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Zimmermann pitches well, Nats fall short to Phils

Friday - 7/12/2013, 12:52am  ET

Washington Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann pitches in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- When they didn't take Cliff Lee deep, the Washington Nationals didn't score much this week.

Kyle Kendrick outpitched All-Star Jordan Zimmermann, pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Nationals 3-1 Thursday night.

Kendrick (8-6) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to help Philadelphia take three of four from the defending NL East champions.

The Nationals scored five runs combined in the three losses. They hit four solo homers off Lee in a 5-1 win Wednesday night.

Zimmermann (12-4) was the victim of poor run support this time. He gave up two runs and eight hits, striking out six in 6 1-3 innings.

"My stuff was good," he said. "On the pitch to Frandsen, I didn't get the slider low enough and he just flicked it out there."

Lack of timely hitting cost the Nationals in the series. They came in 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position before Jayson Werth hit a two-out single to left in the first inning. But All-Star Domonic Brown threw out fellow All-Star Bryce Harper trying to score from second.

"I couldn't tell at first, but I found out later that the ball beat but he was safe," Nats manager Davey Johnson said. "Good thing I didn't see it or I would've been thrown out in the first inning."

Zimmermann has been bothered by a neck problem and said he may skip the All-Star game next Tuesday at Citi Field.

"I'd like to pitch in the game, but I'd rather be healthy for the second half," he said. "I'll get massages the next few days and go from there."

The Phillies are 7-3 since July 2, including series wins over first-place Pittsburgh and Atlanta, to pull within 1
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