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Worley, Ibanez Lead Phillies Past Nationals 7-4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vance Worley threw six sharp innings, Raul Ibanez homered and had three hits, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 7-4 Wednesday night.

Worley (2-0) allowed one run and four hits, striking out a career-high seven batters in his fourth start in the majors. Worley is filling in for the injured Joe Blanton.

The NL East-leading Phillies have won 10 of 13.

Jason Marquis (3-1) gave up 10 hits and six earned runs in five-plus innings in his worst start of the season. His ERA rose from 2.62 to 3.66. Marquis was seeking his 100th career win and was trying to go 4-0 for the first time.

Ibanez snapped an 0-for-35 slump with a pair of doubles on Tuesday, and is now 5 for 7 since the skid.

Ibanez gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead when he connected on the first pitch from Marquis in the fifth. Ibanez hit a high drive deep into the seats in right-center.

The Phillies added two more runs in the inning on Shane Victorino’s RBI single and Placido Polanco’s sacrifice fly.

Adam LaRoche hit an RBI double to cut Washington’s deficit to 3-1 in the sixth, but Philadelphia chased Marquis with four in the sixth.

Wilson Valdez and Jimmy Rollins had RBI singles in the inning. Victorino drove in a run on a fielder’s choice grounder and another scored on shortstop Ian Desmond’s throwing error.

Danny Espinosa hit a three-run shot off Danys Baez with two outs in the ninth.

Worley has allowed just one run and six hits in 12 innings in his two starts since coming up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He already has as many wins as Cliff Lee, one of Philadelphia’s four aces.

On a chilly night at the ballpark, a crowd of 44,123 made it 152 straight sellouts in Philadelphia, including postseason play.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman was ejected in the fourth when he came out after LaRoche was upset with a called third strike. LaRoche dropped his bat at the plate and had a few words for umpire Alfonso Marquez, so Riggleman left the dugout and got the quick ejection.

J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless seventh for the Phillies in his first appearance since going on the disabled list April 19 with a right calf strain.

NOTES: The Nationals said Michael Jacob Allen, the stepson of Davey Johnson and son of Susan Johnson, died Tuesday at 34 from infection and pneumonia in Orlando, Fla. Davey Johnson is the senior adviser to general manager Mike Rizzo. … Nationals OF Jayson Werth went 1 for 4 against his old team. … Nats LF Michael Morse was a late scratch because of right knee soreness. Laynce Nix took his place in the lineup. … Brian Schneider was 1 for 25 off Marquis before hitting a single in the fifth. … Washington’s Matt Stairs singled in the ninth for his 100th career pinch hit, most among active players.

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  • Concerned Fan

    Can we please squash the rumors about Worley going back to the minors and keep him instead? He pitched better in two games than Blanton pitched in four. I understand that Blanton is more experienced, but I have a feeling that his elbow is going to be an issue more than once during this season, especially if the Phillies make it to the post-season. Keep Worley in the rotation and maybe work him side-by-side with Blanton as a reliever or both. The bottom line is that Worley is hungry and the Phillies need that at this point with the inconsistencies of the offense. I am not in the mood to see another post-season outing like we had last year. But who knows, maybe Blanton will bounce back after seeing the competition from fellow minor leaguers.

  • Happy Fan

    He can pitch and he can hit! I hope consistency leads the way for this young man!

  • grumpy

    Hey Ruben, Let’s keep this pitcher up here not in the minors. What a good find!

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