National League Game Summary - Philadelphia at Washington
(Sunday, May 6th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 9, Washington 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Hunter Pence blasted a pair of two-run
homers and the Philadelphia Phillies avoided a three-game sweep with a
convincing 9-3 victory over the Washington Nationals in Sunday's series finale
at Nationals Park.
Placido Polanco finished 3-for-5 with an RBI single, Freddy Galvis smacked a
two-run single, while Shane Victorino had an RBI triple and Juan Pierre
knocked in a run for the Phils, who snapped a seven-game losing streak against
Cole Hamels (4-1) was fantastic on the mound, giving up one run on five hits
and a walk while fanning eight in eight innings. He also added a hit at the
Roger Bernadina ripped an RBI double, Ian Desmond beat out an infield single
for an RBI and Bryce Harper produced a run by stealing home in the first
inning for the Nats, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Jordan Zimmermann (1-3), who had walked only three batters in five previous
starts this season, issued four free passes and gave up three runs on seven
hits while striking out one in six-plus innings.
"I didn't feel too good tonight and my stuff definitely wasn't there," said
To make matters worse for Washington, right fielder Jayson Werth left the game
in the sixth inning with a broken left wrist.
"He has a broken wrist and is going to be down a while," said Washington
manager Davey Johnson. "He's going to go see a specialist. It's broken on the
opposite side of where he had the other problem. It's a clean break and he
will be out for a while."
With two down in the inning, Polanco sliced a fly ball to right. Werth,
playing deep, came charging in for the ball, went into a slide to make the
catch and bent back his wrist. The ball fell out of his glove and Werth
immediately grabbed the wrist in pain.
Washington stole a run in its first at-bat to take an early 1-0 lead. Harper
was drilled in the back by Hamels with two outs, went first-to-third on a base
hit by Werth, then, with Chad Tracy at the plate, Hamels threw to first to
keep Werth close and Harper broke for the plate and slid in under the tag of
"They're probably not gonna like me for it, but I'm not going to lie and say I
wasn't trying to do it," said Hamels about hitting Harper. "I think they
understood the message and they threw it right back."
Both dugouts were warned by home plate umpire Andy Fletcher when Zimmermann
plunked Hamels in the knee in the third inning.
The Phillies got three runs back in the fourth to take a two-run advantage.
Victorino got the rally started by drawing a walk and Pence followed by
blasting a high fastball from Zimmermann deep over the left-center field wall.
Laynce Nix then singled, moved to second on a groundout by Ruiz and scored on
a base hit back through the box by Polanco.
Later in the game, Philadelphia made up for wasting a bases loaded and no outs
scoring opportunity in the seventh by blasting Washington pitching for six
runs in the ninth.
Jimmy Rollins started the offensive outburst with a walk and stole second
before scoring on a single up the middle by Pierre. Victorino then smoked a
hanging slider from Ryan Perry into the right field corner to bring in Pierre
to make it 5-1.
Pence followed and took another hanging slider from Perry over the wall in
left for his second round-tripper of the game and a 7-1 advantage.
After Ruiz and Polanco reached base, Johnson summoned Tom Gorzelanny from
the bullpen, but he was greeted by Galvis, who sliced a two-run single down
the left field line to cap the huge inning.
Washington got two back in the bottom of the inning when Bernadina smacked a
double into the right field corner to score Rick Ankiel and Desmond followed
by beating out a grounder to third which scored Bernadina, but it wasn't
enough for the Nats.
The Phillies improved to 9-10 on the road this season...Philadelphia's seven-
game skid against the Nationals was the longest ever for Philadelphia against
the Nationals franchise and was the longest losing streak for the Phils
against any NL team since they dropped 12 straight to Houston from Aug. 17,
2004 to Sept. 7, 2005...Harper became the second National to steal home.
Desmond also swiped home on April 20, 2011 against the Cardinals...Hamels
threw 78 of his 109 pitches for strikes.
05/07 01:41:21 ET
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