PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 26: Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies tags Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals out in the fourth inning of the game at Citizens Bank Park on August 26, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Phillies: Bats Go Silent, Nats Lose 4-1 To Ensure Philly Sweep

The Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game game sweep of the Washington Nationals Sunday afternoon, stifling the Nats' bats for a 4-1 win.

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Michael Morse Injury: X-Rays Negative On Nationals Outfielder, According To Report

The Washington Nationals appear to have dodged a major injury bullet after Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Outfielder Michael Morse left the game in the top of the first inning after he was hit in the right hand by a Kyle Kendrick fastball. Morse was replaced in left field and in the cleanup spot in the lineup by Roger Bernadina, who went 1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.

The Nationals were also without Ian Desmond, who was a last-minute scratch from the Washington lineup with what manager Davey Johnson called a "mild hamstring strain." According to CSN Washington Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman, the plan is for Desmond to sit out the rest of the weekend series in Philadelphia, which would likely mean Danny Espinosa filling in at shortstop and Steve Lombardozzi getting time at second base.

For more on the Nats, check out Federal Baseball, and stick around SB Nation DC for more updates on the team's weekend series.

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Washington Nationals Vs. Philadelphia Phillies Final Score: Nats Lose To Phils, 4-2

The Washington Nationals dropped the opening game of a weekend three-game series to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night, 4-2.

For the Nats, things could be even worse as outfielder Michael Morse suffered an injury when he was hit by a pitch. He exited the game and his status for the remainder of the series isn't currently known.

Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson pitched fairly well for the Nationals, giving up three runs in six innings of work. Tyler Moore entered as a pinch hitter and hit and two-run homer for Jackson in the seventh, but it wasn't enough. Philadelphia was supported by a strong start from Kyle Kendrick, who gave up only two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He was then picked up by a large bullpen effort as six relievers came in to pitch scoreless ball the rest of the way.

The Nats will try to get back on track Saturday, when Gio Gonzalez is scheduled to face Roy Halladay.

For more on the Nationals, check out Federal Baseball. For the Phillies, head over to The Good Phight.

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Michael Morse Injury: Nationals Outfielder Leaves Friday's Game After Being Hit By Pitch

Nationals outfielder Michael Morse left Friday's game in the first inning with a hand injury.

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Nationals Vs: Phillies: Lineups For First Game Of Weekend Series

The Washington Nationals open up a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. Kyle Kendrick takes the mound for Philadelphia with a 6-9 record and 4.20 ERA. Edwin Jackson gets the start for Washington. He is 7-8 on the year with a 3.69 ERA.

The Phillies have struggled this year and find themselves 19.5 games back of the first-place Nationals heading into tonight. However, Philadelphia was the most recent team to win a series over the Nats, taking two of three at Nationals Park at the beginning of the month.

The Nationals are in a comfortable position headed into the season's stretch run, currently sitting 6.5 games over the second-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East.

Lineups:

Nationals

RF - Jayson Werth
CF - Bryce Harper
3B - Ryan Zimmerman
1B - Adam LaRoche
LF - Michael Morse
SS - Ian Desmond
2B - Danny Espinosa
C - Kurt Suzuki
SP - Edwin Jackson

Phillies

SS - Jimmy Rollins
3B - Kevin Frandsen
2B - Chase Utley
1B - Ryan Howard
RF - Domonic Brown
CF - John Mayberry, Jr.
LF - Laynce Nix
C - Erik Kratz
SP - Kyle Kendrick

For more on the Nats, check out Federal Baseball, and stick around SB Nation DC for more updates on the team's weekend series.

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