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Kendrick, Phillies take three of four from Nationals

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 12 2013 04:25:58 AM CDT

Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, right,  tags out Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, who tried to score on a single by Jayson Werth in the first inning Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA -

Facing one of the NL's top pitchers brought out Kyle Kendrick's best.

Kendrick outpitched All-Star Jordan Zimmermann, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 Thursday night.

Kendrick (8-6) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to help Philadelphia take three of four from the defending NL East champions.

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"He rose to the occasion," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Zimmermann was real good. Kendrick was right there with him."

The Phillies are 7-3 since July 2, including series wins over first-place Pittsburgh and Atlanta, to pull within 1½ games of the second-place Nationals and one game of .500.

"It's a big win for us," Kendrick said. "I knew it was going to be close. I just wanted to give us a chance and we got some big hits."

Zimmermann (12-4) gave up two runs and eight hits, striking out six in 6 1/3 innings.

"My stuff was good," Zimmermann said. "On the pitch to Frandsen, I didn't get the slider low enough and he just flicked it out there."

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Antonio Bastardo pitched a perfect eighth and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 20th save in 24 tries. Papelbon blew two saves against the Nationals last month and allowed two runs in a 3-2 win Monday night.

Darin Ruf led off the bottom of the seventh with a double down the left-field line. Pinch-runner John McDonald advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Frandsen's RBI double off center fielder Denard Span's glove.

"As a group, all of us are ready," Frandsen said of Philadelphia's bench. "We know there's one spot you're going to have a chance and fortunately I came through."

Frandsen is hitting .355 (11-for-31) with 10 RBI as a pinch-hitter this season.

"He's very valuable for us," Manuel said. "He's won a few games for us already."

Kendrick overcame a season-high four errors by the Phillies with two double plays and nine groundouts. Chase Utley had a career-worst three errors.

"I just had to battle and keep the game close," Kendrick said.

Utley got the Phillies an insurance run in the eighth by hitting a double to start the inning, moving to third on a fly ball and sliding in safely just ahead of a throw to the plate on Michael Young's grounder to second.

The Phillies took a 1-0 lead on Ben Revere's RBI single in the fifth. Carlos Ruiz reached on an infield single, advanced on Kendrick's sacrifice and scored on Revere's liner to left-center.

The lead didn't last long.

Bryce Harper hit a triple with one out in the sixth and scored on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly to right.

All-Star Domonic Brown threw out fellow All-Star Harper trying to score from second on Jayson Werth's two-out single to left in the first. That was Washington's first hit with runners in scoring position in the series after going 0 for 16.

NOTES: David Bell was the last Phillies player to have three errors in a game on May 17, 2005. ... The Phillies lead with the majors with 37 pinch hits. ... The Phillies, who had a streak of 257 consecutive sellouts from July 7, 2009 to Aug. 6, 2012, drew 40,086 fans to fall short of a sellout on Fireworks Night at Citizens Bank Park. ... Werth was 2 for 4 and is batting .328 (40 for 122) with six doubles, six homers and 21 RBIs since returning from the DL on June 4. ... Washington is 5-35 when scoring less than three runs. ... Jonathan Pettibone (5-3, 3.84) faces John Danks (2-6, 4.31) when the Phillies open an interleague series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. ... Stephen Strasburg (5-6, 2.45) pitches for the Nationals vs. Miami's Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 2.55) Friday night.