Howard drives in four, leads Phils to 11-3 win over Nats

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 11-3 on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 at Citizens Bank Park to improve their MLB-best record to 78-41.

Despite only having nine hits, the Phillies managed to push across 11 runs thanks to three errors by the Nationals. Ryan Howard hit his 26th home run of the year in the first inning off of John Lannan, who was charged with the loss. Howard finished the game with two hits and four RBI and now leads all of baseball with 95 RBI this season.

Lannan lasted just three innings yet was only charged with one earned run thanks to the subpar defense of his infielders. The lefty surrendered four hits, five walks and threw 77 pitches.

Phillies starter Roy Oswalt, on the other hand, pitched seven innings of three-run ball in his second start back from a lengthy stint on the disabled list. Oswalt struck out five batters and also walked twice at the plate, including once with the bases loaded in the third.

The third inning proved to be the difference for the Phils as Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Hunter Pence, Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez each touched home plate once.

The Nationals saw contributions to their offense by Michael Morse, Laynce Nix and Ian Desmond, who each drove in one run.

For good measure, the Phillies added three more runs in the eighth inning to cap off the scoring. Reliever Michael Stutes pitched the final two innings of the game and allowed one hit while striking out one batter.

Photo by Nick LaRosa (iPhone 4)

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