Cole Hamels pitched eight innings of shutout baseball to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-1 win over the Washington Nationals.
It would not have possible if not for the defense.
In the top of the sixth, Espinosa was thrown out trying to advance on a Ryan Zimmerman single.
Hunter Pence fielded the ball, then delivered a one-hop strike to Carlos Ruiz, who blocked the plate.
In the top of the eighth, Lobardozzi hit a pop to shallow right. With John Mayberry charging, Freddy Galvis made an over-the-shoulder catch.
Hamels pitched eight inning, giving up four hits, three walk and struck out eight to increase his record to 7-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Phillies used small ball to increase the lead to 3-0.
Mike Fontenot doubled to right and moved to third on Hamels’ sacrifice bunt.
Juan Pierre laid down a bunt, while Fontenot charged down the third base line.
The play worked to perfection.
Shane Victorino homered in the eighth to make it 4-0 Phillies.
Adam LaRoche homered in t...