Ruben Amaro publicly challenged his players when he decreed this 10-game homestand the tipping point of the 2013 season. So far so good through four games, as the Phillies topped the Nationals on Monday night, 3-2, to climb within 2.5 games of second place Washington.
John Lannan (2-3, 4.26 ERA) threw eight innings of shutout ball and Ben Revere fueled the offense with his bat and his legs, tallying three hits, a steal and scoring two of the three Phillies runs. Jimmy Rollins also had a good night, following two Revere hits with singles of his own in innings that led to runs. Jonathan Papelbon navigated through a rocky ninth – two hits, a few loud outs – to capture his 19th save of the season.
The Phillies are now 4-3 against the Nationals this year and have three more against them this week at Citizens Bank Park.
LANNAN DOMINANT AGAINST FORMER MATES
- Lannan was magnificent in his second outing against his former team. The lefthander retired the side in order in four of his eight frames, allowing only four hits and a pair of walks. He induced 12 groundouts in eight innings. Monday night was unequivocally Lannan’s best start as a member of the Phillies. He needed only 109 pitches to get through eight, the first time he’s hit triple digits in 24 outings dating back to 2011. He lowered his ERA to a respectable 4.26 on the season.