Instant Replay: Nationals 5, Phillies 2

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Instant Replay: Nationals 5, Phillies 2

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WASHINGTON -- The Phillies’ quest to reach the .500 mark lives on after a 5-2 loss to the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

Kyle Kendrick was not sharp and neither was the defense when the Nats rallied for four runs in the decisive fifth inning.

The Phils have been held to two or fewer runs in 19 of 48 games. They are 23-25. Washington is 25-23.

This was the first of 19 meetings between the two clubs.

Starting pitching report
Kendrick suffered his second straight loss to fall to 4-3 on the season. His command was not good; he needed 107 pitches to get through five innings. He threw just 62 strikes. The right-hander allowed 12 base runners on eight hits and four walks. Kendrick walked just two batters in his first three starts this month. He has walked eight in his last two. He has given up nine runs in his last two starts after giving up just eight in his previous six.

Jordan Zimmermann stayed on course for the All-Star Game. He held the Phils to two runs over seven innings and did not walk a batter. Zimmermann has allowed two or fewer runs in nine of 10 starts. He is 8-2 with a 1.71 ERA.

Bullpen report
The Phillies, looking for middle relief help, had to be encouraged by Mike Stutes coming up from Triple A and throwing two shutout innings.

Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano closed it out for Washington.

At the plate
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Ryan Howard had a leadoff double and scored on a one-out single by Domonic Brown, whose 25 RBIs are tied with Howard and Chase Utley for the team lead.

The Phillies got four singles in the fifth inning but scored just one run -- on a sacrifice fly by Erik Kratz. Ben Revere had a chance to do some one-out damage but grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end the frame.

The Nats scored four times off Kendrick in the bottom of the fifth inning. Adam LaRoche had an RBI triple off the center-field wall with one out to tie the game. It came on a 3-0 pitch. Revere got to the wall but appeared to overrun the ball and couldn’t make the catch. The Nats ended up scoring three runs with two outs on a single by Kurt Suzuki and a double by No. 8 hitter Steve Lombardozzi on a 2-0 pitch. Tyler Moore preceded Lombardozzi’s two-run double with an infield hit. Phils third baseman Michael Young could have gotten the third out on the slow roller, but had trouble getting the ball out of his glove.

In the field
Revere and Young had a chance to make plays that would have limited the damage in the fifth inning, but neither did.

Revere threw out Moore at the plate in the fourth. Kratz hung on to the ball as Moore crashed into him.

Transactions
Michael Martinez was added to take Utley’s roster spot. More on the Phils’ decision to bring up Martinez and not Darin Ruf here: (see story). The team says Mike Adams will come off the DL on Sunday (see story).

Up next
Jonathan Pettibone (3-0, 3.00) opposes Dan Haren (4-5, 5.54) on Saturday night.

Best of MLB: Mets beat Max Scherzer, first-place Nationals

Best of MLB: Mets beat Max Scherzer, first-place Nationals

WASHINGTON -- With Bryce Harper coming to the plate with the bases loaded and the Mets clinging to a two-run, ninth-inning lead, New York manager Terry Collins went to the mound and replaced closer Jeurys Familia with left-hander Josh Edgin.

"If we'd have won seven in a row, I probably would have left Jeurys out there, because that's what he's here to do," Collins said.

But the Mets had lost six in a row and 10 of 11, falling 7 games behind NL East-leading Washington.

Edgin got Harper to hit a comebacker the reliever turned in a game-ending double play as the Mets held on for a 7-5 victory Friday night (see full recap).

Yankees rally from 8 down to beat Orioles
NEW YORK -- Matt Holliday ended a thrilling duel of home run derby in the Bronx with one final thump.

Holliday hit the eighth homer of the game, a three-run shot in the 10th inning as the New York Yankees completed a stunning rally from an eight-run deficit, outslugging the Baltimore Orioles 14-11 Friday night.

"It's an amazing feeling. We're down 9-1, and then we were down 11-4," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They never quit. We have the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark and that's what we did."

Starlin Castro slipped to a knee when he tied it with a two-run drive that capped a three-run burst in the ninth off Brad Brach. Then in the 10th, Holliday hit the Yankees' fifth homer of the evening with one out off Jayson Aquino (1-1) and was mobbed at the plate (see full recap).

Red Sox get to Arrieta early, beat Cubs
BOSTON -- Against Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, the Red Sox didn't have time for a slow start Friday night -- not exactly a strength for them this season.

Andrew Benintendi helped Boston solve that issue, and the club just had to hang on from there.

Benintendi hit a solo homer off Arrieta to spark a five-run first inning and Boston beat Chicago 5-4.

The Red Sox had just seven first-inning runs this season entering Friday (see full recap).

Soto's 2-run single leads White Sox past Tigers
DETROIT -- Mike Pelfrey put his emotions aside and helped his new team, the Chicago White Sox, beat his old team, the Detroit Tigers.

Pelfrey, who was released by the Tigers near the end of spring training, started Friday's game at Detroit and left after 4 2/3 innings with the game tied. Geovany Soto then had a two-run single in the eighth, helping the White Sox beat the Tigers 7-3 at Comerica Park.

"There's no bitterness," Pelfrey said of facing Detroit. "Those guys were good to me. Obviously, spring training didn't end the way I wanted, but that's on me. I don't think I lived up to my end of the bargain," (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Dodgers 5, Phillies 3

Instant Replay: Dodgers 5, Phillies 3

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LOS ANGELES — The Phillies' six-game winning streak ended in a 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

The Dodgers scored four of their runs with two outs.

The Phillies, who play two more times against the Dodgers before heading to Chicago for four against the World Series champion Cubs, are 11-10.

The Dodgers are 12-12.

Starting pitching report
Jerad Eickhoff was not sharp. He gave up nine hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings. He walked three, struck out three and threw two wild pitches, one of which resulted in a two-out run.

Eickhoff (0-2) had problems with two outs. He allowed seven hits and two walks with two outs.

Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda (2-2) was very good. He held the Phils to five hits and two runs over seven innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

Bullpen report
Luis Garcia gave up a two-run double in the sixth. The runs were charged to Eickhoff.

Mark Leiter Jr. pitched a scoreless seventh inning in his big-league debut. His father pitched for the Phillies in 1997 and 1998. The Leiters are the second father-son duo in club history, joining the Amaros.

The Phils scored a run in the eighth against reliever Josh Fields. Luis Avilan came on and put out the fire. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth and got the save.

At the plate
Freddy Galvis extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run double in the third inning, accounting for the Phillies' first two runs.

Maikel Franco drove in his 21st run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Manager Pete Mackanin moved Galvis to the No. 2 hole. Looking for RBIs, he used Aaron Altherr in the No. 6 spot.

Tommy Joseph went hitless with three strikeouts in four at-bats to drop to .190.

Justin Turner had three hits for the Dodgers, including a two-run double. Kike Hernandez had an RBI double for the Dodgers.

In the field
Galvis made his first error of the season, snapping a 25-game errorless streak that dated to last season.

Rightfielder Michael Saunders cut down a run at the plate to end the fifth inning and keep the Phils within a run.

Up next
Zach Eflin (0-0, 2.25) pitches against Brandon McCarthy (3-0, 2.25) on Saturday night.