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Phillies come up short in 10th of 5-3 loss to Nats

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 13, 2014 at 12:03 am •  Published: July 13, 2014
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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.

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