The string of brilliant starting pitching and the three-game win streak both came to an end last night for the Phillies. Cliff Lee allowed four solo home runs in an eight-batter span in the fifth and sixth innings and the Nats topped the Phils 5-1.
The lone Phillie run came on a solo blast by Darin Ruf in the seventh, his first of the year. It was the first of nine games in July in which the Phils had scored less than three runs.
The Phillies are 45-47 on the year after losing 5-1 to the Washington Nationals last night. They lead the four-game set two games to one.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. Six of the hits went for extra-bases, two doubles and four home runs. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.
Second straight start in which Lee didn’t walk a batter, but didn’t pitch very well, either. The Phils are 1-3 his last four times out.
Bryce Harper doubled to center with two outs in the top of the first, but Lee struck Ryan Zimmerman out looking to leave Harper at second.
Jayson Werth singled to left to start the second. Lee got Adam LaRoche on a fly ball to center for the first out before Anthony Rendon grounded into a double-play.
Wilson Ramos singled to left to start the third. The pitcher Gio Gonzalez was next and bunted, but Ruiz fielded and threw to second in time to force Ramos for the first out. Lee got Denard Span to fly to center for the second out before Ian Desmond singled to left, putting men on first and second for Harper. Harper grounded to third to set the Nats down.
Lee struck Zimmerman and Werth out in a 1-2-3 fourth.
Rendon led off the fourth and hit an 0-2 pitch out to left. 1-0. Ramos was next and he homered to right on a 1-0 pitch. 2-0. Lee got the next two before Desmond doubled to center. Harper struck out looking to leave Desmond stranded.
Righties Rendon and Ramos go back-to-back off of Lee to start the inning. Ramos takes him out the opposite way.
Zimmerman led off the sixth and hit an 0-2 pitch out to center. 3-0. Werth hit Lee’s next pitch out to left. 4-0. Lee got the next three. Revere made a nice diving play on a line drive Ramos hit to left center for the third out.
Two more righties go deep off of Lee in the sixth. He faces 11 batters between the fifth and sixth and four of them homer.
Lee threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
Luis Garcia started the eighth for the Phils with the Washington lead cut to 4-1. Harper went down on a ground ball handled by Rollins for the first out. Zimmerman was next and struck out swinging at a wild 1-2 pitch that wasn’t handled by Ruiz and went off his leg guard and out of play, allowing Zimmerman to take first with one down. Garcia walked Werth 3-2, putting runners of first and second for LaRoche. LaRoche hit a ball back up the middle, but Utley made a great diving play, flipped to Rollins at second to get Werth and Rollins went to first in time to get LaRoche and set the Nats down.
Great play by Utley on LaRoche’s ball to start the inning-ending double-play.
De Fratus started the ninth. Rendon led off and doubled to right. Ramos was next and chopped a ball back up the middle. De Fratus should have handled it, but it went off his glove for an error and Washington had runners at first and second with nobody out. Lefty Chad Tracy hit for the pitcher Tyler Clippard and Diekman came in to pitch to him. Righty Scott Hairston hit for Tracy and flew to right for the first out. Rendon tagged and moved up to third, bringing Span to the plate with one down and runners on the corners. Span chopped a ball up the first base line. Diekman got to the ball, turned quickly and threw it into right field for another error. Rendon scored. 5-1 with men on second and third and still only one out. Diekman walked Desmond intentionally to load the bases, then struck Harper and Zimmerman both out swinging to leave them loaded.
Phils were lucky to only give up one run in the frame as De Fratus and Diekman combine to make two errors in a three-batter span. Diekman does a great job to hold it to one by striking Harper and Zimmerman both out with the bases loaded.
De Fratus faces two batters in the game. One doubles and the other reaches on his error. He has a 13.50 ERA and a 3.75 ratio over 5 1/3 innings in his last 11 appearances with opponents OPSing 1.213 against him in those outings.
Diekman faced five batters. Struck two outs and got another out on a fly ball. One reached on his error and the other was walked intentionally. He’s faced 48 batters on the year. He didn’t walk any of the first 24 he faced and has walked three of the last 24 he’s faced.
Overall the pen went two innings in the game, allowing one run, which was unearned, on one hit and two walks. Utley made a great play to bail out Garcia in the seventh and Diekman struck Harper and Zimmerman out to end the ninth with the bases loaded.
Diekman and Garcia both threw 22 pitches in the game. De Fratus threw seven.
The Phillie lineup against lefty Gio Gonzalez went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Brown (5) Michael Young (6) Delmon Young (7) Ruf (8) Ruiz.
Revere singled to right to start the bottom of the first, but Rollins hit into a double-play behind him and Utley flew to right.
Michael Young doubled to right with one out in the second. Delmon Young struck out looking for the second out and Ruf grounded to short to set the Phillies down.
Ruiz started the third with a single to right. Lee was next and bunted down the third base line. Zimmerman fielded and threw to second, but Desmond came off the bag early waiting to field the ball and Ruiz was safe. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Revere grounded into a double-play that left Ruiz at third with two down. Rollins flew to right to end the inning.
Nothing for the Phils after putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Revere hits into a big double-play.
The Phils went in order in the fourth. Rendon made a nice diving play to take a hit away from Brown for the second out.
They were down 2-0 when they hit in the fifth. Delmon Young and Ruf walked back-to-back, putting runners on first and second for Ruiz. Ruiz lined to third for the first out before Lee bunted the runners up to second and third with the second. Revere struck out swinging to leave them stranded.
Tough couple of innings for Revere. Grounds into a double-play to kill the rally in the third and strikes out with men on second and third to end the fifth.
Down 4-0, the Phils went in order in the sixth.
With two outs in the seventh, Ruf hit a 2-0 pitch out the opposite way to right, cutting the lead to 4-1. Ruiz followed with a single to left. Frandsen hit for Lee and bunted for a single, putting runners on first and second for Revere. Revere flew to left to end the inning.
First of the year for Ruf. He now has four career home runs in 53 plate appearances. At that rate he would hit 45 over 600 plate appearances.
Utley singled off of righty Tyler Clippard with one out in the eighth, but Brown and Michael Young both went down behind him.
Righty Rafael Soriano set Delmon Young, Ruf and Ruiz down in order in the ninth with Washington up 5-1. Ruf hammered a ball to deep center, but Span made a nice play, catching it while crashing into the wall for the second out.
Revere was 1-for-4, grounded into a double-play and left six men on base. Made a nice diving catch to end the sixth. 14-for-his-last-31 (.452).
Rollins 0-for-4. 4-for-his-last-20 with four singles and no walks. No walks in his last 47 PA.
Utley 1-for-4. Made a great defensive play in the seventh to start a double-play and bail out Garcia. 3-for-his-last-16. 229/270/400 so far in July.
Brown was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Rendon made a nice play to take a hit away from him in the fourth. That’s his first 0-fer in nine games in July.
Michael Young 1-for-4 with a double. 7-for-his-last-16 with three walks, two doubles and a home run. 336/353/516 over his last 133 plate appearances.
Delmon Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 10-for-his-last-28 (.357) with ten singles.
Ruf 1-for-3 with a walk and a home run. Hit another ball really well in the ninth off the righty Soriano, but Span took it while going into the wall. 5-for-13 on the year with three walks, a double and a home run.
Ruiz 2-for-4 with two singles. 20-for-his-last-69 (.290) with 19 singles and a double. Three extra-base hits in 116 plate appearances for the year, all doubles, and an isolated power of .026.
Kendrick (7-6, 3.90) faces righty Jordan Zimmermann (12-3, 2.57) tonight. Kendrick has allowed 22 hits in 11 innings over his last two starts with opponents hitting .423 against him in those outings. He pitched to a 3.90 ERA and a 1.27 ratio in 2012 and has a 3.90 ERA and a 1.29 ratio so far in 2013. Zimmermann has been great this year, but a little less great over his last five starts, throwing to a 4.31 ERA in those outings. Washington is 7-0 in his last seven starts.