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Nationals' offense missing vs. Phillies

August 20, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roy Oswalt pitched eight-hit ball for eight innings, Wilson Valdez and Jimmy Rollins each drove in two runs and Hunter Pence homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

The Phillies, winners for the 81st time this year, scored twice in the fourth and three times in the sixth as Oswalt (6-7) struck out nine — the most since joining Philadelphia last July. He walked one and had runners on in every inning but the second and third.

Michael Stutes worked the ninth to complete the Phillies’ 15th shutout of the season.

A beautiful night drew a Nationals Park record crowd of 44,685 — most of them cheering for Philadelphia and booing Jayson Werth.

As he took the field for the first inning, Werth tipped his cap to the jeering fans, one of whom carried a sign that read: “Was it Werth it?” — a reference to his seven-year, $126 million deal that convinced him to leave the Phillies and join the Nationals.

In the fourth, John Mayberry Jr. singled with two outs. He tried to steal, but John Lannan threw to Michael Morse at first. Morse’s throw arrived at second ahead of Mayberry but Ian Desmond dropped the ball. Mayberry was safe. Carlos Ruiz walked, and Valdez tripled them both in.

Oswalt struck out five batters in the first three innings, and was helped enormously by Mayberry, whose throw to the plate nailed Ryan Zimmerman, who tried to score on Werth’s single in the fourth.

Pence led off the sixth inning with a long, high home run to left field — his 15th. Philadelphia is 15-4 since his arrival in a trade from Houston.

Mayberry and Ruiz followed with singles, and Collin Balester replaced Lannan (8-9). After Valdez hit into a fielder’s choice, Oswalt bunted to first. Instead of tagging the pitcher for the second out, Morse tried to get Ruiz at third. The throw was not in time, and the bases were loaded. Rollins singled to score Ruiz and Valdez for a three-run inning, and a 5-0 lead.

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