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Werth Homers, Knocks in 4 in Nats’ Win Over Phils

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Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a three run home run in the first inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 13, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (credit: Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a three run home run in the first inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 13, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (credit: Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA — Jayson Werth homered and drove in four runs, and Tanner Roark pitched seven strong innings to lead the Washington Nationals to a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Ryan Zimmerman also went deep and had two RBIs, Ian Desmond knocked in two runs, and Anthony Rendon had three hits and an RBI for Washington, which won the last two games of the series and maintained at least a share of first place in the NL East entering the All-Star break.

The Phillies finished a forgettable first half in familiar fashion, producing little offense against Roark and Ross Detwiler. Philadelphia scored two unearned runs off Aaron Barrett in the ninth to end with three runs or fewer for the 49th time this season.

The Phillies dropped to 8-41 and 2-29 in their last 31 games when failing to score four runs. Cody Asche had two doubles and an RBI for Philadelphia, which fell 10 games behind Washington.

It was the second straight defeat for Philadelphia after a five-game winning streak in which the Phillies averaged 6.2 runs.

But they had no answers for Roark (8-6), who allowed a run and four hits. He struck out six and walked none.

Kyle Kendrick (4-9) continued his pattern of struggling badly in the first inning and then pitching well.

Werth followed consecutive singles by Denard Span and Rendon to lead off the game with an opposite-field shot that quickly made it 3-0. But Kendrick settled down and retired 14 straight batters until Roark’s two-out single in the fifth.

Kendrick ran into trouble in the sixth when the Nationals scored four runs off him and left-handed reliever Mario Hollands. Kendrick allowed Rendon’s single to start the frame and then hit Werth to put runners on first and second before getting Adam LaRoche to fly out.

Zimmerman’s one-out sacrifice fly scored Rendon and chased Kendrick. Hollands then surrendered three straight hits, including Desmond’s two-run double and Jose Lobaton’s RBI single, that broke the game open.

Kendrick left after allowing five runs on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks in 5 2/3 innings.

The Phillies got a run back on Ryan Howard’s groundout in the bottom of the sixth.

Werth remained hot in July, upping his average this month to .375 (15-for-40) with six homers and 19 RBIs.

Meantime, LaRoche went 0-for-5 with a strikeout to drop his average in July to .122 (5-for-41). LaRoche was the only Washington starter not to get a hit on Sunday.

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