Phillies Win, Madson Closes

It's was Madson instead of Lidge...again

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Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 win against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

Ryan Madson pitched the ninth in place of struggling closer Brad Lidge, earning his sixth save in six chances as Philadelphia beat the Nationals for the ninth straight time. Cliff Lee pitched seven-plus innings to get the win, allowing five runs and 10 hits.

Werth's leadoff drive on a 3-1 pitch from Tyler Clippard gave the Phillies a 5-4 lead. It was his second in two games and No. 33 on the year.

Feliz followed with his 10th of the season, a shot that landed in the left-field seats beyond Philadelphia's bullpen.

It was the Phillies' 10th set of back-to-back homers and second in two games. Werth and Raul Ibanez had consecutive drives in the seventh inning of Philadelphia's 5-3 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night.

The Nationals loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth and only came away with one run. Chan Ho Park replaced Lee with runners on first and second and walked Elijah Dukes before retiring three straight pinch hitters. Willie Harris flied out, Pete Orr had a sacrifice fly and Wil Nieves grounded out.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel then opted for Madson in the ninth. Justin Maxwell led off with a single and stole second before Cristian Guzman struck out. Adam Dunn then lined into a game-ending double play.

Lidge picked up his 10th blown save Saturday and was pulled in the ninth inning of Philadelphia's win Tuesday. Manuel hinted before Wednesday's game that Lidge may lose his closer role.

"These are very important games, and we need to win, and I'm going to pitch on that night who I think can do the job," he said.

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