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Halladay fans 10, helps lead Phillies to sweep of Nats

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PHILADELPHIA -- Raul Ibanez stopped overthinking and started hitting.

Roy Halladay struck out 10 in seven sharp innings, Ibanez stayed hot with a home run and three RBI, and the Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game sweep with a 7-3 victory against the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.

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Ibanez finished with three hits and is 8 for 11 with five extra-base hits since snapping an 0-for-35 slump.

"Hitting can be counterintuitive sometimes," Ibanez said. "You think it's better to swing harder, but it's not."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel often refers to Ibanez as a "worrier" who works tirelessly to overcome slumps and is prove to overanalyzing his swing.

Whatever he's doing now is working just fine.

"He's got a shorter swing, quicker bat, he's staying on the ball, being selective," Manuel said. "The biggest thing is he's getting hits."

Halladay, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed two runs and six hits to win his 10th consecutive decision against the franchise from Washington and Montreal. Halladay (5-1) has won 13 consecutive starts against the NL East.

"We seem to score a lot of runs when I pitch against them," he said.

John Lannan (2-4) got roughed up, allowing seven hits and six runs in two-plus innings to fall to 0-10 against the Phillies.

It was the first time since 1929 a game featured one starter with a winning streak of nine or more against a team while the other starter had a losing streak of that length against the opponent. Hall of Famers Lefty Grove and Red Ruffing pitched in the previous one.

The NL East-leading Phillies have won 11 of 14 and are tied with Cleveland for the best record in the majors at 21-9.

The Nationals hadn't been swept this season.

"We battled against Halladay, had some good at-bats and made him work for it," Nats manager Jim Riggleman said.

Jimmy Rollins got the Phillies started in a six-run third with a leadoff single. Victorino then hit a high drive down the left-field line that appeared headed foul, but it hooked several feet over into fair territory and landed a few rows deep.

Lannan turned after hanging an 0-1 slider and shouted, "Get foul, get foul, get foul!" Things didn't get any better for the lefty.

Placido Polanco singled, Ryan Howard walked and John Mayberry Jr. ripped an RBI double. Ibanez then lined a two-run double down the right-field line to chase Lannan. Brian Broderick came in and allowed an RBI single to Wilson Valdez that made it 6-0.

The Nationals scored twice off Halladay in the fourth. Wilson Ramos hit an RBI single to score Jayson Werth, who led off with a single. Ibanez made a perfect one-hop throw home from left field that beat Werth, but he slid under catcher Dane Sardinha's tag. Ian Desmond's sacrifice fly drove in the second run.

Ibanez connected off Todd Coffey in the fifth, hitting a 431-foot shot into the second deck in right-center to make it 7-2.

"It's definitely freer," Ibanez said of his swing. "I'm trying to do less, trying to stroke."

Notes

  • Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said C Carlos Ruiz didn't feel good after taking batting practice and could end up on the disabled list. Ruiz hasn't played since April 27 because of lower back tightness.
  • Amaro said injured 2B Chase Utley is making progress. Utley could begin playing in extended spring training by the weekend.
  • Halladay is 26-5 against the NL East.
  • Lannan's ERA rose from 3.78 to 5.09.
  • A crowd of 45,316 was the 153rd consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason games.
  • The Nationals have lost seven straight in Philadelphia and are 3-21 here since Sept. 26, 2008.
  • There was a brief delay in the bottom of the fourth because Coffey's nose was bleeding.
 
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Moments after hitting a two-run double, Raul Ibanez scores on Wilson Valdez's single during Philly's six-run third inning.  (US Presswire)
Moments after hitting a two-run double, Raul Ibanez scores on Wilson Valdez's single during Philly's six-run third inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Halladay
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 0
K 10
Philadelphia

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Danny Espinosa, 2B4110010 .221
Alex Cora, 3B4020000 .250
Jayson Werth, RF3111011 .230
Laynce Nix, LF3000032 .289
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   a- Michael Morse, PH1000001 .231
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
Adam LaRoche, 1B4120021 .198
Wilson Ramos, C4011021 .338
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF4010011 .183
Ian Desmond, SS3001011 .217
John Lannan, P1000000 .000
    Brian Broderick, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1000002 .067
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Brian Bixler, LF1000010 .083
Totals33383012  
a-flied out for Rodriguez in the 8th
b-grounded out for Broderick in the 4th
Batting
2B - Danny Espinosa (4, Bastardo), Adam LaRoche (4, Halladay)
SF - Jayson Werth (1), Ian Desmond (1)
RBI - Jayson Werth (8), Wilson Ramos (7), Ian Desmond (10)
SB - Alex Cora (1, 2nd base off Halladay/Sardinha)
Team LOB - 5
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lannan (L,2-4) 2766111 5.09
Brian Broderick 1100000 6.10
Todd Coffey 2211051 3.72
Henry Rodriguez 2200130 0.00
Doug Slaten 1000110 0.00
HBP - Victorino (by John Lannan)
WP - Henry Rodriguez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 54-35, Brian Broderick 10-8, Todd Coffey 29-19, Henry Rodriguez 35-22, Doug Slaten 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 1-4, Brian Broderick 2-1, Todd Coffey 1-0
Batters Faced - John Lannan 15, Brian Broderick 4, Todd Coffey 8, Henry Rodriguez 8, Doug Slaten 4
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS5120012 .292
Shane Victorino, CF3112111 .292
Placido Polanco, 3B5120004 .375
Ryan Howard, 1B3100134 .276
John Mayberry Jr., RF4111013 .306
Raul Ibanez, LF4233000 .214
Wilson Valdez, 2B4021010 .250
Dane Sardinha, C4010021 .143
Roy Halladay, P2000012 .063
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   a- Ben Francisco, PH0000100 .250
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals347127310  
a-walked for Bastardo in the 8th
Batting
2B - John Mayberry Jr. (3, Lannan), Raul Ibanez (5, Lannan)
HR - Shane Victorino (5, Lannan), Raul Ibanez (3, Coffey)
SH - Roy Halladay (4)
RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (16), John Mayberry Jr. (4), Raul Ibanez 3 (15), Wilson Valdez (7)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (7, 3rd base off Rodriguez/Ramos), Shane Victorino (7, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Ramos)
Team LOB - 8
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay (W,5-1) 76220100 2.19
Antonio Bastardo 1211010 1.50
Ryan Madson 1000010 0.75
WP - Antonio Bastardo (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 110-81, Antonio Bastardo 22-14, Ryan Madson 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 7-4, Ryan Madson 1-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 27, Antonio Bastardo 5, Ryan Madson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45316
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez