06/02 21:36 CDT Nationals blow 6-run lead, rebound to beat Phillies 8-7
Nationals blow 6-run lead, rebound to beat Phillies 8-7
By HARVEY VALENTINE
WASHINGTON (AP) --- Lane Thomas singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth
inning and the Washington Nationals sent the Philadelphia Phillies to their
fifth straight loss, winning 8-7 after blowing a six-run lead.
The defending NL champion Phillies have just five victories in their last 18
games and are tied with the Nationals at the bottom of the NL East at 25-32.
Alex Call drew a two-out walk against Connor Brogdon (2-1) in the eighth, stole
second and scored on Thomas' single to right center.
Kyle Finnegan (3-2) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the victory, stranding the tying
run on second in the ninth.
Nick Castellanos homered twice, singled, doubled and drove in five runs for
Down 7-1 after four innings, Philadelphia tied it at 7 in the eighth. Brandon
Marsh worked a nine-pitch walk against Mason Thompson leading off, and Drew
Ellis singled with one out. Finnegan came on to face Kyle Schwarber, who hit a
ground ball up the middle. Shortstop CJ Abrams fielded it behind it behind
second base, touched second for one out, but threw wildly to first and Marsh
came home with the tying run.
Castellanos's second homer, a two-run shot to center in the sixth, pulled the
Phillies to 7-3 and Marsh added an RBI single in the inning.
In the seventh, Schwarber doubled with one out and Bryson Scott reached on an
infield single. Hunter Harvey came on and walked Bryce Harper to load the
bases. Castellanos singled to center scoring two runs to make it 7-6.
Luis Garcia homered and Jeimer Candelario doubled twice and drove in three runs
for the Nationals.
Philadelphia starter Zack Wheeler, coming off eight shutout innings against
Atlanta, allowed seven runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Josiah Gray gave up four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings for Washington.
Candelario doubled just beyond the reach of left fielder Schwarber to drive in
the first of Washington's two runs in the first.
In the second, Abrams hit a one-out drive to deep center that Marsh misplayed
into a double. With two outs and two on, Candelario doubled off the wall in
right center to make it 5-0.
Garcia ended Wheeler's night with a solo homer in the fourth.
Phillies: Manager Rob Thomson said RHP Taijuan Walker played catch Friday and
there are "no worries about his next start." In a four-inning outing against
the Mets on Thursday, Walker's sinker velocity averaged 90.6 mph, down from
92.7 mph for the season. His fastball, splitter and curveball velocity also
Nationals: OF Victor Robles (back spasms) took batting practice on the field
for the first time since going on the injured list.
LHP MacKenzie Gore (3-3, 3.57), who went seven innings and struck out a
career-high 11 batters in his previous outing --- a no decision against the
Royals -- starts for Washington. Philadelphia hasn't announced its starter.
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