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Phillies struggle with RISP, fall to Nats

Nationals 5, Phillies 2
WP – Jordan Zimmerman (3-4, 2.47)
LP – Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58)
SV – Tyler Clippard (1)

PHILADELPHIA — Hitting with runners in scoring position has been an area that has plagued the Phillies all season.

The Phillies were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base Tuesday evening as they fell to the Washington Nationals 5-2. It was their 10th loss in the last 11 games against the Nationals dating back to last season.

One of their key chances came in the third inning as they were trailing 5-1. Placido Polanco hit a one-out single that was followed by a Shane Victorino double to put runners at second and third.

They would not advance any further. Hunter Pence struck out swinging and Brian Schneider, who replaced Carlos Ruiz (ejection for arguing with the umpire), flew out to center field.

The Phillies were able to muster two runs. Hector Luna stroked an RBI ground-ruled double to plate Pence in the first inning.

Catcher Erik Kratz, who was recalled for Jimmy Rollins, hit his first career home run off lefty Tom Gorzelanny.

Roy Halladay struggled in the early innings and wasn’t able to recover as he allowed five runs on nine hits. He did strike out six while walking only one batter.

The one bright spot was lefty Jake Diekman. Diekman only gave up one hit in 1.2 innings in relief of Halladay.

The Phillies lineup did have nine hits but no player had more than one hit.

The Phillies turn to Cole Hamels to stop the bleeding and try to salvage a game out of this series. Hamels will face Edwin Jackson in the series finale on Wednesday night.

2B: Luna (1), Victorino (8). HR: Kratz (1)



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