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Hernandez single-handedly stuns Phillies as Nats win

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PHILADELPHIA -- Livan Hernandez had a feeling in batting practice that he would do some damage at the plate. Oh, by the way, he did just fine on the mound, too.

Hernandez pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and drove in two runs with a pair of singles, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 Friday night.

"I work hard on my hitting," said Hernandez, who has 10 career homers. "In BP, I felt good and was hitting the ball. I said: 'Watch out."'

Hernandez (7-11) outpitched Cole Hamels (13-7) to rebound from a rough outing at Colorado last Saturday. He gave up one unearned run and four hits.

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The streaking Phillies were coming off a franchise-best 9-1 road trip. The four-time NL East champions have a healthy lead in the division and lead the majors with a 77-41 record.

Hamels lasted just five innings, his third-shortest outing this season. He allowed three runs, six hits and tied his season-high with four walks. Hamels gave up two runs or less in 14 of his previous 15 starts.

"I just wasn't able to get loosened up," Hamels said. "It's that part of year where you fatigue a little bit and you have to battle through it."

Hernandez baffled the Phillies with his assortment of offspeed pitches. He twice fanned Hunter Pence on curveballs in the 60s. In three at-bats against the veteran righty, Pence swung and missed at five pitches between 66-69 mph.

"He was marvelous," Nats manager Davey Johnson said of Hernandez. "He made a lot of quality pitches."

Tyler Clippard retired the four batters he faced, and Drew Storen finished for his 31st save in 35 tries. Storen allowed a run on a sacrifice fly by Pence, pitching out of trouble after consecutive singles to start the inning. He struck out Ryan Howard swinging at a slider before Pence's fly to right.

"You've got to have some kind of confidence to make that pitch," Storen said. "It was a good slider that ran off the plate."

Hamels worked out of a jam in the first, but couldn't do it again in the second. Wilson Ramos led off with a single and Laynce Nix walked. After Ian Desmond struck out, Hernandez singled off shortstop Jimmy Rollins' glove to score Ramos. Rick Ankiel followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

The Phillies cut it to 2-1 in the bottom half on an RBI single by Wilson Valdez. Ryan Howard reached on second baseman Danny Espinosa's fielding error to start the inning and scored on Valdez's liner to center.

An RBI groundout by Jayson Werth in the fifth put the Nationals up 3-1. Washington had the bases loaded with no outs and a 3-0 count on Jonny Gomes, but only scored one. Gomes flied out to shallow right before Werth hit a slow roller to first base to drive in Ankiel.

Hernandez singled in another run in the sixth off Kyle Kendrick. He fouled off a sacrifice bunt before grounding a single up the middle to score Desmond.

Hernandez is batting .231 with seven RBI this season.

This was Werth's second trip to Philadelphia since signing a $126 million, seven-year contract with Washington. Werth heard a mixture of boos and cheers. A fan in right field held up a sign that read: "Not Werth a Pence."

The Nationals didn't have their best hitter in the lineup. Michael Morse sat out a day after getting hit in the left elbow with a pitch by Chicago's Ryan Dempster. Morse leads Washington in average (.319), homers (20) and RBIs (68). He hopes to return on Saturday.

Notes

  • Former Phillies All-Star 1B John Kruk was inducted into the team's Wall of Fame. Kruk, a baseball analyst on ESPN, took a shot at people who criticize Philadelphia fans. "I hear a lot of people say: 'It's tough to play in front of the fans in Philadelphia,"' Kruk said. "To those people, I say: 'You didn't have the guts to succeed here."'
  • Washington's Ryan Zimmerman was 0 for 2 with two walks, snapping his 19-game hitting streak.
  • Desmond was 1 for 26 before he hit a double in the sixth.
  • A crowd of 45,762 was the 196th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play.
  • Phillies RHP Roy Oswalt (4-7, 3.84) makes his second start since returning from the DL on Saturday. Oswalt, who missed almost two months because of a back injury is 1-7 since a 3-0 start. He's 5-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 18 career games against Washington.
  • Nationals LHP John Lannan (8-7, 3.56) faces the Phillies on Saturday. He's 1-10 with a 5.96 ERA in 14 starts vs. Philadelphia.
 
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Livan Hernandez follows a solid pitching performance by going 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBI. (Getty Images)
Livan Hernandez follows a solid pitching performance by going 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBI. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Washington

R. Ankiel
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Washington

L. Hernandez
IP 6.2
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 3
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rick Ankiel, CF4121101 .251
Danny Espinosa, 2B3010123 .227
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B2000203 .294
Jonny Gomes, LF4000005 .215
    Alex Cora, 1B0000000 .229
Jayson Werth, RF4001012 .224
Wilson Ramos, C4110012 .248
Laynce Nix, 1B3110110 .256
    Brian Bixler, LF0000000 .193
Ian Desmond, SS4120013 .228
Livan Hernandez, P3022000 .231
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   a- Jordan Zimmermann, PH1000010 .189
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
Totals3249457  
a-struck out for Clippard in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ian Desmond (18, Kendrick)
RBI - Rick Ankiel (27), Jayson Werth (45), Livan Hernandez 2 (7)
SB - Rick Ankiel 2 (10, 3rd base off Hamels/Ruiz, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz)
CS - Ian Desmond (7, 2nd base by Lidge/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Espinosa-Desmond-Nix, Hernandez-Desmond-Nix
E - Danny Espinosa (10, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Livan Hernandez (W,7-11) 6.2410130 4.21
Tyler Clippard (H,30) 1.1000010 1.64
Drew Storen (S,31) 1211010 2.81
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 89-51, Tyler Clippard 20-15, Drew Storen 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 7-9
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 24, Tyler Clippard 4, Drew Storen 5
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000000 .265
Shane Victorino, CF4110000 .312
Chase Utley, 2B4010000 .279
Ryan Howard, 1B4120012 .255
Hunter Pence, RF3001023 .310
Raul Ibanez, LF3010102 .240
Carlos Ruiz, C3000002 .259
Wilson Valdez, 3B3011010 .237
Cole Hamels, P1000002 .145
   a- Ben Francisco, PH1000000 .223
    Kyle Kendrick, P0000000 .263
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000010 .253
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals3126215  
a-flied out for Hamels in the 5th
b-struck out for Kendrick in the 8th
Batting
SF - Hunter Pence (4)
RBI - Hunter Pence (72), Wilson Valdez (17)
2-OUT RBI - Wilson Valdez (6)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Utley-Howard, Utley-Rollins-Howard, Valdez-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cole Hamels (L,13-7) 5633450 2.62
Kyle Kendrick 3211110 3.25
Brad Lidge 1100010 1.35
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 88-52, Kyle Kendrick 33-22, Brad Lidge 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 2-7, Kyle Kendrick 6-0, Brad Lidge 1-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 24, Kyle Kendrick 10, Brad Lidge 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45762
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Jerry Layne