Nationals Beat Phillies for First Win

The Washington Nationals won their first game of the season, beating the Phillies 8-2. The Nationals are now 1-7; the Phillies are 4-4.

Adam Dunn hit a three run home run off starter Joe Blanton in the first inning. It was all Blanton would allow, as he pitched six innings, striking out five. He walked one and allowed 8 hits.

Blanton pitched the Phillies first "quality start" of the year, but Nationals starter Shairon Martis was better. In 6.1 innings he allowed 2 earned runs on five hits and two walks.

Raul Ibanez , who went 2-for-4, hit an RBI single and Jimmy Rollins hit a sacrafice fly scoring Lou Marson, who was 2-3, making it a one run game.

It didn't last when Jack Taschner came in during the 8th inning. Taschner allowed 4 earned runs, including Elijah Dukes and Alberto Gonzalez home runs.

Cole Hamels will pitch tonight after the Phillies honor Harry Kalas.

Call of the day: In 2006, Ryan Howard broke Mike Schmidt's Phillies single season home run record, eventually hitting 58 homers. On September 3, the big man hit his 50th.

"Well hit, is that number 5-0? It is... OUTTA HERE! 50th home run of the
year for Ryan Howard! And this game is tied at 1, and for the big guy, there is
number 5-0. Continues his torrid pace."


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