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Phillies lose Cliff Lee, pound out 17 hits in 10-4 win over Nationals

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WASHINGTON — Ben Revere tied a career-high with four hits and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 10-4 on Thursday night despite starter Cliff Lee leaving in the third inning with an elbow injury.

Grady Sizemore had three hits and three RBIs as the Phillies pounded out 17 hits.

After throwing ball one to Denard Span with two outs, Lee walked off the mound, looked into the Phillies dugout, and tapped his left arm with his glove hand.

Lee, making his third start since missing two months, left the game, and the Phillies announced he had a recurrence of the flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May.

Antonio Bastardo (5-4) retired Span, the only batter he faced, and got the win.

Span had two hits and two RBIs.

Gio Gonzalez (6-7) failed to make it through four innings for the second time in three starts. He allowed five runs and eight hits over 3 2-3 innings.

On July 20 against Milwaukee, he left after allowing three runs and throwing 88 pitches in 3 1-3 innings.

With Ryan Zimmerman sidelined, the NL East-leading Nationals bolstered their infield Thursday, acquiring two-time All-Star Asdrubal Cabrera and cash from the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Zach Walters.

Cabrera will play second base with Anthony Rendon shifted to third in Zimmerman's absence

PHOTO: Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Washington. Lee left the game later in the third inning. The Phillies announced that Lee had a recurrence of the left flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Washington. Lee left the game later in the third inning. The Phillies announced that Lee had a recurrence of the left flexor pronator strain that sidelined him in May. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

After stranding runners in the first and third innings, the Phillies got to Gonzalez in the fourth.

Sizemore doubled home two runs and made it 3-0 when, with the infield in, he beat second baseman Danny Espinosa's throw home.

Revere's single scored Darin Ruf and Rollins singled to load the bases with one out. Chase Utley hit a potential double-play grounder, but Ian Desmond dropped the throw from Espinosa, and settled for the force at second as Brown scored.

It was Revere's fourth straight multi-hit game.

The Nationals pulled within 5-3 on Span's 2-run single in the fifth.

Philadelphia added two in the sixth on Rollins' RBI-single and Utley's sacrifice fly.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: Manager Matt Williams said there's still no timetable for the return of Zimmerman, out since July 23 with a strained right hamstring.

"He's going to do nothing for two weeks," Williams said. "We'll make an evaluation after that."

ON DECK

Nationals: Doug Fister (10-2, 2.69) will be looking to win his sixth straight decision when he faces Philadelphia on Friday. He's 5-0 in his last six starts, with a 2.21 ERA.

Phillies: Roberto Hernandez (5-8, 4.14) looks to continue his recent success. Over his last three starts, he's 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA.

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PHOTO: Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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