National League Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, September 26th)
Final Score: Washington 8, Philadelphia 4
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Bryce Harper finished with a two-run home
run and drove in three, as the Washington Nationals recorded an 8-4 victory
over the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle test of a three-game
Jayson Werth added a late key two-run single and Kurt Suzuki added a two-run
homer for the Nationals, who reduced their magic number to win the NL East
to four by shaking off a loss from Tuesday's opener.
John Lannan (4-0) worked 5 1/3 innings for the win, allowing only five hits
and two runs with three strikeouts.
"It felt good to get runs in the first inning. In the past, things didn't go
my way here," Lannan admitted.
Jimmy Rollins went deep while Domonic Brown and B.J. Rosenberg drove in a run
each for the Phillies, who have dropped three of four. Kevin Frandsen added
two hits and scored twice in the loss.
Kyle Kendrick (10-12) recorded just six outs for Philadelphia, charged in
defeat with five hits and five runs -- four earned -- over two-plus frames.
Werth provided valuable insurance in the ninth, bringing home two runners with
two down and two in scoring position with a single up the middle against
Justin De Fratus for a 7-4 Washington lead.
"Sometimes, he gets too amped up here. That was a big hit for us," said Nats
manager Davey Johnson of Werth, who starred in Philly from 2007-10 but bolted
for America's capital as a free agent.
Harper followed with an RBI triple off Antonio Bastardo and the Nats walked
away with a comfortable decision.
Washington dented Kendrick in the first, as Werth worked a leadoff walk and
Harper reached the seats in left center for a 2-0 game.
Ian Desmond's leadoff shot off Kendrick in the second was followed by a Chase
Utley error allowing Steve Lombardozzi to reach first and a two-run blast from
Suzuki that put the visitors ahead 5-0.
"On Harper's home run, it wasn't a bad pitch. He put a good swing on it. The
home run to Suzuki was a pretty good pitch, too," said Kendrick. "But most of
the night, I was behind in the count, up in the zone. That's what happens."
The Phils got on the board in the home third. Frandsen led off with a double
and scored when Suzuki threw wild to third on Rosenberg's sacrifice. No
further damage ensued despite a bases-loaded, one-out situation.
Frandsen tripled with two down in the fourth and Rosenberg's first career hit
plated him to make it 5-2. Rollins then added a solo shot to right with two
outs in the seventh which cut the deficit to two.
In the eighth, Utley led off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch,
and scored two batters later on Domonic Brown's deep fly to right that pulled
the Phillies within 5-4.
Washington's victory ended a four-game losing skid to Philadelphia, but the
Phillies still lead the season series, 8-6 ... Harper's blast was his 20th of
the year ... Suzuki hit his first long ball since Sept. 10 ... Rosenberg
tossed three full innings of hitless relief for Kendrick, striking out three
and walking one ... Desmond upped his career average to .450 (9-for-20)
09/26 23:53:56 ET
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