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Burrell's blast ignites Phillies' five-run rally

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pat Burrell's ability to make an in-game
adjustment against Livan Hernandez helped the Philadelphia Phillies
end a two-game slide.

Burrell's two-run homer off Hernandez sparked a five-run rally
in the eighth inning, and Philadelphia beat the Washington
Nationals 6-2 on Saturday.

"He's tough against our team and I think he's faced us enough
(that) he knows the tendency of our hitters," Burrell said. "I
was a little out in front most of the day on him, and he has the
ability to do that, he always has."

But Burrell -- who was 5-for-29 during the Phillies' 11-game road
trip before facing Hernandez in the eighth -- waited until the
right-hander left a ball over the plate. Despite his slump, Burrell
still has three homers and nine RBI during the trip.

"I haven't been swinging the bat at all, or very good at all,"
he said. "I'm really still not. To be able to come up big for the
team late in the game when it's on the line, that's the most
important."

With their bullpen spent after a 12-inning victory Friday night,
the Nationals needed a long outing from Hernandez, who had won four
straight starts. Fighting flu symptoms, the right-hander gritted
his way through seven innings, then faltered in the eighth as
Washington lost for only the second time in 10 games.

Bobby Abreu led off with a hard grounder that handcuffed second
baseman Jose Vidro for an infield hit. Burrell drove Hernandez's
next pitch, his 118th of the game, over the left-field wall for his
16th homer, erasing a 2-1 deficit.

"He hit it out -- nothing you can do with that," Hernandez
said. "He's a power hitter. I left the ball up and he hit it
out."

Nationals manager Frank Robinson defended his decision to stick
with Hernandez so long and said it had more to do with the
pitcher's effectiveness than the tired bullpen.

"He was in control of the game," Robinson said. "If he goes
through the eighth inning, he's out of there, or if he gets into a
little trouble, he's gone. We didn't keep them in check even after
the home run."

Mike Stanton relieved and struck out Ryan Howard before being
replaced by Jon Rauch. Aaron Rowand, who had three hits, reached on
an error by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. David Bell singled and
pinch-hitter David Dellucci doubled off the left-field wall,
scoring both runners.

After pinch-hitter Abraham Nunez grounded out, Jimmy Rollins
followed with an RBI double down the right-field line for a 6-2
lead.

Geoff Geary (4-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win.
Arthur Rhodes worked a perfect eighth and Tom Gordon got the final
three outs for the Phillies, who have won five of seven.

Hernandez (5-6) allowed three runs and nine hits over seven-plus
innings. He walked three and struck out four.

"I thought he put the ball where he wanted to," Phillies
manager Charlie Manuel said. "And that's the whole secret to his
pitching. He's got a great sequence to his pitching and his command
is outstanding and he knows how. He evidently understood his
hitters good. He was doing a good job until Burrell touched him off
there."

While Hernandez was wriggling out of trouble early, Washington
was unable to solve right-hander Cory Lidle, who didn't allow a hit
until Marlon Anderson's leadoff double in the fifth. Lidle went six
innings, giving up two runs and three hits. He walked four and
struck out two.

The Phillies went up 1-0 in the fifth, when Lidle drew a leadoff
walk, moved to third on Rollins' single to right and scored on
Chase Utley's sacrifice fly.

Anderson doubled down the left-field line leading off the
Washington fifth, breaking up Lidle's no-hit bid and starting a
game-tying rally. Brian Schneider's groundout advanced Anderson to
third, and he scored on Marlon Byrd's sacrifice fly to short
right-center.

Zimmerman delivered a tiebreaking single with two outs in the
bottom half.

Game notes
The Phillies placed C Mike Lieberthal on the 15-day
disabled list with a strained left hip and recalled RHP Brian
Sanches from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... The Nationals
activated OF Jose Guillen (right hamstring strain) from the DL and
optioned OF Mike Vento to Triple-A New Orleans. ... Rowand had his
third three-hit game of the year, his first since April 14. ...
Abreu has hit safely in 10 consecutive games.