Luke Montz can't elude Chase Utley's tag, ending the top of the second inning. (H. Rumph Jr./AP)
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
After starter Collin Balester gave up seven runs in the first two innings, the Nationals crept back into the game, but couldn't catch the NL East-leading Phillies. In the sixth, Kory Casto hit a solo home run that was reviewed by instant replay and upheld.
a-Popped out for Blanton in the 6th. b-Flied out for Dobbs in the 7th. c-Struck out for Romero, J in the 8th. 1-Ran
for Burrell in the 7th.
BATTING 2B: Dobbs (14, Balester), Utley (41, Balester), Howard (26, Balester), Rollins (37, Bergmann), Victorino (30, Manning). HR: Howard (48, 1st inning off Balester, 2 on, 1 out). TB: Howard 6; Victorino 2; Rollins 2; Dobbs 2; Werth 2; Utley 4. RBI: Howard 4 (146), Utley 3 (104). 2-out RBI: Utley 3; Howard. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell; Utley; Dobbs; Feliz; Werth. Team RISP: 4-for-13. Team
BASERUNNING SB: Victorino 2 (36, 3rd base off Manning/Montz, 2nd base off Colome/Montz), Utley (14, 2nd base off Hinckley/Montz),
Rollins (47, 2nd base off Colome/Montz). CS: Ruiz (2, 2nd base by Colome/Montz).