National League Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia|
(Monday, September 2nd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Washington 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Carlos Ruiz's go-ahead RBI single in the
eighth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 win over the
Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game set.
After the Nationals went ahead in the top of the eighth on Scott Hairston's
sacrifice fly, the Phillies answered with a pair of two-out runs in the home
Cesar Hernandez worked a two-out walk against Tyler Clippard (6-3) before
Jimmy Rollins' double into right-center plated Hernandez for the game-tying
run. Chase Utley was intentionally walked to bring up Ruiz, who grounded a
single into the hole on the right side of the infield to bring home Rollins
for the go-ahead run.
Washington had runners on the corners with one away in the ninth, but Jonathan
Papelbon struck out both Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon to notch his 24th
save of the season.
Ryan Zimmerman's two-out solo homer in the first was the only run Cole Hamels
allowed over seven solid innings. He fanned eight and surrendered just two
hits in the no-decision for Philadelphia, which moved to 10-8 during Ryne
Sandberg's reign as the team's interim manager.
"I felt like he did his job there, we had fresh arms in the bullpen," Sandberg
said on his rationale on taking Hamels out after seven innings and just 87
Hamels, who threw 69 of his 87 pitches for strikes, is 2-1 with a minuscule
1.98 ERA over his last eight starts.
B.J. Rosenberg (2-0) recorded the last out in the eighth to pick up the win.
Washington starter Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 and gave up just an
unearned run on two hits and a pair of walks over six frames for the
Nationals, who moved 7 1/2 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the NL's
second wild-card spot.
"We had opportunities. but we couldn't get it done," Nationals manger Davey
Ruiz's one-out RBI single in the fourth tied the contest at 1-1.
The Phillies were 2-for-4 with runners in scoring position, while the
Nationals finished 0-for-3 with RISP ... Ruiz had two of Philadelphia's four
09/03 01:13:50 ET