Roy Halladay gave the Phillies six solid innings Wednesday night, but the Washington Nationals rallied against the home team's bullpen to pull out a 3-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park.
Halladay, making just his third start since returning from shoulder surgery, pitched six innings, allowing just one run on three hits. He did, however, walk five hitters, including three in the first inning, and hit two others with pitches.
The Phils (63-77) held a 2-1 lead when Halladay left after six, but Ryan Zimmerman's solo shot off reliever Zach Miner in the seventh tied the game at 2.
Jake Diekman then walked Wilson Ramos to lead off the eighth inning. Nationals manager Davey Johnson sent in Jeff Kobernus to pinch run for his catcher. The move paid off, as Kobernus scored on a fielder's choice groundout after advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt and stealing third.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven strong innings for Washington (71-68) in becoming the National League's first 16-game winner. He is now 16-8 on the season.