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Phillies 2-1 over Nationals for second straight in the nation's capital

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Philadelphia Phillies' outfielder Marlon Byrd was 0 for 2 with two Ks vs Doug Fister before he hit a solo home run out to right field in Nationals Park for a 2-1 lead over the Washington Nationals that held up. Two straight wins for the Phillies in D.C.

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Welcome to D.C., Asdrubal Top 5:

5. Quick Recap: Philadelphia Phillies' left fielder Grady Sizemore "doubled" to left on a fly ball that Bryce Harper got to but didn't catch in front of the left field fence. A rare walk from Doug Fister moved Sizemore into scoring position at second and a two-out single to right by Cody Asche brought in the first run of tonight's game in the nation's capital. 1-0 Philllies.

A missed pop and a throwing error cost the visiting team in the bottom of the second, however, as starter Roberto Hernandez and Cody Asche let a pop off Adam LaRoche's bat drop into the infield grass. Asche rushed a throw after it fell in and threw it away, allowing LaRoche to take third and then score on an RBI single to center by Ian Desmond that tied things up at 1-1 after two.

Doug Fister struck Marlon Byrd out in the Philly outfielder's first two at bats of the night, but the veteran outfielder hit an 0-1 fastball out to right the third time up in the sixth, sending an opposite field solo blast over the out-of-town scoreboard for a 2-1 lead. HR no.21 of 2014.

That's how it ended. 2-1 Phillies.

4. Fastest to 10 Curly Ws: With seven strong, scoreless innings on the hill in last Sunday afternoon's series finale in Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, Washington's right-hander, Doug Fister, led the Nationals to a 4-2 win over the Reds in which he earned his 10th win, reaching doubled digits in Ws faster than any pitcher in Nats' history:

The outing in Great American Ball Park left Fister (5-0) in six starts since he last suffered a loss, with a 2.21 ERA, six walks (1.33 BB/9) and 21 Ks (4.65 K/9) in 40 ⅔ IP over that stretch, over which he's held opposing hitters to a combined .248/.286/.327 line.

"Little cutter. Just pounds the zone. Good angle. And keeps the ball down, so I mean, all those things work in his favor. Works fast." - Matt Williams on what worked in Fister's last start vs PHI

"Really good great changeups today," Nats' skipper Matt Williams told reporters after the win, "used it to both right-handers and left-handers. Worked ahead."

Tonight, Fister and his teammates were back in D.C. The Merced, California-born pitcher entered the start (5-0) at home in his first year with Washington following the trade that brought him to the Nats from the Detroit Tigers, with a 2.31 ERA and a 2.93 FIP, three walks (0.77 BB/9) and 24 Ks (4.11 K/9) thus far in Nationals Park, where opposing hitters have a .200/.235/.317 line against him in five starts and 35 IP.

Tonight in the nation's capital, Fister was facing the Philadelphia Phillies for the second time this season after holding the Nationals' NL East rivals to two runs on four hits in a June 5th start in the Nats' home.

That outing was just the second for the 30-year-old, 6'8'' right-hander vs the Phillies, against whom he improved to (2-0) with a 1.20 ERA, one walk (0.60 BB/9) and 11 Ks (6.60 K/9) in 15 IP in which Philly hitters have been held to a paltry .135/.167/.231 line.

Asked what was working for Fister that day against the Phillies, Williams said, "Everything."

"Lots of changeups to the left-handers," Williams elaborated. "An occasional curve ball. Sinkers to both sides. Little cutter. Just pounds the zone. Good angle. And keeps the ball down, so I mean, all those things work in his favor. Works fast. Pitched really well."

The third outing against Philadelphia in his Fister's major league career began with a groundout.

1st: Ben Revere grounded to third to start the top of the first. Jimmy Rollins fell behind 0-2 and grounded to first on a 1-2 two-seamer. Chase Utley K'd swinging at a darting 2-2 change outside to end a 14-pitch, 1-2-3 first.

2nd: Anthony Rendon was waiting behind second base in the shift for Ryan Howard's grounder up the middle of the infield and the Nats' third baseman threw to first for out no.1 of the second. Marlon Byrd K'd swinging at a high 0-2 heater inside for out no.2. Grady Sizemore sent a high fly to deep left on a 3-2 fastball that Bryce Harper got to but couldn't catch. Sizemore stopped at second with a two-out double. Carlos Ruiz stepped in with a runner in scoring position at second, went ahead 3-0 and walked to bring Cody Asche to the plate with two on and two out and Asche singled to right to drive Sizemore in and make it 1-0 Phillies. Roberto Hernandez battled for six pitches before grounding out to second to end the frame. 28-pitch inning for Fister, 42 total after two.

3rd: Philly center fielder Ben Revere lined an 0-2 fastball back to the mound and off Doug Fister for the first out of the Phillies' third inning. Jimmy Rollins tested Asdrubal Cabrera's range and the Nats' new second baseman robbed Rollins with a sliding play and spinning throw from the right field grass. Chase Utley battled for eight pitches before flying out to the track in right field for the final out of a 13-pitch, 1-2-3 third that left Fister at 55 pitches total after three.

4th: Ryan Howard lined out to right field. Marlon Byrd K'd swinging over a 1-2 curveball. Grady Sizemore took the second walk of the game from Doug Fister. An 88 mph 1-2 fastball to Carlos Ruiz got a swinging K for out no.3 of a 16-pitch fourth. 71 pitches total for Fister after four.

5th: Cody Asche singled through the left side of the infield on an 0-1 change. Roberto Hernandez bunted the runner over/gave up an out. Ben Revere sent a sharp grounder through the right side in the next at bat, but Asche was nailed on a play at the plate on a strong throw home by Jayson Werth. "You're out," home plate ump Hal Gibson III said. [ed. note - "He may not have said that."] Jimmy Rollins K'd swinging through a 1-2 two-seamer for out no.3 of a 10-pitch fifth. 81 pitches overall.

6th: Chase Utley sent a high fly to right for the first out of the sixth. Ryan Howard grounded into the shift again. Marlon Byrd was 0 for 2 with 2 Ks when he stepped in with two down and sent an 0-1 fastball over the out-of-town scoreboard in right for a solo blast and a 2-1 lead. HR no.21 of 2014 for Byrd. Grady Sizemore singled with two down, but was stranded when Carlos Ruiz grounded out to third to end an 18-pitch sixth by Fister, who was up to 99 pitches overall.

7th: Cody Asche sent a fly ball out to Jayson Werth in right. Roberto Hernandez grounded out to second. Ben Revere's infield pop ended a quick, seven-pitch, 1-2-3 seventh. 106 pitches total.

Doug Fister's Line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks, 1 HR, 106 P, 74 S, 10/3 GO/FO.

3. vs Roberto: Veteran right-hander Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, outdueled Nats' lefty Gio Gonzalez on May 4th in Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park to earn the decision in a 1-0 win over Washington.

Hernandez threw 7 ⅓ scoreless that day, giving up four hits and three walks but no runs.

"We had some opportunities with the guys that we wanted up there that have been coming through for us,"  Nationals' skipper Matt Williams told reporters after the loss.

"Today wasn't their day. But opportunities were out there. Gio pitched well. Their guy pitched well. We certainly had good work from our bullpen today too, so good old fashioned pitchers' duel."

Hernandez improved to (2-1) in three career starts against the Nationals that day, with a 1.61 ERA, five walks (2.01 BB/9) and 13 Ks (5.24 K/9) in 22 ⅓ IP over which he's held Nats' hitters to a .218/.265/.269 line.

Tonight, in his fourth career start vs the Nationals, the veteran of nine major league seasons was facing the Nats in the nation's capital. He entered the outing (3-3) on the road so far this year with a 5.64 ERA, a 5.01 FIP, 21 walks (4.23 BB/9) and 28 Ks (5.64 K/9) in 44 ⅔ IP in which opposing hitters have put up a .283/.382/.453 line against him.

The Nationals went down in order in a seven-pitch, 1-2-3 frame in the bottom of the first.

In the second, Adam LaRoche popped up over the left side of the mound, but Roberto Hernandez and Cody Asche let it drop and Asche threw the ball by first base allowing LaRoche to advance to third and then score when Ian Desmond singled to center in the next at bat. Desmond took third on a Bryce Harper single, but was stranded there at the end of an 18-pitch second by the Phillies' starter, who was up 25 pitches total after two.

Anthony Rendon singled through the left side of the infield with one down in the third, and he was on the move and safe at second when Jayson Werth grounded into what could've been a DP in the next AB. Rendon was stranded at second, however, when Adam LaRoche grounded out to end a 19-pitch inning by the Phillies' starter, who was up to 44 pitches.

Denard Span singled to right with two down in the Nats' fifth, reaching base safely for the 27th straight game, but he was stranded at first when Anthony Rendon sent out no.3 to Ben Revere in center. 16-pitch frame. 70 total for the Phillies' starter.

The Nationals went down in order in a 10-pitch, 1-2-3 sixth after Marlon Byrd's blast gave the Phillies the lead. 80 pitches total for Hernandez. A nine-pitch, 1-2-3 seventh left Hernandez at 89 pitches with 14 of the last 15 set down.

Nate McLouth's groundout made it 15 of 16 set down. Denard Span lined one right back Hernandez's chest. Anthony Rendon backed Grady Sizemore up, but out no.3 died on the track. Five-pitch frame. 17 of 18 set down. 94 pitches overall.

Roberto Hernandez's Line: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks, 94 P, 59 S, 10/3 GO/FO.

2. Getting to Know Asdrubal:

Asdrubal Cabrera was penciled in at second, batting seventh in the Nationals' lineup for his first game following the trade that brought him to Washington from Cleveland an hour before Thursday afternoon's Non-Waiver Trade Deadline.

In his first at bat with the Nats, the 28-year-old infielder lined into a double play with runners on first and third when Bryce Harper was caught off first base on a line drive to Ryan Howard. 0 for 1 as a National.

Cabrera's second at bat came in the fourth with no one on and two out. A line drive to Jimmy Rollins at short left him 0 for 2. The Nats' new second baseman was 0 for 3 when he lined out for the third time, sending one out to Grady Sizemore in left this time up.

Cabrera's final at bat?... see below...

1. The Wrap-Up: Tyler Clippard took over on the mound for the Nationals in the top of the eighth and threw a scoreless six-pitch frame.

With the Phillies still up 2-1, Rafael Soriano came on in the top of the ninth and threw a quick, nine-pitch, 1-2-3 frame.

Jonathan Papelbon came on to close it out. Jayson Werth grounded out to short. Adam LaRoche dumped a one-out single into short left. Ian Desmond lined a single to left, moving LaRoche into scoring position. Bryce Harper stepped up with two on and one out and worked the count full in an eight-pitch at bat. Pitch no.9 was a splitter down the pipe that got Harper swinging. Asdrubal Cabrera stepped in with two on and two out, fell behind 0-2 and K'd swinging at a high fastball. Ballgame.

Nationals now 58-49