Instant Replay: Nationals 6, Phillies 4

Instant Replay: Nationals 6, Phillies 4


The Phillies suffered a demoralizing 6-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon.

Bryce Harper hit a three-run home run against Joaquin Benoit on a full-count pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Nats the win. Harper hit two homers on the day.

For the second game in a row, the Phillies rallied in the late innings to take a lead.

The Phils scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to take a 4-3 lead.

Cesar Hernandez, the hero of Saturday's win with a two-run homer in the eighth, was one of three Phillies with a hit in Sunday's eighth-inning rally. Daniel Nava also had a hit in the inning and Tommy Joseph singled home the tying run with two outs. The Phils also benefited from an error by Jayson Werth in the inning.

The Phils took the lead in the ninth on a leadoff double by Aaron Altherr, a groundout by Odubel Herrera and an RBI fielder's choice groundball by Freddy Galvis. Altherr scored on the play, diving across home plate as the throw from second base got away from catcher Matt Wieters.

Benoit allowed a one-out walk and a one-out single before Harper's homer with two outs.

Starting pitching report
Jerad Eickhoff gave up eight hits and three runs over six innings. He struck out five.

Eickhoff lost a 1-0 lead in the first inning when he gave up back-to-back doubles to the first two batters he faced.

In the third, he got ahead of Anthony Rendon, 0-2, before giving up an infield hit. The play at first was reviewed and the Phillies lost the challenge after a delay of 100 seconds. Eickhoff then emerged from the delay and threw a first-pitch slider that Harper crushed for a two-run homer.

Eickhoff has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 11 straight starts, dating to last season. The last Phillies starter to do that was Cole Hamels in 2014.

Run support is still a problem for Eickhoff. He has made 44 starts for the Phillies and the team has averaged just 3.79 runs while he's been in the game.

Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez gave up three runs, one of which was unearned, in 7 1/3 innings.

Gonzalez gave up just three hits and a run through seven innings and took a 3-1 lead to the mound in the eighth. He gave up two one-out hits and both turned into runs as the Phillies tied the game. However, only one of the runs was earned as an error by left fielder Jayson Werth loomed large.

In his last five starts against the Phils, dating to last season, Gonzalez has allowed just six earned runs in 33 2/3 innings.

Bullpen report
Joely Rodriguez and Pat Neshek pitched scoreless ball before Benoit blew up. Coda Glover gave up the game-tying single to Joseph.

The run was charged to Gonzalez.

Blake Treinen was in line for the loss before Harper's heroics.

At the plate
Hernandez had three hits. He led off the game with a solo homer, the first of his big-league career from the right side of the plate. That was the Phillies' only run until the eighth when they rallied for a pair of runs to tie the game.

Hernandez has three homers on the season and two have led off games. He had just six homers last season.

Altherr's huge leadoff double in the ninth came with him starting in center field in place of Herrera, who did not start for the first time all season. Herrera pinch-hit in the ninth and appeared to hurt himself running.

Harper had five RBIs with a pair of homers.

Health check
Left fielder Howie Kendrick was out of the starting lineup because of soreness near his ribs. He landed hard making a diving catch in Saturday's game. Brock Stassi got the start in left field.

Up next
The Phillies are off on Monday. They open a three-game series in New York against the Mets on Tuesday night. The Mets are 29-12 against the Phils since the start of 2015.

The Phils named Zach Eflin as their starting pitcher for Tuesday night's game. He will come up from Triple A to take the place of injured Clay Buchholz. Zack Wheeler (1-1, 7.45) will pitch for the Mets.

On Wednesday night, Vince Velasquez (0-2, 9.00) will oppose Robert Gsellman (0-1, 9.28)

On Thursday night, Aaron Nola (1-0, 3.27) will face Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.95)

Instant Replay: Marlins 7, Phillies 4 (Game 2)

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Instant Replay: Marlins 7, Phillies 4 (Game 2)


The Phillies fell behind early and never made it back in losing Game 2 of a doubleheader to the Miami Marlins, 7-4, on Tuesday night.

Miami swept the doubleheader. The Marlins won the first game, 12-8 (see Instant Replay). Miami has won nine of its last 11 to pull to .500 at 62-62.

The Phillies, meanwhile, slipped deeper into the abyss at 45-79.

The Phillies hit eight home runs in the doubleheader, but could not win a game. The Marlins hit six homers in the two games.

The Phils were out-hit, 27-16, in the doubleheader.

Starting pitching report
Nick Pivetta needed 46 pitches to get through the first inning. He got only one out in the second inning before being lifted. In all, he gave up seven hits and six runs. Two of the hits were homers, a two-run shot in the first and a three-run poke in the second.

Pivetta, 24, has a 6.73 ERA in his first 19 big-league starts. That's the second-highest ERA by a Phillie in his first 19 career starts. Only Hal Elliot, with a 7.45 ERA in his first 19 starts in 1929-30, had a higher mark.

Marlins right-hander Jose Urena gave up five hits and three runs over five innings. Two of the hits were homers.

Bullpen report
Right-hander Yacksel Rios, called up from Triple A earlier in the day, became the 13th player to make his big-league debut for the Phillies this season. He pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds.

Kyle Barraclough pitched two scoreless innings for the Marlins.

At the plate
Tommy Joseph and Andres Blanco homered in both ends of the doubleheader.

Blanco's homer capped a 14-pitch at-bat against Urena that included seven two-strike foul balls.

Nick Williams hit his seventh homer since coming up from Triple A. It was a 445-foot bomb to dead center.

Marcell Ozuna smacked a two-run homer to highlight the Marlins' three-run first inning. Christian Yelich smacked a 2-0 pitch from Pivetta for a three-run homer as the Marlins went ahead, 6-0, in the second inning.

J.T. Realmuto had three hits for Miami.

In the field
Miami centerfielder Yelich leaped at the center-field wall and stole a two-run homer away from Williams in the fifth inning. It would have been Williams' second homer of the night.

Two innings later, rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton sprinted into the gap and made a diving catch to take extra bases away from Cameron Perkins.

Up next
The series continues on Wednesday night with Mark Leiter Jr. (1-3, 4.38) pitching for the Phillies against Marlins lefty Justin Nicolino (2-1, 4.11).

Instant Replay: Marlins 12, Phillies 8 (Game 1)

Instant Replay: Marlins 12, Phillies 8 (Game 1)


Phillies pitching gave up six runs in the top of the seventh inning — all on home runs — in the team's 12-8 loss to the Miami Marlins in the first game of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday.

Aaron Nola gave up two of the home runs en route to his second straight loss.

Rhys Hoskins belted his sixth homer in his 12th big-league game for the Phillies.

The Marlins had 10 extra-base hits, including four homers, en route to out-hitting the Phillies, 14-8. The Phils did hit five homers.

The Phillies are 2-5 against Miami this season and 45-78, worst in the majors, overall.

Starting pitching report
Nola (9-9) had his second consecutive poor outing after racking up 10 straight strong ones and a 1.71 ERA over that span. Nola was tagged for nine hits, including four doubles and two homers, and seven runs in 6 1/3 innings. He gave up seven hits and five runs in his previous outing in San Francisco.

Miami right-hander Dan Straily gave up just two hits — one was a two-run homer by Hoskins — and three runs over six innings to improve to 8-8. He had his second 10-strikeout game against the Phillies in three starts this season. 

Bullpen report
Ricardo Pinto surrendered a three-run homer to J.T. Realmuto in the ninth.

Miami's Dustin McGowan gave up three late homers as he turned a big lead into a not-so-big lead.

At the plate
The Phillies hit five home runs. 

Hoskins scorched a liner over the center-field wall with a man on base to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the first inning. Cameron Rupp homered for the third time in his last three games to tie the game at 3-3 in bottom of the fifth. Cesar Hernandez and Tommy Joseph each had a solo homer, and Andres Blanco had a pinch-hit, two-run shot in the ninth.

Joseph snapped an 0-for-18 skid with a double in the seventh. His homer in the ninth was his first since July 28.

Nola gave up a walk and a single to open the seventh. He then surrendered a long, three-run, pinch-hit homer to Ichiro Suzuki as the Marlins broke a 3-3 tie. Giancarlo Stanton hit his majors-high 46th homer two batters later, also off Nola. Marcell Ozuna added a two-run homer in the inning against Jesen Therrien. Realmuto clubbed the Marlins' fourth homer, a three-run shot in the ninth.

The Phillies transferred pitcher Vince Velasquez to the 60-day disabled list and put pitcher Zach Eflin on the 10-day disabled list. Velasquez will have a surgical procedure this week (see story). Reliever Yacksel Rios was added from Triple A.

Up next
Nick Pivetta (4-8, 6.25) pitches against Marlins right-hander Jose Urena (11-5, 3.61) in the second game of the doubleheader.

The series continues on Wednesday night with Mark Leiter Jr. (1-3, 4.38) pitching for the Phillies against Marlins lefty Justin Nicolino (2-1, 4.11).