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PHILADELPHIA -- Facing one of the NL's top pitchers brought out Kyle Kendrick's best.
Kendrick (8-6) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to help Philadelphia take three of four from the defending NL East champions.
"He rose to the occasion," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Zimmermann was real good. Kendrick was right there with him."
The Phillies are 7-3 since July 2, including series wins over first-place Pittsburgh and Atlanta, to pull within 1 games of the second-place Nationals and one game of .500.
"It's a big win for us," Kendrick said. "I knew it was going to be close. I just wanted to give us a chance and we got some big hits."
Zimmermann (12-4) gave up two runs and eight hits, striking out six in 6 1-3 innings.
"My stuff was good," Zimmermann said. "On the pitch to Frandsen, I didn't get the slider low enough and he just flicked it out there."
Antonio Bastardo pitched a perfect eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 20th save in 24 tries. Papelbon blew two saves against the Nationals last month and allowed two runs in a 3-2 win Monday night.
Darin Ruf led off the bottom of the seventh with a double down the left-field line. Pinch-runner John McDonald advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Frandsen's RBI double off center fielder Denard Span's glove.
"As a group, all of us are ready," Frandsen said of Philadelphia's bench. "We know there's one spot you're going to have a chance and fortunately I came through."
Frandsen is hitting .355 (11 for 31) with 10 RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season.
"He's very valuable for us," Manuel said. "He's won a few games for us already."
Kendrick overcame a season-high four errors by the Phillies with two double plays and nine groundouts. Chase Utley had a career-worst three errors.
"I just had to battle and keep the game close," Kendrick said.
Utley got the Phillies an insurance run in the eighth by hitting a double to start the inning, moving to third on a fly ball and sliding in safely just ahead of a throw to the plate on Michael Young's grounder to second.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead on Ben Revere's RBI single in the fifth. Carlos Ruiz reached on an infield single, advanced on Kendrick's sacrifice and scored on Revere's liner to left-center.
The lead didn't last long.
All-Star Domonic Brown threw out fellow All-Star Harper trying to score from second on Jayson Werth's two-out single to left in the first. That was Washington's first hit with runners in scoring position in the series after going 0 for 16.
|Jonathan Papelbon closes down the Phillies' win over the the Nats, picking up his 20th save of the year. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Denard Span, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.257|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.280|
|Bryce Harper, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.274|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||2||0||0||1||1||0||0||.275|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.297|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.249|
|Anthony Rendon, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.303|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.219|
|Jordan Zimmermann, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.150|
|3B - Bryce Harper (2, Kendrick)|
|SF - Ryan Zimmerman (3)|
|RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (51)|
|SB - Bryce Harper (6, 2nd base off Kendrick/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Jordan Zimmermann (L,12-4)||6.1||8||2||2||0||6||0||2.58|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 79-59, Ian Krol 15-11, Drew Storen 6-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 9-4, Ian Krol 2-1, Drew Storen 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 27, Ian Krol 4, Drew Storen 3|
|Ben Revere, CF||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.304|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.260|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.275|
|Domonic Brown, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.281|
|Michael Young, 3B-1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.288|
|Delmon Young, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.268|
|John Mayberry Jr., RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.251|
|Darin Ruf, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.375|
|John McDonald, PR-3B||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.093|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.271|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.135|
|a-Kevin Frandsen, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.295|
|a-doubled for Kendrick in the 7th|
|2B - Chase Utley (15, Krol), Domonic Brown (15, Zimmermann), Michael Young (17, Zimmermann), Darin Ruf (2, Zimmermann), Kevin Frandsen (6, Zimmermann)|
|SH - Carlos Ruiz (2), Kyle Kendrick (7)|
|RBI - Ben Revere (17), Michael Young (27), Kevin Frandsen (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ben Revere (11)|
|SB - Ben Revere (22, 2nd base off Zimmermann/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Domonic Brown 1|
|DP - Ruiz-Rollins-Ruf, Ruiz-Rollins-Ruf-Ruf-Rollins|
|E - Chase Utley 3 (10, Dropped fly), Michael Young (7, Throwing)|
|Kyle Kendrick (W,8-6)||7||5||1||1||1||2||0||3.75|
|Antonio Bastardo (H,14)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.78|
|Jonathan Papelbon (S,20)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.21|
|WP - Kyle Kendrick 2 (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 106-68, Antonio Bastardo 8-8, Jonathan Papelbon 10-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 11-8, Antonio Bastardo 2-0, Jonathan Papelbon 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 27, Antonio Bastardo 3, Jonathan Papelbon 3|
|Attendance - 40086|
|Game Time - 2:37|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|