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Detwiler outduels Lee; Nats sweep twinbill from Phils

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PHILADELPHIA -- While the NL East champs rest up for the postseason, the Washington Nationals have plenty to play for.

Ross Detwiler outpitched Cliff Lee by tossing 7 1/3 impressive innings and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Tuesday night to complete a sweep of their day-night doubleheader.

In the opener, Tommy Milone threw six scoreless innings and pinch-hitter Ryan Zimmerman delivered an RBI single in the 10th to lift the Nationals to a 4-3 victory.

With nine victories in their past 12 games, the Nationals still have a chance to set a franchise record for victories in a season. They will need to finish 8-1 to reach 82 victories, and finish with their first winning record since moving from Montreal in 2005.

"I think to compete against the best team in baseball and win two games shows the maturation process is working," manager Davey Johnson said.

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Detwiler (3-5) allowed three hits in his longest career outing. The left-hander earned his first road victory after going 0-9 in his first 12 starts away from home.

"I just focused on keeping the ball down, I felt stronger as the game went on," Detwiler said. "When you pitch with a good rhythm, it seems like the hitters don't have a good rhythm."

Lee (16-8) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and 11 hits, striking out nine in seven innings. It was his first loss since July 25.

The slumping Phillies have lost four straight since clinching their fifth consecutive division crown. It ties their longest losing streak of the season, previously done twice. They have been resting many of their regulars, however.

"I'm not worried, but I'd like to see us play better," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We're not going through the motions, but I feel we're not focused. It's normal in some respect, but you never want to see us play in a manner where we have bad at-bats and not play well."

Henry Rodriguez got the last two outs in the eighth and Drew Storen finished off the three-hitter for his second save of the day and 40th in 45 chances this season.

Danny Espinosa hit his 20th home run to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the second. He tied the club record for homers by a rookie.

Detwiler helped himself with a two-out RBI single in the sixth. He was 2 for 41 lifetime before hitting a liner to center to score Espinosa, who singled with one out.

The Nationals got an unearned run in the seventh when catcher Carlos Ruiz tried to pick off Jayson Werth at third, but hit him in the arm with the throw. Werth, who led off the inning with a double, scored when the ball bounced into foul territory. Werth left the game with a bruised right elbow.

The Phillies haven't given Lee much support in his losses this season, scoring just 14 runs in those eight games.

Lee has allowed four earned runs in his past three starts but is 0-1 with two no-decisions.

Milone, the organization's 2010 minor league pitcher of the year, picked a perfect time to set career highs in innings and pitches (93). The left-hander allowed four hits, struck out two and walked none.

"I was moving the ball in and out," Milone said. "It was actually pretty easy. Some days, you go in and out when you're trying to throw strikes. Today, it seemed a lot easier."

Pinch-hitter Michael Morse sparked Washington's winning rally with a two-out walk in the 10th. He moved up on a passed ball and scored when Zimmerman singled to center off Michael Stutes (6-2).

Tom Gorzelanny (4-6) worked the ninth for the victory. Storen got Ross Gload to ground out with runners on first and second to end the game.

The Phillies started two regulars -- Shane Victorino in center and Hunter Pence in right -- in the first game. Both were pulled by the seventh inning.

Roger Bernadina hit a three-run homer off reliever Michael Schwimer in the seventh for a 3-0 lead.

"I was looking for a pitch and he left one out over the plate," said Bernadina, who tied his career high with three RBI.

The Phillies tied it in the bottom half when Raul Ibanez hit a three-run drive to right on an 0-2 pitch from Tyler Clippard. It was Ibanez's second career pinch-hit homer, the last one coming in 2001 for Seattle.

Kyle Kendrick bolstered his case for a spot on the Phillies' postseason roster with his second successive strong outing. He pitched six scoreless innings.

Notes

  • Espinosa has a nine-game hitting streak. He's 7 for 10 off Lee, including three homers.
  • Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus, who missed the previous 22 games with a right shoulder strain, was activated from the 15-day DL.
  • Rookie Vance Worley (11-2) will face Washington's John Lannan (9-13) on Wednesday night.
 
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In the longest outing of his career, Ross Detwiler holds the Phillies to just three hits through 7 1/3 innings.  (Getty Images)
In the longest outing of his career, Ross Detwiler holds the Phillies to just three hits through 7 1/3 innings. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Washington

D. Espinosa
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Washington

R. Detwiler
IP 7.1
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 3
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Desmond, SS5020022 .249
Jayson Werth, CF4110012 .230
    Rick Ankiel, CF1000000 .245
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010111 .290
Michael Morse, LF5020024 .303
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
Jonny Gomes, RF4000021 .208
    Roger Bernadina, RF0000000 .245
Danny Espinosa, 2B4231001 .238
Chris Marrero, 1B4000024 .262
Wilson Ramos, C4010003 .261
Ross Detwiler, P4011010 .118
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Brian Bixler, LF0000000 .207
Totals393112111  
Batting
2B - Ian Desmond (24, Lee), Jayson Werth (26, Lee)
HR - Danny Espinosa (20, Lee)
RBI - Danny Espinosa (62), Ross Detwiler (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ross Detwiler (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Zimmerman-Desmond-Espinosa, Zimmerman-Espinosa-Marrero
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross Detwiler (W,3-5) 7.1300130 3.30
Henry Rodriguez (H,9) 0.2000010 3.65
Drew Storen (S,40) 1000020 2.86
HBP - Utley (by Ross Detwiler)
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 81-51, Henry Rodriguez 7-5, Drew Storen 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 8-9, Henry Rodriguez 1-0
Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 25, Henry Rodriguez 2, Drew Storen 3
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000000 .266
Placido Polanco, 3B3010110 .283
Shane Victorino, CF4000012 .284
Chase Utley, 2B2000000 .261
John Mayberry Jr., 1B3000012 .268
Raul Ibanez, LF3000010 .242
Ben Francisco, RF3020000 .240
Carlos Ruiz, C3000012 .278
Cliff Lee, P2000011 .205
    Justin De Fratus, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000001 .252
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
Totals2803016  
a-grounded out for De Fratus in the 8th
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Mayberry
E - Jimmy Rollins (6, Throwing), Carlos Ruiz (4, Throwing), Chase Utley (5, Missed catch of throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cliff Lee (L,16-8) 71132091 2.38
Justin De Fratus 1000000 0.00
David Herndon 1000120 3.42
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 120-85, Justin De Fratus 8-6, David Herndon 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 10-3, Justin De Fratus 1-2
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 33, Justin De Fratus 3, David Herndon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45408
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Al Porter