Hernandez outduels Gonzalez, Phillies edge Nats

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm •  Published: May 4, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Roberto Hernandez might want to have his next start switched, as well.

Hernandez pitched four-hit ball over 7 1-3 innings, outdueling Gio Gonzalez and leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the Washington Nationals 1-0 Sunday.

Chase Utley hit an RBI single in the first inning for the only run.

Hernandez (2-1) struck out three and walked three. His start was moved up two days because Cole Hamels had the flu, and he retired 14 of 15 batters in the middle innings.

"Not a big deal, whatever I had to do," Hernandez said. "I kept the ball down and tried not to overthrow. I'm happy. It was a great game for my team and for me, too."

Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg likes what Hernandez has added to the Phillies' rotation as the fifth starter.

"We like his stuff," Sandberg said. "He's a ground ball pitcher. He has a durable arm. He likes the ball. He's reliable and he can throw a lot of pitches in the game.

"I like the way he's throwing. He solidifies our rotation and is a good complement. He's funky out there, he's different and I like what he's doing right now."

Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo each got an out in the eighth. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Gonzalez (3-2) allowed four hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

"It was just a good pitchers' duel," Gonzalez said. "I just tried to keep us in the game as long as possible."

Philadelphia scored when Jimmy Rollins hit a one-out triple and Utley followed with a single.

"That set the tone for our game," Sandberg said.

Ben Revere tripled with one out in the Philadelphia third, and Gonzalez didn't give up another hit until Jayson Nix's leadoff single in the eighth.

"Gio pitched well and their guy did too," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "It was a good, old-fashioned pitching duel."

Gonzalez got some help from his defense during that stretch, as Nate McLouth robbed Rollins of a hit with a diving catch in left field to open the sixth.