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Nats top Phils, inch closer to division title

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PHILADELPHIA -- Seeing Jayson Werth quiet a hostile crowd pleased Bryce Harper more than his own latest accomplishment.

Harper hit his 20th homer, Ian Desmond and Kurt Suzuki also connected and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 Wednesday night to move closer toward winning their first division title since moving to Washington.

The Nationals reduced their magic number in the NL East to four, holding a four-game lead over Atlanta with seven remaining.

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The 19-year-old Harper joined Tony Conigliaro as the only teenagers to reach 20 homers in big league history.

"That doesn't mean very much to me," Harper said.

Harper was more excited about Werth's in-your-face two-run single in the ninth that extended Washington's lead to 7-4.

Werth, jeered in Philadelphia since leaving the Phillies in free agency after the 2010 season, drew loud boos in the on-deck circle after he picked up a foul ball and faked tossing it into the stands.

The boos grew louder when Werth came up to the plate. Rookie pitcher Justin De Fratus then earned cheers for throwing a fastball high and tight to Werth, who got an earful throughout his at-bat.

Werth got the last laugh with his hit up the middle. Harper added an RBI triple.

"It gave me a chill after the fans were going crazy with all that booing," Harper said. "That was huge. He's been doing that all year for us."

John Lannan (4-0) gave up two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings to win his second start since taking Stephen Strasburg's spot in the rotation. Strasburg, the All-Star righty, was shut down after reaching his innings limit.

The Phillies, who closed to within three games of St. Louis for the NL's second wild-card spot following a late push, are on the verge of elimination. The five-time defending NL East champions are 5½ games behind the Cardinals with seven left.

"We've been pushing real hard and it's catching up to us," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Kyle Kendrick (10-12) got roughed up, allowing five runs and five hits in two-plus innings.

Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer, snapping an 0-for-19 slump. But the Phillies couldn't overcome a 5-0 deficit.

Kendrick walked Werth on five pitches to start the game and Harper drove the first pitch he saw 411 feet to deep left-center for a 2-0 lead. Harper matched the feat of Conigliaro, who hit 24 home runs for the Boston Red Sox in 1964.

"That's nothing new to me," Nats manager Davey Johnson said about Harper. "I saw him hit a 500-foot homer when he was 14 years old. The thing is he thinks he should be hitting .400."

Desmond connected leading off the second, hitting his 25th homer way out to left-center to make it 3-0. Stephen Lombardozzi then reached on second baseman Chase Utley's fielding error and Suzuki followed with a shot out to left to put the Nationals up 5-0.

Kevin Frandsen hit a one-out double in the third to get the Phillies going. He scored when Suzuki threw wild to third on reliever B.J. Rosenberg's sacrifice.

Lannan then pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out Ryan Howard and retiring Carlos Ruiz on a grounder to the mound.

"Any time you can come in here and get a win, it's very satisfying," said Lannan, who improved to 3-12 against the Phillies.

Frandsen hit a two-out triple in the fourth and scored on Rosenberg's single up the middle in his first official at-bat in the majors.

Rollins hit his team-leading 23rd homer off Ryan Mattheus in the seventh.

Domonic Brown's sacrifice fly off former closer Tyler Clippard cut it to 5-4 in the eighth. Clippard fanned Frandsen to leave the tying run on third.

Notes

  • Roy Halladay felt fine after a bullpen session and will start on Friday for the Phillies. There was a possibility Halladay would be shut down after experiencing spasms near his shoulder blade last week.
  • Nationals are 14-4 when Harper goes deep.
  • Desmond is 9 for 20 off Kendrick.
  • Ruiz received the Mike Schmidt MVP Award given annually by the Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Cole Hamels got the Steve Carlton MVP pitcher Award, Rollins received the Dallas Green Special Achievement Award and Juan Pierre got the Tug McGraw True Pro Award.
  • Gio Gonzalez (20-8) tries to strengthen his bid for the NL Cy Young Award in the series finale against Philadelphia rookie Tyler Cloyd (2-1).
 
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Bryce Harper hits his 20th homer of the season to help the Nats move closer to their first division title since moving to D.C. (Getty Images)
Bryce Harper hits his 20th homer of the season to help the Nats move closer to their first division title since moving to D.C. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Washington

K. Suzuki
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

K. Frandsen
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jayson Werth, RF4222111 .304
Bryce Harper, CF5123022 .262
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5010012 .285
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000131 .268
Michael Morse, LF4010001 .287
    Roger Bernadina, LF0000000 .290
Ian Desmond, SS3211101 .297
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B3100011 .274
    Ryan Mattheus, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1000001 .282
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
Kurt Suzuki, C4222000 .235
John Lannan, P1000100 .125
    Danny Espinosa, 2B2000012 .253
Totals3589849  
a-grounded out for Clippard in the 9th
Batting
3B - Bryce Harper (9, Bastardo)
HR - Bryce Harper (20, Kendrick), Ian Desmond (25, Kendrick), Kurt Suzuki (6, Kendrick)
RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (31), Bryce Harper 3 (56), Ian Desmond (72), Kurt Suzuki 2 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (13), Bryce Harper (16)
SB - Bryce Harper (17, 2nd base off Kendrick/Ruiz), Ian Desmond (21, 2nd base off De Fratus/Ruiz), Kurt Suzuki (2, 2nd base off De Fratus/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Zimmerman-Espinosa-LaRoche
E - Kurt Suzuki (5, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
John Lannan (W,4-0) 5.1522130 4.23
Ryan Mattheus (H,16) 1.2111011 2.95
Tyler Clippard (H,11) 1211120 3.75
Drew Storen 1000010 2.39
HBP - Howard (by John Lannan)
WP - Tyler Clippard (5)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lannan 82-47, Ryan Mattheus 22-12, Tyler Clippard 26-16, Drew Storen 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lannan 8-6, Ryan Mattheus 3-0, Drew Storen 1-1
Batters Faced - John Lannan 24, Ryan Mattheus 5, Tyler Clippard 6, Drew Storen 3
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS5111002 .248
John Mayberry Jr., CF5010010 .253
Chase Utley, 2B4120000 .265
Ryan Howard, 1B3000024 .223
Carlos Ruiz, C2000204 .325
Domonic Brown, RF3001022 .236
Darin Ruf, LF4010002 .333
    Juan Pierre, PR-LF0000000 .313
Kevin Frandsen, 3B4220012 .331
Kyle Kendrick, P0000000 .152
    B.J. Rosenberg, P10110001.000
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000000 .239
    Jeremy Horst, P0000000 .000
    Justin De Fratus, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000010 .255
Totals3348327  
a-grounded out for Lindblom in the 7th
b-struck out for Bastardo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (15, Clippard), Kevin Frandsen (6, Lannan)
3B - Kevin Frandsen (3, Lannan)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (23, Mattheus)
SF - Domonic Brown (1)
SH - B.J. Rosenberg (1)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (67), Domonic Brown (24), B.J. Rosenberg (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (27), B.J. Rosenberg (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Frandsen-Utley-Howard, Utley-Rollins-Howard
E - Chase Utley (7, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (L,10-12) 2554213 4.08
B.J. Rosenberg 3000130 6.86
Josh Lindblom 2000020 3.23
Jeremy Horst 1100010 1.00
Justin De Fratus 0.2233110 4.32
Antonio Bastardo 0.1100010 4.41
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 47-28, B.J. Rosenberg 42-29, Josh Lindblom 29-18, Jeremy Horst 12-10, Justin De Fratus 27-16, Antonio Bastardo 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 5-1, B.J. Rosenberg 2-3, Josh Lindblom 2-2, Jeremy Horst 1-0, Justin De Fratus 1-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 14, B.J. Rosenberg 9, Josh Lindblom 6, Jeremy Horst 3, Justin De Fratus 5, Antonio Bastardo 2
Game Information
Attendance - 41440
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Andy Fletcher