Zimmerman lifts Nats past Phils in 10th
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Roger Bernadina smacked a three-run homer off Phillies reliever Michael Schwimer into the seats in the second deck of right field in the seventh for a 3-0 lead. Raul Ibanez hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the seventh to make it 3-3.
The Nationals have won eight of their last 11 games. The Phillies, who have clinched their fifth straight NL East title, used a lineup featuring only two regulars - Shane Victorino in center and Hunter Pence in right. Both were pulled by the seventh inning.
With the score 3-3, Washington brought in right-hander Tyler Clippard to start the seventh and the Phillies called back pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz for Ibanez, who hit his 20th homer. It was Ibanez's second career pinch-hit homer, the last one coming in 2001 for Seattle.
Michael Stutes (6-2) took the loss after allowing Zimmerman's single to center, scoring Michael Morse from second. Morse walked with two outs and advanced on a passed ball.
Washington starter Tom Milone was effective in his longest career effort. It was the rookie left-hander's fourth major league start. He surrendered four hits, and had no walks and two strikeouts.
Kyle Kendrick made another statement for a place on the Phillies' postseason roster with his second consecutive strong outing. He pitched six scoreless innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. Kendrick has given up three or fewer earned runs in each of his last nine starts.
The Nationals loaded the bases in the third, but Kendrick got Rick Ankiel to ground out to second, ending the threat. In the sixth, Kendrick wriggled out of trouble again when he struck out Danny Espinosa looking with runners at first and third.
NOTES: Wilson Valdez returned to the Phillies' lineup at shortstop after missing the previous 10 games with a left hamstring strain. The crowd of 44,263 marked the 201st consecutive regular season sellout at Citizens Bank Park. ... Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa doubled in the fourth, giving him an eight-game hitting streak. ... Nationals relief pitcher Ryan Mattheus, who missed the last 22 games with a right shoulder strain, was activated from the 15-day disabled list.