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STL@PHI: Worley hurls six frames of one-run ball

For whatever reason, it looks like the Nationals have the Phillies' number.

Fresh off the first doubleheader sweep against Philadelphia for the Nationals/Expos franchise since April 1997, Washington looks to continue to its success against the National League's best team Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

The Nats have been hot as the season winds down, winning nine of 12. They also have taken seven of their past nine games against the Phils, and on Wednesday send left-hander John Lannan to the mound in hopes of keeping that success intact.

Lannan comes into Wednesday having lost six of his last seven starts, but has sprinkled in a few impressive outings. He tossed a quality start in his last outing, but wasn't backed by his offense in a 3-0 loss, Lannan's 13th of the season.

Despite dropping two games against left-handed starters Tuesday, the Phillies have been successful against southpaws this season, going 30-13. Four of those wins have come against Lannan, who has a 5.06 ERA in five starts against Philadelphia this season.

Taking the hill for the Phils is NL Rookie of the Year candidate Vance Worley, who is 11-2 with a 2.85 ERA. Philadelphia has dropped Worley's last two outings, but the right-hander has pitched well, tossing quality starts in each.

Nationals: Chance for history
With nine games remaining, the Nationals are on the verge of doing something no Washington club has done in nearly 60 years. At 74-79, the Nationals are in a dogfight with the Mets to finish third in the NL East. The last Major League club from the nation's capital to finish third or better in the standings was the 1945 Nationals, who finished second in the American League, 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers.

• First baseman Michael Morse is three homers shy of posting the Nats' fifth 30-homer season since they moved to Washington in 2005.

Phillies: Pence misses nightcap
Hunter Pence missed his first game as a Phillie in Tuesday's nightcap, as the outfielder left the opener in the sixth inning after singling and appearing to limp after beating out an infield single. Manager Charlie Manuel said Pence's left knee was sore "from sliding and things," and neither the skipper nor player sounded concerned about the injury.

Worth noting
• Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is two shy of 500 RBIs for his career.

• Washington's bullpen has a 1.40 ERA in its last 10 games, with Drew Storen a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities in that span. Comments