Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/2/12

WASHINGTON-Adam LaRoche went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs, and Ross Detwiler threw seven shutout innings as the Washington Nationals scored a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday night.

LaRoche hit a solo homer his first time up and singled twice after that. His first single also drove in a run as the Nationals (62-42) jumped in front 3-0 after three innings.

That proved to be plenty for Detwiler (6-4) as the left-hander gave up just three hits in his seven-inning effort. Detwiler escaped jams in both the second and third but then retired the final 14 batters he faced.

Sean Burnett set down the Phillies in order in the eighth to extend that streak to 17 straight batters retired before Tyler Clippard walked Chase Utley to start the ninth. But Clippard then closed it out for his 21st save despite walking two in the inning.

The Phillies (47-58) threatened in the top of the second, getting two on with one out. Michael Martinez then lined a single to right, but Bryce Harper charged in and made a good throw that nailed John Mayberry at the plate.

Washington took the lead in the bottom of that inning when LaRoche led off with a home run. LaRoche sent a Cole Hamels (11-6) fastball over the fence in right for the 1-0 lead.

Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse got back-to-back one-out singles to start a third-inning rally. LaRoche then lined an RBI single to center for a 2-0 lead.

Jayson Werth added an RBI ground-out for the 3-0 edge.

LaRoche got his third hit of the game in the sixth, a lead-off single, and tried to stretch the lead to four, but right fielder Mayberry threw him out at the plate after a Steve Lombardozzi fly ball.

NOTES: The Nationals reinstated and activated Werth from the 60-day disabled list. He's been out since breaking his wrist trying to make a sliding catch in early May against the Phillies. Werth had surgery and has been rehabilitating ever since. Manager Davey Johnson put him into center field for Thursday night's game, and he hit sixth. To open a spot for Werth on the roster, Washington placed relief pitcher Henry Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with lower back problems. That move is retroactive to Aug. 1...Zimmerman was back in the starting lineup after not starting the first two games of the Philadelphia series due to some back soreness. He did pinch-hit in Wednesday's loss and later played third for an inning...Jimmy Rollins hit three homers for the Phillies in the first two games of the series. That's the third time in his career that he's banged out three home runs in a two-game stretch. He homered twice Wednesday and nearly hit a third...Carlos Ruiz returned to the Phillies' lineup after sitting out Wednesday with foot problems (plantar fasciitis) he's been dealing with for a little while. Manager Charlie Manuel sat Ryan Howard and put Ruiz in the clean-up spot. Ruiz entered the game with a .340 batting average plus 14 homers and 58 RBIs.

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