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Washington at Philadelphia

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Washington (3-5)3310000007100
Philadelphia (7-1) «43002140x14140

Phillies 14, Nationals 7

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PHILADELPHIA -- Shane Victorino kidded Jimmy Rollins about taking his job as the leadoff hitter and then backed up his boast.

Chase Utley hit two homers, Victorino drove in a career-high five runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 14-7 Wednesday night for their best start in 17 years.

The two-time defending NL champions are 7-1 for the first time since their pennant-winning season in 1993. A potent offense has carried the Phillies -- they've averaged eight runs per game and have had double-digit hits in all but two.

Victorino, batting leadoff in place of the injured Rollins, was 4 for 5. His two-run shot off Jason Bergmann (0-1) gave the Phillies a 9-7 lead in the fifth. He hit a bases-loaded triple in the seventh to make it 13-7.

"I told him, jokingly, 'Be careful. I'm going to take that job from you,"' Victorino said. "He helped me on the bench, making adjustments."

The Phillies put Rollins on the 15-day disabled list with a calf injury before the game. The three-time All-Star shortstop and 2007 NL MVP was replaced by Juan Castro. Rollins is expected to miss two to four weeks.

Victorino, who was the No. 2 hitter until Placido Polanco took that spot this season, had been hitting seventh. He was just 5 for 31 (.161) coming in.

"He had a good day," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It was just a matter of time. I think you can hit anywhere if you're a good hitter."

On a night when neither starting pitcher lasted two innings, Philadelphia's bullpen was more effective. Nelson Figueroa (1-1) allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings in relief of Kyle Kendrick. Three other relievers combined for four scoreless innings.

The Nationals scored three in the first and three more in the second to chase Kendrick. But the Phillies got four runs in the first and three in the second off Craig Stammen.

"It's embarrassing to lose leads like that, but the important thing is to bounce back," Stammen said.

Utley hit a three-run drive in the second to put Philadelphia ahead 7-6 and his solo homer in the sixth off Sean Burnett extended the lead to 10-7. He nearly went deep his next time up, with a flyout to the warning track in center.

Adam Kennedy had a three-run double and Cristian Guzman had two hits and two RBI for the Nationals.

Kendrick gave up six runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings. He's allowed 11 runs in 5 2/3 innings in two starts -- both against Washington.

Kendrick, who won 21 games for the Phillies in 2007-08, lost a battle for the fifth starter spot to Jamie Moyer despite pitching well in spring training. He's filling in for Joe Blanton, who has an oblique injury. Manuel said Kendrick isn't in danger of going to the bullpen just yet.

"I was bad," Kendrick said. "I fell behind hitters and wasn't aggressive."

Stammen allowed seven runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs in five innings against the Phillies last week.

Kennedy's bases-clearing double put Washington ahead 3-0 in the first, but the Phillies answered with four in the bottom half. Ryan Howard singled in two runs. Greg Dobbs had an RBI double and Raul Ibanez hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3.

Guzman's two-run single gave Washington a 5-4 lead in the second. Josh Willingham ended Kendrick's night with an RBI double.

"That's a great-hitting team," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "We've got to keep the ball down. When they hit the ball in the air in this ballpark, they're going to kill you."

Notes

Phillies closer Brad Lidge threw a scoreless inning for Class A Clearwater. He struck out two batters and his performance was encouraging news. Lidge is recovering from offseason surgery on his elbow and knee. ... Nationals All-Star 3B Ryan Zimmerman missed his third straight game because of a left hamstring injury. ... All-Star RF Jayson Werth wasn't in Philadelphia's lineup because of a sore hip. He walked as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. ... After the game, the Nats optioned OF Roger Bernadina to Triple-A Syracuse.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 5
Washington

C. Guzman
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF3121100 .219
Willie Harris, RF-3B3100122 .125
   a- Ian Desmond, PH-SS1000012 .182
Cristian Guzman, SS-2B5122002 .320
Adam Dunn, 1B4110102 .136
Josh Willingham, LF4111111 .370
Adam Kennedy, 2B3013103 .160
    Tyler Clippard, P00000001.000
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
   b- Willy Taveras, PH1000000 .133
Ivan Rodriguez, C4110003 .391
Alberto Gonzalez, 3B-2B^3B3120101 .333
Craig Stammen, P1000011 .000
    Jesse English, P0000001 .000
   c- Jason Marquis, PH1000001 .200
    Jason Bergmann, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
    Brian Bruney, P0000000 .000
    Roger Bernadina, RF1000001 .000
Totals34710765  
a-struck out for Harris in the 8th
b-grounded out for Batista in the 9th
c-lined out for English in the 5th
Batting
2B - Adam Dunn (1, Durbin), Josh Willingham (3, Kendrick), Adam Kennedy (2, Kendrick), Alberto Gonzalez (1, Kendrick)
SH - Jesse English (1)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (1), Cristian Guzman 2 (3), Josh Willingham (9), Adam Kennedy 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Willingham (2), Adam Kennedy 3 (3)
SB - Nyjer Morgan (3, 2nd base off Kendrick/Ruiz), Adam Kennedy (1, 2nd base off Figueroa/Ruiz), Ivan Rodriguez (1, 2nd base off Figueroa/Ruiz)
PK - Nyjer Morgan (1, Durbin)
Team LOB - 8
Washington Nationals
Craig Stammen 1.1777101 15.63
Jesse English 2.2400020 3.60
Jason Bergmann (L,0-1) 1122101 15.43
Sean Burnett 0.1111011 9.00
Brian Bruney 0.2033310 13.50
Tyler Clippard 1111000 1.23
Miguel Batista 1000000 8.53
Pitches-Strikes - Craig Stammen 53-34, Jesse English 35-28, Jason Bergmann 29-18, Sean Burnett 12-6, Brian Bruney 23-8, Tyler Clippard 18-11, Miguel Batista 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Craig Stammen 1-3, Jesse English 4-2, Jason Bergmann 1-2, Brian Bruney 1-0, Miguel Batista 2-1
Batters Faced - Craig Stammen 12, Jesse English 12, Jason Bergmann 5, Sean Burnett 2, Brian Bruney 5, Tyler Clippard 4, Miguel Batista 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF5345001 .250
Placido Polanco, 3B4221012 .486
Chase Utley, 2B4324102 .367
Ryan Howard, 1B5122010 .378
Greg Dobbs, RF3011011 .167
   a- Ben Francisco, PH-RF2000000 .000
Raul Ibanez, LF4011010 .226
Juan Castro, SS4100103 .125
Carlos Ruiz, C2200201 .263
Kyle Kendrick, P0000000 .000
    Nelson Figueroa, P21200001.000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000001 .250
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   c- Jayson Werth, PH0100100 .357
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
Totals3614141454  
a-grounded out for Dobbs in the 6th
b-popped out for Figueroa in the 5th
c-walked for Durbin in the 7th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (4, Stammen), Greg Dobbs (1, Stammen), Nelson Figueroa (1, English)
3B - Shane Victorino (1, Clippard)
HR - Shane Victorino (2, Bergmann), Chase Utley 2 (4, Stammen, Burnett)
SF - Placido Polanco (2), Raul Ibanez (2)
RBI - Shane Victorino 5 (10), Placido Polanco (11), Chase Utley 4 (10), Ryan Howard 2 (13), Greg Dobbs (1), Raul Ibanez (5)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (5)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Utley-Castro-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Kendrick 1.2666310 17.47
Nelson Figueroa (W,1-1) 3.1211120 3.38
Chad Durbin (H,4) 2200010 0.00
Antonio Bastardo 1000210 0.00
David Herndon 1000000 0.00
HBP - Morgan (by Kyle Kendrick)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 52-23, Nelson Figueroa 54-36, Chad Durbin 24-14, Antonio Bastardo 19-8, David Herndon 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 2-1, Nelson Figueroa 5-3, Chad Durbin 3-1, David Herndon 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 14, Nelson Figueroa 13, Chad Durbin 7, Antonio Bastardo 5, David Herndon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45438
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Paul Schrieber