Simply put, Kyle Kendrick was better than his counterpart, All-Star right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, Thursday night.
As a result, the Phillies (46-47) beat the Washington Nationals, 3-1, to take three of four games from their NL East division rival.
Kendrick pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits and a walk.
The Phillies used some timely hitting to pick up Kendrick, scoring single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings. Kevin Fransden, pinch-hitting for Kendrick in the seventh, drove in the eventual game-winning run with a double to score pinch-runner Jason McDonald.
Ben Revere continued to swing a hot bat for the Phillies, going 2-for-4 in the win over Washington (47-45) to bring his batting average up to .304.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 20th save of the season. He seems back on track after a stretch of four straight blown save opportunities in late June.