"This is a big month for us. We're having fun," admitted Bell. "It's like playing in the playoffs every game."
Jason Michaels also had a big night, picking up three hits and scoring three runs in the Phillies win.
Charlie Manuel mixed up the lineup a little Friday night and it seemed to help. Bell was hitting sixth, instead of his usual seventh, putting him just ahead of rookie slugger Ryan Howard. Chase Utley dropped from third to fifth, with Bobby Abreu reclaiming the third spot and Pat Burrell hitting fourth. Utley (0-for-4) was the only one who didn't really respond to the moves. Abreu and Burrell each picked up two hits with Abreu driving in two runs to give him 86 on the year.
Vicente Padilla (8-12) struggled a little early and left after six innings and 104 pitches. Aquilino Lopez gave the Phillies two shutout innings and Geoff Geary threw a perfect ninth to protect the core of the Phillies' bullpen.
Rookie Eude Brito (0-0, 1.59) - making just his second career start - will face the Nationals' John Patterson (8-4, 2.50) in Saturday night's game. Patterson is 1-0, 0.66 in two starts against the Phillies this season. He went just 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs in his last start against Atlanta, leaving with stomach cramps.
On Sunday, rookie Gavin Floyd will make a start for the Phillies in place of another rookie, Robinson Tejeda. The Phillies will skip over Tejeda who has some soreness in his right shoulder. Esteban Loaiza, who is 0-2, 4.10 against the Phillies, will oppose Floyd on Sunday.