Ross Detwiler outpitched Cliff Lee by tossing 7 1/3 impressive innings and the Nationals beat the NL East champion Phillies, 3-0, last night to complete a sweep of their day-night doubleheader in Philadelphia.
In the opener, Tommy Milone threw six scoreless innings and pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman delivered an RBI single in the 10th to lift the Nationals to a 4-3 victory.
Detwiler (3-5) allowed three hits in his longest career outing. The lefthander earned his first road win after going 0-9 in his first 12 starts away from home.
Lee (16-8) gave up three runs - two earned - and 11 hits, striking out nine in seven innings. It was his first loss since July 25.
The slumping Phillies have lost four straight since clinching their fifth consecutive division crown. It ties their longest losing streak of the season, previously done twice. They have been resting many of their regulars, however.
The Nationals have won nine of 12.
Henry Rodriguez got the last two outs in the eighth and Drew Storen finished off the three-hitter for his second save of the day and 40th in 45 chances this season.
Dodgers 2, Giants 1 - Clayton Kershaw became host Los Angeles’s first 20-game winner in 21 years, pushing San Francisco closer to elimination from the NL West race.
Kershaw (20-5) allowed six hits and one run in 7 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out six to go 5-0 against the Giants this season - the first Dodgers pitcher to do so since Vic Lombardi in 1946. He did it on what would have been Lombardi’s 89th birthday.
Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 3 - Charlie Morton threw six scoreless innings and Pittsburgh slowed Arizona’s drive toward the NL West title with a victory in Phoenix.
Any combination of three Arizona victories or San Francisco losses and the Diamondbacks will dethrone the Giants as division champions.
Rangers 7, Athletics 2 - Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer in the first that held up for 15-game winner Derek Holland as AL West-leading Texas won in Oakland.
Angels 10, Blue Jays 6 - Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer, Vernon Wells added a solo shot, and Los Angeles won in Toronto.
Braves 4, Marlins 0 - Rookie Randall Delgado pitched five innings for his first major league win, and Atlanta put the brakes on its recent skid by beating Florida in Miami.
Cardinals 11, Mets 6 - Pinch hitter Ryan Theriot hit a go-ahead double with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and host St. Louis came back to beat New York.
Brewers 5, Cubs 1 - Shaun Marcum threw eight strong innings and Milwaukee moved a step closer to the NL Central title with a victory in Chicago.
Rickie Weeks drove in two runs to help the Brewers reach 91 wins for the first time since 1992.
Indians 4, White Sox 3; White Sox 5, Indians 4 - Alexei Ramirez’s seventh-inning single broke the game’s final tie and led Chicago over host Cleveland, giving the White Sox a split of the day-night doubleheader.
Asdrubal Cabrera’s solo home run and six strong innings from Fausto Carmona gave Cleveland a win in the first game.
Reds 6, Astros 4 - Homer Bailey shut Houston down and had a career-high three hits and Devin Mesoraco homered to help host Cincinnati snap a four-game losing streak.
Royals 10, Tigers 2 - Eric Hosmer went 5 for 5 with a three-run homer and Luis Mendoza got his first major league win in more than three years for host Kansas City.
Padres 2, Rockies 1 - Mat Latos tossed 8 2/3 shutout innings and Orlando Hudson had two hits as San Diego won in Denver.
Mariners 5, Twins 4 - Mike Carp had five hits, Adam Kennedy hit a tiebreaking infield single in the seventh inning, and Seattle sent host Minnesota to its 10th straight loss.