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RHP Tanner Roark, called up from Triple-A Syracuse earlier this week, made his major league debut on Wednesday when he came on in the fifth inning in place of starter Jordan Zimmermann. Roark retired Brian McCann -- the first batter he faced -- and pitched a scoreless inning as he set down the side. He went back out for the sixth and retired the side.

RF Jayson Werth, the National League Player of the Month for July, keeps hitting. He hit a two-run homer in the fourth -- the first hit off Kris Medlen -- to tie the game at 2-2. It was the 16th homer of the year for Werth, who batted in the cleanup spot.

RHP Dan Haren will start at home Friday against the Phillies. He is 0-4, 5.54 in his career against the Phillies and his team has lost all seven games he has started in his career against Philadelphia.

RHP Jordan Zimmermann got the start in the series finale against the Braves on Wednesday. He was 3-1, 2.97 in his career against Atlanta before the start but was not involved in the decision after he allowed seven hits and two runs in four innings. He was replaced by Tanner Roark, who made his big-league debut.

3B Ryan Zimmerman was back in the No. 2 hole on Wednesday for the second game in a row. He had never hit in that spot as a starter in his big league career until Tuesday. But this time Denard Span was back in the leadoff spot as Bryce Harper, the leadoff hitter Tuesday, was moved to the No. 3 hole. Zimmerman was 0-for-4 and is now hitting .269.

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