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PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels won his second straight start and Michael Young doubled home two runs in a three-run sixth inning Tuesday night as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 4-2.

Hamels (4-11), attempting to rebound from a 2-11 start to the season, followed up last Thursday's victory in Pittsburgh -- as well as a strong performance by teammate John Lannan in Monday's victory over Washington -- by allowing one run and six hits over eight innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The only run Hamels allowed came on a homer by former teammate Jayson Werth in the second inning. He retired 16 of the next 18 hitters he faced, allowing only Kurt Suzuki, who was twice hit by pitches, to reach during that stretch.

Hamels retired Suzuki with two men aboard to end the seventh, and in the eighth Washington loaded the bases with one out and two right-handed hitters, Ryan Zimmerman and Werth, due against the left-hander.

Manager Charlie Manuel visited the mound but elected to leave Hamels in the game. He struck out Zimmerman on three pitches and retired Werth on a fly to center.

Antonio Bastardo allowed an RBI double to pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos with two outs in the ninth, but retired Scott Hairston to end the game and record his second save.

Ben Revere continued his hot hitting with two more hits for the Phillies, who have won five of six to creep within a game of the .500 mark and 1 1/2 games of the second-place Nationals in the National League East.

Revere now has 23 multi-hit games in his last 57.

With the score tied 1-1, Revere led off the sixth with a single off rookie Taylor Jordan (0-2). Jimmy Rollins also singled, and Chase Utley then bounced a ball to first baseman Adam LaRoche. LaRoche threw wildly to second, allowing Revere to score the go-ahead run.

One out later, Young doubled to deep center, bringing Rollins and Utley home.

Jordan, making his third major-league start, pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) and eight hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Werth hit a solo homer off Hamels with one out in the second, but the Phillies tied it on Domonic Brown's RBI single in the fourth.

NOTES: Before the game, the Phillies optioned RHP Phillippe Aumont to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and selected the contract of RHP Luis Garcia from the IronPigs. ... RHP Mike Adams was moved to the Phillies' 60-day disabled list to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Garcia. ... With Monday's acquisition of OF Scott Hairston, the Nationals have in the course of their nine-year history used 18 players who had relatives precede them to the majors. Hairston's grandfather (Sam), father (Jerry) and brother (Jerry Jr.) all played in the big leagues.
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