The Nationals won the season series against the Phillies 14-5 this season and take 3 of 4 in this series to move 27 games above .500. Gio Gonzalez pitched great, and so did Mark Melancon who earned his 11th save as a Nat and his 41st of the season.
A nice 3-2 win by the Nationals where they just did enough to win against a young hungry team. All of this was in front of a crowd that had thousands in attendance from the military on the 15th anniversary of 9-11.
Gio Gonzalez had one of his best pitching efforts of the season where he gave up 1 run over 7 innings while throwing an efficient 92 pitches. Koda Glover relieved him and on 1 pitch gave up a home run. Oliver Perez struck out Ryan Howard, and Blake Treinen induced an inning ending doubleplay to bridge the game to Melancon for the 9th inning save where Melancon struck out the side.