Phillies OF John Mayberry hits an RBI single in the 1st inning. He drove in three runs on the night. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)
Phillies 4, Nationals 2
WP – Roy Halladay (8-7, 3.88)
LP – Gio Gonzalez (16-7, 3.28)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (29)
PHILADELPHIA — Only twice have the Nationals dropped a series after the All-Star break and twice did it come at the hands of the Phillies.
Playing for pride and the up-hill climb out of the cellar and sub-.500 baseball, the Phillies beat the Nationals for a second straight time to win their second series in a row, a 4-2 win.
The win came at the hands of another brilliant outing by Roy Halladay.
Doc was masterful, holding Washington to only two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out six. He threw 105 pitches, an astounding 86 of them for strikes.
The Phillies got to Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez right away in the 1st inning.
Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Frandsen and Chase Utley hit three straight singles, the last driving home Rollins to make it a 1-0 game. Frandsen then scored on a one-out single by John Mayberry to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
Washington tied the game back up in the 5th on a Steve Lombardozzi two-run single.
Mayberry broke the tie in the 6th with his solo blast to left field for his 12th homer on the season. He drove in another insurance run in the 8th on a sacrifice fly after Utley was hit by a pitch and stole both second and third.
Mayberry’s two-hit, three-RBI game highlighted a week of baseball in which the outfielder has been hitting well. In his last seven games, Mayberry is hitting .345 (10-for-29) with a home run and eight RBIs.
The Phillies aren’t about to roll over on this season. Sitting only seven games under .500, they still want to make a statement that they will be the cream of the crop next year.
“I don’t think any of us are just going to roll over and give them games,” Halladay said after the win. “We want to make a little bit of a statement. We still want to play. We still want to compete. We’re just not going to give anything away.”
That also includes the Nationals, and Halladay had this to say right before the previous quote:
“They’re going to be good for a while,” Halladay said. “It’s important for us to play well against them, not only this year but going forward. They’re always going to be up there. Them and the Braves. It’s important for us to play well against them even in a season that hasn’t gone the way we wanted.
HR: Mayberry (12).