By Michael Marzzacco
There’s something about Jayson Werth and batting at Citizens Bank Park. Does he feed off the boos of the Phillies fans? Is he simply used to that ballpark, spending three seasons there where he helped lead the Phillies to four NL East titles and World Series glory? Whatever it is, the man with the beard has helped the Nats in Philadelphia and on Wednesday night it helped set the tone in the finale of their three game sweep of the Phillies.
In the first inning, Werth sent a towering home run into dead center that was so high it landed next to the camera crew. Not everyday where you’re on the job and have an opportunity at a souvenir. Werth homered in two out of the three games in Phillly, his previous bomb hit on Monday night. He now has 20 home runs this season.
The Phillies tied the ballgame in the fifth on a Freddy Galvis home run. The Nats took the lead for good in the seventh. Wilson Ramos delivered the game-winning RBI with a line drive single into right field that scored Anthony Rendon giving the Nats a 2-1 win.
Gio Gonzalez allowed two hits in six innings of work in the win while striking out four. He improved his record to 10-9. Shawn Kelley picked up his seventh save of the season.
The Nats will rest on Thursday and head to the Big Apple on Friday night for a big three game series with the Mets who are fighting for their playoff lives.