Despite four errors in the infield -- three by Chase Utley -- the Phillies defeated the Nationals, 3-1, in Thursday's finale to take three of four games from the team directly ahead of them in the NL East.
Tied through six innings, the Phils tacked on single runs in the seventh and eighth to earn the series win. Kevin Frandsen had the game-winning hit, an RBI double that scored Darin Ruf, who began the inning with a double.
Frandsen has been as clutch as it gets this season. He's hitting .295/.387/.453, and is 11-for-31 (.355) with four extra-base hits and nine RBI as a pinch-hitter. Frandsen leads the majors in pinch-hits and pinch-doubles. He's second to Evan Gattis in RBI as a pinch-hitter.
Ruf's double extended his hit streak to six, or as many games as he's played since being recalled from Triple-A.
Kyle Kendrick rebounded from two bad outings that boosted his ERA to 3.90, the highest it had been since his second start of 2013. He gave up just one run over seven innings and scattered six baserunners. He's now 8-6 with a 3.75 ERA.
It was Kendrick's ninth start of the season allowing two earned runs or fewer over at least seven innings. The only NL pitchers with more are the best guys in the league: Clayton Kershaw, Jordan Zimmermann, Adam Wainwright, Cliff Lee, Matt Harvey, Madison Bumgarner and Patrick Corbin. Nice group to be in.
Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched 1-2-3 innings. Bastardo threw eight pitches -- all strikes to retire the side in order. Papelbon followed with 10 pitches. Despite his well-documented control problems, Bastardo has just three walks in last 14 appearances.
Ben Revere stayed hot for the Phils, picking up two more hits to raise his average to .304.
After managing just five extra-base hits in the first three games of the series, the Phils had five doubles from five different players on Thursday.
At 46-47, the Phillies are 1.5 games back of the Nationals and 7.5 back of the Braves heading into the final series of the first half. Because the Reds lost, the Phils are 5.5 back of the second wild-card spot.
Leading into the All-Star break is an interleague series this weekend at home against the White Sox. The Phils will face three lefties in John Danks, Hector Santiago and Jose Quintana.
Jonathan Pettibone, John Lannan and Cole Hamels go for the Phils.