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Murphy's RBI double in 10th lifts Nationals over Phils 3-2

Murphy's RBI double in 10th lifts Nationals over Phils 3-2

NATIONALS KEY TRENDS: The Nationals have won 37 of their last 53 games against divisional rivals, are 9-2 in their last 11 games coming off a loss, and are a flawless 4-0 in their last four games after scoring two runs or less in their previous contest.

The mercurial star bashed his second home run of the game - a three-run shot - in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Nationals to a 6-4 win against the Phillies.

His dramatic three-run homer won a back-and-forth game and soured the Phillies' train ride to NY.

Mackanin said the Phillies will need a new starter Tuesday after right-hander Clay Buchholz suffered a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass while pitching last week.

Nate Jones (1-0) struck out two in a ideal ninth, and David Robertson fanned his first two batters in a 1-2-3 10th for his third save in as many chances. "I think that's when he's at his best".

Seemingly gaining strength everywhere from newfound confidence, Hernandez continued to solidify his leadoff role Saturday by showing some varied prowess at the plate. One-time Atlanta Braves' righty Cody Martin, who gave up another two-run blast by Harper back on May 9th of 2015, Harper's NL MVP season.

Kansas City has won four straight, the Los Angeles has lost five in a row.

After Leake was pulled, Adam Eaton hit an RBI single in the eighth inning and Washington put runners at the corners with two outs before Brett Cecil got Bryce Harper to line out to third. Mackanin marched to the mound. Harper battled back into a 3-2 count.

Trevor Cahill (0-2) gave up four runs, four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. That is, the opportunities to tilt a game may arrive early, or they may arrive late, or they may come around the seventh-inning stretch.

"Obviously, Harper was gearing up for a fastball", Mackanin said of the game-winning blast. While most contenders are willing to wait until the trade deadline to pick up bullpen help in an effort to strengthen themselves for a playoff run, most teams are capable of holding a leader greater than six runs. Altherr actually managed to score after a pair of fielder's choices, one from Odubel Herrera, who came up lame on the ground-out and left to attend a private clubhouse party with a trainer, and Freddy Galvis. Baker said home plate umpire Greg Gibson told him Altherr probably would have been safe even if Wieters held on. The Phillies left the bases loaded as Kelley retired Maikel Franco to end the ninth.

TIGERS 4, INDIANS 1 Matthew Boyd (2-1) allowed one run in six innings, and Alex Avila hit a two-run home run to lead the Tigers. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. "You don't want to play extras".

Anthony Rendon hit an RBI single since in the third, but the Phillies took a 2-1 lead in the fourth after Hernandez and Howie Kendrick both reached on bunt singles.

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper wears his cleats emblazoned with an image of Jackie Robinson as he waits on deck to bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-4.

Murphy extended his hitting streak to 10 games, capping a 2 for 5 day with the game-winning hit. Eaton had three hits for Washington. Thus ended a Monday-to-Sunday week in which they went 1-5 against the Mets and Nats.

Why did Phillies manager Pete Mackanin send out Gomez for the 10th? On a one-ball, one-strike pitch to Daniel Nava, Gonzalez gave up a liner to left which eluded Jayson Werth and allowed Hernandez to score from first. However, this will be Greinke's first road start and it will come against the toughest offense he will have faced so far this season.

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