Phillies cool off Nats
PHILADELPHIA—A mechanical adjustment in between starts helped A.J. Burnett out of a funk.
Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings, and Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered, to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals last night.
“I was like, ‘That’s not me out there. Who is that?’
“It’s the first time I felt like me in a long time,” he added.
Domonic Brown added two hits and an RBI for Philadelphia, which won for the fourth time in five games.
Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon homered for NL East-leading Washington, which lost for just the second time in 14 games.
Burnett (7-14) won for the first time since the all-star break, allowing one run on three hits with just one walk.
The right-hander entered leading the majors in walks with 76.
“I wish I could have found that little glitch about a month, two months ago,” Burnett said.
“Unfortunately, it took a long time, but better late than never.”
Tanner Roark (12-8) gave up two runs on five hits in six innings, and lost for just the second time in his last nine starts.
Roark has a 2.25 ERA over that stretch.
“I felt good, I felt confident,” he said. “I had command on both sides of the plate.
“My off-speed [stuff] was good.”
Burnett retired the first eight batters before Roark’s two-out single in the third. It was just the pitcher’s sixth hit in 60 at-bats this season.
The Nationals didn’t get another hit until Rendon’s one-out homer to left in the sixth that pulled them within 2-1.
It was the third homer in 15 at-bats for Rendon off Burnett.
“If he hits it good, the ball’s going to carry,” noted Nationals’ manager Matt Williams.
Elsewhere in the NL, St. Louis nipped Pittsburgh 3-2, Milwaukee dumped San Diego 10-1, and Colorado edged San Francisco 3-2.
Miami dumped the L.A. Angels 7-1 in the lone interleague game.