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MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - INSIDE PITCH In a season that has not gone well for the team, right fielder Jayson Werth is putting together his best season with the Nationals. On Saturday, Werth reached 1,000 hits in his career on a game-changing two-run homer that gave the Nationals a 6-4 lead. Down 4-0 in the second, the Nationals came back to win, 8-5.

Nationals 6, Phillies 0

Nationals 6, Phillies 0: Stephen Strasburg notched his first career shutout and initial complete game as host Washington completed a three-game sweep of skidding Philadelphia. Strasburg (6-9) struck out 10 and allowed four hits to halt a five-start winless streak as the Nationals sent the Phillies to their 11th consecutive road defeat. It was Strasburg's second double-digit strikeout game of the season and 10th of his career.

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RHP Stephen Strasburg (5-9, 3.01) pitches against the Phillies on Sunday in Washington. Strasburg sports a 1.76 home ERA (fifth best in the National League) and has allowed two runs or fewer in 10 of 12 home starts, yet the Nationals are 4-8 in those games. He is 1-0 against the Phillies this season, allowing a run and eight hits in eight innings on May 26 in D.C. In his career, he is 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.

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Jayson Werth has been the hottest hitter in baseball for over a month but has enjoyed the same kind of success against the Philadelphia Phillies all season long. Werth, who will attempt to lead the Washington Nationals to a three-game home sweep of Philadelphia on Sunday, went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and scored three times in Saturday’s win. He is batting a major league-best .404 since July 1 and is 14-for-33 with four homers and 10 RBIs against his former team in nine games this season.

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RHP Stephen Strasburg (5-9, 3.01) pitches against the Phillies on Sunday in Washington. Strasburg sports a 1.76 home ERA (fifth best in the National League) and has allowed two runs or fewer in 10 of 12 home starts, yet the Nationals are 4-8 in those games. He is 1-0 against the Phillies this season, allowing a run and eight hits in eight innings on May 26 in D.C. In his career, he is 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings.

Nationals 8, Phillies 5

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.

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MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - INSIDE PITCH It was a special moment for reliever Tanner Roark. After being called up early in the week, the right-hander made his major league debut in the fifth inning of a critical game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in D.C. Roark tossed two shutout innings, allowing just one run. He admitted to feeling the jitters pitching for the first time in front of such a big crowd and, of course, in the majors.

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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.

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RHP Jordan Taylor is coming off his first major league victory after allowing one run and five hits with seven strikeouts in the Nationals' 14-1 victory last Sunday over the New York Mets. He'll try to carry that momentum on Sunday when the Nationals try for a series sweep of the Brewers at Miller Park. He's faced Milwaukee just once before, allowing two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

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RHP Jordan Taylor is coming off his first major league victory after allowing one run and five hits with seven strikeouts in the Nationals' 14-1 victory last Sunday over the New York Mets. He'll try to carry that momentum on Sunday when the Nationals try for a series sweep of the Brewers at Miller Park. He's faced Milwaukee just once before, allowing two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
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