Hernandez 2-run homer lifts Phillies over Nats 4-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Cesar Hernandez became Philadelphia's first baserunner against Tanner Roark with a soft bunt single in the fourth inning. Hernandez had a much longer hit in the eighth that propelled the Phillies to a win.

Hernandez's tiebreaking, two-run homer off Joe Blanton lifted Philadelphia over the Washington Nationals 4-2 Saturday to stop a four-game losing streak.

''He didn't bunt for a hit that time,'' Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

Blanton (0-2) relieved Roark to open the eighth, hit Freddy Galvis with a pitch and gave up Hernandez's one-out homer.

''Just didn't execute mechanically,'' Blanton said of the slider Hernandez drove over the right-field wall. ''I'm a touch off right now.''

Washington's bullpen has allowed 10 home runs in 11 games, three each off Blanton and Shawn Kelley.

''There's no explanation,'' Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. ''It's been almost everybody.''

Jeremy Hellickson (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.

''He was really good,'' Mackanin. ''It makes it a lot easier for us.''

Hector Neris pitched a perfect eighth, and Joaquin Benoit a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save since signing with the Phillies as a free agent during the offseason.

Roark, 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA against the Phillies last year, gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings. He also singled and doubled.

He isn't concerned by the Nationals' relief struggles.

''They'll be fine,'' Roark said. ''We're not worried about them at all. We believe in them. That's us.''

Anthony Rendon hit an RBI single since in the third, but the Phillies took a 2-1 lead in the fourth after Hernandez and Howie Kendrick both reached on bunt singles. Obduel Herrera hit a run-scoring double and Maikel Franco had an RBI grounder.

''I am trying to see more pitches,'' Hernandez of his new leadoff role.

Chris Heisey, making his first start this season, homered in the seventh.

Daniel Murphy went 0 for 4, stopping his 10-game hitting streak.

REST DAY

CF Adam Eaton, C Matt Wieters, and LF Jayson Werth were all given a day off from the starting lineup. Eaton struck out in the eighth as a pinch hitter.

CHAMPIONSHIP CITY

Baker will be rooting for the NBA's Washington Wizards and NHL's Washington Capitals in the playoffs.

''I'm hoping that we turn into a city of champions, because it can be contagious, that thought process of positive thoughts,'' Baker said. ''Right now the city is kind of negative as far as playoff situations that I've heard. Every time I talk to somebody about the Caps, they're always, `Ah they'll lose.'''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: SS Trea Turner (right hamstring strain) took part in batting and fielding practice. Turner is eligible to return from the 10-day DL on Tuesday at Atlanta.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (0-1) is to start Sunday's series finale after striking out seven over seven innings over seven innings in a no-decision against the New York Mets in his previous outing. Eickhoff was 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts against the Nationals last season.

Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-0), Sunday's scheduled starter, has struck out 13 in 13 innings while allowing one earned this season. He is 10-6 with a 2.67 ERA in 20 starts against the Phillies.

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  • W: J. Hellickson (2-0)L: J. Blanton (0-2)S: J. Benoit (1)
  • HR: PHI - C. Hernandez (2), WAS - C. Heisey (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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H. Kendrick LF41100010.333.395.487.8831.5
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M. Franco 3B40010001.195.261.366.6271.0
M. Saunders RF40100001.237.275.342.6171.0
T. Joseph 1B40100002.156.200.281.4811.0
A. Knapp C30000011.200.385.300.685-0.5
F. Galvis SS21000010.184.220.395.6143.5
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  • a-struck out for Hellickson in the 8th
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A. Rendon 3B40110000.179.220.205.4252.0
B. Harper RF40000002.300.440.500.9400.0
D. Murphy 2B40000000.408.420.6531.0730.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40000000.341.386.6591.0450.0
C. Heisey LF31111000.167.286.667.9526.0
M. Taylor CF30000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Lobaton C21000110.000.167.000.1671.5
T. Roark P20200000.500.500.7501.2503.0
J. Blanton P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
a- A. Eaton PH-CF10000010.289.417.474.890-0.5
  • a-struck out for Blanton in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Herrera (3)
  • HR - C. Hernandez (2)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez 2 (7), O. Herrera (3), M. Franco (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Roark
  • HR - C. Heisey
  • RBI - A. Rendon (3), C. Heisey
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Galvis
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (W, 2-0)7.04221211.590.7125.0
H. Neris (H, 3)1.00000100.000.003.5
J. Benoit (S, 1)1.00000000.000.0010.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (W, 2-0)7.0
H. Neris (H, 3)1.0
J. Benoit (S, 1)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark7.04220303.500.5719.5
J. Blanton (L, 0-2)1.01220216.431.00-4.0
M. Albers1.01000000.001.002.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark7.0
J. Blanton (L, 0-2)1.0
M. Albers1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 98-63, H. Neris 14-10, J. Benoit 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 6-13, H. Neris 1-1, J. Benoit 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 26, H. Neris 3, J. Benoit 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Blanton
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 101-67, J. Blanton 23-15, M. Albers 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 11-7, J. Blanton 1-0, M. Albers 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 25, J. Blanton 5, M. Albers 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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PHI4-7
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C. Hernandez 2B42221000.313.353.542.8959.0
H. Kendrick LF41100010.333.395.487.8831.5
O. Herrera CF40110000.282.391.359.7503.0
M. Franco 3B40010001.195.261.366.6271.0
M. Saunders RF40100001.237.275.342.6171.0
T. Joseph 1B40100002.156.200.281.4811.0
A. Knapp C30000011.200.385.300.685-0.5
F. Galvis SS21000010.184.220.395.6143.5
J. Hellickson P20000010.143.143.429.571-0.5
a- B. Stassi PH10000011.154.313.385.697-0.5
H. Neris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Benoit P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Hellickson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Difo SS40000013.200.238.200.438-0.5
A. Rendon 3B40110000.179.220.205.4252.0
B. Harper RF40000002.300.440.500.9400.0
D. Murphy 2B40000000.408.420.6531.0730.0
R. Zimmerman 1B40000000.341.386.6591.0450.0
C. Heisey LF31111000.167.286.667.9526.0
M. Taylor CF30000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Lobaton C21000110.000.167.000.1671.5
T. Roark P20200000.500.500.7501.2503.0
J. Blanton P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Blanton in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Herrera (3)
  • HR - C. Hernandez (2)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez 2 (7), O. Herrera (3), M. Franco (9)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Roark
  • HR - C. Heisey
  • RBI - A. Rendon (3), C. Heisey
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - F. Galvis
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hellickson (W, 2-0)7.04221211.590.7125.0
H. Neris (H, 3)1.00000100.000.003.5
J. Benoit (S, 1)1.00000000.000.0010.0
Total9.0422131---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hellickson (W, 2-0)7.0
H. Neris (H, 3)1.0
J. Benoit (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark7.04220303.500.5719.5
J. Blanton (L, 0-2)1.01220216.431.00-4.0
M. Albers1.01000000.001.002.0
Total9.0644051---
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark7.0
J. Blanton (L, 0-2)1.0
M. Albers1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 98-63, H. Neris 14-10, J. Benoit 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 6-13, H. Neris 1-1, J. Benoit 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 26, H. Neris 3, J. Benoit 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Blanton
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 101-67, J. Blanton 23-15, M. Albers 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 11-7, J. Blanton 1-0, M. Albers 2-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 25, J. Blanton 5, M. Albers 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Hernandez homered to right center, Galvis scored42
  • 7TH INNING
    Heisey homered to left center22
  • 4TH INNING
    Franco grounded out to second, Kendrick scored, Herrera to third21
    Herrera doubled to shallow left, Hernandez scored, Kendrick to third11
  • 3RD INNING
    Rendon singled to left, Lobaton scored, Roark to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • M. Albers Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Franco grounded out to second
    • M. Saunders: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Saunders singled to center
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Joseph grounded into double play second to third to first, Saunders out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Benoit Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harper grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Murphy flied out to center
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Zimmerman popped out to right
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Blanton Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Galvis hit by pitch
    • B. Stassi: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Galvis stole second
    • C. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Hernandez homered to right center, Galvis scored
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Kendrick struck out on foul tip
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Herrera grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • H. Neris Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike swinging, Difo popped out to shortstop
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco lined out to right
    • M. Saunders: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Saunders popped out to shortstop
    • T. Joseph: Joseph singled to center
    • A. Knapp: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to third
    • C. Heisey: Strike swinging, Ball, Heisey homered to left center
    • M. Taylor: Taylor flied out to deep center
    • J. Lobaton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lobaton struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Herrera lined out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Rendon lined out to left
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harper flied out to deep right
    • D. Murphy: Murphy lined out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • A. Knapp: Knapp flied out to shallow left
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Galvis grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Hellickson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hellickson grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Taylor flied out to center
    • J. Lobaton: Lobaton flied out to deep right
    • T. Roark: Ball, Roark doubled to shallow left
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez reached on bunt single to shortstop
    • H. Kendrick: Kendrick reached on bunt single to pitcher, Hernandez to second
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera doubled to shallow left, Hernandez scored, Kendrick to third
    • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to second, Kendrick scored, Herrera to third
    • M. Saunders: Ball, Saunders popped out to shortstop
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Foul, Joseph grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Murphy lined out to first
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman flied out to left
    • C. Heisey: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Heisey flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Ball, Knapp grounded out to first
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • J. Hellickson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hellickson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • M. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Taylor grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Lobaton: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lobaton walked
    • T. Roark: Ball, Roark singled to right, Lobaton to second
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Difo struck out looking
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Rendon singled to left, Lobaton scored, Roark to second
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Harper grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Franco grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Saunders grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Joseph: Ball, Ball, Foul, Joseph lined out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Murphy lined out to right
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zimmerman flied out to deep right
    • C. Heisey: Ball, Foul, Ball, Heisey grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kendrick grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Herrera flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hellickson Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo grounded out to second
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rendon lined out to right
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Harper popped out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)