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Gio Gonzalez led the way with seven innings of one-run ball.
Hitting highlight: Given the manner in which the Phillies seemed to keep pitching around Bryce Harper to put the onus on Jayson Werth, the $126 million right fielder was going to have to deliver at some point. He finally did in the bottom of the fifth, belting a three-run homer to left to put the Nationals ahead for good. It had been a frustrating weekend to that point for Werth, who had stranded seven runners on base. But that big blast against his former team had to be particularly satisfying.
Pitching highlight: Having used up a bunch of relievers during last night's 11-inning marathon, the Nationals desperately needed Gio Gonzalez to pitch deep into this game. The left-hander did exactly that, tossing seven splendid innings of one-run, four-hit ball to earn his third victory. Gonzalez even turned things up a notch at the plate, belting a double to deep right field and sending another long fly ball to the warning track in center.
Key stat: Nationals starting pitchers have now allowed zero or one earned run in 18 of 27 games this season.
Up next: Having already beaten the Phillies seven straight times dating back to last season, the Nationals will go for the weekend sweep on national TV. Jordan Zimmermann faces Cole Hamels at 8:05 p.m. on Sunday Night Baseball.