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Rally falls short
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Nationals 8, Phillies 7
Joe Blanton was pulled in the fifth after surrendering a pair of homers. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
Matt Stairs came through in a pinch once again, belting a grand slam off the bench in the top of the ninth inning. Shane Victorino's RBI double brought the Phillies within one run of the Nationals, but that's as close as they would get.
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Series at a glance:
PHI
Philadelphia (79-59)
Lost 1
Washington 8, Philadelphia 7   WSH
Washington (48-92)
Won 1
September 10, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Philadelphia
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5   7 11 2
Washington
0 0 2 1 5 0 0 0 X   8 9 1
Standings thru 9/10/09  |  Recap: PHI | WSH  |  Gameday  |  Phillies stats  |  Nationals stats
Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 5 1 2 0 0 0 3 .243
Victorino, CF 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 .297
Utley, 2B 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 .293
Howard, 1B 4 0 0 1 0 1 3 .273
Ibanez, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278
Werth, RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .270
Feliz, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .268
Ruiz, C 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 .254
Blanton, P 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .106
  Walker, T, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Tracy, A, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
  Durbin, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Stairs, PH 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 .198
Totals 36 7 11 7 2 2 11  

a-Flied out for Walker, T in the 7th. b-Homered for Lidge in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Victorino (34, MacDougal).
3B: Utley (2, Hernandez, L).
HR: Stairs (5, 9th inning off Segovia, 3 on, 1 out).
TB: Victorino 3; Feliz; Rollins 2; Ruiz; Stairs 4; Werth; Utley 4; Blanton.
RBI: Utley (86), Howard (117), Stairs 4 (17), Victorino (56).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rollins 2; Howard.
SAC: Blanton.
SF: Howard.
GIDP: Howard.
Team RISP: 3-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Rollins 2 (5, throw, throw).
DP: (Ruiz-Utley-Blanton).

 
Washington AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Harris, CF-LF 4 2 2 0 1 0 0 .233
Orr, 2B 5 0 1 2 0 4 2 .324
  MacDougal, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Villone, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Zimmerman, 3B 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 .294
Dunn, A, 1B 4 1 1 2 0 1 1 .281
  Morse, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Willingham, LF 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .281
  1-Maxwell, PR-CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .195
Dukes, RF 2 2 1 0 2 1 1 .259
Desmond, SS 4 1 2 4 0 0 3 .500
Nieves, C 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 .254
Hernandez, L, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .133
  Burnett, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Flores, Je, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .304
  Segovia, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Gonzalez, Al, 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Totals 32 8 9 8 5 8 13  

a-Popped out for Burnett, S in the 8th.
1-Ran for Willingham in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Desmond (1, Blanton), Harris (17, Blanton), Willingham (29, Durbin).
3B: Orr (1, Blanton), Harris (4, Lidge).
HR: Dunn, A (36, 5th inning off Blanton, 1 on, 2 out), Desmond (1, 5th inning off Blanton, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Nieves; Orr 3; Dunn, A 4; Desmond 6; Harris 5; Willingham 2; Dukes.
RBI: Orr 2 (6), Desmond 4 (4), Dunn, A 2 (96).
2-out RBI: Dunn, A 2; Desmond 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Desmond; Dunn, A; Hernandez, L; Nieves; Zimmerman.
SAC: Hernandez, L 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-13.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Willingham (4, 2nd base off Blanton/Ruiz).

FIELDING
E: Desmond (1, throw).
DP: (Gonzalez, Al-Desmond-Morse).

 
Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blanton (L, 9-7) 4.2 7 8 8 4 4 2 4.11
Walker, T 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.71
Durbin 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 4.73
Lidge 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 6.97
 
Washington IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hernandez, L (W, 8-10) 7.1 6 2 2 1 2 0 5.30
Burnett, S 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.88
Segovia 0.1 2 4 3 1 0 1 81.00
MacDougal 0.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 3.55
Villone (S, 1) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.20

MacDougal pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.

Game Scores: Blanton 18, Hernandez, L 59.
WP: MacDougal.
Pitches-strikes: Blanton 99-57, Walker, T 17-11, Durbin 22-13, Lidge 24-19, Hernandez, L 106-71, Burnett, S 9-5, Segovia 20-10, MacDougal 5-4, Villone 10-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Blanton 6-4, Walker, T 1-1, Durbin 1-1, Lidge 0-0, Hernandez, L 9-7, Burnett, S 2-0, Segovia 1-0, MacDougal 0-0, Villone 1-0.
Batters faced: Blanton 25, Walker, T 5, Durbin 5, Lidge 4, Hernandez, L 29, Burnett, S 2, Segovia 5, MacDougal 2, Villone 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Burnett, S 1-0, Villone 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Mike Estabrook. 2B: Jerry Meals. 3B: Ron Kulpa.
Weather: 66 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, R to L.
T: 3:03.
Att: 18,706.
Venue: Nationals Park.
September 10, 2009
September 10, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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