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5 Game Win Streak Snapped

Cole Hamels and Stephen Strasburg squared off on Saturday night in a big division game between the Phillies and Nationals. The Phils rode a five game win streak into Saturday night with their best hurler on the mound. Another win on Saturday night, and the Phillies would move to seven games back of the first place Nationals.

Hamels would allow a first inning run after walking lead off man Denard Span. Third baseman Anthony Rendon followed with a double for a second and third threat with no outs. Former Phil Jayson Werth would ground out, but Span scored to give Washington a 1-0 lead.

Werth would strike again in the sixth against Hamels with Rendon aboard. Werth launched a two run home run to right center-field to put the Nationals ahead 3-0.

The Phils fought back in the bottom of the sixth when Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley started the inning with back to back singles. They then worked a double steal with Marlon Byrd at the dish. Byrd would come through with a single to left that plated both runners and cut the Nats’ lead to 3-2.

Th0ugh he would not factor in the decision, Hamels struck out five and allowed three earned runs on just four hits in seven innings. He allowed more runs than Strasburg, but fewer hits.

The Phillies tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, and did so all with two outs. Cody Asche singled, followed by a Cameron Rupp walk. Asche would score on a single to center by Ben Revere. The Phils went single, walk, single after the first two outs were recorded to tie it up.

It would stay tied into the tenth inning, when Jake Diekman was brought in. The usually tough Diekman would fail to hold the tie on this night. He walked Span to start the inning, and two batters later Werth reached base on a fielder’s choice. After striking Adam LaRoche out, Ryan Zimmerman stepped up and singled home Span to give Washington a 4-3 lead.

With Werth now on third, Diekman threw a wild pitch to Ian Desmond that allowed the former Phils to score the Nats’ fifth run, making it 5-3. After recording the final out, Diekman had a few choice words for home plate umpire Andy Fletcher, who would eject Diekman from the ballgame.

The Phils failed in the bottom of the 10th, and saw their five game winning streak come to an end. The Phils had many chances to score, going just 2-14 with runners in scoring position. They left a total of nine men on base for the game.

The loss drops the Phils back to nine games behind the first place Nationals. They will attempt to win the series this afternoon before the All-Star break commences tomorrow. Kyle Kendrick takes the mound against Tanner Roark for Washington.

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