Reporting Byron Kerr
I wonder if the Phillies want Jayson Werth back. Sorry, you can’t have him. Werth slammed his second homer of the season, added a double, walked and stole a base in the Nationals 7-4 win over visiting Philadelphia at Nationals Park before 13,413.
Livan Hernandez (1-1) pitched brilliantly for his first win of the season, going six and 2/3rds innings, scattering seven hits, allowing just a Ryan Howard solo shot, striking out six without surrendering a walk. His career mark at 1500 S. Capitol Street now 10-10.
Wilson Ramos and Laynce Nix combined for four hits, three runs and two RBI.
Jerry Hairston added a bases loaded RBI single and Hernandez laid down a sacrifice bunt that plated another run.
Joe Blanton took the loss.
Phillies scored their second run on a fielder’s choice in the eighth. Then a Sean Burnett wild pitch allowed Howard to score. Burnett survived the inning by inducing Carlos Ruiz into a line out to right field.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Nationals showed some savvy and speed. Danny Espinosa led off the frame with a walk of Phillies reliever Danys Baez. Espinosa took second on a Pudge Rodriguez ground out. Alex Cora provided a big insurance run with an RBI single to left field and Espinosa flew around third to score under the throw.
The Phillies scored on a RBI single by Placido Polanco in the ninth inning, ending Sean Burnett’s consecutive scoreless innings streak at 22 and 2/3rds which was the longest scoreless streak by a Nationals pitcher since the team arrived in D.C. in 2005.
Notes: The Nationals were 21-51 versus the Phillies from 2007 to 2010. Washington has now won four of their last five games.