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Vance Worley (1-1) pitched an inning for the win.
The Nationals took control with a three-run rally against Phillies starter Joe Blanton in the sixth inning. Ian Desmond led off the inning with a single to right field. After a lineout to left, Desmond stole second and Adam Dunn walked. Roger Bernadina popped out to short and Desmond, who was attempting to steal third, had to scamper back to second.
Michael Morse then hit a cutter to right-center for his 11th home run of the season that gave the Nationals a 4-3 lead.
Danny Espinosa and Willie Harris also homered for the Nationals.
Werth has hit .360 over his last six games with 10 RBIs, nine runs scored on four home runs.
NOTES: Washington OF Nyjer Morgan invited the fan he was accused of hitting with a ball in August at Citizens Bank Park to the game, according to the Nationals public relation staff. Morgan gave the fan a free ticket behind the Nationals’ dugout on Sunday. The two met before the game on the field and Morgan also brought him into the clubhouse to meet his teammates and coaching staff. …. With an announced sell-out crowd of 44,936 the Phillies extended their streak of consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park to 117… Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino, who was ejected in the sixth by third base umpire Angel Hernandez, went 0-for-4 and had an 11-game hitting streak come to en end.
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