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Phils continue October push with win over Nats

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard is right in the middle of another September streak for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Howard reached a milestone with his two-run homer that led the Phillies to their sixth straight victory, 5-2 over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

A areer .306 hitter in September, Howard's opposite-field shot in the third inning gave him his fifth straight season with at least 30 homers and 100 RBI, setting a new franchise record previously held by Hall of Famer Chuck Klein.

Postseason Chase

"It hasn't really hit me right now," Howard said of the milestone. "I'm sure when I look back and reflect on the season, it will hit me. I'm definitely proud of it."

Howard, though, said he and the team are concerned only with holding off the Braves.

"We're focused on what we have to do," he said. "The only thing you can handle is how we play."

Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez also homered for the Phillies, who maintained a three-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.

Helped by Howard and the offense, Kyle Kendrick (10-9) earned his 10th win after a shaky start. He gave up hits to his first two batters but settled after that. In six innings he gave up two runs and six hits. He struck out three and walked one.

"He took us right where we needed to go," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Kendrick.

Kendrick received plenty of support as the Phillies banged out 12 hits. Ibanez had three hits, Wilson Valdez went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Shane Victorino also had two hits and increased his hitting streak to 11 games.

"They squared up on a lot of balls," Washington manager Jim Riggleman said. "They've got everybody out there right now and they're a tough ballclub."

The Nationals threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with one out but reliever Ryan Madson got Wilson Ramos to line to left and then struck out Willie Harris to retire the side.

"That's been going on quite a bit," Riggleman said. "We've been getting runners on but not getting them in."

Brad Lidge pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 28 chances.

Washington right-hander Jordan Zimmerman (0-2), making his fifth start of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last August, allowed six runs on nine hits in three innings. It was the second straight game Zimmerman has lasted just three innings. He has pitched just 20 innings in his five starts.

"His velocity was the best it's been but he didn't have his breaking ball going until the third inning," Riggleman said. "It's a process he's going through."

Washington jumped on Kendrick early. Danny Espinosa opened the game with a single and scored on Ian Desmond's triple. After hitting the next batter, the right-hander settled down, striking out Adam Dunn and Roger Bernadina before getting a groundout for the final out.

On escaping the inning with just a run, Kendrick said, "It was kind of nice. I got in a groove after that."

"I really wanted to be aggressive," Kendrick added.

Werth evened the score in the second inning by leading off with a homer to left before Valdez put the Phillies ahead for good with a double to left that scored Ibanez.

Philadelphia added three runs in the third, highlighted by Howard's shot that scored Chase Utley.

"That's pretty impressive, that's special," Manuel said of Howard's accomplishment.

Two batters later, Ibanez homered to the opposite field to make it 5-1.

Washington got a run back in the sixth on Michael Morse's two-out single to left that scored Ryan Zimmerman.

Notes

  • Ryan Zimmerman doubled in the sixth off Kendrick, making him 9-for-17 lifetime against the Phillies right-hander Philadelphia is 27-8 in its last 35 games versus Washington. Philadelphia is 31-11 in its last 42 home games. Howard's homer was his 252nd with Phillies, passing Pat Burrell for third place on the club's all-time list.
 
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Ryan Howard follows through after hitting a two-run HR off Jordan Zimmermann in the third inning. (Getty Images)
Ryan Howard follows through after hitting a two-run HR off Jordan Zimmermann in the third inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Philadelphia

K. Kendrick
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 3
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Danny Espinosa, 2B5110012 .250
Ian Desmond, SS5011002 .278
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3110000 .308
Adam Dunn, 1B3000113 .262
Roger Bernadina, LF-CF3000113 .255
Michael Morse, RF3021100 .295
Wilson Ramos, C4010007 .278
Justin Maxwell, CF2000011 .141
   a- Willie Harris, PH-LF1000113 .183
Jordan Zimmermann, P1010000 .167
    Craig Stammen, P0000000 .237
   b- Adam Kennedy, PH1000000 .249
    Ross Detwiler, P0000000 .000
   c- Alberto Gonzalez, PH1000011 .274
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .500
    Collin Balester, P0000000 .000
   d- Kevin Mench, PH1000000 .158
Totals3327246  
a-walked for Maxwell in the 7th
b-grounded out for Stammen in the 5th
c-struck out for Detwiler in the 7th
d-popped out for Balester in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (30, Kendrick)
3B - Ian Desmond (4, Kendrick)
RBI - Ian Desmond (60), Michael Morse (31)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Morse (18)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-Dunn
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann (L,0-2) 3955133 6.75
Craig Stammen 1000000 5.34
Ross Detwiler 2200100 2.37
Tyler Clippard 1000100 2.94
Collin Balester 1100100 2.57
WP - Collin Balester (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 76-45, Craig Stammen 12-9, Ross Detwiler 30-18, Tyler Clippard 15-8, Collin Balester 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 2-3, Craig Stammen 2-1, Ross Detwiler 1-4, Collin Balester 1-2
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 18, Craig Stammen 3, Ross Detwiler 8, Tyler Clippard 4, Collin Balester 5
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF4020112 .268
Placido Polanco, 3B5000005 .297
Chase Utley, 2B3110100 .272
Ryan Howard, 1B2112211 .280
Jayson Werth, RF4111002 .289
Raul Ibanez, LF4231001 .272
Carlos Ruiz, C4010002 .299
Wilson Valdez, SS4031002 .260
Kyle Kendrick, P2000013 .085
   a- Ben Francisco, PH1000000 .255
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000001 .286
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals34512543  
a-flied out for Kendrick in the 6th
b-lined out for Madson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Wilson Valdez 2 (14, Zimmermann, Zimmermann)
HR - Ryan Howard (30, Zimmermann), Jayson Werth (23, Zimmermann), Raul Ibanez (15, Zimmermann)
RBI - Ryan Howard 2 (102), Jayson Werth (73), Raul Ibanez (75), Wilson Valdez (33)
CS - Shane Victorino (5, 2nd base by Zimmermann/Ramos)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (W,10-9) 6622130 4.78
Chad Durbin (H,15) 1000120 3.86
Ryan Madson (H,13) 1100210 2.42
Brad Lidge (S,23) 1000000 3.40
HBP - Zimmerman (by Kyle Kendrick)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 93-67, Chad Durbin 19-11, Ryan Madson 28-15, Brad Lidge 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 6-8, Chad Durbin 1-0, Brad Lidge 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 25, Chad Durbin 4, Ryan Madson 6, Brad Lidge 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45222
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez