Phillies come up short in 10th of 5-3 loss to Nats

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies needed either a clutch hit or a better throw to extend their longest winning streak of the season.

They got neither.

Ryan Zimmerman singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning, and Jayson Werth homered and had three RBIs to lead the Nationals to a 5-3 victory on Saturday night that snapped the Phillies’ five-game winning streak.

Philadelphia played from behind all evening against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg before Ben Revere’s two-out single in the eighth inning tied it at 3.

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. “Obviously 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.”

That proved to be costly.

“Preferably, you take two outs there,” said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, who was a Hall of Fame second baseman. “A firmer throw would’ve got the runner.”

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

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

Diekman was ejected by home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher following the inning.

“I asked, ‘Were any of those close?’” Diekman said. “With a smirk on his face, he said, ‘What pitches?’ With a grin on his face, he told me I was kicked out of the game. That’s literally what I said.”

Asked if the ejection added to his frustration, Diekman said, “Big time.”

Ross Detwiler (1-2), one of six Washington pitchers, tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the victory.

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