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

WASHINGTON -- Nate Schierholtz wanted to do something that would impress his new teammates in his first game with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Mission accomplished.

Schierholtz made his debut with his new team a memorable one, hitting the tiebreaking homer in the fifth inning that gave Philadelphia a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

Jimmy Rollins hit a pair of solo homers for the Phillies' other two runs off Washington starter Edwin Jackson (6-7), who gave up all three homers in his 5 2/3-inning effort.

Schierholtz, acquired from the Giants as part of Tuesday's trade for Hunter Pence, homered to right to give the Phillies (47-57) a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth. That came one pitch after Rollins led off the inning with his second homer of the night.

"I think it's important for me, on and off the field, because this is my family now," Schierholtz said of making a good first impression. "We're a bunch of guys who want to go out and battle and win. That's why I'm here."

Schierholtz also made a key defensive play, robbing Bryce Harper of a hit with a sliding catch near the right field line to start the eighth inning. That turned out to be a big moment because pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman followed with a single.

The three solo homers proved to be enough for Phillies starter Vance Worley (6-6), who gave up two unearned runs on six hits in seven innings.

Worley gave up both runs in the first, escaped trouble in the second when left fielder Domonic Brown threw out Jackson at the plate, and rolled through his last five innings.

The right-hander came into the game with 91 strikeouts in 102 innings but had none in this contest. Worley said he settled down after the first two innings.

"Tonight it seemed like every time I got ahead in the count, I couldn't put a guy away," Worley said. "It seemed like everything I was threw (in the first two innings) wasn't going where I wanted it to. After that, I kind of figured it out out there."

He scattered four hits in his final six innings. Jonathan Papelbon closed it in the ninth for his 23rd save, and the Nationals (61-42) never got a runner into scoring position in the final seven innings.

The Nationals scored twice in the first for a 2-0 lead. Adam LaRoche got an RBI single with the bases loaded, and Danny Espinosa drove in a second run on an odd force play at second.

Espinosa hit what looked like a double-play grounder to second. However, Chase Utley bobbled the ball while trying to pitch it to shortstop Rollins just a few feet away. When the ball fell to the ground, it rolled right to Rollins to complete the force.

Still, the Nationals got a run on the play for the early two-run lead. Jackson reached on an infield single in the second and later tried to score on a Harper single, but left fielder Brown threw him out at the plate.

The Phillies then started to rally. They cut the lead to 2-1 in the third when Rollins -- who almost homered in the first -- belted a long solo shot over the right field bullpen, into the second deck.

Rollins then tied it with his second homer of the night, another solo shot to right, leading off the fifth. One pitch later, Schierholtz hit the tiebreaking shot, the fifth time this season Philadelphia has had back-to-back homers.

The Nationals just haven't been able to get going on offense in either game of this series.

"We've been a little flat since our Sunday game in Milwaukee," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "Guys are a little banged up from it. We'll be all right tomorrow."

NOTES: Johnson held third baseman Zimmerman out of the lineup for the second consecutive game. Zimmerman's back was bothering him since sliding in Sunday's win over the Brewers. However, he's doing much better and should return for Thursday's series finale. ... Johnson will have starters Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann trade spots in the rotation this weekend. Gonzalez will pitch Friday against the Marlins, while Zimmermann will start Saturday. Zimmermann has been having some problems with shoulder inflammation, and the switch gives him six days of rest. It will be the normal four for Gonzalez, who last pitched Sunday. ... The Phillies made a number of moves Wednesday: Right-hander Josh Lindblom and outfielder Schierholtz, acquired in trades Tuesday, were added to the roster; relievers Jake Diekman and Joe Savery were optioned to Class AAA Lehigh Valley. Infielder Mike Fontenot was designated for assignment, and the Phillies recalled infielder/outfielder Michael Martinez to take his roster spot. ... Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (plantar fasciitis) was held out of Wednesday's starting lineup and is considered day-to-day. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the Phils might consider letting Ruiz play some third base next year.

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