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Phillies 8, Nationals 4
Joe Blanton allowed one earned run and five hits over six effective innings. (H. Rumph Jr./AP)
Grabbing a big lead on Ryan Howard's 48th homer -- a three-run jack in the first -- and Chase Utley's three-run double, the Phils defeated the Nats, then saw their magic number to clinch the NL East trimmed to one with the Mets' loss to the Marlins.
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Series at a glance:
WSH
Washington (59-100)
Lost 2
Philadelphia 8, Washington 4   PHI
Philadelphia (90-70)
Won 1
September 26, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Washington
0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0   4 6 0
Philadelphia
3 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 X   8 10 1
Standings thru 9/26/08  |  Recap: WSH | PHI  |  Gameday  |  Nationals stats  |  Phillies stats
Washington AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Bonifacio, 2B 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .245
Guzman, C, SS 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 .314
Milledge, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .268
Dukes, RF 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .268
Harris, LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .251
  d-Boone, PH-1B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .246
Casto, 1B-LF 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .214
Montz, C 4 0 1 1 0 3 0 .118
Orr, 3B 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .239
  b-Gonzalez, Ab, PH-3B 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .258
Balester, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
  Bergmann, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Bernadina, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .203
  Manning, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Mock, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Hernandez, A, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .301
  Hinckley, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Colome, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 4 6 4 1 7 9  

a-Doubled for Bergmann in the 5th. b-Struck out for Orr in the 7th. c-Struck out for Mock in the 7th. d-Grounded out for Harris in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Bonifacio (6, Blanton), Bernadina (1, Blanton).
HR: Casto (2, 6th inning off Blanton, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Bonifacio 2; Guzman, C 2; Casto 4; Montz; Bernadina 2.
RBI: Montz (2), Bonifacio (14), Guzman, C (55), Casto (15).
2-out RBI: Montz; Guzman, C; Casto.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Milledge.
SF: Bonifacio.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
PB: Montz (1).

 
Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 2 1 1 0 3 0 0 .277
Werth, RF 5 2 2 0 0 2 3 .271
Utley, 2B 4 3 3 3 0 0 1 .292
Howard, 1B 4 1 2 4 0 2 1 .250
Burrell, LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .249
  1-Bruntlett, PR-LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214
Victorino, CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .290
Dobbs, 3B 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 .301
  b-Feliz, PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .249
Ruiz, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .221
Blanton, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .059
  a-Jenkins, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .246
  Eyre, S, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Madson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Romero, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Stairs, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .251
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 8 10 7 5 6 12  

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: Rollins 2; Werth 2; Utley 4; Howard 6; Victorino 2; Dobbs 2.
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 LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Rollins (47, 2nd base off Colome/Montz), Utley (14, 2nd base off Hinckley/Montz), Victorino 2 (36, 2nd base off Colome/Montz, 3rd base off Manning/Montz).
CS: Ruiz (2, 2nd base by Colome/Montz).

FIELDING
E: Howard (19, fielding).
PB: Ruiz (4).

 
Washington IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Balester (L, 3-7) 1.2 7 7 7 1 1 1 5.51
Bergmann 2.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5.09
Manning 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.14
Mock 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.02
Hinckley 0.2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0.00
Colome 1.1 0 0 0 2 2 0 4.31
 
Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blanton (W, 9-12) 6.0 5 4 1 1 2 1 4.69
Eyre, S (H, 8) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.21
Madson 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.98
Romero, J 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.75
Lidge 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.84

Pitches-strikes: Balester 52-26, Bergmann 29-20, Manning 14-10, Mock 13-7, Hinckley 10-6, Colome 34-20, Blanton 89-60, Eyre, S 13-9, Madson 10-7, Romero, J 7-4, Lidge 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Balester 0-1, Bergmann 3-2, Manning 2-0, Mock 0-1, Hinckley 1-0, Colome 0-1, Blanton 14-3, Eyre, S 1-0, Madson 0-0, Romero, J 1-0, Lidge 1-0.
Batters faced: Balester 13, Bergmann 8, Manning 4, Mock 4, Hinckley 4, Colome 5, Blanton 25, Eyre, S 3, Madson 3, Romero, J 1, Lidge 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Bergmann 1-0, Colome 2-1, Romero, J 1-0.
Ejections: Philadelphia Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel ejected by HP umpire Andy Fletcher (9th).
Umpires: HP: Andy Fletcher. 1B: Bob Davidson. 2B: Alfonso Marquez. 3B: Mike Reilly.
Weather: 67 degrees, drizzle.
Wind: 9 mph, R to L.
T: 2:48.
Att: 44,145.
September 26, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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