Washington at Philadelphia

W: G. Gonzalez (7-3) L: C. Lee (10-3)
HR: WAS - A. Rendon (4),W. Ramos (4),R. Zimmerman (11),J. Werth (10)   PHI - D. Ruf (1)

Nationals beat Lee, Phillies

CBSSports.com wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Gio Gonzalez is now getting results to match his fine performances.

Gonzalez tossed seven sharp innings, the Nationals hit a pair of consecutive homers off Cliff Lee and Washington beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Wednesday night.

Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back shots off Lee to start the fifth and Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth did it to open the sixth.

Gonzalez (7-3) gave up one run and six hits, striking out five to win his fourth straight start. The lefty has eight quality starts in a row.

"I got in a couple jams against a good-hitting team, but the defense came through with some double plays," Gonzalez said.

Before his winning streak began on June 25, Gonzalez had been winless in eight previous starts despite posting a 2.18 ERA in that span.

He hasn't changed anything. Only now, the Ws are piling up like last year when Gonzalez was 21-8.

"I have the same focus and trying to attack the strike zone," he said.

Lee (10-3) had allowed nine homers in his first 135 2-3 innings this year before yielding four in a span of eight batters.

"All four I felt were good pitches," Lee said. "When it's hot here, the ball carries. I got to do a better job inducing ground balls."

Darin Ruf hit a solo shot for the Phillies, who failed to reach .500 for the first time since June 7.

Lee allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings. The All-Star lefty gave up multiple homers in a game once before this season in a 4-2 win over Washington on June 18.

"He throws a lot of strikes so you have to be aggressive early," Ramos said. "He throws strikes so you don't have to wait for one pitch to hit."

Lee threw just 76 pitches, 64 of which were strikes.

"Sometimes when he's like that, nobody hits him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "His stuff was good. They got four balls airborne and they went out of the yard."

The defending NL East champion Nationals, who moved within five games of first-place Atlanta, lost the first two of this four-game set against Philadelphia. The Phillies are 2 behind Washington.

Rendon lined an 0-2 pitch to left to give the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the fifth. The ball struck a man in the face. He was standing in the front row and tried to make a barehanded catch. There was no immediate word on whether he was injured.

Ramos followed with an opposite-field shot to right.

Zimmerman connected on an 0-2 pitch in the sixth, hitting a towering drive to left-center. Werth followed with a shot to left.

"This park should make you more aggressive," Nats manager Davey Johnson said. "Lee likes to throw the cutter. We were ready for it."

Ruf hit an opposite-field drive to right with two outs in the seventh for his first with the Phillies this season. Ruf had 38 homers at Double-A Reading last year and three more in a brief stint in Philadelphia.


  • The Nationals have hit back-to-back homers six times this season.
  • Zimmerman was 4 for 23 with seven strikeouts against Lee before going deep.
  • Washington is 42-10 when scoring more than three runs.
  • Lee has allowed more than three runs in consecutive starts after doing it twice in his first 17 starts.
  • The Phillies had won 10 of their previous 14 against the division. They're an NL East-best 23-14 against their rivals, including 5-4 vs. the Nationals.
  • Phillies 1B Ryan Howard had surgery on his left knee and will miss six to eight weeks.
  • All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (12-3, 2.57) opposes Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.90) in the series finale Thursday night.
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Wilson Ramos (right) celebrates after hitting the second of back-to-back homers against the Phils in the fifth inning. (USATSI)
Wilson Ramos (right) celebrates after hitting the second of back-to-back homers against the Phils in the fifth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

D. Ruf
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

A. Rendon
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Wednesday's MLB winners and losers (0:41)
Washington Nationals
Denard Span, CF5001001 .260
Ian Desmond, SS4020100 .280
Bryce Harper, LF5010026 .274
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5111044 .277
Jayson Werth, RF3121110 .294
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000012 .253
Anthony Rendon, 2B4221001 .303
Wilson Ramos, C4121000 .309
Gio Gonzalez, P3000011 .156
    Scott Hairston, PH1000001 .181
a-announced for Clippard in the 9th
b-flied out for Tracy in the 9th
2B - Ian Desmond (24, Lee), Bryce Harper (8, Lee), Anthony Rendon (12, De Fratus)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (11, Lee), Jayson Werth (10, Lee), Anthony Rendon (4, Lee), Wilson Ramos (4, Lee)
RBI - Denard Span (23), Ryan Zimmerman (50), Jayson Werth (31), Anthony Rendon (13), Wilson Ramos (16)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Zimmerman-Rendon-LaRoche, Zimmerman-Rendon-LaRoche-Desmond-LaRoche
E - Ian Desmond (11, Missed catch of throw)
Washington Nationals
Gio Gonzalez (W,7-3) 7611251 3.03
Tyler Clippard (H,16) 1100000 2.09
Rafael Soriano 1000000 2.13
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 116-74, Tyler Clippard 12-10, Rafael Soriano 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 9-6, Tyler Clippard 1-2
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 28, Tyler Clippard 4, Rafael Soriano 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Ben Revere, CF4010015 .302
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000002 .263
Chase Utley, 2B4010010 .275
Domonic Brown, LF4000011 .278
Michael Young, 3B4010011 .289
Delmon Young, RF3000111 .272
Darin Ruf, 1B3111101 .385
Carlos Ruiz, C4020002 .267
Cliff Lee, P1000000 .184
    Kevin Frandsen, PH1010000 .287
a-hit a bunt single for Lee in the 7th
2B - Michael Young (16, G. Gonzalez)
HR - Darin Ruf (1, G. Gonzalez)
SH - Cliff Lee (6)
RBI - Darin Ruf (2)
2-OUT RBI - Darin Ruf (2)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Rollins-Ruf, Rollins-Ruf-Utley-Rollins-Ruf
E - Justin De Fratus (1, Misplayed grounder), Jake Diekman (1, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cliff Lee (L,10-3) 7944064 2.86
Luis Garcia 1000110 0.00
Justin De Fratus 0110000 5.09
Jake Diekman 1000120 4.50
IBB - Desmond by Jake Diekman
WP - Luis Garcia (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 76-64, Luis Garcia 22-13, Justin De Fratus 7-6, Jake Diekman 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 8-6, Luis Garcia 2-0, Justin De Fratus 1-0, Jake Diekman 1-1
Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 29, Luis Garcia 4, Justin De Fratus 2, Jake Diekman 5
Game Information
Attendance - 34513
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Victor Carapazza