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Utley sparks streaking Phillies past Nationals

Apr 26, 2007 - 5:12 AM PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- A career night by Chase Utley led to yet another victory for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Utley had a personal-best five hits and the Phillies won their fifth straight game with a 9-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Expected to contend in the National League East, the Phillies stumbled out of the gate with just three wins in their first 13 games.

A team meeting in Cincinnati over the weekend seems to have at least temporarily fixed things as Philadelphia is on its first winning streak of the season.

"I think there is no doubt the meeting definitely helped," Philadelphia starter Jon Lieber said. "Some things were said and probably needed to be said and we just moved on."

Utley has been particularly hot during the streak with 11 hits, including two home runs, and seven RBI. He drove in three on Wednesday.

"He is hitting the ball all over the field," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said of Utley's hot streak.

"It is all about finding holes and staying positive and sticking with the game plan," Utley said. "I think as a team lately we have been swinging the bats very well."

Carlos Ruiz gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI groundout. Utley scored on a homer by Ryan Howard in the third to make it 3-0.

"Those are as tough a 3-4 (hitters) as there are in the big leagues," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "Those two guys (Utley and Howard) are scary."

Utley added an RBI double in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth as the Phillies extended their lead to 7-2.

"It is good to see him getting back to being Chase Utley," Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. "Taking his time at the plate and not missing the ball. He has definitely been doing that and it has been big."

Lieber (1-0) picked up the win. The righthander, who started the year in the bullpen, allowed two runs and five hits with five strikeouts in six innings.

The Nationals were looking to end their three-game losing skid, but John Patterson (0-4) did not have it. Patterson has still not pitched more than 5 1/3 innings in any start this season after allowing six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"I felt better than I have felt," Patterson said. "It was a little bit better today. My breaking ball has been better, but fastball-wise, it was better today."

Rollins hit his NL-leading eighth homer in the eighth, a two-run shot, to cap the scoring. Afterward he was more excited about the Phillies' recent turnaround.

"It is great," Rollins said on the current streak. "It is winning baseball and what we are here to do is win."

Philadelphia center fielder Aaron Rowand extended his hitting streak to 13 games, tying a career high, with a single to left field in the second inning.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 1
    PHILADELPHIA 0 1 2 0 1 3 0 2 x 9 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: WAS - JOHN PATTERSON, MICAH BOWIE (6TH), RYAN WAGNER (6TH), LEVALE
    SPEIGNER (7TH), JESUS COLOME (8TH) AND BRIAN SCHNEIDER
    PHI - JON LIEBER, MATT SMITH (7TH), GEOFF

    Apr 25 10:03 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JIMMY ROLLINS (8) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF JESUS COLOME SCORED MICHAEL BOURN.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3, PHILADELPHIA 9
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: S VICTORINO (.286, 0-FOR-4)

    Nationals vs. PhilliesApr 25 9:42 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: L Speigner relieved R Wagner.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3
    PHILADELPHIA 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: W Helms (.294, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 25 9:25 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - PITCHING CHANGE
    WAS: LEVALE SPEIGNER (1-0, 3.86) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3, PHILADELPHIA 7
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPH: W HELMS (.294, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 25 9:24 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: C Snelling in left field.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3
    PHILADELPHIA 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: W Helms (.294, 0-FOR-3)

    Apr 25 9:24 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 5 1
    PHILADELPHIA 0 1 2 0 1 3 7 9 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: WAS - RYAN WAGNER (OUT)
    PHI - GEOFF GEARY

    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: W HELMS (.294, 0-FOR-3)
    A ROWAND (.370, 1-FOR-3)
    C RUIZ (.302, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Apr 25 9:24 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY BRIAN SCHNEIDER SCORED AUSTIN KEARNS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B SCHNEIDER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3
    PHILADELPHIA 7 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R WAGNER (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Nationals vs. PhilliesApr 25 9:17 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHASE UTLEY SCORED GREG DOBBS AND JIMMY ROLLINS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C UTLEY ON FIRST, S VICTORINO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    PHILADELPHIA 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R HOWARD (.217, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Nationals vs. PhilliesApr 25 8:57 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY RONNIE BELLIARD ALLOWED CARLOS RUIZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S VICTORINO ON FIRST, J ROLLINS ON SECOND, G
    DOBBS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    PHILADELPHIA 5 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C UTLEY (.278, 3-FOR-3, RBI)

    Nationals vs. PhilliesApr 25 8:56 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHASE UTLEY SCORED JIMMY ROLLINS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C UTLEY ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    PHILADELPHIA 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R HOWARD (.217, 1-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Nationals vs. PhilliesApr 25 8:26 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 2 2 4 0
    PHILADELPHIA 0 1 2 0 3 5 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: WAS - JOHN PATTERSON
    PHI - JON LIEBER

    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R FICK (.150, 0-FOR-1)
    B SCHNEIDER (.175, 0-FOR-1)
    J PATTERSON (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 25 8:12 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY AUSTIN KEARNS SCORED DMITRI YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A KEARNS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    PHILADELPHIA 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R CHURCH (.301, 0-FOR-1)

    Nationals vs. PhilliesApr 25 8:04 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DMITRI YOUNG SCORED FELIPE LOPEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D YOUNG ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    PHILADELPHIA 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: A KEARNS (.269, 0-FOR-1)

    Nationals vs. PhilliesApr 25 8:01 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN HOWARD (3) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF JOHN PATTERSON SCORED CHASE UTLEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 0, PHILADELPHIA 3
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: P BURRELL (.350, 1-FOR-1)

    Nationals vs. PhilliesApr 25 7:52 PM


  • NL
    WASHINGTON AT PHILADELPHIA
    NOTE: PHILADELPHIA'S AARON ROWAND EXTENDED HIS HITTING
    STREAK TO 13 GAMES WITH A SINGLE IN THE SECOND INNING.

    Apr 25 7:37 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY CARLOS RUIZ SCORED PAT BURRELL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A ROWAND ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 0
    PHILADELPHIA 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J LIEBER (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 25 7:36 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY CARLOS RUIZ SCORED PAT BURRELL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A ROWAND ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 0
    PHILADELPHIA 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J LIEBER (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Nationals vs. PhilliesApr 25 7:36 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 0 0
    PHILADELPHIA 0 0 1 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: WAS - JOHN PATTERSON
    PHI - JON LIEBER

    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: P BURRELL (.339, 1 HR, 8 RBI)
    W HELMS (.308, 0 HR, 9 RBI)
    A ROWAND (.371, 3 HR, 10 RB

    Apr 25 7:25 PM