They let the Nationals get close, but the Phillies sealed the deal, defeating Washington 5-4.
JA Happ got the win, going 5.2 innings and giving up three earned runs — two via Chad Durbin. Happ struck out five, walked three and hit two, showing mediocre control but only allowing three hits. Durbin brought the score from 5-1 to 5-4, but the rest of the bullpen (Scott Eyre, Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge) held the score. Lidge collected a 1-2-3 save with two strikeouts.
The Phillies scored three in the third, mostly thanks to a Raul Ibanez two-run single. Pedro Feliz, Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley also collected RBI off pitcher Ross Detwiler, who allowed 10 hits. In all the Phils recorded 16 hits, but left 29 men on base. Not a recipe for success, but against the Nationals, it worked.