Third base coach Trent Jewett waved the runner around aggressively as Jayson Werth's two-out grounder shot out into the left field grass. Bryce Harper hustled around third and appeared to be safe at home, sliding in before he was tagged when they looked at the replay and slowed things down, but the Washington Nationals' 20-year left fielder was called out by tonight's home plate umpire, Kerwin Danley, for the third and final out of the opening frame of tonight's game in Citizens Bank Park. Harper had grounded into a force at second for the second out of the inning then stole second base with Ryan Zimmerman up before trying to score on Werth's two-out single to left, but a strong throw in from Domonic Brown and the late tag applied by Carlos Ruiz brought an end to a 20-pitch inning by the Philadelphia Philies' starter, Kyle Kendrick.
Jordan Zimmermann hit the corner, knee high outside with a 1-2 fastball for a called strike three on Ben Revere. A 12-to-6, 2-2 curve to Jimmy Rollins got the Phillies' shortstop swinging for the second straight strikeout of the home-half of the first, and Chase Utley's fly to right ended a 13-pitch, 1-2-3 frame. 0-0 after one.
Third base ump Gary Cederstrom punched Domonic Brown out when he appeared to check his swing on a 2-2 change from Jordan Zimmermann. Michael Young lined a 95 mph fastball to right for a one-out double and the first hit of the night off the Nationals' starter, but he couldn't advance on a sharp grounder to third off Delmon Young's bat, and he was stranded at second when Darin Ruf bit on a 2-2 slider from Jordan Zimmermann and couldn't check his swing. 4 Ks for Zimmermann, 32 pitches after a 19-pitch second.
Jordan Zimmermann K'd swinging on a wild pitch and took first as Carlos Ruiz ran to retrieve the ball in the on-deck circle near the first base dugout. Zimmermann got doubled up, however, when Denard Span bunted one straight down and off the plate and failed to run it out. 2-6-3. Ian Desmond's grounder back to Kyle Kendrick on the mound ended a 10-pitch third for the Phillies' right-handed starter. Carlos Ruiz sent a weak grounder to second. Kyle Kendrick sent a lazy fly to the track in left. Ben Revere lined to left on a 1-0 fastball for a two-out single, but a groundout to second by Jimmy Rollins ended an eight-pitch inning by Jordan Zimmermann that had the Nats' right-hander at 40 overall after three.
Bryce Harper took a 92 mph 2-2 fastball for a ride to center in Citizens Bank Park, but it fell into Ben Revere's glove on the track. After Ryan Zimmerman popped out to first, Jayson Werth battled Kyle Kendrick for eight pitches before lining to left for his second two-out single and he took third when Chase Utley bobbled a two-out grounder to second by Adam LaRoche and made an errant throw to first base as well. E:4 + E:4 = 1st/3rd. Delmon Young got to the line to catch Anthony Rendon's fly to right field though, and the Phillies' right-handed starter had four scoreless on 66 pitches after a 28-pitch fourth.
Chase Utley flew out to Bryce Harper in left on the first pitch from Jordan Zimmermann in the fourth. Domonic Brown singled to right on an 0-1 change. Nationals' shortstop Ian Desmond settled for a force at second instead of a double play when he bobbled a grounder to short by Michael Young, but Desmond covered second when Delmon Young grounded out to Anthony Rendon one pitch later. Six pitch inning for Zimmermann. 46 total after four.
Michael Young made a spectacular diving play on a sharp grounder to third off Kurt Suzuki's bat, but he bounced a throw to first Darin Ruf couldn't handle. Young committed the fourth error of the night by the Phillies. Jordan Zimmermann's bunt died right in front of home, however, allowing Carlos Ruiz to cut his counterpart down at third base for the first out of the fifth and Darin Ruf turned a 3-6 DP on a grounder to first by Denard Span, helping Kyle Kendrick out of a quick nine-pitch fifth.
Carlos Ruiz reached first base safely with a one-out single that bounced off Jordan Zimmermann's leg and over to Anthony Rendon at second, but Rendon's glove-scoop-toss to Adam LaRoche at first arrived a step late. Kyle Kendrick bunted his catcher over/gave up an out and Ben Revere drove him in with a two-out RBI single to left field that made it 1-0 Phillies after five in CBP. Zimmermann's 14-pitch fifth had him at 60 overall after five.
Bryce Harper flew to deep right field on a 1-0 change from Kyle Kendrick and hustled around to third for a one-out triple when Delmon Young failed to make an awkward sliding attempt but not the catch. Ryan Zimmerman's sac fly to right was deep enough to allow Harper to score from and tie the game up at 1-1 after five and a half. Domonic Brown lined to center on a 3-1 fastball from Jordan Zimmermann for a one-out double that bounced off the base of the wall, but two outs later he was stranded at second at the end of an 11-pitch inning that had Zimmermann up to 71 overall after six.
Michael Young's not Ryan Zimmeran and he couldn't barehand a weak chopper to third off Anthony Rendon's bat, so the Nats' second baseman reached first safely with a one-out single in the top of the seventh. Rendon took second one out later on a wild pitch to Jordan Zimmermann, but the Nats' starter's groundout to second ended the top of the seventh. 106 pitches for Kendrick. Darin Ruf doubled by a diving Ryan Zimmerman at third on a first-pitch curve from Jordan Zimmermann. Ian Krol got up in the Nationals' pen. Carlos Ruiz's sac bunt moved Ruf's pinch runner John McDonald over to third, and Kevin Frandsen hit for the Phillies' pitcher with one down. Frandsen went out for an 0-2 slider away and lined it to center for an RBI double Denard Span couldn't catch. Run was scoring either way. Ian Krol came on to get the last two outs. 2-1 Phillies after seven.
• Jordan Zimmermann's Line: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 Ks, 79 P, 59 S, 9/3 GO/FO.
Antonio Bastardo retired the Nationals in order in an eight-pitch top of the eighth. Chase Utley doubled to center to start the home-half of the eighth on a 94 mph 1-1 four-seamer from Ian Krol. Utley took third on a fly to right by Domonic Brown which ended Krol's night. Anthony Rendon dove for a sharp grounder off Michael Young's bat, but his throw home was late. 3-1 Phillies after eight.
Jonathan Papelbon came out for the top of the ninth. Ryan Zimmerman had his bat shattered by a 2-0 fastball and he grounded back to the mound for out no.1. Jayson Werth chased a 2-2 slider outside. Adam LaRoche grounded out to first. Ballgame. 3-1 Phillies.
Nationals now 47-45