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Nationals edge Phillies

Nationals edge Phillies

The Washington Nationals avoided a three-game sweep and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 Thursday night.

Washington won the game as +175 underdogs, and the 15 runs sailed OVER the posted over/under (9.5).

Ian Desmond led the Nationals with a three-run homer and four RBIs. Livan Hernandez tossed just over seven innings for the win, and Ron Villone earned his first save.

Matt Stairs launched a grand slam home run for the Phillies. Joe Blanton gave up eight runs in 4 2-3 innings in the loss.