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Washington at Philadelphia

W: T. Clippard (2-0) L: D. Baez (0-1)
S: M. Capps (4)
HR: WAS - A. Dunn (1), R. Zimmerman (1)   PHI - C. Utley (5), S. Victorino (3)

Zimmerman's pinch-hit homer lifts Nationals past Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Zimmerman sat on the bench nursing a hamstring injury until he got a chance to create his own Kirk Gibson moment -- on a far lesser stage.

Zimmerman hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Danys Baez in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals rallied for a 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

Adam Dunn also connected for the Nationals, who stopped Philadelphia's five-game winning streak.

Chase Utley hit his fourth homer in three games and Shane Victorino also went deep for the Phillies.

Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, the Nationals scored three off Baez (0-1) to take the lead.

Dunn led off with a deep drive to right. After a one-out walk to Ivan Rodriguez, Zimmerman lined an opposite-field shot to right for his first career homer as a pinch hitter. The All-Star third baseman wasn't in the starting lineup for the fourth straight game because of a left hamstring injury.

"I think I got around the bases a little better than he did," Zimmerman joked when asked if he felt like Gibson. "I can run around a little bit."

In Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, a gimpy Gibson stepped in with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and connected for a pinch-hit, game-ending homer against Oakland's Dennis Eckersley in a 5-4 Dodgers win. Gibson, who didn't start because of a strained left knee, limped around the bases in one of the most dramatic finishes in series history.

"It was just good to get in the game and be a part of it," Zimmerman said. "It's never fun to just sit and not be able to help. To help win a game here is a great feeling."

On Jackie Robinson Day in the majors -- all players wore No. 42 -- the Phillies received their 2009 NL championship rings before the game. Philadelphia fell two wins short of repeating as World Series champs last year, losing to the New York Yankees.

The Phillies are trying to become the first NL team in 66 years to win three straight pennants. They're off to a 7-2 start.

Tyler Clippard (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Matt Capps got the last five outs for his fourth save in four tries, and his first ever longer than one inning. He allowed a solo homer to Victorino in the ninth.

Rodriguez hit a two-run single off Ryan Madson in the ninth to give the Nationals a three-run cushion.

Called up from Triple-A to replace Garrett Mock in Washington's rotation, Scott Olsen allowed four runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Phillies starter J.A. Happ allowed one unearned run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander had to pitch out of trouble often because he walked six, tying a career high.

"I need to be more consistent," Happ said.

Olsen pitched well until the sixth. Two-out walks to Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez loaded the bases. Juan Castro then singled to right for a 3-1 lead. A frustrated Olsen slammed his glove and cap in the dugout after being pulled.

"Olsen did a very good job against a hot ballclub," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said.

Clippard walked pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs with the bases loaded to force in Philadelphia's fourth run.

First baseman Ryan Howard's throwing error after Nyjer Morgan was picked off in the third helped Washington tie it at 1. Morgan scored on Cristian Guzman's groundout.

Philadelphia's bullpen hadn't allowed a homer in 29 1/3 innings until Dunn hit hits first of the year off Baez.

"I left a couple pitches up in the strike zone and they made good contact," Baez said. "You have to keep the ball down no matter where you play. It's not the ballpark."

The Phillies received 14-carat white gold rings featuring two rubies on either side to signify the consecutive championships. The top of the ring looks like a baseball diamond, with the basepaths done in rubies and the bases in diamonds.

  • Roy Halladay will pitch on regular rest against the Marlins on Friday, pushing Jamie Moyer's start back to Saturday. It'll be Halladay's home debut with the Phillies.
  • A crowd of 44,157 was the 45th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
  • The Nationals return home for the next 10 games.
  • Happ, who was 12-4 as a rookie last season, hasn't allowed an earned run in 10 1/3 innings.
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The Phillies' Danys Baez sulks after giving up a pinch-hit home run to Ryan Zimmerman (rear). (AP)
The Phillies' Danys Baez sulks after giving up a pinch-hit home run to Ryan Zimmerman (rear). (AP)

Players of the Game

I. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

J. Castro
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Washington Nationals
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Ian Desmond, SS4121002 .231
Cristian Guzman, 2B4001113 .276
Adam Dunn, 1B5121002 .185
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Josh Willingham, LF3000211 .333
    Willy Taveras, PR-RF0100000 .133
Ivan Rodriguez, C4122111 .407
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a-homered for Clippard in the 8th
2B - Ivan Rodriguez (4, Happ)
HR - Adam Dunn (1, Baez), Ryan Zimmerman (1, Baez)
SH - Ian Desmond (1)
RBI - Ian Desmond (5), Cristian Guzman (4), Adam Dunn (2), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (3), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Desmond (5), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (3)
SB - Ian Desmond (1, 2nd base off Madson/Ruiz), Josh Willingham (2, 2nd base off Contreras/Ruiz), Willy Taveras (1, 2nd base off Madson/Ruiz), Willie Harris (2, 2nd base off Baez/Ruiz)
CS - Nyjer Morgan (1, 2nd base by Happ/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 9
Washington Nationals
Scott Olsen 5.2544351 6.35
Tyler Clippard (W,2-0) 1.1100210 1.04
Sean Burnett (H,2) 0.1000000 7.71
Matt Capps (S,4) 1.2311011 1.59
IBB - Ruiz by Tyler Clippard
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 91-57, Tyler Clippard 32-16, Sean Burnett 4-2, Matt Capps 33-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 8-4, Tyler Clippard 2-1, Sean Burnett 1-0, Matt Capps 1-3
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 25, Tyler Clippard 7, Sean Burnett 1, Matt Capps 8
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF5111005 .244
Placido Polanco, 3B5120001 .475
Chase Utley, 2B5111032 .343
Ryan Howard, 1B5010002 .357
Jayson Werth, RF3100212 .323
Raul Ibanez, LF3100111 .206
Juan Castro, SS4032010 .333
    Wilson Valdez, PR-SS0000000 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C3010111 .273
J.A. Happ, P1000000 .000
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH0001100 .167
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000001 .200
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
a-walked for Contreras in the 6th
b-flied out for Baez in the 8th
2B - Ryan Howard (5, Clippard), Carlos Ruiz (1, Olsen)
HR - Shane Victorino (3, Capps), Chase Utley (5, Olsen)
SH - J.A. Happ (1)
RBI - Shane Victorino (11), Chase Utley (11), Juan Castro 2 (3), Greg Dobbs (2)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (2), Juan Castro 2 (2), Greg Dobbs (1)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Utley-Castro-Howard, Utley-Castro-Howard
E - Ryan Howard (2, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
J.A. Happ 5.1310600 0.00
Jose Contreras 0.2000020 0.00
Antonio Bastardo (H,2) 1211000 2.45
Danys Baez (BS,1; L,0-1) 1233222 7.71
Ryan Madson 1222120 6.23
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 97-52, Jose Contreras 9-7, Antonio Bastardo 17-10, Danys Baez 31-15, Ryan Madson 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 6-8, Antonio Bastardo 1-2, Danys Baez 1-0, Ryan Madson 1-0
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 23, Jose Contreras 2, Antonio Bastardo 5, Danys Baez 7, Ryan Madson 6
Game Information
Attendance - 44157
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Rob Drake