3, Nationals 2
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[August 26, 2014]
Phillies 3, Nationals 2: A.J.
Burnett delivered a terrific performance, striking out a season-high 12
over seven innings as Philadelphia improved to 5-2 on its nine-game
Burnett (7-14) allowed only one walk and three hits in winning
for the first time since July 11 - his final start before the
All-Star break. The veteran right-hander overcame a leadoff double
in the seventh to preserve a 2-1 lead before Jake Diekman escaped
trouble in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon closed it out after
issuing a ninth-inning home run.
Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered for Philadelphia, while Jimmy
Rollins and Domonic Brown had two hits apiece. Anthony Rendon's
sixth-inning homer and Wilson Ramos' late blast accounted for
Washington's offense as the Nationals' lead in the National League
East slipped to 7 1/2 games.
Burnett allowed only one hit through the first five-plus innings
until Rendon's shot over the left-field wall brought the Nationals
within a run. Ruiz's fourth blast of the season pushed the lead to
3-1 in the seventh, and Diekman overcame a leadoff double and a
two-out walk in the eighth, inducing a groundout by Adam LaRoche to
end the frame.
Papelbon issued a two-out homer to Ramos in the ninth before Nate
Schierholtz grounded out with the tying run on first. Brown had an
RBI single in the fourth and Asche homered in the fifth against
Tanner Roark (12-8), who was charged with two runs and five hits in
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Burnett had not won in his last seven starts, though the
Phillies had scored a total of 15 runs in those games. ... No player had
more than one hit for the Nationals. ... Papelbon had gone 13 straight
appearances without allowing a run.
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