock (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Mock 106-60, Jason Bergmann 19-11, Sean Burnett 17-7, Tyler Clippard 19-11, Mike MacDougal 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Mock 7-4, Jason Bergmann 1-2, Sean Burnett 1-0, Mike MacDougal 1-0
Batters Faced - Garrett Mock 24, Jason Bergmann 5, Sean Burnett 3, Tyler Clippard 5, Mike MacDougal 5
Game Information
Attendance - 16818
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Jerry Meals