Nationals lose back-and-forth game 5-4 to Phillies

Another day, another one-run loss.

The Nationals battled Roy Halladay better than they ever have, becoming the first team this season to hit three homers off him in a game and scoring more than two runs off him for the first time in the six times they’ve faced him since he came to Philadelphia. But they blew an early lead, gave up two more runs after they hit a pair of homers to tie the game and fell to the Phillies 5-4 on Monday afternoon.

It was the Nationals’ 12th loss in 17 one-run games this season, and it dropped them to a season-worst nine games under .500 for the season.

Michael Morse, Danny Espinosa and Laynce Nix all hit homers for the Nationals, but all of them came with no one on base. The Nationals will try to rebound tomorrow night against left-hander Cliff Lee.

More from the clubhouse in a little bit.