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Phillies Top Nationals 8-4 To Earn The Sweep

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 27: Starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on August 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 27: Starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on August 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Grady Sizemore hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the NL East-leading Washington Nationals 8-4 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer and Jimmy Rollins hit a solo shot to back Kyle Kendrick (7-11). The right-hander allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

The last-place Phillies went 7-2 on their best homestand this season.

Denard Span was 3 for 4 and fell a triple short of the cycle for the Nationals. Doug Fister (12-5) allowed a season-high 10 hits and five runs — four earned — in 5 2-3 innings.

The Nationals had won 12 of 13 before losing three in a row in Philadelphia. They still have the best record (75-57) in the NL and a comfortable 6½-game lead over Atlanta in the division.

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