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: Pirates spoil Rich Hill's no-hitter with walk-off HR in 10th inning

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Best of MLB: Pirates spoil Rich Hill's no-hitter with walk-off HR in 10th inning

PITTSBURGH -- Dodgers lefty Rich Hill lost his perfect game on an error in the ninth inning, then lost his no-hitter on a leadoff home run in the 10th by Josh Harrison that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates over Los Angeles 1-0 Wednesday night.

Hill became the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1995 to take a no-hit try into extra innings.

The Pirates didn't have a runner until Jordy Mercer led off the ninth with a sharp grounder that third baseman Logan Forsythe misplayed for an error. Hill retired the next three batters.

Hill (9-5) came back out for the 10th and Harrison sent his 99th pitch of the night into the first row of seats in left field, just out of the reach of Los Angeles leftfielder Curtis Granderson. Hill struck out 10 without a walk.

Juan Nicasio (2-5) picked up the win after working the top of the 10th (see full recap).

Orioles regroup after Britton’s save streak ends at 60
BALTIMORE -- Zach Britton's AL-record run of converting 60 straight save attempts ended amid the evening shadows of Camden Yards, when the Orioles closer blew a two-run lead and failed to get out of the ninth inning in a game Baltimore ultimately won in the 12th, 8-7 over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

Baltimore led 7-5 heading into the ninth when Britton entered to seal the victory, just as he had been doing successfully since the final days of the 2015 season. On this occasion, however, the left-hander gave up three straight hits before a sacrifice fly by Matt Joyce tied it.

Following a walk to Khris Davis, Britton was replaced by Miguel Castro (3-1), who quelled the uprising.

Manny Machado led off the 12th with a home run off Simon Castro (1-2) to end a game that lasted 4 hours, 20 minutes.

Britton's streak began on Oct. 1, 2015, extended through all of last season and went for 11 more saves this year. He had not blown a save since Sept. 20, 2015, at Tampa Bay.

Britton finished well short of Eric Gagne's major league mark of 84, set from 2002-04 (see full recap).

Schwarber, Cubs continue surge with win over Reds
CINCINNATI -- Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run homer in the ballpark near his home, Tommy La Stella added a two-run shot while subbing for Kris Bryant, and the Chicago Cubs kept their second-half surge going with a 9-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

The defending World Series champions have won eight of 10. They are 11 games over .500 for the first time this season and have their biggest lead in the NL Central, 3 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee.

Left-hander Mike Montgomery (4-6) allowed four hits in six shutout innings, filling in for Jon Lester in the rotation. Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler homered in the ninth for the Reds (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Marlins 0

Instant Replay: Phillies 8, Marlins 0


A trio of rookies stepped up and led the Phillies to an 8-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

Mark Leiter Jr. spun a gem on the mound, Nick Williams reached base three times and scored three runs and Rhys Hoskins drove in five runs with a homer and a double.

One night earlier, the Marlins pounded out 27 hits and scored 19 runs in sweeping a doubleheader from the Phillies.

The shutout was the Phillies' fourth of the season. Their majors-worst record stands at 46-79.

Starting pitching report
In his fifth big-league start, Leiter pitched seven shutout innings. He held the Marlins hitless for the first five innings. The only hit he gave up was a leadoff double to Miguel Rojas in the sixth. Leiter then got three quick outs. The 26-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out five. All of the strikeouts came in the first two innings.

Marlins lefty Justin Nicolino was tagged for eight hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Bullpen report
Luis Garcia and Hector Neris completed the shutout.

At the plate
The Phillies had 11 hits.

Williams singled with two outs in the first inning and scored on an RBI double by Tommy Joseph. The Phillies hit for the cycle in the third inning and scored five runs. Freddy Galvis and Jorge Alfaro had RBI hits. Hoskins had the big blow, a three-run homer into the second deck above left field. Three innings later, Hoskins smacked a two-run double with two outs. He has seven homers and 16 RBIs since joining the club. All of the homers have come in the last 10 games.

The Marlins had just two hits.

The Phillies added right-hander Drew Anderson from Triple A Lehigh Valley as bullpen insurance. He will likely return to Triple A on Thursday. Outfielder Cameron Perkins was sent to Triple A.

The Phillies signed veteran pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor-league contract. He is scheduled to pitch Friday for Lehigh Valley.

Up next
The series concludes on Thursday afternoon. Jake Thompson (1-1, 4.20) will be added to the roster and pitch for the Phillies against Marlins right-hander and former Phillie Vance Worley (2-3, 4.82).

The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs comes to town to start a three-game series on Friday night.