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The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - BY ROB MAADDI

just didn’t call them,” Stras­burg said. “Just have to keep chip­ping away and that’s all I can do.”

Jeremy Hel­lick­son pitched one-hit ball over five in­nings for Philadel­phia be­fore leav­ing the game be­cause of a cramp in his right fore­arm. Joaquin Benoit, Pat Neshek and Hec­tor Neris com­bined for three score­less in­nings be­fore Gomez took over.

Adam Lind sin­gled with one out and Jayson Werth walked. Af­ter Stephen Drew struck out, Zim­mer­man con­nected to make it 3-all.

Less than 24 hours af­ter set­ting a team record with 12 runs in the first in­ning of a 17-3 vic­tory, the Phillies were one out from beat­ing Stras­burg for the first time in their ball­park.

“Af­ter that drub­bing that we got Satur­day, Stras, this is why he’s Stras, what he’s get­ting paid for, to go deep in games,” Na­tion­als man­ager Dusty Baker said.

Galvis gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the sec­ond on an RBI sin­gle.

The Phillies ex­tended the lead to 3-0 in the fifth. Her­nan­dez beat out an in­field sin­gle to sec­ond base­man Daniel Mur­phy, scor­ing An­drew Knapp af­ter the rookie catcher led off the in­ning with a dou­ble for his first ca­reer hit. Howie Ken­drick then ripped a dou­ble to left-cen­ter to score Her­nan­dez.

The Na­tion­als se­lected the con­tract of re­liever Matt Al­bers from Triple-A Syra­cuse and des­ig­nated righthander Jeremy Guthrie for as­sign­ment. Guthrie al­lowed 10 runs while get­ting only two outs in the first in­ning Satur­day.

Na­tion­als short­stop Trea Turner wasn’t in the lineup af­ter in­jur­ing his ham­string Satur­day night. He isn’t ex­pected to miss much time.

Na­tion­als righthander Tan­ner Roark (1-0, 3.00 ERA) takes the mound in the se­ries opener at home against the Car­di­nals on Mon­day. Adam Wain­wright (0-1, 3.60) pitches for St. Louis.

PHILADEL­PHIA | Ce­sar Her­nan­dez bailed out his buddy in a clutch spot.

Her­nan­dez hit a bro­ken-bat RBI sin­gle with two outs in the ninth in­ning to give the Philadel­phia Phillies a 4-3 vic­tory over the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als on Sun­day.

Pinch-hit­ter Ryan Zim­mer­man de­liv­ered a ty­ing, three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth off closer Jean­mar Gomez, but the Phillies im­me­di­ately an­swered to take two of three from the de­fend­ing NL East cham­pi­ons.

Her­nan­dez and Gomez are close friends, so it was fit­ting the sec­ond base­man turned the blown save into a win.

“Ev­ery­body is like a fam­ily,” Her­nan­dez said. “If not me, some­one else would pick him up.”

Pinch-hit­ter Daniel Nava walked to start the bot­tom of the ninth against Koda Glover (0-1). Nava ad­vanced to third when Freddy Galvis sin­gled to right with one out. Af­ter Brock Stassi popped out, Her­nan­dez slashed an op­po­site-field sin­gle to left.

Gomez (1-0) had 37 saves in 43 chances last year, but strug­gled over the fi­nal six weeks. He al­lowed a two-run homer while get­ting a save in the season opener at Cincin­nati.

Phillies man­ager Pete Mack­anin said he’s con­sid­er­ing mak­ing a change at closer, but wants to talk to Gomez on Mon­day.

“We’re go­ing to dis­cuss it,” Mack­anin said. “We have to do what’s best for the team.”

“You can only con­trol what you can con­trol,” Gomez said about pos­si­bly los­ing his closer’s role.

Na­tion­als ace Stephen Stras­burg al­lowed three runs and five hits, strik­ing out eight in seven in­nings. He wasn’t happy with the strike zone early in the game and nei­ther were a cou­ple of Philadel­phia’s re­liev­ers, in­clud­ing Gomez.

“I made some good pitches early, they

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als’ Ryan Zim­mer­man cel­e­brates with Jayson Werth af­ter hit­ting a three-run game-ty­ing in the ninth in­ning on Sun­day. The Phillies won, 4-3.

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