Back Where They Belong

They're baa-aack... Back in first place that is. With a Phillies win, and Mets loss, the Phillies regain their lead in the National League East by a half a game.

The Nationals starter, Tim Redding, entered the game pitching 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings against the Phillies. That would quickly change. In the top of the first, the Phillies pounded four straight singles. The fourth hit would be Pat Burrell's 2 run double to drive in Shane Victorino and Chase Utley. The Phils took an early 2-0 lead.

However, the Nationals answered back in the bottom of the first off Phillies starter, Jamie Moyer. On the first pitch Moyer threw, Willie Harris homered to right center field. Four batters later, Jesus Flores hit a two run home run to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead. But that was all Moyer would give up. He pitched 6 innings allowing just those 3 ER on 6 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 3, earning the win.

It wasn't just the mound Moyer was limited to. In the 5th inning, with Carlos Ruiz on first base and no outs, Moyer worked a walked to help get things started. Jimmy Rollins would drive in the tying run. Moyer would run the bases and score on Victorino's RBI single. (Victorino later hit a solo home run) The next batter would be Chase Utley who hit a bomb to deep center field. His second home run in as many games. So much for Redding's scoreless inning streak against the Phillies. The Phillies would have an 8-3 lead.

Ryan Madson would give up 2 more runs to get Brad Lidge into another save situation. The right hander remains perfect in save opportunities, extending the Phillies all time consecutive saves list. The was his 5th appearance in as many games.

The Phillies are feeling good back in first. Let's not go back down. Let's stay on top.


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