After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead, the bats went into a funk until Delmon Young produced the game-winning hit in the eighth and the Phillies' relievers shut the door in a 5-3 win over the Nationals.
After Michael Young drew a one-out walk, Ryan Howard struck out for the fourth time on the night. But Delmon Young soon found solid wood on Drew Storen and drove the pitch down the right-field line. A limping Delmon Young couldn't make it past first, but third-base coach Ryne Sandberg finally took a chance and waved home Michael Young, who scored after a bad throw to make it 4-3.
Michael Martinez pinch-ran for Delmon Young and soon scored on a Domonic Brown double. It was the second run batted in of the night for Brown, who also homered in the second inning. Brown leads the Phillies in home runs (9) and RBIs (27).
Erik Kratz followed Brown to give the Phillies back-to-back shots. It was Kratz's fourth long ball of the season.
Jonathan Pettibone turned in another quality start. In six innings, he gave up three runs and nine hits while walking one and striking out six. He became the first Phillies rookie to go his first seven career starts allowing only three runs or less since Charles Hudson in 1983.
Adam LaRoche got the better of the young right-hander twice. In the second, he singled in the Nationals' first run and in the fifth, he launched an opposite-field solo homer to tie the game, 3-3. Pettibone's only 1-2-3 inning came in the sixth.
Charlie Manuel called on four different relievers after pinch-hitting for Pettibone in the seventh. Antonio Bastardo got two outs but also walked two men before Chad Durbin relieved him. Durbin got the final out of the seventh but allowed a bunt hit and a walk in the eighth before Jeremy Horst replaced him. Horst recorded the final two outs of the eighth frame on four pitches.
Jonathan Papelbon gave up a hit and struck out the side in the ninth to earn his ninth save. With the scoreless frame, his ERA dipped under one at 0.96.
Right-hander B.J. Rosenberg was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following the game likely to make room for Mike Adams, who hasn't officially been activated from the disabled list yet.
Rosenberg appeared in just three games since his mid-May callup. He gave up four runs and six hits in three innings, striking out two and walking two.