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Young scored the go-ahead run from first base on a two-out single in the eighth inning Saturday night, never hesitating as the ball headed to the right-field corner. Waved home by third base coach Sandberg -- who made a cautious decision to hold up a runner in a vital situation in a loss the night before -- Young stretched his hand across the plate to beat Bryce Harper's throw in a 5-3 win over the Nationals.
"You guys were asking before the game about Sandberg being more aggressive," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I think he was pretty aggressive there. That's a gutsy, aggressive move."
The win evened the three-game series and gives the Phillies (24-25) another chance to level their record in Sunday's finale -- when they can also catch the Nationals for second place in the NL East. Philadelphia hasn't been at .500 since 6-6 in mid-April.
"It's a big series, considering the time of year, for sure," Young said. "I don't think anyone's under any illusions that this is going to decide who wins the division, but we're playing a very good club in their ballpark. It's a big May series."
The eighth-inning spurt came off Drew Storen (0-1), the latest failure for a Nationals bullpen that manager Davey Johnson said "keeps me up more than the offense" - a strong statement considering that Johnson has vowed to stop shaving until his lineup breaks out of its collective hitting slump.
Storen's ERA rose to 5.21.
"He's not where we want him to be. He's not locating like he usually can," Johnson said. "He made some good pitches but, you know, I've got to have him. He's important to our bullpen."
Chad Durbin (1-0) got two outs for the win, retiring two of the four batters he faced while lowering his ERA to 7.71. The Phillies' four relievers didn't allow a run, but Durbin had to bail out Antonio Bastardo in the seventh, and Jeremy Horst finished up after Durbin allowed two baserunners in the eighth.
"We wobbled a little bit, but we regained composure," Manuel said. "It was interesting, but we ended doing a good job, getting guys out when we're supposed to. That's what counts."
Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his ninth save.
Starters Dan Haren and Jonathan Pettibone both went six innings. Haren had quite the eclectic line: six innings, three runs, 10 strikeouts, one walk and four hits -- all for extra bases. Brown and Erik Kratz hit homers on back-to-back pitches in the second inning, and Pettibone and Jimmy Rollins pounded back-to-back doubles to produce a run in the fifth.
Pettibone, a rookie yet to lose a decision over seven starts, matched his career high with six strikeouts while scattering nine hits and three runs. He allowed single runs in the third, fourth and fifth.
Denard Span had three hits, including an RBI single, while Adam LaRoche had an RBI single and an opposite-field homer for the Nationals, but it was hardly the offensive outburst Johnson has been seeking during his razor boycott. The 70-year-old manager decided to keep letting his facial hair grow despite a modest five-run output in Friday night's win.
"My wife said I could keep it one more day," Johnson said before the game. "The players want me to keep it. They think it looks better."
Asked if he thinks it looks better, Johnson said: "With the fuzz I've got? It's gray. You kidding me? You can't hardly see it, if you've got my eyes. I can't see it unless I put my glasses on."
|Domonic Brown homers and hits an RBI double for the Phillies in their win over the Nationals. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.262|
|Freddy Galvis, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||2||2||.260|
|Michael Young, 3B||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.274|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||4||1||.256|
|Delmon Young, RF||3||0||1||1||1||2||0||.224|
|Michael Martinez, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John Mayberry Jr., RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Domonic Brown, LF||4||1||2||2||0||0||1||.262|
|Erik Kratz, C||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.214|
|Ben Revere, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.243|
|Jonathan Pettibone, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.154|
|a- Kevin Frandsen, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeremy Horst, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Humberto Quintero, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Jonathan Papelbon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit by pitch for Pettibone in the 7th|
|b-walked for Horst in the 9th|
|2B - Jimmy Rollins (14, Haren), Domonic Brown (7, Storen), Jonathan Pettibone (1, Haren)|
|HR - Domonic Brown (9, Haren), Erik Kratz (4, Haren)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins (18), Delmon Young (8), Domonic Brown 2 (27), Erik Kratz (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (7), Delmon Young (2), Domonic Brown 2 (7), Erik Kratz (1)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Jimmy Rollins (7, Throwing)|
|Chad Durbin (W,1-0)||0.2||1||0||0||1||0||0||7.71|
|Jeremy Horst (H,2)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.82|
|Jonathan Papelbon (S,9)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||0.96|
|WP - Jonathan Pettibone (1), Antonio Bastardo (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Pettibone 102-71, Antonio Bastardo 17-6, Chad Durbin 13-9, Jeremy Horst 4-3, Jonathan Papelbon 23-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Pettibone 4-7|
|Batters Faced - Jonathan Pettibone 27, Antonio Bastardo 4, Chad Durbin 4, Jeremy Horst 2, Jonathan Papelbon 4|
|Denard Span, CF||5||1||3||1||0||0||2||.273|
|Bryce Harper, RF||4||0||1||0||1||2||2||.286|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.272|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||1||2||2||1||1||1||.228|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||0||1||0||1||1||3||.264|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.248|
|Tyler Moore, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.139|
|Jeff Kobernus, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.242|
|Dan Haren, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.150|
|a- Roger Bernadina, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.113|
|Henry Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.195|
|Fernando Abad, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Haren in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Storen in the 8th|
|HR - Adam LaRoche (8, Pettibone)|
|RBI - Denard Span (12), Adam LaRoche 2 (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Denard Span (7), Adam LaRoche (7)|
|SB - Denard Span (6, 2nd base off Pettibone/Kratz)|
|CS - Denard Span (3, 2nd base by Pettibone/Kratz)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|E - Tyler Moore (1, Dropped fly)|
|Drew Storen (L,0-1)||1||2||2||2||1||1||0||5.21|
|HBP - Frandsen (by Henry Rodriguez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 88-60, Henry Rodriguez 17-10, Drew Storen 20-13, Fernando Abad 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 3-6, Henry Rodriguez 2-1, Drew Storen 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Dan Haren 24, Henry Rodriguez 4, Drew Storen 6, Fernando Abad 4|
|Attendance - 38012|
|Game Time - 3:10|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Laz Diaz|