Jonathan Papelbon was one pitch away from sending everyone home happy after a Phillies victory on Monday night.
Instead, he nearly sent the game into extra innings …
That is until Domonic Brown delivered a two-out, walk-off single to give the Phillies a 5-4 victory over the Nationals.
Papelbon allowed an 0-2, two-out, game-tying home run to Washington’s Chad Tracy in the ninth inning for his first blown save of the season. In the bottom of the ninth, Ben Revere led off with a single and moved to third on a one-out single by Jimmy Rollins.
After pinch-hitter Steven Lerud struck out, Brown laced one off the end of his bat into center field to send Revere scurrying home for the winning run.
Starting pitching report
Tracy’s homer snatched a win away from Phils lefty John Lannan. In his first outing in two months after spending time on the disabled list with an injured knee, Lannan threw 92 pitches over five innings, allowing a pair of runs on six hits. The Phils’ lefty got eight outs on ground balls, threw 13 first-pitch strikes and got four strikeouts.
Not only was Lannan in line for his first win as a Phillie, but he was also looking at his first win since Sept. 26, 2012, when he beat the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park while pitching for the Nationals.
For the Nationals, right-hander Dan Haren allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings. Haren walked three, struck out three and gave up a long homer to Ryan Howard.
Haren remains 4-8, which puts him behind only Cole Hamels (2-10) and the Angels’ Joe Blanton (1-10) for the most losses in baseball.
Mike Stutes pitched a pair of perfect innings to set the table for Mike Adams. The Phils’ set-up man got two outs, but gave up a double to Ryan Zimmerman and an RBI single for Ian Desmond to bring the Nats within a run.
Lefty Antonio Bastardo came on to face pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche to record the final out of the inning.
Papelbon had three 0-2 pitches to end the game before Tracy’s solo homer. It was his first blown save in 14 chances.
Instead, Papelbon gets his first win of the season.
At the plate
Brown had a pair of hits, including his game-winner.
Before the blown save, Howard was slated to be the hero at the plate. Howard went 3 for 3 with his eighth homer of the season to go with a pair of RBIs. In his last five games, Howard is 10 for 19 with five RBIs, a pair of doubles and a long home run.
This month, Howard is 18 for 52 (.346), with seven extra-base hits, nine walks, 10 RBIs and a .452 on-base percentage.
Along with Howard’s upper-deck homer and Delmon Young’s double, Michael Young belted a long triple with one out in the third.
For the Nats’ Tracy, the home run was his second 0-2, game-tying homer in the last three games. Tracy homered in the eighth inning of the Nationals’ win in Cleveland on Saturday.
Before the game, the Phillies announced that lefty reliever Jeremy Horst had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain. Lannan was activated to take Horst’s spot on the roster (see story).
The Phillies had a moment of silence before the game for the catcher of the 1950 National League champion club, Stan Lopata. The two-time All-Star died Saturday at age 87 from heart complications. Lopata played for the Phillies from 1948 to 1958 and for the Milwaukee Braves in 1959 and 1960.
Lopata’s death leaves just four remaining players from the 1950 Whiz Kids: Curt Simmons, Putsy Caballero, Jack Mayo and Bob Miller.
The Phillies and Nats continue their series on Tuesday night when Cliff Lee (8-2, 2.55) faces lefty Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02).
Lee has not faced the Nationals this season, but in eight career starts against them, the Phils’ lefty is 5-3 with a 2.51 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings.