Instant Replay: Phillies 17, Nationals 3

Instant Replay: Phillies 17, Nationals 3


The Phillies scored early and often -- that's an understatement -- in rolling to a 17-3 win over the Washington Nationals in front of a giddy crowd of 37,241 Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phils scored 12 runs in the first inning -- the most in franchise history in that inning. They sent 16 men to the plate in that frame and had nine hits during the uprising, which lasted 37 minutes. (The onslaught is detailed here.)

Aaron Nola looked good and was a winner in his first regular-season start since July 28 when he went to the sidelines with an elbow injury.

The Phillies are 2-3.

Washington is 3-2.

Starting pitching report
Nola gave up seven hits and three runs over six innings. He threw 89 pitches. He walked two and struck out seven. His fastball reached 94 mph and he had good movement on his two-seamer.

All in all, it was a confidence-builder for the right-hander.

Washington brought up veteran Jeremy Guthrie from the minors for the start and he did not fare well (another understatement) on his 38th birthday. He got just two outs in the first inning and was tagged for 10 runs.

Bullpen report
Pat Neshek and Edubray Ramos closed it out for the Phils.

Former Phillie Joe Blanton pitched three scoreless innings for the Nats. His bullpen mates Enny Romero and Oliver Perez combined to give up six runs.

At the plate
Howie Kendrick had three hits and four RBIs for the Phillies. Tommy Joseph entered the game 0 for 13 on the young season. He had a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice fly.  Michael Saunders had a big game with a single, double, triple and two RBIs. Kendrick and Cesar Hernandez also tripled. Andres Blanco and Cameron Rupp homered. Kendrick has opened the season 8 for 18.

In all, the Phils had 15 hits.

The 17 runs were their most since July 6, 2009, when they scored 22 against Cincinnati.

Daniel Murphy had three hits for the Nats. Jayson Werth drove in a pair of runs.

In the field
Third baseman Maikel Franco turned a terrific 5-3 double play to get Nola out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Centerfielder Odubel Herrera and Blanco, a late-game replacement at shortstop, also made standout defensive plays.

Health check
Washington leadoff man Trea Turner left the game in the first inning with an apparent leg injury.

Up next
The Phillies and Nationals close out the series Sunday afternoon. Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 1.80) makes his second start of the season. Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 2.57) pitches for Washington.

Zach Eflin leaves with sore shoulder as Phillies' California woes continue

Zach Eflin leaves with sore shoulder as Phillies' California woes continue


SAN FRANCISCO — The state of California has become the state of despair for the Phillies.

They fell to 0-11 in the state after a 10-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night (see Instant Replay).

The Phils suffered three-game sweeps against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, the Angels in Anaheim and the Padres in San Diego. They have now lost the first two of a four-game series against the Giants in the northern part of the state.

Friday night's defeat was the Phillies' sixth straight, dropping them to a season-high 34 games under .500. They are 19-46 on the road and 6-22 against the National League West.

The loss was embarrassing because the Phils were held to one hit over seven scoreless innings by the pitcher with the highest ERA in the NL. Giants lefty Matt Moore entered with an ERA of 5.71. The Phils finished with just four hits, all singles.

The loss may also have been costly because starting pitcher Zach Eflin, one of the young pitchers the Phillies would like to build around, gave up seven hits and six runs and had to leave the game after five innings with discomfort in the back of his right shoulder. Earlier this season, Eflin, 23, missed time with an elbow strain.

Eflin said he'd felt soreness in the back of this shoulder before.

"This is a little different than I've had before," Eflin said. "It's just kind of a steady tightness. It's something I wasn't comfortable continuing with. I don't think it's anything serious. It's more of a precautionary thing."

The shoulder tightness didn't affect Eflin's velocity. He threw breaking balls early in the game and gave up three runs in the first inning. In the fourth inning, he used his four-seam fastball and hit 96 mph on the radar gun while getting three quick outs. Manager Pete Mackanin said he'd like to see more of that from Eflin. Of course, now it's safe to wonder when Eflin will pitch again. The Phils will surely be careful with him.

The Phillies are already making some adjustments to their starting rotation. Right-hander Ben Lively will be recalled from Triple A to take Odubel Herrera's spot on the roster. Herrera went on the disabled list with a sore left hamstring (see story). Lively will start against the Giants on Sunday while scheduled starter Mark Leiter Jr. goes to the bullpen.

The Phillies were never in Friday night's game. They got three of their four hits and both of their runs (on a bloop hit by Freddy Galvis) in the eighth inning and the Giants came back and scored four in the bottom of the inning.

Rookie catcher Jorge Alfaro had the Phillies' first two hits of the game, the only two that Moore gave up. Moore (4-12) earned his first win since June 20.

In a span of three days, the Phillies have been held to two runs over 16 1/3 innings by a pair of lefties with high ERAs. They were shut out by Clayton Richard in San Diego on Wednesday. He entered that game with a 5.14 ERA.

"It's frustrating when you look up at the numbers and you see that," Mackanin said. "You kind of hope we can get to the guy. But for whatever reason, the bats are just silent right now."

The Phillies' offense has been bad all season, but it has been especially bad lately. Over the last nine games, they have scored just 25 runs, an average of 2.8 per game. The Phils are 1-8 in those contests.

Best of MLB: Manny Machado caps monster night with walk-off grand slam for Orioles

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Best of MLB: Manny Machado caps monster night with walk-off grand slam for Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado capped a three-homer night with a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied past the Los Angeles Angels 9-7 on Friday night in a game that featured 10 home runs.

Machado hit his seventh career slam off Keynan Middleton (4-1), who entered with two on and one out in the ninth. After Tim Beckham singled to load the bases, Machado hit a drive far over the center-field wall to give the Orioles their first lead.

Machado also hit a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth to finish with seven RBIs.

Albert Pujols set the tone for the game in the first inning with a milestone homer off Jeremy Hellickson. There would be plenty more long balls on a steamy night at Camden Yards, five by each team (see full recap).

Moreland, Red Sox rally past rival Yankees
BOSTON -- Pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland hit a two-run single in Boston's four-run seventh inning and the Red Sox rallied to beat the New York Yankees 9-6 on Friday night.

Boston won for the 13th time in 15 games to extend its lead in the AL East to five games over the second-place Yankees. New York snapped a four-game winning streak.

Addison Reed (1-1) got five outs, striking out three. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 29th save.

The Red Sox opened a 3-0 lead on homers from Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez. But Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer in the sixth, then New York scored four in the seventh to take a 6-3 lead.

Boston loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh against Tommy Kahnle (2-4). Mookie Betts had a sacrifice fly and Andrew Benintendi an RBI single. After Hanley Ramirez walked to load the bases again, Moreland's single made it 7-6.

Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-run single in the eighth (see full recap).

Dodgers win again as Gonzalez returns from DL
DETROIT -- Chris Taylor had four hits including a pair of doubles, and the Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed Adrian Gonzalez back from the disabled list with another victory, beating the Detroit Tigers 8-5 on Friday night.

Gonzalez doubled in his first plate appearance since June 11, one of six two-base hits on the night for Los Angeles. The Dodgers (86-34) have won 20 of their last 23 games and are 51-9 over their last 60.

Rich Hill (9-4) labored through five innings, allowing three runs and six hits, but the Dodgers gave him plenty of support. Corey Seager drove in three runs for Los Angeles, and Logan Forsythe scored three times.

Justin Upton homered twice and Victor Martinez also went deep for the Tigers, but Jordan Zimmermann (7-10) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings (see full recap).