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Hitting highlight: The Nats jumped all over Kyle Kendrick in the fourth and fifth innings, adding five runs across the two frames. Ian Desmond scored the first run in both innings that featured seven Nats' singles and two walks.
Pitching highlight: Strasburg pitched an absolute masterpiece against the Phillies, striking out ten and giving up just four hits and a walk across nine scoreless innings. He was crisp right from the start with eight strikes on eight pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning. The Nats' ace now has a 2.83 ERA on the season with an even more impressive 1.04 WHIP. He earned his sixth win of the season to give him a 6-9 record on the year.
Key stat: Werth had another three-hit day and pushed his season average to .328 through 86 games. Since the beginning of the 2012 season Werth has hit .314 through 167 games for the Nats.
Up next: The Nats are off Monday before hosting the defending champion San Francisco Giants on Tuesday for a three-game series. Gio Gonzalez (7-5, 3.52) goes up against Madison Bumgarner (11-7, 2.75) in a battle of lefties.