PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Second baseman Danny Espinosa #18 of the Washington Nationals throws to first base during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 20, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nationals won 3-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Phillies: Nationals Nail Down Phillies For Third Game In Two Days

The Nationals now have their first series win at Citizens Bank Park since 2008. Game four of the final series between the two teams is Thursday at 7:05 P.M. The Nationals will go for the sweep.

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Nationals Vs. Phillies Final: John Lannan Gets 10th Win Of 2011 In 7-5 Defeat Of Phillies

The Washington Nationals continued to steamroll the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday on the Phillies home turf of Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals gave no respect to the NL East Champs and pulled off a 7-5 victory. The Nats have now beaten the Phillies in three consecutive games over two days and it is the first time since 2005 the Nats have won consecutive games at CBP. The Nationals will attempt to sweep the shell-shocked Phillies on Thursday in the fourth and final game of the series.

Nationals lefty John Lannan scored the win, his 10th win of the season and it comes against a team he has not had much success against in 2011. Before Wednesday's game Lannan had lost four of the five games when facing the Phillies this season. The southpaw threw five innings giving up three runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out three. In the three games of the series so far, Nationals starters have only given up two walks to the mighty Phillies line up.

The Nationals Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa also connected for a two-run home run each. Espinosa's home run was his 21st of the year and it broke the Nationals/Expos franchise record of most home runs hit by a rookie. He's now tied with Alexei Ramirez for second most among rookie second basemen all time. Espinosa also received his 19th hit-by-pitch which now is the most in the National League.

The Nationals busted open the game in the eighth after Chris Marrero scored on a Phillies throwing error, Ramos hit a RBI single and Jonny Gomes hit a sac fly. Reliever Henry Rodriguez came into the game in the ninth and earned his first save of 2011.

The Nationals are now 75-79 on the season and have pulled two games ahead of the New York Mets who are challenging the Nats for third place in the NL East with seven games to go in 2011.


Nationals Vs. Phillies Score: Wilson Ramos And Danny Espinosa Go Long To Put Nationals On Top 4-3

It is another tight one in Philadelphia in a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. It is games and series like these where true rivalries arise and when two teams go at each other like the Nats and Phillies do, every game has potential to be a good one. In the top of the sixth, the Nationals have the upper hand and lead 4-3.

The Nationals opened scoring in the second inning. After Chris Marrero got on base hitting a single, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos stepped to the plate with two outs facing Vance Worley. Ramos took a Worley pitch and put it into the right center field stands for a two-run home run. The look on Worley's face was classic as if he couldn't believe it.

The thrills of an early lead were not long lasting for the Nationals. In the bottom of the second starter John Lannan served up five straight singles and allowed two runs to score. Then in the third a RBI single from Raul Ibanez put the hometown Phillies ahead 3-2. Lannan so far has pitched five innings giving up three runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out three.

The Nats would put more runs up on the board in the top of the sixth when Danny Espinosa laid another two-run jack on Worley to put the Nationals on top 4-3.


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The Nationals have taken seven of the last nine games against the Phillies and have won nine of their last 12 games as the season winds down.

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