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Roberto Hernandez made his second straight quality start tonight against the Nationals in Washington. The artist formerly known as “Fausto” has gone at least seven innings in his last two starts.

The Phillies got him the lead early, when Cody Asche doubled home Grady Sizemore. The Nationals tied the game in the bottom of the second, but that was the only run Hernandez would allow.

The Phillies took the lead for good when Marlon Byrd went yard for a solo shot in the sixth, his 20th homer of the year.

That would be all Hernandez needed, as he allowed just five hits in eight innings of work. He walked one hitter and struck out three. What has been key for him lately is his pitch count. He threw 94 pitches tonight, 59 for strikes. He kept the game tied for four innings, and was able to make a one run lead stand up into the ninth inning.

Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth inning and recorded the save after allowing two hits. Pap earned his 26th save of the year in the process.

The Phillies have now won two games in a row, both over the division leading Nationals.

A.J. Burnett takes the hill tomorrow night against Jordan Zimmerman for Washington. First pitch 7:05.

Stats Courtesy of TheScore.com

Photo Courtesy of ThatBallsOuttaHere.com