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Nationals Vs. Phillies: Two Home Runs Give Philadelphia 3-1 Sixth-Inning Lead

Home runs by Hunter Pence and Carlos Ruiz have given the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-1 lead over the Washington Nationals after six innings at Nationals Park.

After getting through the first three innings without allowing a hit, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed a single to Juan Pierre in the fourth inning. One batter later, Pence sent a Strasburg curveball into the red seats in deep left-center field.

The Nationals got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth, when Chad Tracy golfed a solo home run into the Nationals bullpen off of Kyle Kendrick. But Ruiz answered in the top of the fifth by planting a Strasburg fastball beyond the center-field wall.

Pence's home run was the first Strasburg had given up since August 15, 2010.

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