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April 3 - Nationals vs. Phillies

Follow today's Phillies game against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

April 3 - Nationals vs. Phillies

Jimmy Rollins' hustle to third base on a Shane Victorino sacrifice bunt led to the game-winning run in the 10th.

Phils win, 8-7.

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Tom Gordon survived the ninth and the game is in extra innings.

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The Nationals made it 7-7 in the eighth when Cristian Guzman hit a ball through the hole into shallow left field. The ball just got past third baseman Pedro Feliz and hit off the heel of Jimmy Rollins' glove and bounced into the outfield.

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The Phillies finally have a little offense going and have taken the lead in the sixth, 7-6. They hit seven-straight singles to tie the game, 6-6. They knocked Jason Bergmann and Saul Rivera from the game in the process. Ray King entered to face Jimmy Rollins with two on and one out. He hit Rollins with a pitch to load the bases and Shane Victorino singled to left to score the go-ahead run. This offense should keep things interesting all season. It's just a matter of them pitching better -- and playing better defense.

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Jamie Moyer lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits, six runs (three earned runs) and one walk. Jason Bergmann, meanwhile, has cruised through four, striking out the side (Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Geoff Jenkins) in the fourth.

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Chris Coste homered in the third to make it 5-1. It snapped a streak of 13-straight innings in which the Phillies didn't reach second base.

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Jamie Moyer loaded the bases with no outs in the second -- thanks partly to his own error -- but got a 1-2-3 double play and struck out Aaron Boone to get out of the inning. I'm calling it. It's the turning point of the season.

OK, I'm not calling it.

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Sloppy, ugly.

Take your pick.

The Phillies started their series finale against the Washington Nationals in miserable fashion. Cristian Guzman hit the second pitch from Jamie Moyer off the right field wall for a double. Lastings Milledge reached on a throwing error from Jimmy Rollins, his second error in three games. Ryan Zimmerman hit into a should-have-been double play, but Chase Utley made a bad throw to first base to allow Zimmerman to reach safely and Guzman to score. It only got worse from there. Moyer walked Austin Kearns to put runners on first and second. Aaron Boone singled to score Zimmerman to make it 2-0. Ronnie Belliard doubled to left-center to score two more to make it 4-0. Felipe Lopez flied out to rightfielder Geoff Jenkins for the second out, which drew mock applause from fans. Jesus Flores then ripped a double down the third-base line to score Belliard to make it 5-0.

Fans are not happy.

Understandibly so.

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