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Four-run fifth helps Nats down Phillies

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Steve Lombardozzi collected three hits, including a two-run double that capped a four-run fifth inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game set Friday at Nationals Park.

Adam LaRoche added an RBI triple in the rally, with Kurt Suzuki knocking in the other run in the decisive fifth frame for the Nationals, who have won two straight on the heels of a four-game slide.

Jordan Zimmermann (8-2) limited the Phillies to two runs on six hits over seven strong innings, while Rafael Soriano retired the visitors in order in the ninth to nail down his 14th save of the season.

Domonic Brown went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Erik Kratz plated the other run for the Phillies, who had won three of four coming into the contest.

Kyle Kendrick (4-3) was charged for all five runs on eight hits and four walks over five innings to absorb the loss.

05/24 22:01:47 ET