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Kendrick outduels Nationals' Zimmermann for Phils win

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PHILADELPHIA -- Facing one of the NL's top pitchers brought out Kyle Kendrick's best.

Kendrick outpitched All-Star Jordan Zimmermann, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 Thursday night.

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.

Bryce Harper hit a triple with one out in the sixth and scored on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly to right.

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.

Notes

  • David Bell was the last Phillies player to have three errors in a game on May 17, 2005.
  • The Phillies lead with the majors with 37 pinch hits.
  • The Phillies, who had a streak of 257 consecutive sellouts from July 7, 2009 to Aug. 6, 2012, drew 40,086 fans to fall short of a sellout on Fireworks Night at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Werth was 2 for 4 and is batting .328 (40 for 122) with six doubles, six homers and 21 RBIs since returning from the DL on June 4.
  • Washington is 5-35 when scoring less than three runs.
  • Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) faces John Danks (2-6, 4.31) when the Phillies open an interleague series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
  • Stephen Strasburg (5-6, 2.45) pitches for the Nationals vs. Miami's Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 2.55) Friday night.
 
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Jonathan Papelbon closes down the Phillies' win over the the Nats, picking up his 20th save of the year.  (USATSI)
Jonathan Papelbon closes down the Phillies' win over the the Nats, picking up his 20th save of the year. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

B. Revere
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Philadelphia

K. Kendrick
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 2
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF4000002 .257
Ian Desmond, SS4010010 .280
Bryce Harper, LF4110001 .274
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B2001100 .275
Jayson Werth, RF4020012 .297
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000000 .249
Anthony Rendon, 2B3010012 .303
Kurt Suzuki, C3000001 .219
Jordan Zimmermann, P3000011 .150
Totals3115114  
Batting
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
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann (L,12-4) 6.1822060 2.58
Ian Krol 1111000 1.84
Drew Storen 0.2000010 5.02
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
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF4021011 .304
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000013 .260
Chase Utley, 2B4110010 .275
Domonic Brown, LF4020011 .281
Michael Young, 3B-1B4011002 .288
Delmon Young, RF3000003 .268
   John Mayberry Jr., RF1000011 .251
Darin Ruf, 1B3010021 .375
   John McDonald, PR-3B1100001 .093
Carlos Ruiz, C2110000 .271
Kyle Kendrick, P1000000 .135
   a-Kevin Frandsen, PH1011000 .295
Totals3239307  
a-doubled for Kendrick in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
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)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (W,8-6) 7511120 3.75
Antonio Bastardo (H,14) 1000010 2.78
Jonathan Papelbon (S,20) 1000010 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
Game Information
Attendance - 40086
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom