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                   === Werth homers as Nats down Phillies ===
 
 Washington,  DC (Sports  Network) -  Jayson Werth  smacked a  go-ahead two-run
 homer,  the  1,000th hit of  his career, as part  of a five-run seventh inning
 in  the  Washington Nationals' 8-5  win over  the Philadelphia Phillies in the
 middle test of a three-game set.
 
 Werth  registered three hits and three runs scored for the Nationals, who have
 won two in a row since a four-game losing streak.
 
 "When  you  set out  playing this game,  however many years  ago, that was one
 thing,  a  benchmark you  put on the  list of things  you want to accomplish,"
 Werth said.
 
 Tanner Roark (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings to pick up the win.
 
 Phillies  starter  Cliff Lee fanned six,  but allowed three runs on seven hits
 and  two  walks while Darin Ruf  belted a two-run shot for Philadelphia, which
 has dropped eight of its last 10 tilts.
 
 "When  you  start losing  and you find  different ways to  lose every night it
 becomes  tough,"  Phillies manager  Charlie Manuel said.  "You've got to fight
 through it."
 
 Washington  trailed 4-0  after the  Phillies pushed  across four  runs in  the
 second,  but the Nats plated two in the fourth and another in the sixth before
 exploding in the seventh.
 
 Jake  Diekman (0-3) took over for Lee on the mound in the seventh and issued a
 leadoff  walk of  Steve  Lombardozzi. Denard  Span  sacrificed Lombardozzi  to
 second  before he  stole third.  Ryan  Zimmerman then  walked and  Lombardozzi
 scored when Bryce Harper hit into a fielder's choice.
 
 Zach  Miner replaced Diekman on the bump and served up Werth's two-run shot, a
 towering  blast just over the wall down the left-field line to give the Nats a
 6-4 edge.
 
 Anthony  Rendon's  two-out single later in  the frame brought home two more to
 make it 8-4.
 
 Domonic  Brown's solo  homer in  the eighth  cut the  gap to  8-5, but  Rafael
 Soriano fired a scoreless ninth to notch his 29th save of the year.
 
 Earlier,  Ruf's two-run shot, a Lee squeeze bunt and a Jimmy Rollins single in
 the  second staked Philly a 4-0 advantage. Werth's run-scoring single and Adam
 LaRoche's  RBI groundout  in the  fourth trimmed  the gap  in half  and Wilson
 Ramos' RBI single in the sixth made it 4-3.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Washington  was 4-for-11  with runners in scoring position, while the Phillies
 finished  2-for-7  with RISP  ... Werth's homer  was his 17th  of the year and
 his 1,000th career hit.
 
 08/10 23:40:12 ET

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