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Costly error hurts Nationals in loss to Phillies

Tuesday - 7/9/2013, 11:19pm  ET

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Taylor Jordan wipes his face after giving up a two-run double to Philadelphia Phillies' Michael Young in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. Young was thrown out trying to advance to third. Philadelphia won 4-2. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- One more run makes all the difference for the Washington Nationals.

Cole Hamels threw eight sharp innings, Michael Young hit a two-run double and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Nationals 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.

"This is a good-hitting ballpark, but we just couldn't get anything going," Johnson said. "We just got stuck on two runs."

The Nationals are 5-34 when scoring fewer than three runs, 31-10 when they get more.

For the second straight night, they fell one short.

Making his third career start, Taylor Jordan (0-2) gave up four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. The hard-throwing righty was 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA between Class A and Double-A when the Nats called him up.

"I felt pretty good tonight," Jordan said. "I had a much better fastball than my previous start."

Helped by shaky defense, the Phillies scored three runs to take a 4-1 lead in the sixth. Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins hit consecutive singles to start the inning. Chase Utley followed with a grounder to first, but Adam LaRoche's throw to second hit Rollins in the arm and bounced away for an error. Revere scored to give the Phillies a lead and Rollins went to third.

After Domonic Brown popped out, Young lined a 1-2 pitch to deep right-center, scoring Rollins and Utley.

"I had a window (to throw), but he kind of veered out," LaRoche said of Rollins.

Hamels (4-11) allowed one run and six hits to win his second consecutive start for the first time this season. The three-time All-Star lefty has struggled in his first full year after signing a $144 million contract extension last July.

Hamels worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth. After a conference with the entire infield and manager Charlie Manuel, Hamels struck out Ryan Zimmerman and retired Jayson Werth on a deep fly to center.

"I said: 'I'm not here to take you out. I just want to look at you,'" Manuel said. "I said: 'You got him.' He grinned and said: 'I got him.'"

An enthusiastic crowd of 33,502 -- much smaller than the sellouts that used to be common at Citizens Bank Park -- gave Hamels a standing ovation as he walked off the field.

Werth hit a solo homer for Washington. The defending NL East champs have lost two straight and are only 1
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