Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (left) reacts after striking out to end the game as Dodgers catcher Dioner Navarro celebrates. Chad Billingsley (below) allowed two hits, struck out 10 and walked two in seven innings, leading Los Angeles to a 3-1 win in the rubber match of the three-game series. (Associated Press)
Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth, left, reacts after striking out for the last out as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Dioner Navarro, right, celebrates during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 24, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) pauses during an at-bat during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday, July 6, 2011, in Washington. Werth flew out to right field. Werth, the Nationals major off season free agent acquisition, went 0 for 4 for the second night in a row, dropping his season batting average to .218. The Nationals won 5-4. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Right fielder Jayson Werth scores on a wild pitch in the 10th inning of Monday's game. Werth stole third to set the stage for the Nationals' 5-4 Independence Day victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth tips his cap to the crowd in the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Philadelphia. Werth was playing his first game in Philadelphia since signing with the Nationals. The Phillies won 4-1. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)
CAPITAL INVESTMENT: The Nationals lured right fielder Jayson Werth from the Philadelphia Phillies with a seven-year, $126 million deal. Washington has gone 21-51 against rival Philadelphia since 2007. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)
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Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth hit 36 home runs and collected 99 RBI, both career-bests, in leading Philadelphia to the NL championship in 2009. "We did some great things for that organization, for that city," he said.
Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth catches a sacrifice fly off the bat of Atlanta's Martin Prado. Alex Gonzalez scored on the play as part of a six-run eighth inning for the Braves that saw Washington reliever Brian Broderick struggle in his major league debut. (Associated Press)
Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth, right, slides home to score against Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) during the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, April 3, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Jayson Werth rounds second and heads for third on a Ryan Zimmerman single during the first inning of the opening day game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 31, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)
Jayson Werth watches the game from the dug out in the bottom of the ninth inning the Washington Nationals host the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 31, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)
Jayson Werth, who averaged 29 home runs the past three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, is under "no pressure," according to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, despite his hefty contract, the 14th most lucrative ever in the game. (Associated Press)
ASSOCIATED PRESS Philadelphia Phillies' Jayson Werth (28) reaches safely as Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) is pulled off the bag on a throwing error by shortstop Orlando Cabrera in the first inning of Game 3 of baseball's National League Division Series Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Cincinnati. Placido Polanco scored from third on the play.