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Phillies Take Second Straight From Nationals

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.

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Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

The second half is underway and there are a handful of teams looking to get back to the post season, some waiting longer than others.

The National League features a pair of teams who find themselves shockingly in first place. Meanwhile, the American League has an early three-team race for the Wild Card with one newcomer in the second half post season race.

Here are a list of five teams to watch heading into the second half of the season.

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Nats Bomb Worley, Phils

It could be a long season for the Phillies.

Washington took Phillies pitching deep three times, taking the second game of the series, 7-1, Saturday afternoon. The Nationals have won seven straight against the Phillies for the first time since they were the Montreal Expos in 1989.

Jayson Werth made a statement in the 5th inning. With runners on the corners, Werth ripped a three-run bomb, flipping his bat in the process to give the Nationals a 3-1 lead.

The homer unhinged Vance Worley, who would allow three more hits in the inning, including an RBI double to Rick Ankiel to make it a 4-1 game.

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Game 28: Chooch Moved Up

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

It took a month of baseball for Charlie Manuel to finally hit his best hitter higher than seventh in the line up.

Carlos Ruiz, who has been on an absolute tear to start the season, will hit fifth in today’s line up, protecting Hunter Pence.

The last time Ruiz hit fifth in the line up was in 2008 as a pinch-hitter. This is the first time in his career he’s starting in the five spot.

This season, Ruiz is hitting a team best .338 and his leading with 18 RBIs and tied with Shane Victorino for the most home runs with five.

Ruiz has been even hotter in his last 10 games. He’s hitting .405 with four home runs and 15 RBIs, all from the seven spot in the line up.

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Washington manager Johnson would take Nats top 3 over Doc, Lee, Hamels

Washington is really trying hard to create a rivalry with the Philadelphia Phillies.

First they begin rounding up former members of the 2008 World Series team. Then they start a campaign to take back their ballpark but blocking ticket sales to people outside the D.C. area.

Now, manager Davey Johnson says that he would take his trio of Stephen Strasberg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmerman over the Phillies three aces.

“Their top three versus our top three, stuff-wise, we match up as good,” Johnson told the Post.

We’ll give him Strasberg, the next big pitching phenomenon in baseball. Gonzalez is grossly overrated and Zimmerman doesn’t even have a full season under his Major League belt.

Yes, those three compare to three Cy Youngs, a pair of playoff MVPs, a perfect game and a no-hitter.

Lee, like he usually does, shrugs his shoulders at any mention of the Nationals plans.

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Phillies maintain pursuit of Gio Gonzalez

Earlier this morning, several reports suggested that the Phillies had contacted the Oakland Athletics about left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

Now it appears that the Phillies have been turned down by Oakland according to Ken Rosenthal. He tweeted that they are still persistent about getting a deal done.

Gonzalez would be a solid addition to the rotation as he would seemingly take the spot of Roy Oswalt. It would give the Phillies three lefties in Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Gonzalez.

He was 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA in 2010.

Gonzalez was in the Phillies organization at one time and was dealt to the Chicago White Sox along with Gavin Floyd for Freddy Garcia back in 2006.