Rendon's offense and defense impact another Nats victory

Rendon's offense and defense impact another Nats victory
Third baseman Anthony Rendon's bat and glove were on display again as the Nationals finished off a series with the Phillies by winning 3-2 on Sunday. Rendon connected on an RBI double and later scored on a passed ball in a crucial two-run rally in the seventh inning that provided the margin of victory. "Runs, in general, are going to be great," Rendon said. "Just got a good read, I guess, ran really fast. "2-0, that's a hitter's count so you got to be aggressive in those situations, and...
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Turner and Murphy get offense rolling (Nats win 3-2)

Turner and Murphy get offense rolling (Nats win 3-2)
The Nationals went after Phillies southpaw Adam Morgan in the first inning. Trea Turner singled to lead off the frame. With one out, Daniel Murphy doubled down the right field line. Turner scored all the way from first base and the Nationals lead 1-0 after one inning. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez skated out of trouble in each of the first two frames. He allowed a walk in the first. In the second, the Phillies had two men on with no one out after a Danny Espinosa fielding error and an A.J. Ellis...
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Melancon records another save; Harper on strategy prior to homer

Melancon records another save; Harper on strategy prior to homer
Mark Melancon made the ninth inning quiet. That's what he has done since he arrived. Melancon now has 40 saves, 10 with the Nationals, as he pitched a scoreless ninth in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Phillies. Manager Dusty Baker discussed the acquisition of Melancon after the game, a move that came at the end of July. "That's why we traded for him, him and (Mark Rzepczynski) both," Baker said. "They've really solidified our bullpen, especially because it was in kind of disarray before...
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Game 142 lineups: Phillies at Nats

Game 142 lineups: Phillies at Nats
The Nationals are still buzzing about the impact of Trea Turner on Friday night. Turner smacked a two-run homer in the seventh that looked like it would go through the left field stands 12 rows up, then connected on a dramatic walk-off homer to center field that bounced off the angled wall near the Bud Light Loft. The Nats won 5-4 over the Phillies. It was Turner's first career walk-off homer. He even allowed Anthony Rendon to measure up and dump a bucket of ice cold Gatorade on his head....
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Nationals can only shrug off rare loss to Philly

Nationals can only shrug off rare loss to Philly
If the Nationals are fortunate enough to have reason to create a 2016 Year-in-Review video, tonight's 4-1 loss to the Phillies most certainly won't merit even a passing reference. Perhaps the most notable thing about this game was the mere fact that the Nationals lost to the Phillies. That hadn't happened since April 28, after which the Nats won nine consecutive matchups with their rebuilding division foes. "I didn't know it, but after the game somebody told me we had beaten them nine in a...
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Opposite dugout: Phillies still have part to play in playoff push

Opposite dugout: Phillies still have part to play in playoff push
Manager: Pete Mackanin (2nd season) Record: 62-77 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Odubel Herrera (.278 with 13 HR, 42 RBIs, 20 SB), 3B Maikel Franco (22 HR, 73 RBIs), SS Freddy Galvis (16 HR, 58 RBIs), RHP Jerad Eickhoff (10-13, 3.86 ERA), RHP Jeanmar Gomez (3.39 ERA with 35 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 4-11 Pitching probables: Sept. 8: RHP Alec Asher vs. RHP A.J. Cole, 7:05 p.m., MASN Sept. 9: RHP Jake Thompson vs. RHP Tanner Roark, 7:05 p.m., MASN Sept. 10: RHP Jerad Eickhoff vs....
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Opposite dugout: Struggling Phillies can do little more than play spoiler

Opposite dugout: Struggling Phillies can do little more than play spoiler
Manager: Pete Mackanin (2nd season) Record: 60-70 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: CF Odubel Herrera (.281 with 13 HR, 42 RBIs, 19 SB), 3B Maikel Franco (22 HR, 72 RBIs), C Cameron Rupp (14 HR, 43 RBIs), 1B Tommy Joseph (17 HR, 34 RBIs), RHP Jerad Eickhoff (9-12, 3.87 ERA), RHP Jeanmar Gomez (3.02 ERA with 34 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 4-8 Pitching probables: Aug. 29: RHP Tanner Roark vs. RHP Jake Thompson, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 Aug. 30: RHP Max Scherzer vs. RHP Jerad Eickhoff, 7:05 p.m.,...
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Werth's two-run single helps Nats walk off Phillies 5-4

Werth's two-run single helps Nats walk off Phillies 5-4
Former Phillies helped mold the outcome of Sunday's Nationals game against Philadelphia. One giveth, and one taketh away. The Phillies certainly know how to get to ex-teammate Jonathan Papelbon. On April 17 in Philadelphia, Papelbon allowed a game ending walk-off double by Freddy Galvis in a 10-inning 3-2 comeback victory for his former team. On Sunday in D.C., with the game tied at 3-3 in the top of the ninth, Maikel Franco slammed a solo homer, his 11th of the season, to put the Phillies...
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Phillies get to Strasburg early, Nats rally for 9-6 victory

Phillies get to Strasburg early, Nats rally for 9-6 victory
The Phillies grabbed the early lead in the second inning against Stephen Strasburg. Cody Asche's RBI single scored Carlos Ruiz. Tyler Goeddel added a bunt single that plated Freddy Galvis and the Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 advantage. In the third, Tommy Joseph homered to left-center with a man on and suddenly it was 4-0 Phillies. The Nationals answered in their half of the third. Jayson Werth's sharp line drive turned into a double to left field, scoring Danny Espinosa and Ben Revere,...
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Opposite dugout: Phillies starting to fade after hot start

Opposite dugout: Phillies starting to fade after hot start
Manager: Pete Mackanin (2nd season) Record: 29-31 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Odubel Herrera (.318/.422/.431), 3B Maikel Franco (10 HR, 32 RBIs), SS Freddy Galvis (6 HR, 22 RBIs), RHP Aaron Nola (5-4, 2.65 ERA), RHP Jeanmar Gomez (2.61 ERA with 19 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 4-5 Pitching probables: June 10: RHP Jeremy Hellickson vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg, 7:05 p.m., MASN June 11: RHP Aaron Nola vs. RHP Tanner Roark, 12:05 p.m., MASN June 12: LHP Adam Morgan vs. RHP Joe Ross,...
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Opposite dugout: Phillies continue to show progress during rebuilding phase

Opposite dugout: Phillies continue to show progress during rebuilding phase
Manager: Pete Mackanin (2nd season) Record: 26-24 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Odubel Herrera (.320/.427/.449 with 5 HR, 17 RBIs), 3B Maikel Franco (8 HR, 28 RBIs), 2B Freddie Galvis (17 RBIs), 1B Ryan Howard (8 HR, 18 RBIs), RHP Aaron Nola (4-3, 2.86 ERA), RHP Jeanmar Gomez (2.45 ERA, 17 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 4-2 Pitching probables: May 30: RHP Tanner Roark vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson, 7:05 p.m., MASN May 31: RHP Joe Ross vs. RHP Aaron Nola, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 June 1: RHP Max...
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Nats struggle for answers after back-to-back 3-0 losses

Nats struggle for answers after back-to-back 3-0 losses
The Phillies handed the Nationals another 3-0 shutout loss on Thursday, sweeping the three-game series. Despite a lineup that was switched around a bit to try to jumpstart the offense, the Nationals combined for only four hits. The Nationals have not scored in 22 innings and have just five runs in the past 34 innings dating to Sunday's 16-inning marathon win over the Twins. It's not like the Nationals had that many chances against Phillies starter Aaron Nola, with only base hits in the first...
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Roark blanks Phillies through seven innings (Phillies win 3-0)

Roark blanks Phillies through seven innings (Phillies win 3-0)
On a rainy and then misty Thursday getaway day, after waiting 36 minutes to get started, both starting pitchers have been very smooth in retiring batters as the Nationals and Phillies wrap up their three-game set. Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark, coming off a career-high 15 strikeout performance last Saturday in 2-0 shutout of the Twins, retired 10 straight batters after issuing a leadoff walk to Odubel Herrera to start the game. Herrera was thrown out trying to steal. But in the fourth...
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Burriss back in hometown with new team and outlook

Burriss back in hometown with new team and outlook
Emmanuel Burriss arrived early Thursday afternoon in the Phillies clubhouse at Nationals Park. He had spent the morning with his dad, Allen, in his U Street neighborhood in D.C. "We were just driving around, talking, looking at the neighborhood,'' Burriss said. "Things have changed.'' Burriss is happy to see turf fields replacing the diamonds that he played on. "Our fields had weeds, broken glass and rocks,'' Burriss says. "Kids aren't stupid. They don't want to play on those...
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Game underway after 36-minute delay

Game underway after 36-minute delay
The start of today's Phillies-Nationals game has been delayed due to rain. The original scheduled first pitch at Nationals Park was 4:05 p.m. The Nationals have announced they are hoping to begin the game at 4:40 p.m. The Nats are heading on a 10-game road trip after the game and are hoping to get this game in before they depart for St. Louis. The Nationals next face the Phillies at home June 10-12 with no off-day before or after that series. After that, the final series at home against the...
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Phillies get Harper out late, ride Franco's hit, defeat Nats 4-3

Phillies get Harper out late, ride Franco's hit, defeat Nats 4-3
The Phillies' Andres Blanco and Cesar Hernandez had three hits apiece, while Makiel Franco's run-scoring double proved to be the difference in a 4-3 win over the Nationals in D.C. It marked the Phillies' second straight win over the Nationals, dating back to April 17. Early on, the Nationals' ace right-hander Max Scherzer had trouble again. Scherzer allowed two runs in the first inning. Opponents scoring early has been an unfortunate recurrence in his April starts. In the top of the first,...
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Opposite dugout: Mackanin has eager Phillies playing better than expected

Opposite dugout: Mackanin has eager Phillies playing better than expected
Manager: Pete Mackinin (2nd season) Record: 9-10 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (.295 with 5 HR, 13 RBIs), 1B Ryan Howard (4 HR, 9 RBIs), CF Odubel Herrera (.286/.432/.429), RHP Vince Velasquez (2-1, 0.93 ERA), RHP Aaron Nola (1-2, 4.50 ERA), RHP Jeanmar Gomez (2.45 ERA, 4 saves) Season series vs. Nationals: 1-2 Pitching probables: April 26: RHP Vince Velasquez vs. RHP Max Scherzer, 7:05 p.m., MASNApril 27: RHP Jeremy Hellickson vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez, 7:05 p.m., MASNApril 28:...
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Reaction to Harper's record-setting home run streak

Reaction to Harper's record-setting home run streak
It looked like Bryce Harper had done it again. In the top of the 10th, Harper stepped to the plate with an opportunity to give his club the lead for good. He launched a dramatic solo homer off of Phillies reliever Jeanmar Gomez on a 3-2 count, well above the right-center field wall. The blast gave the Nationals a 2-1 lead. This time it did not lead to a victory. The Phillies came back for a 3-2 win in 10 innings. But the records are still piling up for Harper with each successive game-changing...
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Even with roster built for power, Baker is open to bunting

Even with roster built for power, Baker is open to bunting
Even with a lineup chock-full of power-hitting potential, Nationals manager Dusty Baker does not shy away from the opportunity to employ small ball. Even his top slugger, Bryce Harper, has the green light to bunt when the game circumstance is right. Sometimes it's the element of surprise, especially if you have speed and you see the infield playing way back. "If the situation calls upon it, yeah, that's cool with me," Baker said. "How many home runs you going to hit, 30 or 40? What you...
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Phillies take first lead in series (Nats lose 3-2 in 10)

Phillies take first lead in series (Nats lose 3-2 in 10)
PHILADELPHIA - After the Nationals took 5-0 and 3-0 first inning leads to begin the series, the Phillies finally scored a run early in Sunday's finale. In the second inning, Carlos Ruiz turned on a Gio Gonzalez 3-0 fastball and deposited the solo homer in the left field stands. Ruiz's second homer of the season gave the Phillies a 1-0 advantage. It was the first run Gonzalez had allowed this season. Bryce Harper had a two-out single to right field in the first. He was initially called safe at...
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