Werth, Nationals beat Phillies 8-5

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher John Lannan reacts while struggling during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at National Park, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Washington. The Washington Nationals won 9-2. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 10, 2013 7:56:16 PM PDT
Jayson Werth launched a two-run homer in the seventh inning for his 1,000th career hit, highlighting a five-run rally that sent the Washington Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 Saturday night.

Werth got three hits, including an RBI single in the fourth and his two-out, tiebreaking shot off reliever Zach Miner.

In his second major league game, Tanner Roark (1-0) pitched two spotless innings. Tyler Clippard surrendered Domonic Brown's 26th home run in the eighth and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 29th save.

Jake Diekman (0-3) took the loss.

Darin Ruf also homered for the Phillies, who wasted an early 4-0 lead and have dropped 10 straight road games.

Phillies starter Cliff Lee left after six innings with a 4-3 edge.

Pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi drew a leadoff walk from Diekman in the seventh. With one out and runners at the corners, Diekman faced Bryce Harper in a lefty vs. lefty matchup.

Harper bunted, and the ball popped in the air and landed in front of second baseman Chase Utley, who recorded a forceout at second as the tying run scored. Werth, a former Phillies star, then greeted Miner with his homer, and Anthony Rendon tacked on a two-run single later in the inning.

The Nationals' rally denied Phillies manager Charlie Manuel the 1,000th win of his career.

Lee had lost his previous three starts. The veteran left-hander has not won since defeating Atlanta on July 5.

Lee picked up an RBI with a safety-squeeze bunt during Philadelphia's four-run second inning. Ruf hit a two-run homer off Taylor Jordan and later Jimmy Rollins singled home a run.

On his 26th birthday, Wilson Ramos' two-out single in the sixth scored Werth, trimming Philadelphia's lead to 4-3. Werth scored three times.


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