Series: Game 1 of 3

Philadelphia leads 1-0 (as of 8/25)

Game 1: Monday, August 25
Game 2: Tuesday, August 26
Game 3: Wednesday, August 27

Nationals 2

(75-55, 32-30 away)

Phillies 3

(59-72, 31-38 home)

    Coverage:  CSN

    7:05 PM ET, August 25, 2014

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: A. Burnett (7-14)

    L: T. Roark (12-8)

    S: J. Papelbon (32)

    A.J. Burnett strikes out 12 as Phillies cool off hot Nationals

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA -- A mechanical adjustment in between starts helped A.J. Burnett out of a funk.

    Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings and Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

    "I just noticed something with my delivery, or the leg kick," Burnett said. "I just noticed something wasn't right. I was like, `That's not me out there. Who is that?' It's the first time I felt like me in a long time."

    Domonic Brown had two hits and an RBI for Philadelphia, which won for the fourth time in five games.

    Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon homered for NL East-leading Washington, which lost for just the second time in 14 games.

    Burnett (7-14) won for the first time since the All-Star break, allowing one run on three hits with just one walk. The right-hander entered leading the majors in walks with 76.

    "I wish I could have found that little glitch about a month, two months ago," Burnett said. "Unfortunately it took a long time, but better late than never."

    Tanner Roark (12-8) gave up two runs on five hits in six innings and lost for just the second time in his last nine starts. Roark has a 2.25 ERA over that stretch.

    "I felt good, I felt confident," Roark said. "I had command on both sides of the plate. My offspeed was good."

    Burnett retired the first eight batters before Roark's two-out single in the third. It was just the pitcher's sixth hit in 60 at-bats this season.

    The Nationals didn't get another hit until Rendon's one-out homer to left in the sixth that pulled them within 2-1. It was the third homer 15 at-bats for Rendon off Burnett.

    "If he hits it good, the ball's going to carry," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "He's been a very pleasant surprise."

    Burnett had been 0-6 with a 7.41 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break prior to Monday. But he was stellar against Washington, setting a season-high in strikeouts while finishing in double-digits for the 35th time in his career.

    "The difference was more strikes on the board early on in the at-bats," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.

    The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Brown's RBI single and went up 2-0 on Asche's leadoff homer to deep right in the fifth.

    "It was a changeup but it didn't change," Roark said. "It was right down the middle, thigh high, and he got me."

    After Washington closed within a run, Ruiz cleared the wall in left off left-hander Jerry Blevins to push Philadelphia's advantage to 3-1.

    Ramos homered to right with two outs in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon, who earned his 32nd save in 34 opportunities.

    Ben Revere, who began the day tied for the NL batting lead at .314 with Colorado's Justin Morneau, went 0-for-4 to drop his average to .311.

    Chase Utley went 0-for-4, extending his slump to 3-for-29.


    Nationals: Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera was out of the starting lineup after injuring his rib in Sunday's 14-6 win over San Francisco. Manager Matt Williams said prior to the game that Cabrera is day-to-day. Cabrera pinch-hit in the ninth inning and singled.

    Phillies: OF John Mayberry Jr. (wrist) played in his fifth rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday night. Mayberry entered 4-for-14 with a homer and three RBIs in four games there.


    Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 3.83) takes the mound for Washington at 7:05 Tuesday. He pitched seven shutout innings but got a no-decision in the Nationals' 1-0 win over Arizona Thursday. Gonzalez has received two runs of support over 33 1/3 innings in his last six starts.

    Phillies: LHP Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.53) got rare run support in his last outing when he snapped string of seven straight starts with at least seven innings in a 4-3 win over Seattle Wednesday. Hamels is 15-7 with a 2.54 ERA in 30 careers starts against Washington.


    The Nationals challenged second-base umpire Gary Cederstrom's safe call on Brown's would-be double leading off the seventh inning, and the call was overturned by replay review after an estimated delay of 2:02.


    Papelbon earned his 318th career save, tying Rick Aguilera for 18th all-time in saves.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumCitizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
    Attendance23,089 (52.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:46
    Weather84 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind1 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Chris Segal

    Research Notes

    Good talking points for Monday... Best 3 records since the All-Star Break belong to the Royals, Nationals and Orioles...All 3 teams are in 1st place in their respective divisions with the Nationals and Orioles owning the largest divisional leads in baseball... The Royals lead the Tigers by 2 games in the AL Central...This is the 4th time in franchise history they have led their division through August 24th...the previous 3 times, they made the postseason, with the last time in 1980...KC made the World Series... Since the Nationals inaugural season in 1969, they have only lead their division by ANY amount through games on August 24th TWICE...this season and 2012...their current lead of 8 games is the largest lead they have ever held on this date... The Orioles lead their division by 6 games through games on August 24th...That is the 6th time in franchise history they have owned a lead of 6 or more games on this date (including this year) and the previous 5 times they have gone on to make the playoffs, with 4 of the 5 times making the World Series...
    A.J. Burnett throws his curveball 32.8 percent of the time, which is the most among qualified pitchers this year. The Washington Nationals have a .507 OPS in at-bats that end in a curveball, which is the fourth lowest in baseball.

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