Instant Replay: Nationals 7, Phillies 6

Instant Replay: Nationals 7, Phillies 6


The Phillies did not go easily in their home opener against the Washington Nationals on Friday. They chipped away at a seven-run deficit but ultimately lost, 7-6.

Phillies pitching was torched for three home runs and that was the difference in the game.

Starter Vince Velasquez gave up a pair of two-run homers and reliever Joely Rodriguez was tagged for a three-run shot.

Washington starter Max Scherzer, who won the NL Cy Young award last season, beat the Phils for the eighth time in 12 career starts against them.

The Phils trailed 7-0 but closed the gap to three runs in the seventh. They seemed poised for a rally against the Nats' bullpen when they got the first two men on in the eighth, but Washington reliever Koda Glover doused the threat with three quick outs.

Freddy Galvis cut Washington's lead to a run with a two-run homer in the ninth before Blake Treinen retired the next three to end the game.

A sellout crowd of 45,121 braved 19-mph winds and temperatures in the mid-40s.

The Phillies have lost three straight since winning their season opener Monday in Cincinnati.

Starting pitching report
Velasquez showed off his strength and his biggest flaw in his first outing of the season. Using a power fastball and a sprinkle of off-speed stuff, he struck out 10 batters. But his command and economy of pitches were so poor that he lasted just four innings. He threw 94 pitches, 57 of which were strikes.

Velasquez gave up a pair of two-run home runs -- to Bryce Harper in the first inning and Daniel Murphy in the third. Harper hit a thigh-high, full-count changeup. Murphy hit a 2-2 fastball that was right down the middle.

Scherzer gave up four hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA in six starts against the Phils since the start of last season. He is 8-1 with a 2.19 ERA in 12 starts lifetime against the Phils.

Bullpen report
Rodriguez pitched the fifth inning for the Phils. He allowed a walk, a double and a crushing three-run homer to Jayson Werth.

Glover got three big outs for Washington when he retired Maikel Franco, Daniel Nava and Tommy Joseph with two men on base in the eighth.

Treinen survived a shaky ninth for the save.

At the plate
The Phillies did not have a hit until Howie Kendrick doubled with one out in the fourth. He had two of the Phillies' nine hits. Odubel Herrera also had a pair of hits and an RBI. Galvis drove in three runs with a pair of extra-base hits.

After trailing, 7-0, the Phils rallied for a run in the sixth and three in the seventh. Galvis had an RBI double in the seventh and Aaron Altherr a two-run homer. Galvis then clubbed a two-run homer to make it a one-run game in the ninth.

After the two-run homers by Harper and Murphy, Werth smacked a three-run homer in the fifth inning, putting the Nats up, 7-0. The homer was Werth's 101st with the Nationals (this is his seventh season with the club) and his 20th against the Phillies.

Up next
The series continues on Saturday night. Aaron Nola will make his season debut against right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.

Best of MLB: Ivan Nova tosses 3-hitter as Pirates shut out Marlins

Best of MLB: Ivan Nova tosses 3-hitter as Pirates shut out Marlins

MIAMI -- Ivan Nova pitched a three-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Saturday night.

John Jaso homered and drove in two runs, Jordy Mercer knocked in a run, and Gregory Polanco had two doubles for the Pirates, who have won three straight.

Nova (3-2) struck out seven and did not walk a batter in the 95-pitch masterpiece. He retired 11 in a row at one point.

Nova continued his impressive start to the season, which includes walking just one batter over 27 innings as he lowered his ERA to 1.50 while tossing his second complete game and the eighth of his career.

Dan Strailey (1-2) nearly matched Nova through five innings allowing only one run before running into trouble in the sixth when he allowed a base hit followed by three consecutive walks including Francisco Cervelli with the bases loaded ending his outing (see full recap).

Conforto's 2 home runs power Mets past Nationals
WASHINGTON -- Michael Conforto hit two home runs and slumping Jose Reyes also connected, leading the New York Mets over the Washington Nationals 5-3 Saturday.

The banged-up Mets had lost six in a row when they began this series at Nationals Park against the team with the best record in the majors. Behind their power and bullpen, the Mets beat Washington for the second straight day.

Conforto's two-run homer in the fifth gave the Mets a 3-1 lead and his sixth home run of the season made it 4-2 in the eighth. It was Conforto's second multihomer game in the majors -- as a rookie, he did it in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series against Kansas City.

Hansel Robles (4-0) came in to start the sixth and retired five of the six batters he faced, striking out four. Jerry Blevins then took over and fanned Bryce Harper.

Jeurys Familia, pulled Friday night in the ninth inning while Washington tried to rally, retired three straight hitters to earn his first save of the season.

Stephen Strasburg (2-1) gave up three runs in seven innings (see full recap).

Gardner busts out, Yanks hit 4 more HRs to rout Orioles
NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and the thundering New York Yankees picked up right where they left off the previous night, steamrolling past the Baltimore Orioles 12-4 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory.

Gardner homered twice from the leadoff spot and had his first four RBIs of the season. Austin Romine, the No. 9 batter, also went deep and knocked in five runs. Judge, not to be outdone, clocked his latest colossal homer and scored four times as New York won its 14th in 17 games to boost the American League's best record to 15-7.

Michael Pineda (3-1) did not allow an earned run in 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight, and the Yankees knocked Baltimore out of first place in the AL East for the first time this season.

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1) was tagged for a season-high seven runs -- six earned -- and five hits with three walks.

In a series-opening slugfest Friday night, the Yankees hit five homers and rallied from eight runs down for a 14-11 victory capped by Matt Holliday's three-run shot in the 10th inning (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Dodgers 6, Phillies 5

Instant Replay: Dodgers 6, Phillies 5


LOS ANGELES — The Phillies suffered a gut-wrenching 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

The Phillies took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning but the Dodgers tied the game on three straight, no-out solo homers against Hector Neris.

The Dodgers got two more hits in the inning before Adrian Gonzalez won it with a two-out RBI infield hit against Joely Rodriguez.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin stacked his lineup with lefty hitters and it paid off as Brock Stassi, Daniel Nava and Andrew Knapp accounted for five RBIs. But they all went by the wayside in one quick, disastrous inning.

The Phils have lost two in a row.

And this one was bad.

Starting pitching report
Zach Eflin held the Dodgers to four hits and two runs over seven walk-free innings. Both of the runs came on solo homers, one in the first inning and one in the seventh. Otherwise, Eflin retired 11 hitters by groundout and four by strikeout.

Eflin has given up just four earned runs in 19 innings over three starts this season. He has walked just three.

Brandon McCarthy gave up a season-high four runs on eight hits and a walk.

Bullpen report
Joaquin Benoit struck out Yasmani Grandal, the potential tying run, with two men on base to end the eighth inning.

Neris blew the save and took the loss.

At the plate
Stassi's second homer of the season, a three-run shot to left-center off McCarthy in the fourth, gave the Phils a 3-1 lead. He started at first in place of slumping Tommy Joseph.

Knapp started at catcher in place of Cameron Rupp. He responded with a single, double and home run. The homer was his first in the majors.

Andrew Toles led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer for the Dodgers. Rookie Cody Bellinger added a homer in the seventh.

Yasiel Puig, Bellinger and Justin Turner hit consecutive solo homers with no outs in the ninth to tie the game.

In the field
Odubel Herrera made a long run and a terrific lunging catch to take away extra bases from Puig in the fourth.

Chase Utley made an error at second base for the Dodgers.

Health check
Aaron Nola's back is still an issue. Howie Kendrick remains on the DL with an oblique injury, but he could be an option at first base when he returns if Joseph's bat continues to slumber (see story).

Up next
The three-game series concludes on Sunday afternoon. Nick Pivetta will make his major-league debut for the Phillies. He will face Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-4, 4.64).

The Phillies acquired Pivetta in the trade that sent Jonathan Papelbon to Washington in July 2015. He was 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA, 24 strikeouts and just two walks in three starts at Triple A before being called up.

Reliever Luis Garcia was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley after Saturday night's game to make room for Pivetta.