Rollins’ HRs Lead Phillies Over Nationals, 6-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Rollins homered twice and A.J. Burnett pitched 7 2-3 strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their fifth straight victory, 6-2 over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.
Domonic Brown doubled and drove in two runs for Philadelphia, which matched its longest winning streak of the season. It has been a surprising run for the Phillies, who had lost 13 of 16 before a four-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Brewers in Milwaukee.
Burnett (6-8) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out six and walking four.
Bryce Harper homered for the Nationals, who have lost three of four. Washington right-hander Jordan Zimmerman (6-5) abruptly left his start in the fourth inning with an apparent injury.
Zimmerman, who is scheduled to participate in his second straight All-Star game on Tuesday, had Tommy John surgery in August 2009.
He the Nationals’ training staff out after throwing a pitch to Cameron Rupp with one out in the fourth inning. He showed no obvious discomfort, but left the mound after a short discussion with the training staff and Washington manager Matt Williams.
He walked of the field without a limp and jogged down the steps of the dugout, seemingly indicating the problem didn’t involve his lower body. Zimmerman left after allowing four runs and six hits. He threw 53 pitches, 36 for strikes.
Zimmerman has a 1.26 ERA since June 1 with 46 strikeouts and seven walks in 50 innings over seven starts. But he gave up four runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings against the Phillies.
Brown gave Philadelphia the lead with a two-run double in the second and the first of Rollins’ homers, a two-run shot to right, put Philadelphia in front 4-0.
Rupp’s RBI double off Craig Stammen in the sixth put Philadelphia ahead 5-0 before Harper broke out of a 1-for-22 slump by leading off the seventh with a homer to deep right to pull Washington within 5-1. It was just the second homer of the season for Harper, who missed 57 games due to a thumb injury.
Rollins got the run back in the bottom of the inning, just clearing the wall in right for his ninth career multi-homer game.
Batting leadoff and playing center field, Grady Sizemore went 1 for 4 with a single in his first game with the Phillies after being called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The three-time All-Star whose career was derailed by injuries had been released by the Red Sox last month after batting .216 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 52 games. The 31-year-old missed all of the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to an assortment of injuries.
After leaving Thursday’s game at Baltimore after getting hit by a pitch on his right thumb, Washington’s Ian Desmond didn’t play Friday. Desmond entered Friday leading all shortstops in the majors with 55 RBIs.
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