National League Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia|
(Wednesday, September 4th)
Final Score: Washington 3, Philadelphia 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Steve Lombardozzi drove in the go-ahead
run in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals edged the Philadelphia
Phillies 3-2 in the finale of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.
Wilson Ramos worked a leadoff walk off Jake Diekman and was replaced by Jeff
Kobernus on the bases. Kobernus moved to second on Scott Hairston's sacrifice
bunt before stealing third.
Lombardozzi then ripped a chopper to second and Chase Utley fired home, but
Kobernus slid across the plate safely to tally to the go-ahead run.
The Phillies had a chance to tie the game in the home half after Utley
singled, then moved to third on a Carlos Ruiz single with one out. Craig
Stammen then struck out Darin Ruf, but the ball squirted away from catcher
Solano, though, recovered the ball and raced back to the plate to catch Utley
inches before his outstretched arms touched the plate.
Both Utley and Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg argued the call, but replays
showed that home plate umpire Chris Conroy made the correct call.
Jordan Zimmermann (16-8) allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out
five over seven innings to pick up his NL-leading 16th win. Rafael Soriano
worked a perfect ninth to notch his 38th save.
"It was a huge win for the team," Zimmermann said. "A lot of things went our
way tonight and hopefully the tide is turning."
Diekman (1-4) was pegged with the loss.
After Ryan Zimmerman slugged a solo homer in the seventh to tie the game,
Zimmermann worked out of a jam in the home half to preserve the tie.
With runners on second and third and one out, Zimmermann got Kevin Frandsen to
tap a grounder to third base. Zimmerman fired the ball home to catch Cody
Asche at the plate. Cesar Hernandez then grounded out to second to end the
The Nationals loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning against Roy
Halladay, but were only able to push one run across. Adam LaRoche lifted a
sacrifice fly to deep left field to score Denard Span. Ian Desmond followed
with a walk to load the bases once again, but Ramos grounded into an inning-
ending double play.
"Those first couple of innings I was a little inconsistent with my mechanics,"
said Halladay, who gave up one run on three hits and five walks over six
Philadelphia broke through for a pair of runs in the second inning. Asche led
off with a single, then moved to second on a John Mayberry single. Halladay's
sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position and Hernandez followed
with a double to left to score both Asche and Mayberry.
Washington was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on
base ... Zimmermann is 3-2 over his last five starts. He has gone at least
seven innings in four of his last five starts ... Halladay hit two batters
for the 10th time in his career.
09/05 00:57:45 ET