Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Steve Lombardozzi drove in the go-ahead
run in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals edged the Philadelphia
Phillies, 3-2, in the finale of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.
Wilson Ramos worked a leadoff walk off Jake Diekman and was replaced by Jeff
Kobernus on the bases. Kobernus moved to second on Scott Hairston's sacrifice
bunt before stealing third.
Lombardozzi then ripped a chopper to second and Chase Utley fired home, but
Kobernus slid across the plate safely to tally to the go-ahead run.
The Phillies had a chance to tie the game in the home half after Utley
singled, then moved to third on a Carlos Ruiz single with one out. Craig
Stammen then struck out Darin Ruf, but the ball squirted away from catcher
Solano, though, recovered the ball and raced back to the plate to catch Utley
inches before his outstretched arms touched the plate.
Both Utley and Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg argued the call, but replays
showed that home plate umpire Chris Conroy had made the correct call.
Jordan Zimmermann (16-8) allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out
five over seven innings to pick up his NL-leading 16th win. Rafael Soriano
worked a perfect ninth to notch his 38th save.
Diekman (1-4) was pegged with the loss after allowing the go-ahead run in the
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