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Zimmerman's 10th-inning hit lifts Nats over Phils

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 12, 2014 at 11:38 pm •  Published: July 12, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman's go-ahead single in the 10th inning had the Nationals celebrating on the field. Washington got some good news off the field, too.

Zimmerman singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th, and Jayson Werth homered and had three RBIs to lead the Nationals to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

Ross Detwiler (1-2), one of six Washington pitchers, tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the victory. Philadelphia's season-best, five-game winning streak was snapped.

The Nationals also found out 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. However, an MRI revealed a biceps strain that likely won't cost him 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 make the trip to Minneapolis. He was replaced on the NL roster by Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez.

"I feel pretty good today," Zimmermann said. "I expect it to get better every day."

His teammates were feeling good, as well, after gutting out an extra-inning win over Philadelphia.

"Huge win coming back with a day game (Sunday) right before the All-Star break," Ryan Zimmerman said.

Rafael Soriano struck out the side in the 10th for his 22nd save.

Washington's Stephen Strasburg struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings and was in line for the victory before Ben Revere's RBI single with two outs in the eighth tied it 3-3.

Marlon Byrd had two hits and two RBIs, and Revere had a pair of hits for the Phillies.

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. "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."

Diekman struck out Adam LaRoche before Zimmerman singled to center to score Span and give the Nationals a 4-3 lead.

"He's been clutch his whole career," Strasburg said.

Werth went to third on Revere's throw and scored on a wild pitch.

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