Phillies 4, Nationals 1

Cole Hamels was more impressed with his performance at the plate

on a night when he went the distance.

Hamels pitched a five-hitter, Raul Ibanez doubled twice as he

stopped an 0-for-35 slump and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the

Washington Nationals 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Hamels chipped in offensively with two hits, including a


”Being a pitcher, you’re not supposed to hit,” Hamels said.

”We have a competition among the starters and I don’t want to


Jayson Werth was 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game in

Philadelphia since signing a $126 million, seven-year deal with the

Nationals. Werth was mostly booed when he came to the plate in the

first inning, but he turned the jeers into cheers when he took off

his helmet and tipped it to the crowd.

”I was very grateful,” Werth said. ”I’ll remember it for the

rest of my life. It meant a lot to me.”

Hamels (4-1) struck out six and walked one in his eighth career

complete game and first since last Aug. 13, at the New York


Michael Morse homered for the Nationals. Livan Hernandez (3-3)

allowed four runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings.

The four-time defending NL East champion Phillies have won nine

of 12 and are 19-9 overall.

Hernandez retired his first eight batters until Hamels tripled

in the third. Hamels hit a high drive off the scoreboard in right

and hustled into third standing with his first career triple.

”I knew it wasn’t out, so I kept running and if they threw me

out then I got a double,” Hamels said.

Jimmy Rollins, back in his customary leadoff spot for the first

time this season, followed with a line-drive single to make it 1-0.

Rollins tripled in the fifth and scored on Placido Polanco’s

sacrifice fly.

The 2007 NL MVP finished 2 for 4 with a walk. Rollins batted

.271 with only one homer and five RBIs while filling in for the

injured Chase Utley in the three-hole. Polanco batted third and

Shane Victorino went from leadoff to second.

Morse hit an opposite-field shot to right to cut Washington’s

deficit to 2-1 in the seventh. It was just the second homer allowed

by Hamels this season.

Philadelphia added insurance runs in the bottom half on Ryan

Howard’s RBI single and Ibanez’s RBI double. Ibanez’s ground-rule

double in the fourth was his first hit since April 18.

”You don’t want to see anybody go through that,” Ibanez said.

”The only way I have to function is to pretend it never


Since an awful first start, Hamels has pitched at least seven

innings and allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last five

starts. The lanky lefty improved to 10-3 against Washington.

Notes: Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman had surgery in Philadelphia

on Tuesday to repair a tear in his abdominal muscle. Manager Jim

Riggleman expects Zimmerman to be at the ballpark to start his

rehab on Wednesday. … Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Utley

soon could be ready to play in extended spring training. Utley has

been sidelined all season with a knee injury. … Hamels’ triple

was the first by a Phillies pitcher since the late Cory Lidle’s at

Pittsburgh on April 29, 2006. … Hernandez threw a curve that was

clocked at 59 mph and his fastball topped out at 85. … A crowd of

45,695 was the 151st straight sellout, including postseason