WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals laid an 11-0 beating on the Phillies on Saturday night.
The Nationals hit starter A.J. Burnett hard -- until he was ejected -- and reliever Phillippe Aumont even harder.
The 11-run loss tied the Phillies’ largest margin of defeat this season.
The Phillies have been shut out 12 times.
Starting pitcher report
Burnett was ejected in the bottom of the second inning, one pitch after surrendering a three-run home run to Anthony Rendon with two outs in that inning.
Following the home run, Burnett’s first pitch to Jayson Werth was called a ball by home plate umpire Chris Guccione. Burnett made a gesture and shouted toward Guccione after pitch. The umpire sprung from behind home plate and ejected Burnett. A heated argument ensued and manager Ryne Sandberg was also ejected.
Burnett ended up allowing five runs, four in the second inning. All the second-inning runs were unearned after Chase Utley made an error with no outs.
For the season, Burnett is 6-11 with a 4.16 ERA.
Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann was exceptional. He pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just five singles. He walked none and struck out eight.
Aumont was tagged for eight hits and six runs in two innings.
Lefty Cesar Jimenez pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the Phillies.
At the plate
The Phillies did not have an extra-base hit until Andres Blanco’s double in the ninth. The Phils struck out 11 times.
The Nationals had 14 hits, including four for extra bases. They were 7 for 15 with runners in scoring position.
Washington had seven hits in the fourth inning and scored five times. All the runs were charged to Aumont.
Rendon led the Nationals with three hits and four RBIs.
In the field
Marlon Byrd continues to play hard, regardless of how hopeless the club is. He made a tremendous running catch in the right-center gap to end the third inning and save two runs.
Utley has nine errors on the season.
Domonic Brown has strep throat (see story).
Aumont was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley after the loss. A corresponding roster move will be made Sunday.
The Phillies and Nationals close out the four-game series Sunday afternoon with Cole Hamels (6-5, 2.55) going against Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 3.55).