WASHINGTON(AP) No time to celebrate the first 30-homer foursome in
history, or the second good start in a row from
, or even the end of a four-game losing streak.
There was only one question following Tuesday night's 5-3 win over the
still the closer?
wasn't saying for sure, although Lidge seemed to think the job was still his after a postgame meeting between player and manager.
The meeting was necessary because - only a few hours after giving Lidge a public vote of confidence - Manuel found himself
having to yank Lidge from the game in a ninth inning in which the reliever retired only one of four batters.
''I'm not saying that he'll close tomorrow, the next day or whatever,'' Manuel said, ''but I look at him as a closer.''
Lidge's take: ''If there's a save situation tomorrow, he said he was going to bring me in.''
Lidge's struggles stole the spotlight on a milestone night for the franchise. The Phillies got all of their runs on five solo
homers - including three in the seventh inning - and became the 12th team in major league history to have four players with
went long for his 29th and 30th and
hit No. 30, joining
in the 30-homer club. Werth hit his 32nd, and
got his ninth.
There was also more good stuff from Martinez (4-0), who craftily mixed plenty of offspeed pitches with an occasional low-90s
fastball. He allowed three runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings, and the 119 pitches were his most in nearly four years.
The Phillies improved to 6-0 when the three-time Cy Young Award winner starts.
''I felt better as I got going, and that's a good sign,'' Martinez said. ''It's just a matter of time before I get a good
game going from the get-go and hopefully get me eight or nine innings.''
followed with 1 1-3 scoreless innings, but Lidge came on in the ninth and retired one batter amid a single, a hit batter,
a wild pitch and a walk.
Manuel then removed Lidge and replaced him with
, who struck out ninth-inning homer specialist Zimmerman and got cleanup hitter Dunn on a groundout to record his fifth save.
''As I was sitting there I didn't have a very good feel about the game,'' Manuel said. ''And I made up my mind I wanted to
Werth and Ibanez homered in back-to-back at-bats in the seventh, followed two batters later by Ruiz, lifting the Phillies
from what had been looking like another moribund offensive performance. The NL East leaders had scored only 23 runs in their
previous 11 games and had gone 70 2-3 innings without having a lead of more than one run, causing them to lose ground in the
race for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
Four of the homers came off
(8-11), spoiling an otherwise fine outing from the closest thing the last-place Nationals have for an ace. Lannan allowed
only four other baserunners in his 6 2-3 innings.
''I guess you could say it was home run derby,'' Lannan said.
Ibanez's multihomer game was his fourth of the season and second at Nationals Park. He also singled to finish 3 for 4 and
is batting .463 with eight homers and 20 RBIs this season against the Nationals. He is 7 for 10 in his career against Lannan.
''It was a good night to hit if you could the ball in the air, and they got five of them,'' Washington manager Jim Riggleman
said. ''Five is a little ridiculous.''
homered and doubled for the Nationals, who have lost nine of 10. ... The Phillies, who have the major leagues' highest percentage
of runs from homers, became the first team since the 2006
Chicago White Sox
to have four 30-homer hitters. The last NL team to accomplish the feat was the 2004
. ... The 70 2-3 innings without a lead of more than one run was the longest such streak for the Phillies since July 2004.
... The Phillies have won eight straight over the Nationals and lead the season series 11-2.