Nats Take 2 of 3 in Philly

Photo: @Nationals

By Michael Marzzacco

Here are highlights from the Nationals weekend series with the Phillies from Citizens Bank Park.

The Nationals picked up a 4-2 win in the series opener on Cinco De Mayo. Stephen Strasburg went 5.2 innings allowing no runs on five hits with five strikeouts.

In the top of the first inning, Anthony Rendon singled home Jayson Werth with a single into center field. In the second, Strasburg helped his own cause with his second career home run.

In the fifth inning Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon went back-to-back.

Matt Albers closed the game out for his first career save. He’s been in the league for 12 years.

The Nationals took the second game of the series on Saturday night with a 6-2 win. In the third inning, Rafael Bautista picked up his first major league hit.

In the fourth, Ryan Zimmerman hit his 13th home run of the season, a two-run bomb to give the Nats a 2-1 lead.

In the sixth, Zimmerman got his third RBI of the night with a double into right field that scored Jayson Werth. After that, Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer over the left field wall.

A.J. Cole made his season debut on the mound and got his first win. Cole went six innings and allowed one run on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

The Nats surrendered a three-run deficit as the Phillies took the finale Sunday afternoon 6-5 in 10 innings. Washington was in cruise control thanks to a strong start from Tanner Roark. The right hander went six innings surrendering two runs on two hits while striking out five and walking three. The Nats bullpen failed to protect the lead. Matt Albers had the blown save while Blake Treinen took the loss.

Jayson Werth homered twice in his favorite ballpark. First came a solo shot in the top of of the first and a two-run bomb in the top of the fifth.

In the seventh, Anthony Rendon hit an RBI single into center that scored Werth. Adam Lind followed with a sacrifice fly to score Daniel Murphy. That put the Nats up 5-2 before things went horribly wrong.

Albers surrendered a three-run homer in the eighth inning by Aaron Altherr that tied the game and ultimately force extra innings. In the 10th with Treinen on the mound, the Phils loaded the bases and Freddy Galvis hit a sacrifice fly that scored Odubel Herrera to win the game.

The Nats will be in Baltimore the next two nights to kick off the Beltway Series against the Orioles.


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