PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies hardly look like
NL East champs -- on the field and scoreboard.
The slumping Phillies have lost four straight since clinching
their fifth consecutive division crown. It ties their longest
losing streak of the season, previously done twice.
But, the Phillies have already secured home-field advantage
throughout the postseason and they have been resting many of their
"I'm not worried, but I'd like to see us play better," manager
Charlie Manuel said. "We're not going through the motions, but I
feel we're not focused. It's normal in some respect, but you never
want to see us play in a manner where we have bad at-bats and not
Detwiler (3-5) allowed three hits in his longest career outing.
The left-hander earned his first road win after going 0-9 in his
first 12 starts away from home.
"I just focused on keeping the ball down, I felt stronger as
the game went on," Detwiler said. "When you pitch with a good
rhythm, it seems like the hitters don't have a good rhythm."
Lee (16-8) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and 11 hits,
striking out nine in seven innings. It was his first loss since
"Every time I take the mound, I want to do the same thing
regardless of the situation," Lee said. "I want to give the team
a chance to win."
The Nationals have won nine of 12.
Henry Rodriguez got the last two outs in the eighth and Drew
Storen finished off the three-hitter for his second save of the day
and 40th in 45 chances this season.
Danny Espinosa hit his 20th homer to give the Nationals a 1-0
lead in the second.
Detwiler helped himself with a two-out RBI single in the sixth.
He was 2 for 41 lifetime before hitting a liner to center to score
Espinosa, who singled with one out.
The Nationals got an unearned run in the seventh when catcher
Carlos Ruiz tried to pick off Jayson Werth at third, but hit him in
the arm with the throw. Werth, who led off the inning with a
double, scored when the ball bounced into foul territory. Werth
left the game with a bruised right elbow.
The Phillies haven't given Lee much support in his losses this
season, scoring just 14 runs in those eight games.
Lee has allowed four earned runs in his last three starts but is
0-1 with two no-decisions.
Milone, the Nationals' 2010 minor league pitcher of the
year, picked a perfect time to set career highs in innings and
pitches (93). The left-hander allowed four hits, struck out two and
"I was moving the ball in and out," Milone said. "It was
actually pretty easy. Some days, you go in and out when you're
trying to throw strikes. Today, it seemed a lot easier."
Roger Bernadina hit a three-run homer off reliever Michael
Schwimer in the seventh for a 3-0 lead.
"I was looking for a pitch and he left one out over the
plate," said Bernadina, who tied his career-high with three RBIs.
The Phillies tied it in the bottom half when Raul Ibanez hit a
three-run drive to right on an 0-2 pitch from Tyler Clippard. It
was Ibanez's second career pinch-hit homer, the last one coming in
2001 for Seattle.
Kyle Kendrick bolstered his case for a spot on the Phillies'
postseason roster with his second consecutive strong outing. He
pitched six scoreless innings.
"He's been good, very good," Manuel said. "He finds a way to
get it done."
Kendrick has given up three or fewer earned runs in each of his
last nine starts.
"I feel pretty good right now," Kendrick said. "I have good
command of my pitches."
Pence wasn't in the starting lineup in the second game
for the first time since joining Philadelphia. He has patellar
tendinitis in his left knee, and will have a precautionary MRI on
Wednesday. ... Phillies 1B Ryan Howard missed both games. He's been
nagged by bursitis in his left foot. ... The Phillies reached 215
straight sellouts at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play.
... Espinosa has a nine-game hitting streak. He's 7 for 10 off Lee,
including three homers. ... Rookie Vance Worley (11-2) faces
Washington's John Lannan (9-13) on Wednesday night.