Since manager Davey Johnson decided to flip-flop his batting order, the surging Washington Nationals appear to have found their groove at the plate.
After his team was limited to a total of one run and 13 hits in consecutive losses July 2 and 3, Johnson moved shortstop Ian Desmond up to second in the batting order and dropped outfielder Jayson Werth down to sixth.
Since then, Washington (46-42) is averaging 8.0 runs with a .341 batting average while winning four straight games. Werth has gone 8 for 13 with five runs and Desmond has also scored five times while going 6 for 15.
The Nationals, four games behind NL East-leading Atlanta, will try to extend their longest win streak since a five-game run from May 4-10 in the opener of a seven-game road trip.
Haren (4-9, 6.15 ERA) is scheduled to come off the disabled list to start in place of Ross Detwiler , who was placed on the DL on Sunday with lower back trouble.
Haren, who was sidelined with a shoulder injury, is 0-6 with a 7.01 ERA while giving up 11 home runs in eight starts since beating Detroit on May 9.
The right-hander hasn't fared well against the Phillies (43-46) in two matchups this season, yielding seven runs and 11 hits - three homers - over 12 innings. Haren did not get a decision either time, but the Nationals lost both contests.
Ryan Howard , Domonic Brown and Erik Kratz have homered off Haren in 2013, though he won't have to face Howard after the slugger was placed on the DL on Saturday because of a left knee injury. The team revealed Monday that Howard needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus, and he'll miss at least six to eight weeks.
Brown helped the Phillies fill the void with his 23rd homer and a triple in Sunday's 5-1 win over Atlanta. The outfielder is 8 for 21 with two homers and four RBIs in his last five games."We have to go right now," said Brown, who is 4 for 31 with one homer in 12 career home games against the Nationals. "We're definitely fighting and battling.
"Hopefully we can win the series against the Nats."
The Phillies give the ball to left-hander John Lannan (1-3, 5.15) as they return home looking for their fifth win in seven games.
Lannan has been inconsistent, going 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts since missing two months with a strained quad. He allowed four runs, a season-worst 11 hits and three walks over five innings in a 6-5 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
The former National pitched much better in his only career start against Washington on June 17, giving up two runs and six hits over five innings before leaving without a decision in a 5-4 win.
Werth appears to have a good chance to continue his surge since he's 9 for 27 with four homers all-time in this matchup.
Desmond, though, is 3 for 28 with 11 strikeouts in his last eight games in Philadelphia.
The teams have split the six meetings this season, with the Phillies taking two of three at home last month.
|July 04, 2013||Ross Detwiler||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|June 23, 2013||Jayson Werth||Day-to-Day||Left game - left groin strain|
|June 23, 2013||Dan Haren||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 03, 2013||Danny Espinosa||15-Day DL||Broken bone in right wrist|
|June 03, 2013||Danny Espinosa||15-Day DL||Broken bone in right wrist|
|June 01, 2013||Stephen Strasburg||15-Day DL||Strained right latissimus dorsi|
|July 06, 2013||Ryan Howard||15-Day DL||Left knee inflammation|
|June 24, 2013||Ryan Howard||Day-to-Day||Knee|
|June 23, 2013||Michael Stutes||15-Day DL||Right biceps tendinitis|
|June 22, 2013||Jonathan Pettibone||Day-to-Day||Back|
|June 20, 2013||Mike Adams||15-Day DL||Right biceps tendinitis|
|June 16, 2013||Jeremy Horst||15-Day DL||Strained left elbow|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Facing familiar hitters, John Lannan was at his best.
Lannan tossed four-hit ball over eight innings against his former team, Ben Revere had three hits and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Monday night.
Lannan (2-3) had four strikeouts in his longest outing in four years. The lefty registered 12 groundouts to beat the team he played for his first six seasons in the majors.
"At this point, I'm looking for consistency," he said. "It doesn't matter who I'm facing. I have to put up zeroes. That's what I have to do, keep the ball on the ground. I'm not a strikeout guy."
Jonathan Papelbon allowed two runs in a shaky ninth to earn his 19th save in 23 tries.
Dan Haren (4-10) came off the disabled list and took the loss after missing two weeks because of right shoulder inflammation. Haren allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings, striking out a season-high seven.
"I think the time off helped me to clear my head," said Haren, who is 0-7 with a 6.66 ERA in his last nine starts.
Revere and Jimmy Rollins , the 1-2 hitters in Philadelphia's lineup were 5 for 9 with three runs and one RBI.
The Phillies opened an important four-game set against second-place Washington with their fifth win in seven games. They won consecutive series against first-place clubs, taking two of three from Pittsburgh and Atlanta.
"We got to keep playing, stay with it, manager Charlie Manuel said.
While Lannan downplayed beating his ex-teammates, Manuel figured his pitcher was fired up.
"I think it's kind of natural," Manuel said. "I know I would be. I might be jumping up and down."
The Nationals had won four in a row.
Bryce Harper , chosen earlier in the day to participate in the Home Run Derby next week, led off the ninth with his second hit. After Ryan Zimmerman hit a double, Jayson Werth hit a sacrifice fly. Adam LaRoche 's sac fly cut it to 3-2 before Papelbon retired pinch-hitter Chad Tracy to end it. Tracy hit a tying homer off Papelbon in the ninth inning on June 17, but the Phillies rallied to win that one.
"We made a nice comeback against one of the best closers in the league," Nats shortstop Ian Desmond said.
Making his first start since June 22, Haren struggled in the first.
Revere and Rollins started Philadelphia's first with consecutive singles followed by a double steal. After Chase Utley struck out, Domonic Brown drove in a run with a single off Haren's leg. A bases-loaded walk to Darin Ruf forced in the second run.
"We just have to continue to do the little things, especially with Ryan out of the lineup," Brown said. "We got guys with speed on base, making things happen."
It stayed 2-0 until the sixth.
Revere hit a two-out double and scored on Rollins' line-drive single to right. Revere slid in safely ahead of Jayson Werth 's strong throw and nearly kicked Utley in the face doing a backward kick-stand getting up after the slide.
Revere has raised his average to .300 from .200 on May 1.
"I feel a lot more comfortable at the plate," Revere said.
NOTES: Phillies 1B Ryan Howard will have surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. ... Phillies P Roy Halladay is making progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery. Halladay is throwing off flat ground from 75 feet. ... Lannan last went eight innings for Washington in a 3-2 loss at St. Louis on Aug. 28, 2009. ... Newly acquired outfielder Scott Hairston had travel delays leaving Chicago and arrived late to the ballpark. Hairston gives the Nationals a veteran right-handed hitter with power off the bench. "We just wanted a little bit more pop on the right side, a guy who can handle some left-handed pitching," Nats general manager Mike Rizzo said. ... OF/1B Tyler Moore was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Haren. ... Cole Hamels (3-11, 4.38) faces Taylor Jordan (0-1, 2.70) on Tuesday night.