The Nationals’ series-opening game with the Phillies had a few close calls, but Washington (57-61) pulled out the 4-2 win. Closer Drew Storen gave up a run in the ninth inning, but closed out the Phillies (77-41) for his 31st save.
Starter Livan Hernandez (7-11) pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing one run, which was unearned, on four hits. He walked one and struck out three batters.
The Nats’ offense took advantage of Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels (13-7) who struggled with his control early. Washington loaded the bases against Hamels in the fifth inning, but was only able to score one run. It was a potential turning point in the game, but Hernandez didn’t allow Philadelphia’s offense to do much of anything.
Hernandez also helped his own cause knocking in two runs.
The Nationals will take on Roy Oswalt (4-7) Saturday night and will send John Lannan (8-7) to the hill.