Phillies come up short in 10th of 5-3 loss to Nats
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies needed either a clutch hit or a better throw to extend their longest winning streak of the season.
They got neither.
Ryan Zimmerman singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning, and Jayson Werth homered and had three RBIs to lead the Nationals to a 5-3 victory on Saturday night that snapped the Phillies’ five-game winning streak.
Philadelphia played from behind all evening against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg before Ben Revere’s two-out single in the eighth inning tied it at 3.
The Nationals went ahead in the 10th against Jake Diekman (3-3).
Denard Span led off with a walk, and after Anthony Rendon lined out to right, Werth hit a chopper to second baseman Chase Utley. He tried to get the force at second, but Span was safe.
“I thought we had a play,” Utley said. “Obviously it didn’t work out in our favor. It was a big play. I tried to get it to him quickly. It didn’t work.”
That proved to be costly.
“Preferably, you take two outs there,” said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, who was a Hall of Fame second baseman. “A firmer throw would’ve got the runner.”
Diekman struck out Adam LaRoche before Zimmerman singled to center to score Span and give the Nationals a 4-3 lead.
Werth went to third on Revere’s throw and scored on a wild pitch.
Diekman was ejected by home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher following the inning.
“I asked, ‘Were any of those close?’” Diekman said. “With a smirk on his face, he said, ‘What pitches?’ With a grin on his face, he told me I was kicked out of the game. That’s literally what I said.”
Asked if the ejection added to his frustration, Diekman said, “Big time.”
Ross Detwiler (1-2), one of six Washington pitchers, tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the victory.
The Nationals also learned on Saturday that right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who had Tommy John surgery in August 2009, doesn’t have structural damage to his throwing shoulder or elbow now.
Zimmermann abruptly left Friday’s start in the fourth inning due to arm pain. An MRI on Saturday revealed a biceps strain that likely won’t cost Zimmermann a start.
“That’s a big relief for us,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said.
Zimmermann was slated to participate in his second straight All-Star Game on Tuesday, but he won’t be making the trip to Minneapolis. He was replaced by Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Rafael Soriano struck out the side in the 10th for his 22nd save.
Strasburg struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings and was in line for the victory before Revere’s RBI single.
“We couldn’t get the big hit against Strasburg when we needed it,” Utley said.
Marlon Byrd had two hits and two RBIs, and Revere had a pair of hits for the Phillies.
Cole Hamels surrendered three runs and four hits, striking out five and walking three, in seven strong innings. It was the 11th time in 13 starts the left-hander has gone at least seven innings, but he continued to be a victim of lack of run support.
The Phillies offense averaged 6.2 runs during their winning streak but managed just two for Hamels.
The Nationals got on the board in the first when Span scored on Werth’s groundout. Ian Desmond, who returned to the lineup after missing Friday’s game with a right thumb injury, led off the second with a double.
Hamels then retired 12 of the next 13 batters before walking Rendon to lead off the sixth. Werth followed with an opposite-field homer, his 11th, to put Washington in front 3-0.
The Phillies couldn’t muster much offense against Strasburg until the sixth.
After walking Grady Sizemore to lead off the third, Strasburg retired the next nine batters before Jimmy Rollins’ leadoff single in the sixth. Utley followed with a single to put runners on first and second.
After an out, the Phillies executed a double-steal, moving runners to second and third. Both scored on Byrd’s single to left that pulled Philadelphia within 3-2.
Strasburg struck out Cody Asche for the second out but was lifted after walking Cameron Rupp to put runners on first and second.
Jerry Blevins relieved Strasburg and got Revere to line out to left.
Revere came up big for the Phillies in the eighth when he singled home the tying run with two outs off Tyler Clippard.
NOTES: Nationals C Wilson Ramos went 0-for-4 to end his 14-game hitting streak. … Washington’s Scott Hairston started in place of Bryce Harper in left. Hairston, who entered batting .395 (15-for-38) with five homers against Hamels, went 1-for-3 against the lefty. … The teams complete their series on Sunday when Washington RHP Tanner Roark (7-6, 3.12) opposes Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (4-8, 4.46).
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