Phillies Can’t Climb Out of Early Hole; Drop to Nationals

Nationals 8, Phillies 4
WP – John Lannan (4-0, 4.23)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08)

PHILADELPHIA — Three home runs and five runs was just big enough of a lead for Washington to hold off the Phillies.

Tapping Kyle Kendrick early, the Nationals were able to beat Philadelphia, 8-4. Kendrick was done after two innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits and two walks with one strike out.

The Phillies bullpen shut the Nationals down for six innings until a few insurance runs in the 9th inning cut short a comeback attempt by the Phillies..

Bryce Harper got Kendrick in the 1st inning with his two-run homer to left-center field to make it 2-0.

Ian Desmond started off the 2nd inning with a solo homer to make it 3-0. After Steve Lombardozzi reached on an error by Chase Utley, Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run home run to make it a 5-0 game.

Philadelphia got runs back in each of the next two innings. Both runs were set up by extra-base hits by Kevin Frandsen, who doubled and tripled in the 3rd and 4th innings.

Washington botched a sacrifice bunt by B.J. Rosenberg and it allowed Frandsen to score to make it a 5-1 game. An RBI single by Rosenberg in the following inning made it a 5-2 game.

Jimmy Rollins’ solo homer with two outs in the 7th, making it 5-3.

The Phillies had a chance to tie the game up in the 8th inning. After a Chase Utley double led off the inning, he moved to third on a wild pitch to set up Domonic Brown’s sacrifice fly to make it a 5-4 game.

Ruiz, who walked before Brown’s sacrifice fly, moved to third on a Darin Ruf single. But with two outs, Frandsen struck out to end the threat.

Jayson Werth’s RBI single in the top of the 9th quieted the Phillies crowd, which was booing him mercilessly after he pretended to toss a foul ball into the stands and instead threw it into the dugout while on-deck.

The Werth double along with an RBI triple by Harper made it an 8-4 game.

2B: Frandsen (6), Utley (15). 3B: Frandsen (3). HR: Rollins (23).



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