Nationals 8, Phillies 5

Harvey Valentine, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

WASHINGTON -- Jayson Werth reached 1,000 career hits with a two-run homer as part of five-run seventh-inning rally that propelled the Washington Nationals past the Philadelphia Phillies for an 8-5 win on Saturday night.
Werth began the night with 997 hits and singled in the fourth and sixth innings before his two-out home run down the left field line off reliever Zach Miner put the Nationals ahead 6-4.
Ian Desmond, Denard Span and Wilson Ramos added two hits apiece for Washington (56-60).
Darin Ruf and Domonic Brown homered for Philadelphia (52-64), which has lost eight of 10 overall and 10 in a row on the road.
Rookie Tanner Roark (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for his first major league win and Rafael Soriano worked a scoreless ninth for his 29th save.
With Washington trailing 4-3 in the seventh, pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi led off with a walk against reliever Jake Diekman (0-3). After Span bunted him to second, Lombardozzi stole third and Ryan Zimmerman walked. Bryce Harper then popped a bunt between first and second. Lombardozzi scored the tying run and Harper was safe at first as Chase Utley forced Zimmerman at second.
Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel summoned Miner to face Werth and the National League's Player of the Month for July continued his torrid hitting, sending Miner's first pitch over the wall in left, earning a curtain call from the Nationals Park crowd.
Anthony Rendon followed with a two-run single off Miner to put Washington up 8-4.
Brown's homer in the eighth made it 8-5.
Phillies starter Cliff Lee came in having lost three straight with a 5.92 ERA in his last four starts. With the no-decision, he avoided losing four straight starts for the first time since July 2007.
The left-hander allowed three runs and 10 base runners in six innings via seven hits, two walks and a hit batter. He struck out six.
Washington starter Taylor Jordan allowed four runs andseven hits in five innings.
Trailing 4-2, the Nationals pulled within one in the sixth. Werth singled with one out and later scored on a single by Ramos.
The Phillies batted around in the second. Brown led off with a single and Ruf deposited Jordan's first pitch into the left field seats for his sixth homer of the year.
Cody Asche then reached on an infield hit and went to second on a groundout. Michael Martinez followed with a smash that deflected off Jordan's glove for an infield single, putting runners on first and third.
Lee bunted on the first pitch and Asche, running on contact, was safe as Ramos could not hold Jordan's throw to the plate. Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI single to make it 4-0.
The Nationals trimmed the deficit in the fourth as Zimmerman hit a ground-rule double and scored on a Werth single. Werth went to third on a double by Desmond and scored when Adam LaRoche grounded out.
NOTES: Philadelphia RHP Roy Halladay, recovering from shoulder surgery, pitched a simulated game in Clearwater, Fla., throwing 75 pitches. "He came out of it great," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said, adding that Halladay's next step is a bullpen session on Monday. ... Brown has a five-game hitting streak. ... Washington's Bryce Harper, 20, began play needing two RBIs to reach 100 for his career. ... RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-8, 4.36) opposes Washington's Stephen Strasburg (5-9, 3.01) in Sunday's series finale.

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