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The Phillies continued their solid play of late, taking down the Nationals again tonight. Cole Hamels started for the Phillies, and though he didn’t factor in the decision, he pitched well and put his team in position to win.

The Phillies got on the board first in the fifth inning, when with Grady Sizemore on, Freddy Galvis hit a two run home run to left field. Darin Ruf would go yard in the sixth inning to make it a 3-0 Phillies’ lead.

Hamels threw six shutout innings tonight, but ran into trouble in the seventh. He allowed  a lead-off single to Anthony Rendon, then allowed an infield single to Ian Desmond. Hamels then walked Scott Hairston to load the bases.

Catcher Wilson Ramos followed with a single to score Rendon, making it 3-1. Former Phil Kevin Frandsen would bat next, and he singled home Desmond to cut the lead to 3-2.

Hamels would start the eighth, but allowed a solo home run to Asdrubal Cabrera to tie the game at three. He was lifted after that, finishing with seven innings pitched, three earned runs on eight hits and five strikeouts.

Ken Giles relieved Hamels in the eighth, and promptly struck out the side. Giles now has 44 strikeouts on the year to just nine walks. His earned run average is a sparkling 1.42.

Ben Revere led off the bottom of the eighth by reaching first on a throwing error by Desmond. He would steal second, and then reached third on a flyout by Jimmy Rollins. Revere would score the go ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Ruiz, making it 4-3.

Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth and recorded his 33rd save of the seasson, also his 100th career save as a Phillie. He joins the likes of Mitch Williams, Brad Lidge and Jose Mesa on that list.

The Phillies go for the sweep tomorrow night when Kyle Kendrick takes the hill against Doug Fister for Washington. First pitch 7:05.

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