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Phillies Vs Nationals: Phils Explode For Five Runs In The 3rd

The Phillies touched up John Lannan for five runs in the 3rd and seven runs overall, ending the lefties’ night and giving the home side a 7-2 lead. The big inning started with error from Nats’ SS Ian Desmond, whose high throw pulled 1B Mike Morse off the bag giving Shane Victorino first base. Chase Utley followed that up with single putting runners on the corners with none out. Ryan Howard, who had already hit a 2-run homer in the first, singled to shallow right scoring Victorino and putting Utley on third. 3-2 Phils.

Hunter Pence then drew a walk, loading the bases for Raul Ibanez who hit a tough to handle bouncer to first that Morse could only flip to Lanann for one out, with Utley scoring on the play. 4-2 Phils. The Nats then walked Carlos Ruiz intentionally to load the bases for the double play prone Wilson Valdez. Valdez hit a kind of swinging bunt that Lannan grabbed, then flipped to home with his glove as he was falling to the ground to get Ryan Howard on the force out.

Roy Oswalt then worked his second walk of the night, forcing in another run. 5-2 Phils.

Jimmy Rollins then hit a sharp grounder than Ian Desmond really had to run to get to, but when Desmond tried to get the force at second Roy Oswalt beat the throw. Carlos Ruiz scored, but when the the Nats 2B carelessly fell down and rolled around after the play, Wilson Valdez seized the opportunity and took off for home, plating the second run on a infield hit to short. 7-2 Phils. Shane Victorino grounded to short to end the inning.

Roy Oswalt has done a solid job on the mound so far, giving up three runs on five hits over six innings and striking out five. John Lannan is now on the hook for his 11th loss in 13 games against the Phillies.