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Burnett, Phils’ Bats Stomp the Nats

One night after losing a lead late, the Phillies came out swinging in a lopsided victory against Washington Saturday night.

A.J. Burnett took to the mound on the heels of two quality starts against both Los Angeles & Arizona.

The Phils wasted no time getting on base, when Jimmy Rollins singled and stole second in the first. Chase Utley then walked, and Ryan Howard followed that up with his sixth home run of the season. The Phils were off and running with a 3-0 lead.

Cody Asche went deep for a solo home run in bottom of the second to make it a 4-0 Phillies lead.

That would be more than enough run support for Burnett, who allowed just one run on three hits and struck out seven in six innings. His only blemish on the scorecard was a solo home run hit by Adam LaRoche in the sixth.

The Phillies chased Nats’ starter Tanner Roark after just four innings, scoring seven runs on seven hits. The Phillies outhit the Nationals 12-4 on the night, and the bullpen came through to preserve the lead for the final three innings.

Mario Hollands, Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo combined for three innings of one run ball and struck out six as a unit.

This game was a great pick me up after a disappointing loss on Friday night.

The offense was able to tack runs on through the middle innings and the bullpen, given a six run lead, kept the Nationals off the base paths for the most part.

The Phillies look to take the series this afternoon at the Bank. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05, not the usual 1:35 start.

Philadelphia will send Roberto Hernandez to the mound against Gio Gonzalez for the Nats.

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