The Phillies entered Wednesday's game having won seven of their last eight games against the first-place Nationals after losing nine of the previous 10 meetings.
Philadelphia's bullpen lowered its ERA to 3.95 in Tuesday night's 6-3 victory. That's a big improvement for a relief corps that ranked 15th in the National League with a 4.76 pre-All-Star break ERA.
Jimmy Rollins entered Wednesday needing three runs for his sixth career 100-run season and first since 2009. Ed Delahanty (eight), Sam Thompson (eight), Mike Schmidt (seven), Billy Hamilton (six) and Bobby Abreu (six ) are the only other Phillies to record more seasons with 100-plus runs.
The Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America presented the winners of its annual Phillies franchise awards before Wednesday's game against the Nationals. Carlos Ruiz was honored with the Mike Schmidt Most Valuable Player Award, while Cole Hamels won the Steve Carlton Most Valuable Pitcher Award. Rollins won the Dallas Green Special Achievement Award, and Juan Pierre won the Tug McGraw True Pro Award.