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Oswalt throws six sharp as Phils cruise past Nats

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PHILADELPHIA -- With every start, Roy Oswalt is getting closer to getting back to the postseason.

Oswalt threw six sharp innings to earn his seventh straight win, and the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 9-1 on Friday night.

Postseason Chase

Oswalt (13-13) allowed one run and six hits, striking out seven. The right-hander, who lost his first start after he was acquired from Houston on July 29, is 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA in nine games since his rocky Philadelphia debut.

"These guys have been there two years in a row. I'm trying to get back there," Oswalt said. "I almost feel like a rookie again. Sometimes you get in a rut with the same team. We weren't winning."

The Phillies won their fifth straight game and reduced their magic number for clinching their fourth consecutive division title to 12. The two-time NL champions lead Atlanta by three games.

Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz each homered and drove in two runs, Raul Ibanez also knocked in a pair and the Phillies jumped on Jason Marquis for six runs in the first inning.

"We're doing the right things right at exactly the right time," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Marquis (2-9) retired the first batter and exited after the next eight reached safely. He was charged with six runs and six hits, increasing his ERA from 6.60 to 7.71. That's not what the Nationals expected when they gave the 2009 All-Star a $15 million, two-year contract over the winter.

Oswalt has exceeded expectations. The three-time All-Star was 6-12 with Houston, mainly because the Astros averaged 2.3 runs in his starts. Oswalt has a 1.94 ERA in 10 starts with the Phillies, and they're 9-1 in those games.

"My expectations of pitchers is high," Manuel said. "I'm tough on pitchers because I want them to pitch good. He's been everything I expect him to be."

Oswalt was moved up a day and pitched on regular four days' rest. The Phillies adjusted their rotation so Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Oswalt will face the Braves in a three-game series that starts Monday. The trio also would be in line to pitch in a season-ending three-game set at Atlanta, if needed.

"The pitchers are starting to feed off each other," Oswalt said.

Singles by Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard sandwiched around a walk to Chase Utley loaded the bases with one out in the first. Werth drove in a run with an infield single. Ibanez hit a two-run single to make it 3-1, and advanced to second on the throw to third.

After Ruiz was hit by a pitch, the Phillies got a big break. Wilson Valdez hit a sharp grounder toward second baseman Danny Espinosa that should've been an inning-ending double play. Instead, the ball hit umpire Tim Tschida and ricocheted into the outfield for an RBI single.

"It could've been a couple runs, instead they got six," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said.

Oswalt then lined an RBI single to left, chasing Marquis. Shane Victorino's fielder's choice grounder made it 6-1.

"They're obviously a good lineup," Marquis said. "I've got to do a better job getting ahead of hitters."

Werth connected off Scott Olsen in the fifth. Ruiz hit a two-run shot off Joe Bisenius in the eighth.

Ryan Zimmerman's RBI single in the first accounted for Washington's only run.

Victorino's perfect one-hop throw nailed Ivan Rodriguez trying to score on Justin Maxwell's shallow liner to center in the fourth.

Notes

  • The six runs were the most in the first inning by Philadelphia this year.
  • The Phillies are an NL-best 258-167 after the All-Star break in six seasons under Manuel. A crowd of 45,338 was the 115th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Victorino extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
  • Oswalt is 63-16 in August, September and October.
  • Zimmerman finished 4 for 4.
 
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Roy Oswalt throws another beauty as he continues to lead Philadelphia's charge into September.   (US Presswire)
Roy Oswalt throws another beauty as he continues to lead Philadelphia's charge into September. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

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

R. Zimmerman
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Danny Espinosa, 2B4110022 .255
Ian Desmond, SS3010010 .279
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4041000 .308
Adam Dunn, 1B4000024 .264
Roger Bernadina, LF3000102 .257
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010013 .267
Willie Harris, RF2000101 .184
   a- Wil Nieves, PH1000010 .206
Justin Maxwell, CF4010012 .145
Jason Marquis, P0000000 .111
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .125
   b- Kevin Mench, PH1000010 .167
    Scott Olsen, P0000000 .083
   c- Adam Kennedy, PH1000000 .250
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Joe Bisenius, P0000000 .000
Totals3118129  
a-struck out for Harris in the 9th
b-struck out for Batista in the 5th
c-grounded out for Olsen in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (29, Oswalt), Ivan Rodriguez (18, Oswalt)
SH - Ian Desmond (9), Miguel Batista (1)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (84)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Zimmerman, Zimmerman-Espinosa-Dunn, Zimmerman-Espinosa-Dunn
E - Joe Bisenius (1, Missed catch of throw), Ryan Zimmerman (16, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Marquis (L,2-9) 0.1666100 7.71
Miguel Batista 3.2000110 3.87
Scott Olsen 2311001 5.56
Doug Slaten 1000100 3.13
Joe Bisenius 1121101 4.50
HBP - Ruiz (by Jason Marquis)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 38-19, Miguel Batista 37-20, Scott Olsen 31-19, Doug Slaten 13-6, Joe Bisenius 30-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 6-4, Scott Olsen 4-1, Doug Slaten 1-1, Joe Bisenius 1-3
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 9, Miguel Batista 12, Scott Olsen 8, Doug Slaten 3, Joe Bisenius 6
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF3011200 .266
Placido Polanco, 3B5110004 .299
Chase Utley, 2B3100101 .272
Ryan Howard, 1B3110110 .279
Jayson Werth, RF4222001 .289
Raul Ibanez, LF4222000 .268
Carlos Ruiz, C3212001 .300
Wilson Valdez, SS4011000 .253
Roy Oswalt, P2011000 .148
   a- Ben Francisco, PH1000000 .256
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .193
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
Totals33910941  
a-flied out for Oswalt in the 6th
b-popped out for Contreras in the 8th
Batting
HR - Jayson Werth (22, Olsen), Carlos Ruiz (8, Bisenius)
RBI - Shane Victorino (66), Jayson Werth 2 (72), Raul Ibanez 2 (74), Carlos Ruiz 2 (49), Wilson Valdez (32), Roy Oswalt (1)
SB - Shane Victorino (33, 2nd base off Batista/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shane Victorino 1
DP - Victorino-Ruiz, Utley-Valdez-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Oswalt (W,13-13) 6611170 2.90
Chad Durbin 1000100 3.92
Jose Contreras 1200000 3.38
J.C. Romero 1000020 3.55
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 97-67, Chad Durbin 17-9, Jose Contreras 13-9, J.C. Romero 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 6-4, Chad Durbin 1-2, Jose Contreras 2-0, J.C. Romero 1-0
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 24, Chad Durbin 4, Jose Contreras 4, J.C. Romero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45338
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Bob Davidson