Werth powers Nats over Phillies

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Updated: August 10, 2013
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The Washington Nationals looked like the Nationals of 2012, coming back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5.

They can thank Jayson Werth for the win and a banner night.  Werth celebrated his 1,000th hit in huge fashion, smacking a two run home run in the 8th inning to give the Nats a lead they would not relinquish.  On the night, Werth was 3 for 5 at the plate and scored 3 of the Nats 8 runs, while accounting for three RBI.  He remains on a three game tear, collecting 6 hits in his last 11 plate appearances with 5 RBI.

After a disastrous second inning by rookie starter Taylor Jordan, in which he allowed the Phillies to build a 4-0 lead, the Nats began the come from behind rally in the fourth inning.  Werth started it off with an RBI single that scored Ryan Zimmerman.  Adam LaRoche knocked in Werth on a fielders choice ground out to cut the Phillies lead to 4-2.   Wilson Ramos singled in Werth in the sixth inning to narrow the deficit to just one run, at 4-3.

The big damage came in the seventh inning as the Nats pounded the Phillies for 4 hits, 3 walks, and a fielders choice that resulted in 5 runs.  After Denard Span sacrificed Steve Lombardozzi to second base, Lombo stole third, giving the Nats a runner on third with one out.  After Ryan Zimmerman walked, Bryce Harper grounded into a fielders choice to score Lombardozzi and tie the game at 4-4.  Werth then came to the plate with 999 career hits and slice a two run homer to collect his 1,000th hit and give the Nats a 6-4 lead.   The Nats weren’t done.  Ian Desmond doubled to give the Nats another runner in scoring position.  The Phillies then intentionally walked LaRoche and Ramos followed with single that loaded the bases.  Rookie Anthony Rendon delivered an RBI single that scored Desmond and LaRoche to account for the final two runs scored by the Nats.

Taylor Jordan threw 5 innings and allowed 7 hits and 4 runs.  Rookie Tanner Roark relieved Jordan and earned his first major league career winning, tossing two more shutout innings.  In two successive outings, Roark has permitted just 1 hit over 4 scoreless innings.  Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 29th save.

It may be a long shot, but the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds losing tonight, the Nats move to within 8 games of the National League wild card spot.  The Nats will go for a weekend, three game series sweep against the Phillies tomorrow.

Nats Streaks:

*  Jayson Werth extended his hitting to THREE game.

*  Rafael Soriano extended his scoreless innings streak to SIX straight.