PHILADELPHIA(AP) Inspired by
put more goose eggs on the scoreboard.
Blanton tossed six scoreless innings,
hit a grand slam and the
6-1 on Wednesday night.
Blanton (10-7) allowed five hits and struck out seven. The Phillies were one out away from recording three consecutive shutouts
for the first time in 40 years when
singled in a run off
The Phillies beat the
New York Mets
1-0 Sunday night behind eight innings from Martinez and one from
. Lee tossed a six-hitter in a 5-0 win against the Nationals on Tuesday.
''Hitting is contagious, but pitching is contagious, too,'' Blanton said. ''You see a lot of quality pitches and a lot of
outs and it gets in your head. It breeds confidence.''
The NL East-leading Phillies reduced their magic number for clinching their third straight division title to 11 with 18 games
(8-11) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. The lowly Nationals are 3-14 against Philadelphia this season.
Frustrated by another sloppy performance, manager Jim Riggleman held a team meeting after the game.
''We made too many mistakes,'' Riggleman said. ''A lot of bad things happened that we can't continue to allow. We've got to
do a better job of handling the details of the game.''
, who have combined for 69 homers, used their legs to produce the first run in the first inning, with Utley swiping home on
a delayed double steal.
Utley singled with two outs and moved to third on Howard's base hit. Howard then broke for second and slid in safely ahead
' throw. Utley raced home once Nieves released the ball and scored without a throw as shortstop
reacted slowly after applying the late tag.
It was Howard's seventh stolen base this season. He had two career steals before this year, but dropped more than 25 pounds
in the offseason.
''I think he's a little quicker because of the weight,'' manager
Utley became the 10th player in franchise history to record 20 steals and 20 homers in the same season.
Werth drove a 1-2 pitch from
deep to left-center in the seventh for his third career slam and second this year. The All-Star right fielder has 34 homers
and 88 RBIs in his first full season as a regular.
''I knew he could produce from an offensive standpoint and I knew he had power, but I didn't know how consistent he'd be,''
Manuel said. ''He's still learning. He can get better.''
NOTES: Phillies RHP
Chan Ho Park
left with a strained right hamstring after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. ... Philadelphia had four straight shutouts
from Aug. 13-16, 1969, according to STATS LLC. ... Phillies LHP J.A. Happ will make his first start since Sept. 2 on Friday
at Atlanta. The rookie has been sidelined with an oblique injury. ... Phillies LHP J.C. Romero (elbow) was encouraged by a
bullpen session and hopes to return next week. Romero said he'd like to make five relief appearances before the postseason.
... Utley has stolen 23 straight bases, including two last season. ... Nationals C
had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He's expected back by the middle of spring training.