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Mourning Phillies edge winless Nationals

Apr 14, 2009 - 1:53 AM WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before Monday's home opener, the Washington Nationals spoke about being happy to finally be off the road, about being quite sure they aren't as bad as their record would suggest, about how it's far too early to be worried.

And a few hours later, after hearing boos during a 9-8 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Nationals were saying a lot of the same things. After all, they still have a zero in the win column, the only major league team that's lost every game so far.

Facing a Phillies club stunned by the death of longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas shortly before the game, the Nationals dropped to 0-7 because they once again couldn't pitch or field well enough to back an offense that is doing its part.

"We're going to figure it out. I don't know if it's going to be tomorrow or it's going to be June," said left fielder Adam Dunn, who homered, doubled and made an error in his first home game in D.C. "I promise: We're going to figure it out."

Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Shane Victorino homered for Philadelphia, and Jamie Moyer (1-1) allowed four runs in six innings to earn the win. Brad Lidge collected his third save -- that makes 47 chances converted in a row -- despite giving up Ryan Zimmerman's two-run homer in the ninth.

The Phillies had a photo of Kalas, who was 73, taped inside their dugout during the game. He collapsed in the stadium's broadcasting booth a couple of hours before the first pitch and died after being taken to a hospital. The teams discussed whether it would be appropriate to postpone the game.

"I know Harry. I know Harry would want us to play," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "It's just a sad day."

After Victorino homered in the third, he crossed himself, then pointed up to the booth at Nationals Park where Kalas was supposed to be working.

"It sounds like he passed in the place he would want to," said Howard, whose homer snapped a 4-4 tie. "He was up in the booth."

Zimmerman's homer, which followed Cristian Guzman's fifth single of the day, wasn't enough because reliever Saul Rivera (0-1) came on to start the seventh and did this: hit batter, hit batter, three-run homer by Howard, strikeout, solo homer by Ibanez. In the eighth, Rivera's replacement, Wil Ledezma, gave up another run.

"We need to hold the opposition to less than six, seven, eight runs -- and I think we'll have a chance to win," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "The main thing is we can't be allowing eight, nine runs every day."

It didn't help that the Nationals made three errors that contributed to three unearned runs.

Every mistake is haunting a team that led the majors with 102 losses last season and hoped that adding free-agent slugger Dunn and some spare parts would be enough to change directions.

"I don't think we're worried. We've been in pretty much every game that we've played in," Zimmerman said. "A little bit better defense, and pitch a little bit better, and everything's going to come around. But, I mean, it would be nice to break through."

Instead of focusing on the joys of a home opener -- a Nationals Park-record crowd of 40,386 showed up -- pregame talk for Washington's players, manager and front office was all about the losing streak.

Acta was asked if he worries about his job security. The team has not exercised a 2010 club option in his contract.

"If ... they're going to judge me over six, seven, eight games or whatever, that's up to them. I really don't worry about that, because I'm going to get a job if it's not here," Acta said. "My hope is to be here for the next 20 years, but if I don't, I'll have a job somewhere."

Team president Stan Kasten, meanwhile, acknowledged season-ticket sales are down from last season but wouldn't reveal by how much.

Asked if he's disappointed in his team's start, Kasten said: "I never sleep after a loss. That hasn't changed. So I could really use some sleep."






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    Phillies 9, Nationals 8  FinalApr 14 2:04 AM
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    Phillies 9, Nationals 8  FinalApr 13 6:10 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    PHILADELPHIA 0 2 1 1 0 0 4 1 0 9 10 1
    WASHINGTON 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 8 12 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PHI - JAMIE MOYER, CLAY CONDREY (7TH), SCOTT EYRE (7TH), RYAN MADSON
    (8TH), BRAD LIDGE (9TH) AND CHRIS COSTE
    WAS - DANIEL CABRERA, JULIAN TAVAREZ (6TH), MIKE
    HINCK

    Apr 13 6:07 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN ZIMMERMAN (2) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF BRAD LIDGE SCORED ALBERTO GONZALEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 9, WASHINGTON 8
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: A DUNN (.381, 2-FOR-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI)

    Phillies 9, Nationals 8  Bot 9, 0 OutsApr 13 6:03 PM
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    Phillies 9, Nationals 8  Bot 9, 0 OutsApr 13 6:03 PM
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    Phillies 9, Nationals 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsApr 13 5:47 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY SHANE VICTORINO SCORED ERIC BRUNTLETT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 9
    WASHINGTON 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C UTLEY (.417, 0-FOR-3, HBP)

    Phillies 9, Nationals 6  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 13 5:40 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ADAM DUNN (2) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF CLAY CONDREY SCORED CRISTIAN GUZMAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 8, WASHINGTON 6
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: E DUKES (.421, 2-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Phillies 8, Nationals 6  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 13 5:27 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RAUL IBANEZ (3) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF SAUL RIVERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 8, WASHINGTON 4
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: P FELIZ (.400, 1-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Phillies 8, Nationals 4  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 13 5:15 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN HOWARD (1) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF SAUL RIVERA SCORED SHANE VICTORINO AND CHASE UTLEY.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 7, WASHINGTON 4
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J WERTH (.385, 2-FOR-3)

    Phillies 7, Nationals 4  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 13 5:12 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ELIJAH DUKES (1) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF JAMIE MOYER.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 4, WASHINGTON 4
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: N JOHNSON (.316, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Phillies 4, Nationals 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 13 4:43 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CRISTIAN GUZMAN SCORED LASTINGS MILLEDGE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GUZMAN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 4
    WASHINGTON 3 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R ZIMMERMAN (.200, 0-FOR-2)

    Phillies 4, Nationals 3  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 13 4:29 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JIMMY ROLLINS SCORED PEDRO FELIZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J ROLLINS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 4
    WASHINGTON 2 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: S VICTORINO (.259, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Phillies 4, Nationals 2  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 13 4:18 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY SHANE VICTORINO (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF DANIEL CABRERA.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 3, WASHINGTON 2
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C UTLEY (.455, 0-FOR-1)

    Phillies 3, Nationals 2  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 13 3:53 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CRISTIAN GUZMAN SCORED ANDERSON HERNANDEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GUZMAN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 2
    WASHINGTON 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: R ZIMMERMAN (.207, 0-FOR-1)

    Phillies 2, Nationals 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 13 3:48 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JAMIE MOYER SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C COSTE ON FIRST, P FELIZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 2
    WASHINGTON 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J ROLLINS (.103, 0-FOR-1)

    Phillies 2, Nationals 1  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 13 3:40 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CHRIS COSTE SCORED JAYSON WERTH.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C COSTE ON FIRST, P FELIZ ON SECOND, R
    IBANEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 1
    WASHINGTON 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J MOYER (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Phillies 1, Nationals 1  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 13 3:38 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ELIJAH DUKES SCORED CRISTIAN GUZMAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E DUKES ON SECOND, A DUNN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 0
    WASHINGTON 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: N JOHNSON (.333, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Phillies 0, Nationals 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 13 3:22 PM