Washington at Philadelphia

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Washington (44-82)1001200004111
Philadelphia (67-58) «01002011x570

Phillies 5, Nationals 4

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PHILADELPHIA -- Making Jayson Werth an everyday player might be what solves the Philadelphia Phillies' hitting troubles.

Werth hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Phillies over Washington 5-4 on Tuesday night, the Nationals' 11th straight loss.

The losing streak is the longest for the Nationals since they moved to Washington before the 2005 season. It is the franchise's longest since the Montreal Expos dropped 11 straight from June 23-July 4, 1991.

Werth drove a 1-2 pitch from Steven Shell (0-1) to the seats in left-center for his career-best 17th homer. The right-handed hitting Werth has platooned most of the season with Geoff Jenkins in right field. He's gotten more starts against right-handers lately, including this one.

"I like Werth's talent," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Despite a stiff wind blowing in, Werth knew his shot was going out once he connected.

"I hit it pretty well," he said. "It didn't go as far as I thought."

The Phillies remained 1½ games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets with their third win in four games since losing four straight in Los Angeles.

Jimmy Rollins got a mixed reaction from the crowd in his first home game since calling Philadelphia fans "frontrunners" last week in a television interview.

The reigning NL MVP heard boos and cheers each time he came to bat and went 0-for-4.

"There's been a lot worse booing than that," he said. "If they want to boo me, that's fine. Just keep it off everybody else."

Ryan Madson (3-1) pitched a perfect eighth and Brad Lidge finished for his 31st save in as many chances. Lidge has 34 consecutive saves, dating to last season with Houston.

The Phillies, who usually have trouble with situational hitting, had three sacrifice flies. Shane Victorino doubled, tripled and scored twice.

Washington's Ronnie Belliard was 4-for-4 and Willie Harris hit a solo homer.

"Another tough loss," third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. "We played a good game, but a couple things hurt us."

Victorino's speed helped the Phillies score the tying run in the seventh. After Pat Burrell led off with an infield single, Victorino reached on a fielder's choice. He advanced to third on Greg Dobbs' single to left-center and scored on Chris Coste's sacrifice fly to right.

Victorino started a two-run fifth with a triple to left-center. He scored when Harris dropped Dobbs' shallow fly to left. Dobbs stole second, went to third on Coste's single and scored on pinch-hitter Jenkins' sacrifice fly.

Harris gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the first when he drove one out to right.

Ryan Howard singled leading off the bottom of the second, advanced to third on Victorino's one-out double and scored on Dobbs' sacrifice fly to tie it.

Singles by Lastings Milledge, Belliard and Jesus Flores to start the fourth put the Nationals ahead 2-1.

Zimmerman had an RBI triple in the fifth and Belliard singled him in with two outs to make it 4-1.

Phillies starter Joe Blanton allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings in his sixth start since joining the Phillies in a trade with Oakland.

Nationals starter Jason Bergmann gave up four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"Bergmann threw well," manager Manny Acta said. "We're not helping ourselves when we get good pitching."

Notes

  • Belliard is batting .440 (22-for-50) in August.
  • A crowd of 44,143 was the 40th sellout in 60 home games at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Blanton is 1-0, but the Phillies are 4-2 in his starts.
 
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Jayson Werth (left) blasts his career-best 17th home run to provide the margin of victory.  (AP)
Jayson Werth (left) blasts his career-best 17th home run to provide the margin of victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Washington

R. Belliard
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Washington Nationals
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B5000010 .216
Willie Harris, LF5221012 .254
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4111010 .266
Lastings Milledge, CF4110001 .261
Ronnie Belliard, SS4041000 .267
Jesus Flores, C4011023 .271
Austin Kearns, RF3010112 .218
Kory Casto, 1B4010004 .193
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
Jason Bergmann, P3000016 .000
    Steven Shell, P0000000 .000
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Boone, 1B1000010 .246
Totals37411418  
Batting
2B - Ronnie Belliard (18, Blanton)
3B - Ryan Zimmerman (1, Blanton)
HR - Willie Harris (10, Blanton)
RBI - Willie Harris (32), Ryan Zimmerman (34), Ronnie Belliard (38), Jesus Flores (53)
2-OUT RBI - Ronnie Belliard (13)
CS - Ronnie Belliard (2, 2nd base by Durbin/Coste)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Bonifacio-Belliard-Casto
E - Willie Harris (3, Dropped fly)
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann 6.1643040 4.50
Steven Shell (BS,1; L,0-1) 1111001 2.06
Charlie Manning 0.1000100 5.17
Saul Rivera 0.1000000 3.39
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 92-59, Steven Shell 18-12, Charlie Manning 10-3, Saul Rivera 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 6-9, Steven Shell 1-2, Charlie Manning 1-0
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 25, Steven Shell 4, Charlie Manning 2, Saul Rivera 1
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000001 .263
Jayson Werth, RF4111010 .264
Chase Utley, 2B4000000 .281
Ryan Howard, 1B3110110 .233
Pat Burrell, LF4010012 .266
Shane Victorino, CF3220001 .285
Greg Dobbs, 3B2111000 .304
    Eric Bruntlett, 3B0000000 .215
Chris Coste, C2011001 .272
    Carlos Ruiz, C0000000 .220
Joe Blanton, P1000010 .125
   a- Geoff Jenkins, PH0001000 .241
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .143
   b- So Taguchi, PH1000001 .210
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals2857414  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Blanton in the 5th
b-grounded out-bunting for Durbin in the 7th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (24, Bergmann)
3B - Shane Victorino (6, Bergmann)
HR - Jayson Werth (17, Shell)
SF - Greg Dobbs (2), Chris Coste (2), Geoff Jenkins (4)
RBI - Jayson Werth (45), Greg Dobbs (28), Chris Coste (28), Geoff Jenkins (29)
SB - Greg Dobbs (3, 2nd base off Bergmann/Flores)
Team LOB - 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Blanton 5844131 4.87
Chad Durbin 2300010 2.09
Ryan Madson (W,3-1) 1000020 3.11
Brad Lidge (S,31) 1000020 2.06
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 91-58, Chad Durbin 35-24, Ryan Madson 10-8, Brad Lidge 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 4-8, Chad Durbin 2-2, Ryan Madson 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 24, Chad Durbin 8, Ryan Madson 3, Brad Lidge 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44143
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor