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Phillies Drop 2nd Straight To Nats

Gio Gonzalez, who the Phillies once traded as part of a package for Jim Thome, will take the hill for the Nats as the Phillies look to remain mathematically alive for the second wild card.

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Gio Gonzalez will look for win number 21 in Philly

R.A. Dickey of the Mets won his 20th game of the season on Thursday afternoon, tying him with Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals for the Major League lead in that department. Gonzalez won't have to wait very long for his chance to move back into the top spot by himself, as he's scheduled to pitch in Philadelphia on Thursday night in search of his 21st win. The Phillies will look to to stop him and in doing so they would assure that they remain mathematically alive in the wild card race for at least another night.

Gonzalez has had a fantastic season for the Nats, compiling a 20-8 record to go along with his sparkling 2.84 ERA. Despite those spectacular numbers, it's likely going to take a pair of truly special starts for Gonzalez to move into the front of the line for the NL Cy Young award.

Opposing Gonzalez on Thursday will be Tyler Cloyd of the Phillies. Cloyd has gone 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his five starts as a major leaguer. The rookie has posted an exceptional strikeout to walk ratio thus far, and has shown an extreme tendency to produce flyballs.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET from Philadelphia. The game will be broadcast on the radio by 1210 WPHT and 94 WIP, and can be seen televised on PHL 17.

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The Nats take care of the Phillies, 8-4

The Washington Nationals were able to dispatch the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Nationals were able to jump in front early off of Kyle Kendrick, scoring five runs in the first two frames to give themselves a 5-0 lead. Kendrick just couldn't get any outs, lasting just those two innings and throwing 47 pitches to do so.

Washington was homer-happy early on, scoring all its runs off Kendrick via the long ball. Bryce Harper hit a two-run blast in the first with Ian Desmond cracking a solo shot and Kurt Suzuki slamming a two-run bomb in the second.

Philadelphia was able to claw its way back to within one of the Nats with a run in the third, fourth, seventh and eighth innings. However, the Phillies could never get over the hump.

John Lannan certainly wasn't dominant but was able to mix and match his pitches. The hurler went five and one-thirds innings, only giving up two runs on five hits and a walk.

The top of the order was dominant for the Nats. Jayson Werth and Harper combined for five RBI, four hits and three runs.

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Phillies look for repeat performance from lineup

The Philadelphia Phillies hope to repeat the performance they had on Tuesday night when they face the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. The Phillies, who stand five-and-a-half games out of the Wild Card are turning to the exact same lineup they used on Tuesday, including rookie call-up Darin Ruf who hit a home run on Tuesday in his first ever career start. The Nationals will sit regular starting 2B Danny Espinosa.

The full lineups are below.

Philadelphia Phillies (78-76)

1.Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. John Mayberry, CF

3. Chase Utley, 2B

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Carlos Ruiz, C

6. Domonic Brown, RF

7. Darin Ruf, LF

8. Kevin Frandsen, 3B

9. Kyle Kendrick, SP

Washington Nationals (93-61)

1. Jayson Werth, RF

2. Bryce Harper, CF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Michael Morse, LF

6. Ian Desmond, SS

7. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. John Lannan, SP

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