Michael Young went 3 for 4 with three doubles and an RBI, and Cliff Lee continued his season of brilliant pitching by scattering five hits in eight innings as the Phillies rolled to a 4-2 victory over Washington Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
After completing a wretched 3-7 road trip, the Phillies have returned home to win two straight over the Nationals and have moved into a tie for second place in the NL East.
At 35-37, the Phillies are seven games behind the first-place Braves in the division.
Starting pitching report
Lee struck out nine hitters without allowing a walk. He threw 19 first-pitch strikes to the 29 hitters he faced and had one three-ball count in the game.
Meanwhile, Lee pitched at least eight innings for the sixth time this season and he has made it through at least eight innings and allowed two or fewer runs in 60 starts since 2008.
With the win, Lee improves to 9-2 with a 2.53 ERA. He also pitched at least seven innings for the 13th time in his 15 starts this season.
Nats starter Ross Detwiler allowed all four runs on seven hits and two hit batsmen over six innings. Detwiler struck out four.
A night after blowing his first save chance of the season, Jonathan Papelbon faced four hitters in the ninth for his 14th save.
At the plate
Young had three doubles in a game for the second time in his career. He is the first Phillie to get three doubles in a game this season and is the first to do it since John Mayberry on July 10, 2011.
Additionally, Ryan Howard added an RBI in the fourth inning and led off the eighth inning with a stand-up triple. Since the calendar flipped to June, Howard has a .448 on-base percentage.
Kevin Frandsen helped the Phillies extend their lead during the three-run sixth inning with a two-out, two-run, bases-loaded single.
The Nats got both of their runs on solo homers. Jayson Werth hit a pitch into the left-field seats with two outs in the fourth, while Jeff Kobernus hit a pinch homer with one out in the eighth.
Before the game, catcher Carlos Ruiz was activated from the disabled list (see story). To make room for Ruiz on the 25-man roster, catcher Steven Lerud was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley.
On the farm
Continuing his comeback bid in the Phillies’ farm system, three-time All-Star Carlos Zambrano pitched seven scoreless innings for Triple A Lehigh Valley at Toledo on Tuesday night (see story). He allowed five hits, walked one and had six strikeouts.
The Phillies have until July 1 to call up Zambrano to the big leagues. If they don’t, Zambrano can ask for his release.
The Phillies and Nationals finish the three-game series on Wednesday night when Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.76) takes on former Phillies minor-leaguer Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.40).
Kendrick lost to the Nationals on May 24, allowing five runs on eight hits and four walks in five innings. In 20 career appearances against Washington, Kendrick is 4-6 with a 4.90 ERA.
Gonzalez hasn’t faced the Phillies this season but is 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 25 innings against the Phils in his career.