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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 Associated Press 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 Philadelphia. 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. TRAINER'S ROOM 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 dropped. Nationals: OF Victor Robles (back spasms) took batting practice on the field for the first time since going on the injured list. UP NEXT 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. ___ AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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