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Nationals 8, Phillies 5: Jayson Werth delivered a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning on his 1,000th career hit as host Washington rallied past struggling Philadelphia.
Werth had three hits, scored three times and drove in three runs while Anthony Rendon capped the Nationals’ five-run seventh with a two-run single. Tanner Roark (1-0) notched his first career victory with two perfect innings in relief and Tyler Clippard bridged the gap to Rafael Soriano, who turned in a flawless ninth for his 29th save.
Darin Ruf and Domonic Brown each homered for the Phillies, who have lost eight of their last 10 and dropped to 4-16 since the All-Star break. Jacob Diekman (0-3) was charged with the first two runs during the seventh and has suffered all three of his losses over the last 14 days.
Ruf handed the Phillies an early advantage in the second as he drilled the first pitch he saw from Washington starter Taylor Jordan into the left-field seats for a two-run homer. Cliff Lee’s squeeze bunt and Rollins’ RBI single capped the four-run inning, but Philadelphia’s bullpen imploded when Lee left with a 4-3 lead after six innings.
Bryce Harper dropped a bunt with runners on the corners following a pair of walks by Diekman to knot the game and Werth sent Zach Miner’s first pitch just over the fence in left. Each of the next three batters reached base in front of Rendon, who lined a single to leave Washington ahead 8-4.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Werth is batting a major league-best .404 since July 1. … Lee allowed seven hits and struck out six as the no-decision prevented him from losing four straight starts for the first time since July 6-26, 2007. Jordan allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. … Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel was denied his 1,000th career victory for the second time in as many days.