PHILADELPHIA (AP) - One more run makes all the difference for the Washington Nationals.
Cole Hamels threw eight sharp innings, Michael Young hit a two-run double and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Nationals 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.
``This is a good-hitting ballpark, but we just couldn't get anything going,' Johnson said. ``We just got stuck on two runs.'
The Nationals are 5-34 when scoring fewer than three runs, 31-10 when they get more.
For the second straight night, they fell one short.
Making his third career start, Taylor Jordan (0-2) gave up four runs - three earned - and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. The hard-throwing righty was 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA between Class A and Double-A when the Nats called him up.
``I felt pretty good tonight,' Jordan said. ``I had a much better fastball than my previous start.'
Helped by shaky defense, the Phillies scored three runs to take a 4-1 lead in the sixth. Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins hit consecutive singles to start the inning. Chase Utley followed with a grounder to first, but Adam LaRoche's throw to second hit Rollins in the arm and bounced away for an error. Revere scored to give the Phillies a lead and Rollins went to third.
After Domonic Brown popped out, Young lined a 1-2 pitch to deep right-center, scoring Rollins and Utley.
``I had a window (to throw), but he kind of veered out,' LaRoche said of Rollins.
Hamels (4-11) allowed one run and six hits to win his second consecutive start for the first time this season. The three-time All-Star lefty has struggled in his first full year after signing a $144 million contract extension last July.
Hamels worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth. After a conference with the entire infield and manager Charlie Manuel, Hamels struck out Ryan Zimmerman and retired Jayson Werth on a deep fly to center.
``I said: `I'm not here to take you out. I just want to look at you,'' Manuel said. ``I said: `You got him.' He grinned and said: `I got him.''
An enthusiastic crowd of 33,502 - much smaller than the sellouts that used to be common at Citizens Bank Park - gave Hamels a standing ovation as he walked off the field.
Werth hit a solo homer for Washington. The defending NL East champs have lost two straight and are only 1 1/2 games ahead of third-place Philadelphia.
The Phillies have won six of their past eight games, including consecutive series victories over first-place Pittsburgh and Atlanta, to move within one game of .500 at 45-46.
Antonio Bastardo allowed an RBI double to Wilson Ramos with two outs in the ninth, but retired Scott Hairston on a shallow pop to get his second save in five tries. Closer Jonathan Papelbon wasn't available after pitching the previous two games and four of five.
``You've got to give Hamels credit,' Johnson said. ``When we had him in a jam, we didn't get a hit.'
Werth put the Nationals up 1-0 in the second when he drove one out to left-center. Boos, as usual, greeted Werth as he rounded the bases. Werth has been an unpopular player in Philadelphia since leaving to take a $126 million contract from the Nationals before the 2011 season.
Utley ripped a two-out double in the fourth and Brown followed with an RBI single to right.
Hoping to add some punch to their lineup, Johnson started Hairston in place of Denard Span a day after the Nationals acquired the veteran outfielder from the Cubs. Hairston came in 12 for 30 with five doubles and five homers off Hamels and went 2 for 5 with a pair of singles.
NOTES: Werth's homer gave the Nationals at least one in 86 consecutive series. The last time Washington played a homerless series was a four-game set at the New York Mets on Sept. 12-15, 2011. ... All-Star Cliff Lee (10-2, 2.73) faces Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14) on Wednesday night.
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