WASHINGTON (AP) - This was an outing Cliff Lee would soon forget.
The Philadelphia Phillies' left-hander gave up six runs on seven hits in 5 1-3 innings, including a pair of home runs to Washington Nationals rookie second baseman Danny Espinosa, and the Nationals went on to rout the Phillies 10-2 Tuesday night.
``I'd like to erase this from my memory, wish it never happened, but can't do that,' Lee said. ``It's reality. They're professional hitters and if you continue to get behind a little bit and continue to throw balls over the plate, they're going to score runs.'
The six runs allowed by Lee (4-5) tied his season high. He also walked three batters - the second time in 12 starts this season he's walked more than two - and struck out four. It was the first loss of his career against Washington, after winning his first four starts.
``He didn't have his command,' Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. ``He made some bad pitches up. It's one of those nights. One of those nights they hit the ball good.'
The Phillies' only offense came when Domonic Brown and John Mayberry hit back-to-back homers to lead off the fifth inning.
However, the pair of runs made little difference against the Washington onslaught.
Espinosa hit a three-run shot to cap the Nationals' five-run third inning, and added another solo blast in the sixth, his 10th of the season. It was the second multihomer game of his career. He also hit two against the New York Mets on Sept. 6, 2010.
``The second homerun I can live with,' Lee said. ``It's a 3-1 pitch and I don't really want to walk him to start off the inning. His first home run - two guys on, two outs - I'd like to have that pitch back, but nothing I can do about it now.'
Manuel wasn't overly concerned about his starter's performance. Lee had won his past two starts.
``He'll get going,' Manuel said. ``He's in a little - I don't know what you call it - funk or whatever. He'll get out of it.'
The loss snapped Philadelphia's six-game winning streak against Washington.
Jason Marquis (6-2) gave up two runs on eight hits, struck out four and did not allow a walk in 6 1-3 innings. It was his first win against Philadelphia since joining the Nationals for the 2010 season. In his previous six starts against the Phillies, Marquis was 0-5 with a 9.49 ERA in 24 2-3 innings.
The Nationals opened up a 5-0 lead in the third inning. After loading the bases with one out, Jayson Werth drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Michael Morse followed with a run-scoring single, and Espinosa finished things off with his three-run home run into the left-field visitor's bullpen.
``We didn't play good enough to catch up,' Manuel said. ``They outplayed us.'
Washington added three more runs in the seventh on Morse's RBI double and run-scoring singles by Ivan Rodriguez and Jerry Hairston. Werth's RBI double in the eighth put the Nationals in double digits for the second time this season.
``You can't get complacent against that club,' Werth said. ``They're always in it, and you've just got to keep on it and keep packing on runs.'
Brown opened the fifth inning with his first home run of the year to right field, and Mayberry followed with a drive to left for his third homer. Brown also added a double in the seventh inning.
NOTES: Philadelphia recalled LHP Mike Zagurski from triple-A Lehigh Valley Tuesday. Zagurski pitched the eighth inning, allowing one run. The move filled the roster spot opened when RHP Vance Worley was optioned to Lehigh Valley after Monday's game. In his last start Sunday, Worley allowed eight runs, five earned, over three innings against the Mets. Pitching coach Rich Dubee said Kyle Kendrick would take Worley's rotation spot for Saturday's game at Pittsburgh. ... CF Shane Victorino (right hamstring strain) is expected to come off the disabled list later this week, and Philadelphia coach Charlie Manuel was noncommittal about a corresponding roster move. Manuel did indicate that the team could carry eleven pitchers on its roster rather than the customary twelve.
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