Phillies vs. Nationals Live Blog: Instant Score, Reactions and Analysis
After Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the season, Domonic Brown came back in the bottom of the ninth with his first career walk-off base hit to send the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Ryan Howard hit his eighth home run of the season in the bottom of the second to tie the game at one after former Phillie Jayson Werth gave Washington a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single.
After Delmon Young produced a two-run base hit in the third inning, Stephen Lombardozzi cut the lead in half with an RBI double in the fourth.
However, Howard again came through at the plate for Philadelphia, singling home Ben Revere to give the Phils a 4-2 advantage in the fifth inning.
After reliever Mike Adams gave up an RBI single to Ian Desmond in the eighth, Chad Tracy hit a sky-scraping solo shot to right in the ninth off of Papelbon to tie the game at four.
However, the Phillies decided that extra innings would not be needed tonight. Ben Revere led off the inning with a single to center, and moved to third on a one-out base hit by Jimmy Rollins. After Steven Lerud struck out, Domonic Brown came to the plate and hit a dribbler up the middle that scored Revere and gave the Phillies a much-needed win after a disastrous road trip.
John Lannan, who pitched for the first time since coming off the Disabled List, gave the Phillies five solid innings. Michael Stutes pitched a perfect two innings of relief before Adams took over.
Papelbon earned the win for the Phillies, while Fernando Abad was credited with the loss for the Nationals.
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Brown hits his first career walk-off base hit, and gives the Phillies a series opening win. John Lannan tossed a productive first outing since coming off the DL. Papelbon, who has been excellent this year, let one pitch get away from him and it cost him his first blown save of the season. Howard and Brown led the way for the Phillies at the plate today.
Who was the first one to greet Brown at first base? Jonathan Papelbon.
Final: Phillies 5, Nationals 4
Brown ends it!! Domonic hits a weak single up the middle, but a productive single nonetheless. Revere scores, and the Phillies walk off!
Lerud strikes out. Two outs for the Phillies, with Dominic Brown coming up to bat.
After a single from Jimmy Rollins, the Phillies have runners at the corners with one out in the bottom of the ninth. The winning run is 90-feet away, with Steven Lerud coming up for Philadelphia.
Couldn't have asked for anything better from Revere, who leads off with a single to center field.
It almost feels like the Phillies need to win this in the bottom of the ninth. No Howard, no Papelbon left for the Phils. Ben Revere leads things off.
Papelbon walks off the field and into the Phillies dugout to some boos in the crowd. We head into the bottom of the ninth, with the Phillies and Nationals tied at 4.
Nationals 4, Phillies 4
Boom. Tracy hits a towering shot just inside the right-field foul pole to tie the game and silence the crowd at Citzens Bank Park. Papelbon blows his first save of the season, and is unable to give John Lannan his first win as a Phillie. I did cross my fingers, didn't I?
Papelbon gets two quick outs after forcing Suzuki and Lombardozzi to pop out to center field. Chad Tracy is Washington's last hope for the night.
Papelbon, fingers crossed, is 13 for 13 in save opportunities so far this season.
Groans fill the air in Philadelphia as Nix strikes out swinging to leave the bases loaded. Phillies lead the Nationals, 4-3 through eight innings. Enter, Jonathan Papelbon.
Quintero throws his bat down after being hit on the right hand. Easy, Humberto. Bases loaded with two outs for Laynce Nix.
This would be very disappointing for the Phillies if they can't get any runs here. Had guys on first and second with nobody out.
Howard walks off to overwhelming applause at CBP after being pinch-run by Michael Martinez. Howard was moved to second after a base hit by Dominic Brown. Scary scene for Phillies fans, though, as Howard seems to be limping while jogging off the field. He did foul a ball off his leg earlier in the game.
Ryan Howard produces yet another hit on the night. Howard does well to stay back on the change up and drive it into center field for a single.
After surviving a close call, Bastardo retires LaRoche on a grounder to second, and we head to the bottom of the eighth. Ryan Howard leads off for Philadelphia, who will want to add some insurance runs to their slim lead. Then again, does Papelbon need the insurance? Shoot, there's the commentator's curse.
Bastardo got extremely lucky there. Just gave LaRoche a fast ball right down the middle, and LaRoche fouls it off. Phillies are lucky to still be in the lead after that one.
Phillies 4, Nationals 3
Ian Desmond drives Zimmerman home with a single to center field and cuts the Phillies lead back to one. Charlie Manuel takes out Mike Adams in order to bring in Antonio Bastardo to face Adam LaRoche.
And there goes the Phillies' pitchers streak of 12 straight retired batters. Zimmerman lines a double to left-center with one out.
This is the key inning here for the Phillies. Need to keep the two-run lead for Papelbon to close the door.
At the end of seven, the Phillies lead the Nationals, 4-2.
Not the most fundamental outfielding there by Bernadina. He gets the job done though, fielding a fly ball from Michael Young. Krol caps off a 1-2-3 inning after retiring Rollins, and we head into the eight inning.
Mike Adams will take over for Stutes in the top of the eighth. He is currently warming up in the Phillies bullpen.
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