Phillies 5, Nationals 3

Elliott Smith, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


WASHINGTON -- Delmon Young and Domonic Brown delivered two-out RBI hits to break open a tie game in the eighth inning as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Saturday.
In the eighth, Michael Young worked a one-out walk off Washington reliever Drew Storen (0-1), the Nationals' third pitcher of the night. Ryan Howard struck out for the fourth time before Delmon Young fought off a high fastball, shooting it past a diving Adam LaRoche at first base.
The ball settled along the wall, making it a difficult pickup for outfielder Bryce Harper, and Michael Young chugged around from first to score the decisive run ahead of the throw. Brown followed with a double that plated pinch-runner Michael Martinez from first for Brown's second RBI of the night.
Chad Durbin (1-0) worked 2/3 inning for the victory and Jonathan Papelbon picked up his ninth save. The Phillies are 17-5 when scoring more than three runs.
LaRoche hit his eighth home run and drove in two runs for the Nationals, and Denard Span had three hits, but Washington left 11 runners on base.
Both starting pitchers threw well but did not factor in the final decision. Phillies rookie Jonathan Pettibone struck out a career-high six, while Dan Haren had his best start as a National, fanning a season-high 10.
It was feast or famine early for Haren, who has struggled with inconsistency. The righty struck out five of the first eight batters, but he made two big mistakes in the second inning.
Brown and Erik Kratz connected on back-to-back home runs, tagging the first pitches they saw into the seats to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead.
The Nationals have struggled against rookie starters this season, and early on Pettibone had Washington's hitters confused, getting both Ryan Zimmerman and Kurt Suzuki to strike out looking.
In the third, the Nationals began to figure the young pitcher out. Span, Harper and LaRoche all singled, the final hit slicing the margin to 2-1.
In the fourth, Steve Lombardozzi singled, took second on an error by Jimmy Rollins and moved to third on a wild pitch. After just missing a towering home run, Span delivered a single to tie the score at 2-2.
NOTES: Washington manager Davey Johnson said his biggest concern is developing solid roles in his bullpen, which is in flux with relief specialist Ryan Mattheus out with a broken hand. "That keeps me up more than the offense," Johnson said. ... Phillies CF Ben Revere was dropped to the No. 8 spot in the lineup. Manager Charlie Manuel said he's still trying to figure out the best way to deploy the speedy hitter. ... Span's third-inning infield single was his 11th infield hit of the season, third in the National League. ... Brown's homer lifted his career-high total to nine in just 48 games. He had 12 homers in 147 games prior to this year.