Phillies' streak of winning seasons ends at 9

Associated Press Published: October 3, 2012
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The only downer Wednesday for the Nationals: Manager Davey Johnson missed the end of the game after feeling numbness in his left leg, leaving the dugout to get X-rays and treatment from a team doctor. Johnson — at 69, the oldest skipper in the majors — said he does not expect to have any trouble traveling or managing in the playoffs.

Asked his level of concern about Johnson, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo replied: "None."

Otherwise, it was a festive day for the announced crowd of 37,075 and the Nationals (98-64), a club that only once had finished as high as third place since moving from Montreal in 2005. This is the first time the Expos/Nationals franchise has won its division in a complete season.

Zimmerman hit his 25th homer of the season moments after the Teddy Roosevelt mascot won the fourth-inning Presidents Race at Nationals Park for the first time. Edwin Jackson (10-11) threw 6 2-3 innings to become the fifth member of the rotation with at least 10 wins. Rookie Tyler Moore's 10th homer made him the seven player with at least that many.

"I like where we're sitting headed into the postseason," left fielder Jayson Werth said.

He signed with Washington as a $126 million free agent before last season, leaving a Philadelphia club he helped win the 2008 World Series.

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins praised the Nationals as "a talented team," but added that if the Phillies had been healthy this season, Washington would have been no better than a second-place club.

NOTES: Philadelphia 1B Darin Ruf delivered a sac fly in the fourth. He has driven in all eight Phillies runs in their last four games against Washington. ... Phillies RHP Tyson Brummett made his major league debut in the eighth, allowing two singles and striking out two batters. ... The Phillies' nine winning seasons matched a team record set from 1975-83. They went 81-81 in 1984. ... Phillies OF Domonic Brown said he'll get an MRI exam Thursday to check on his right knee.

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