Instant analysis: Nats 3, Phillies 2

Instant analysis: Nats 3, Phillies 2
September 4, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Game in a nutshell: The once-feared Roy Halladay was there for the taking early on, but the Nationals couldn’t take advantage of the former Cy Young Award winner’s wildness. Jordan Zimmermann also got off to a shaky start but rebounded to toss five straight scoreless innings and keep the game close. Ryan Zimmerman’s solo homer in the seventh tied the game, 2-2. The Nationals then went out of their way to manufacture the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth. But the real stars of the game were the guys in the field, who accounted for three spectacular plays to prevent the Phillies from scoring key runs. Zimmerman fired home for one big out in the seventh. Lombardozzi and Zimmermann teamed up for one of the plays of the year to end that inning. Jhonatan Solano then pulled off a rare, unassisted double play by a catcher to end the eighth and preserve a 1-run lead. Rafael Soriano finished things off in the ninth, securing a series victory for the Nationals and putting them three games over .500.

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