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Phillies Use 7th-Inning Rally to Beat the Nats

The Phillies one again did all their scoring in one inning Friday night, waiting until the seventh to plate four runs, but it was enough to beat the consensus “best team in baseball” Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Trailing 1-0 after starting pitcher Jerome Williams allowed a leadoff home run to Michael Taylor, the Phils took advantage of a pair of one-out walks at a hit batsman when Cesar Hernandez roped a two-run single down the right-field line to score Odubel Herrera and Cameron Rupp and chase Washington starter (and former Philly prospect) Gio Gonzalez after 6.1 innings. Ben Revere was then also hit by a pitch by the Nationals’ Xavier Cedeno, Freddy Galvis followed with an RBI sigle of his own and Chase Utley notched a sacrifice fly to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Jonathan Papelbon notched his second save of the young season, and Williams earned the win by going six strong while allowing just five hits and one walk. For more on this game, click here.

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