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Hernandez Strong as Phils Take Series

The Phillies came into Sunday’s matinee with the Nationals without scheduled starter Cole Hamels, who was scratched from today’s game with the flu.

Enter Roberto Hernandez.

All he did was fuel the Phillies to a 1-0 victory today at Citizens Bank Park for their third straight series win.

The Phillies took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jimmy Rollins tripled to deep left center-field against Nats’ starter Gio Gonzalez. Chase Utley followed that with a single up the middle for the game’s only run.

Rollins followed up his four hit effort last night with the triple, the run scored and a walk this afternoon.

Hernandez walked three batters and allowed four hits, while striking out three in 7.1 shutout innings. The Nationals would go 0-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. They did out-hit the Phils 5-4, but failed to score against Phillies’ pitching.

The Philly bullpen combined for 1.2 innings and allowed only one base runner as a unit.

Hernandez improved to 2-1 on the season and lowered his earned run average to 4.50.

Gonzalez turned in a fine effort himself, striking out seven Phillies and only allowing the one run on four hits in 7.1 innings of his own.

The Phillies now find themselves a game over .500 at 15-14 for the season.

They begin a “home and home” series against the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow night with two games at The Bank and then two games in Toronto.

Former Phillie J.A. Happ goes for Toronto, while the Phillies will counter with Kyle Kendrick.

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