Werth homers in Nats win

Before the game, it was reported that Jayson Werth was in the visitors hallway, presumably talking to his former team mates.

Were was simply getting reacquainted with the friends he made the past four seasons he was in Philadelphia. Not only did he do it with words but he did it with his bat, homering and driving in three runs in the Nationals 7-4 win over the Phils.

The Nationals Jayson Werth is greeted in the dugout after scoring in the first. He doubled in the inning. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Werth doubled and scored in his second at-bat in the fourth inning for Washington. Then after Joe Blanton had already allowed four runs, Werth hit a solo shot in the fifth, punctuating his performance against his former team.

It was another poor outing for Blanton, who allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings of work. He struck out four in the loss.

Blanton’s opponent, Livan Hernandez, was sharp. He kept the Phillies hitters off balance with his slow slider, pitching 6 2/3 innings, allowing a run on seven hits while striking out six.

David Herndon allowed a run in the seventh, snapping the bull pen’s 20-inning scoreless streak. Danys Baez allowed his first run of the season in the bottom of the eighth.

The Phils got two runs back in the top of the eighth. Jimmy Rollins scored from third on a ground ball hit by Raul Ibanez. Ryan Howard then scored on a passed ball to make it 6-3.

They tried to make things a little interesting in the ninth. Placido Polanco singled in Wilson Valdez to make it 7-4 with two outs. But Rollins lined out to end the game.

Ryan Howard homered in the top of the second to give the Phils an early 1-0 lead. Rollins had a two-hit game.

HR: Howard (3).

WP: L. Hernandez (1-1). LP: Blanton (0-1). S: Burnett (3).

Boxscore.

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