PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Making
an everyday player might be what solves the
' hitting troubles.
Werth hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Phillies over Washington 5-4 on Tuesday night, the Nationals'
11th straight loss.
The losing streak is the longest for the Nationals since they moved to Washington before the 2005 season. It is the franchise's
longest since the Montreal Expos dropped 11 straight from June 23-July 4, 1991.
Werth drove a 1-2 pitch from
(0-1) to the seats in left-center for his career-best 17th homer. The right-handed hitting Werth has platooned most of the
in right field. He's gotten more starts against right-handers lately, including this one.
''I like Werth's talent,'' manager
Despite a stiff wind blowing in, Werth knew his shot was going out once he connected.
''I hit it pretty well,'' he said. ''It didn't go as far as I thought.''
The Phillies remained 1 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading
New York Mets
with their third win in four games since losing four straight in Los Angeles.
got a mixed reaction from the crowd in his first home game since calling Philadelphia fans ''frontrunners'' last week in a
The reigning NL MVP heard boos and cheers each time he came to bat and went 0-for-4.
''There's been a lot worse booing than that,'' he said. ''If they want to boo me, that's fine. Just keep it off everybody
(3-1) pitched a perfect eighth and
finished for his 31st save in as many chances. Lidge has 34 consecutive saves, dating to last season with Houston.
The Phillies, who usually have trouble with situational hitting, had three sacrifice flies.
doubled, tripled and scored twice.
was 4-for-4 and
hit a solo homer.
''Another tough loss,'' third baseman
said. ''We played a good game, but a couple things hurt us.''
Victorino's speed helped the Phillies score the tying run in the seventh. After
led off with an infield single, Victorino reached on a fielder's choice. He advanced to third on
' single to left-center and scored on
's sacrifice fly to right.
Victorino started a two-run fifth with a triple to left-center. He scored when Harris dropped Dobbs' shallow fly to left.
Dobbs stole second, went to third on Coste's single and scored on pinch-hitter Jenkins' sacrifice fly.
Harris gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the first when he drove one out to right.
singled leading off the bottom of the second, advanced to third on Victorino's one-out double and scored on Dobbs' sacrifice
fly to tie it.
, Belliard and
to start the fourth put the Nationals ahead 2-1.
Zimmerman had an RBI triple in the fifth and Belliard singled him in with two outs to make it 4-1.
allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings in his sixth start since joining the Phillies in a trade with Oakland.
gave up four runs - three earned - and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.
''Bergmann threw well,'' manager Manny Acta said. ''We're not helping ourselves when we get good pitching.''
Notes: Belliard is batting .440 (22-for-50) in August. ... A crowd of 44,143 was the 40th sellout in 60 home games at Citizens
Bank Park. ... Blanton is 1-0, but the Phillies are 4-2 in his starts.