Phillies (13-14) at Nationals (17-9)1:05 p.m. on CSN
The Phillies dropped the first game of their series with the Nationals, 4-3, after Wilson Ramos hit a bases-loaded single with two outs in the 11th inning on Friday night. Here's what you need to know for Saturday afternoon's matchup.
The Phils look to get back on track behind Vance Worley (2-1, 1.97 ERA). The right-hander has allowed one run or less in four of his last five outings.
In his last start, Worley tossed seven innings of one-run ball, but didn't factor in the decision of Monday's 6-4 win over the Cubs.
The Nationals send Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.82 ERA) to the hill on Saturday. The lefty allowed two runs over six innings in the Nationals' 2-0 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday.
Gonzalez has yet to surrender a run at home over 14 innings. He's allowed just six baserunners and has struck out 15 in two starts at "Natitude Park."
The Phillies have posted a 79-50 record against the Nats since they relocated to Washington in 2005. However, the Nats currently have a six-game winning streak over the Phils.
Worley split two starts against Washington in 2011. Both his starts came at Citizens Bank Park, where he allowed five runs in 12 innings.
Prior to his loss on Sunday, Gonzalez struck out 21 batters over 20 innings in his previous three starts. He has never faced the Phillies.
The Nationals came back from a two-run deficit with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings to push Friday's game into extra innings.
Kyle Kendrick went five innings and left with a 3-1 lead before the Phils' bullpen blew a late lead for the second time in the last three games. Kendrick allowed seven hits and walked two.
For Washington, Stephen Strasburg gave up three hits over six innings, but two of them were home runs. He struck out four Phillies, a season-low in six starts.
Manager Charlie Manuel, sort of. The Phils' skipper was ejected in the bottom of the first inning of Friday's loss after an unusual non-call.
Catcher Carlos Ruiz is red-hot for the Phils. He clubbed a solo shot to dead center in the fifth inning Friday. Ruiz is 13 for 28 from the plate in his last seven games. Outfielder Hunter Pence also homered off of Strasburg in the Phils' loss.
1) Jimmy Rollins, SS
2) Placido Polanco, 3B
3) Shane Victorino, CF
4) Hunter Pence, RF
5) Carlos Ruiz, C
6) Ty Wigginton, 1B
7) John Mayberry, LF
8) Freddy Galvis, 2B
9) Vance Worley, SP
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