The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Andres Blanco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the game off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats would get a run back in the bottom of the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa knock in the runner via a suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 4-3, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on pitcher Vince Velasquez’s wild pitch, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cesar Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on David Lough’s fielder’s choice grounder, 3-2 as Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Rupp’s double, is thrown out at home plate, with catcher Jose Lobaton applying the tag, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Lough, who had safely reached first base on the force at home, moved up to second base. The Nats would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Bryce Harper hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Taylor, who had earlier walked, moving up to second base Max Scherzer, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Anthony Rendon’s force out grounder, five-unassisted, as third baseman Maikel Franco touched the third base bag to force out Scherzer, while sending Rendon, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Nats then tied the game up at three-all one batter later as Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, knocking in Rendon, while sending Harper on to third base. The Phils regained the lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Franco hits an RBI double, knocking in Blanco, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Harper to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.
Vince Velasquez (3-1, 1.78) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. David Hernandez collected his sixth hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Hector Neris collected his fourth hold of the season as he also threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while also striking out two. Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Max Scherzer received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Oliver Perez (1-1, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Shawn Kelley pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Matt Belisle and Felipe Rivero would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rivero), while striking out two (Rivero).
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Andres Blanco (Home Run, Double, Single, 2 RBIs) and Cesar Hernandez (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with three hits each. Odubel Herrera (Single), Maikel Franco (Double, RBI) and Cameron Rupp (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense also had five walks (Herrera (2), Blanco, Ryan Howard and David Lough) and a sacrifice bunt (Vince Velasquez) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Velasquez).
The Phils (10-10, 3rd) continue their three-game series with the Nationals (14-5, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 5.21), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 20, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-4, extra-inning win. He will be going for his second win of the season, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.42), who is coming off a win against the Twins on April 22, as he went six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out eight, in the Nats’ 8-4 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be going for their third straight road series win.