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Phils Win 5th Straight Over Nats

The Philadelphia Phillies continue to play well, win games and have even produced come from behind wins. One would think that would be a good thing. While their recent accomplishments have been impressive and exciting, the question remains, where was all of this in May, June, and July?

The Phillies have consistently won series in the last two weeks, their most recent coming against the Atlanta Braves who are contending for a playoff spot. They even managed to throw a combined no-hitter against the Braves last Sunday.

Last night they overcame two separate five run deficits to beat the Nationals, and stifled the Nats this afternoon.

A.J. Burnett has battled inconsistency this entire season, but was solid today against the division leading Nationals. The Phils came into today winners of their last four games against Washington.

Burnett helped his own cause with a one out single in the third inning. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley would both hit two out singles to load the bases. Ryan Howard followed with a two out, two run single to plate Burnett & Rollins. Howard now has 91 runs batted in for the season.

Burnett helped his team on the mound, throwing seven innings of one run ball. He walked two, scattered six hits and struck out four.

Dom Brown added an insurance run in the sixth inning with a solo home run, making it a 3-1 Phillies’ lead.

Ken Giles & Jonathan Papelbon shut the door in the eighth and ninth respectively. Papelbon earned his 35th save of the year, while Giles notched another hold.

The Phillies have now won back to back series over the Braves & Nationals, and have also won their last five games against the Nats.

They go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 when Cole Hamels takes the mound against Gio Gonzalez for Washington.

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