In his best start of the season, Cole Hamels mowed through the Nationals' lineup and earned back-to-back wins for the first time this year in a 4-2 victory.
Only Jayson Werth got to Hamels on Tuesday night. His solo homer spotted Washington an early 1-0 lead. With the Nationals down three and the bases loaded in the eighth, Werth had a chance to do damage again, but Hamels got him to fly out on a full count in a seven-pitch at-bat.
It was the only inning all night in which Hamels got into trouble — he struck out Ryan Zimmerman before putting down Werth to preserve the Phillies' 4-1 lead.
Hamels went eight frames for just the third time in 19 starts this season and improved to 4-11. He allowed just six hits and a walk while striking out four. He was economical on the mound before his 23-pitch eighth and finished with 110 pitches overall, 75 which went for strikes.
The Phillies (45-46) tied the game with a two-out rally in the fourth. After Chase Utley doubled, Domonic Brown knocked in his 64th RBI (third in the NL) on a single to right field. Brown has picked up a hit in every game in July, and the Phils are now 6-2 in the month.
In the sixth, Ben Revere started a three-run rally with a leadoff single up the middle. Revere, who went 2 for 4, raised his batting average to .302. A throwing error by Adam LaRoche on a Chase Utley ground ball gave the Phils the go-ahead run. Two batters later, Michael Young brought home two more with a double.
And then there was the ninth inning. With Jonathan Papelbon unavailable, Antonio Bastardo took the mound in the save opportunity. He gave up a walk, a hit and a run but eventually closed it out for his second save.
Every hitter from first to seventh in the order recorded at least one hit. The Phillies left just three men on base, thanks to batting 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position and also grounding into three double plays.
Wednesday night, Cliff Lee (10-2, 2.73) takes the hill as the Phillies go for the series win. Former farmhand Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14) will start for Washington.