Burrell Stars In Phils Opener; Thome Hurt

The Phillies delivered an opening day win against the Washington Nationals as Pat Burrell got his season off to an impressive start. The bad news is that Jim Thome left the game after being hit in the wrist with a pitch in the eighth inning.

Pat Burrell finished the day 3-for-3 with two RBI as the Phillies took an 8-4 decision over Livan Hernandez (0-1) and the Washington Nationals.

Burrell also played well defensively, making a key running catch in foul ground early in the game and throwing a runner out at second base. The play at second came after Burrell bobbled a play in left field on a ball hit by Vinny Castilla. Castilla tried to reach second and Burrell gunned him down on the play.

The power came from Kenny Lofton who launched a three-run homerun to stretch the Phillies lead to 7-1. Lofton had two hits and drew two walks in his official debut as a Phillie.

In all, the Phillies collected 14 hits, while the Nationals banged out 13.

Jon Lieber (1-0) started and got the win for the Phillies, going 5 2/3 innings before running out of gas. Rheal Cormier came on and worked out of a jam to end the sixth inning without any further damage.

Ryan Madson came on with one out in the seventh, but struggled in his first outing of the season as the Nationals scored three runs in two innings to make it a 7-4 game.

Billy Wagner pitched the ninth inning in a non-save situation and retired the Nationals in order.

Jim Thome was hit in the wrist on a pitch thrown by reliever Joey Eischen in the bottom of the eighth inning. Thome initially stayed in the game, but was replaced defensively by Tomas Perez in the top of the ninth. There was no immediate word available on the injury to Thome.

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