Washington at Philadelphia

W: V. Worley (2-0) L: J. Marquis (3-1)
HR: WAS - D. Espinosa (3)   PHI - R. Ibanez (2)

Phillies 7, Nationals 4

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies might have found a fifth ace.

Vance Worley threw six sharp innings, Raul Ibanez had a home run among his three hits, and the Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 7-4 on Wednesday night.

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Worley (2-0) allowed one run and four hits, striking out a career-high seven in his fourth start in the majors. Worley is filling in for the injured Joe Blanton.

The 23-year-old righty has allowed one run and six hits in 12 innings in his two starts since coming up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He already has as many victories as Cliff Lee, one member of Philadelphia's star-studded pitching staff. Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels both have four wins and Roy Oswalt has three.

"I'm just trying to contribute the best I can," Worley said. "Some things are going my way."

Despite his two impressive starts, Worley is likely going back to the minors once Blanton returns from the disabled list. He's making quite an impression while he's here.

"He's been very good," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He has good stuff, keeps his composure and he's focused on what he's doing. He's shown he can pitch."

The NL East-leading Phillies have won 10 of 13.

Jason Marquis (3-1) gave up 10 hits and six earned runs in five-plus innings in his worst start of the season. His ERA rose from 2.62 to 3.66. Marquis was seeking his 100th career victory and was trying to go 4-0 for the first time.

"I was leaving balls up," Marquis said. "If I got it down, I got the contact I wanted."

Ibanez snapped an 0-for-35 slump with two doubles on Tuesday, and is now 5 for 7 since the skid.

Ibanez gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead when he connected on the first pitch from Marquis in the fifth. Ibanez hit a high drive deep into the seats in right-center.

"I feel better at the plate, starting to feel more comfortable and seeing the ball better," Ibanez said.

The Phillies added two more runs in the inning on Shane Victorino's RBI single and Placido Polanco's sacrifice fly.

Adam LaRoche hit an RBI double to cut Washington's deficit to 3-1 in the sixth, but Philadelphia chased Marquis with four runs in the sixth.

Wilson Valdez and Jimmy Rollins had RBI singles in the inning. Victorino drove in a run on a fielder's choice grounder and another scored on shortstop Ian Desmond's throwing error.

Danny Espinosa hit a three-run shot off Danys Baez with two outs in the ninth.

On a chilly night at the ballpark, a crowd of 44,123 made it 152 consecutive sellouts in Philadelphia, including postseason play.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman was ejected in the fourth when he came out after LaRoche was upset with a called third strike. LaRoche dropped his bat at the plate and had a few words for umpire Alfonso Marquez, so Riggleman left the dugout and got the quick ejection.

"Adam doesn't say anything. He's quiet," Riggleman said. "So if he complained, I felt I had to."

J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless seventh for the Phillies in his first appearance since going on the disabled list April 19 with a right calf strain.


The Nationals said Michael Jacob Allen, the stepson of Davey Johnson and son of Susan Johnson, died Tuesday at 34 from infection and pneumonia in Orlando, Fla. Davey Johnson is the senior adviser to general manager Mike Rizzo. ... Nationals OF Jayson Werth went 1 for 4 against his old team. ... Nats LF Michael Morse was a late scratch because of right knee soreness. Laynce Nix took his place in the lineup. ... Brian Schneider was 1 for 25 off Marquis before hitting a single in the fifth. ... Washington's Matt Stairs singled in the ninth for his 100th career pinch hit, most among active players. ... Manuel said C Carlos Ruiz is expected to take batting practice Thursday. Ruiz hasn't played since April 27 because of lower back tightness, but wasn't place on the DL.

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Game Information
Attendance - 44123
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Brian O'Nora