WASHINGTON (AP) — Philadelphia starter A.J. Burnett decided to make a statement with the first pitch he threw after giving up a three-run homer in the second inning.
That statement had consequences.
Burnett and Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg were both ejected when Burnett intentionally threw ball one to Jayson Werth and motioned and yelled toward home plate umpire Chris Guccione.
"I did ask him twice in the first and second if that was out or that was down. Yeah, it was out, it was down, okay," Burnett said. "And the one I threw purposefully out, I said the same thing, but I said it more of a statement than a question. I said 'That's out.' That was it, pretty quick trigger."
Burnett (6-11) was done after 1 2-3 innings. He allowed five runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks, in what he said was his first career ejection. The Nationals went on to win 11-0 on Saturday night.
"No, he wasn't (warning me) at all. It's just one of those things where he felt like I showed him up in front of 40,000 people," Burnett said.
Anthony Rendon homered and drove in four runs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven shutout innings for the Nationals.
Rendon singled, hit a three-run homer, and doubled in his first three at-bats.
Denard Span, Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilson Ramos each had two of Washington's 14 hits, and every Nationals starter, including Zimmermann, hit safely.
"We've seen (Zimmermann) before, but he got the early lead," Sandberg said "That had to feel good on his side. He pounded the zone with strikes."
Zimmermann (7-5) held the Phillies to five singles and struck eight without a walk for his 50th career win, and first since June 30th.
He retired the last 11 batters he faced and left after throwing 97 pitches.
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