Washington Nationals Drop Two Straight, 7-4 To Philadelphia Phillies.

• Today's Top 5: 

5. Scratched But Available: Nats' left fielder Michael Morse was scratched from tonight's game. Insert Laynce Nix in the lineup batting sixth and playing left. Morse, who hit his second HR of the year last night for the Nats' only run-scored off Cole Hamels, is out with "right knee soreness" as it's officially described, but he's available...The news follows the revelation that Rick Ankiel injured his wrist this weekend on a diving play in center field during the series with San Francisco on which he rolled it. 

4. Leadoff Singles: After the Nats go down in order in the first, Jason Marquis gives up a leadoff single to Jimmy Rollins. The Phillies' leadoff hitter throws his bat at a 2-2 change low and away and lifts it to center for a bloop single. A Shane Victorino pop to short and a 6-4-3 DP from Placido Polanco later, Marquis is through the top of the first on 13 pitches, seven strikes. Wilson Ramos doubles to right with one down in the second, placing it just inside the line, kicking up chalk before it bounces over the wall where it's interfered with by a fan. One-out ground-rule double. Nix flies out, and Jerry Hairston pops out to strand Ramos at second and end the Nats' second. Alex Cora sneaks a single under a diving Wilson Valdez and into center for another leadoff hit in the third. Jason Marquis fails to get a bunt down and then fouls strike three into Schneider's mitt. Danny Espinosa pops to center. Ian Desmond? K's swinging. 0-0 after three.

3. Riggleman Tossed: Adam LaRoche K's looking for the second time tonight on a two-seamer inside that breaks in late for a called strike three for Phillies' starter Vance Worley, and when LaRoche starts arguing his Manager takes up his cause. Nats' Skipper Jim Riggleman tells home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez what he thinks of the call since he's already tossed.

2. 2+9+4 = 15.0 scoreless Innings streak: Jason Marquis' streak of 15.0 scoreless innings which stretches back two starts to the last two innings he threw against Pittsburgh in PNC through nine innings against San Francisco at home and four innings tonight in Philadelphia ends in the fifth when Raul Ibanez launches a first-pitch fastball from Marquis to right for a no-doubter and a 1-0 Phillies' lead. Marquis gives up a single and almost gets a DP, but Danny Espinosa's throw to first after the force sails wide of Adam LaRoche. Phillies' starter Vance Worley lines a single to left and Marquis walks Jimmy Rollins to load the bases for Shane Victorino, who's first-pitch swinging too and drives in the second run of the night with a single through short. 2-0 Phillies. Sac fly from Polanco scores the pitcher and it's 3-0 when Marquis finally ends the fifth. 

1. Cy Worley: Vance Worley's working on a streak of 21.0 scoreless innings that stretches back to the second inning of a September 6th 2010 start against the Marlins in which he went 5.0 innings total (+3.0), through seven more innings at the end of the sesason (+7.0), six scoreless (+6.0) in his first start this year and now 5.0 innings tonight (+5.0). Adam LaRoche ends Worley's streak at 21.2 when he flies to left and off the wall for an RBI double that scores Espinosa from second after he'd been hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Now Charlie Manuel's barking at the home plate ump for a call on a 2-2 fastball to LaRoche that set up the full count. 

0. RAULLL!! [Shakes Fist!]: Jason Marquis walks Ben Francisco and gives up back-to-back-to-back singles to Raul Ibanez, Brian Schneider and Wilson Valdez. Valdez's bases-loaded grounder through short scores Francisco from third and brings an end to Marquis' night. Ibanez, who was working on an 0 for 35 streak before an RBI ground-rule double last night, is now 5 for 7 in the series with two doubles and tonight's HR. Brian Broderick replaces Marquis and surrenders three runs, one on an RBI single by Rollins and two on a DP attempt that Desmond throws late to and right by first. Two runs score on the throwing error. 7-1 when the sixth is over. 

-1. Just Another OF Visiting PHI Now: Jayson Werth hits an 0-2 pitch from Michael Stutes back up the middle for his first hit of the series to a smattering of boos from the crowd. The Philly crowd hisses a bit when he takes second in a 7-1 game. Defensive indifference. 1 for 7 with a single and walk for Werth through three at bats tonight in his first trip back to Citizens Bank. Adam LaRoche walks with two down, but Wilson Ramos' pop-out ends the Nats' eighth.

Werth's stranded, left standing on second. [ed. note - "Is that supposed to be poignant or some sort of metaphor?"]

-2. 100th Career Pinch Hit: Laynce Nix singles to start the Nats' ninth. The first hit of the year from Matt Stairs follows and comes in his 14th at bat with the Nats. To be fair, he has walked five times. And it's Stairs' 100th career pinch hit. Two on and two out for Danny Espinosa, and he launches a fastball down and in to the left-hander out to right for a three-run blast. Espinosa's 3rd makes it respectable. 7-4 Phillies win an out later.

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Nationals now 14-16.

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