Nationals Fall To Phillies 5-3, Lose Series

The Washington Nationals looked to even up the series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday and get back into second place in the NL East.

The game started on a good note, with the Nationals scoring first on a two run single from Daniel Murphy to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Unfortunately, the Phillies had an immediate answer in the form of singles from Maikel Franco and Aaron Nola to tie the game at 2-2. This would remain the score until the seventh inning when the Phillies took a 3-2 lead on a sacrifice fly from Jesmuel Valentin. Philadelphia added onto their lead in the eighth on a solo home run by Carlos Santana and a single by Maikel Franco off the glove of Wilmer Difo to give the Phillies a 5-2 lead. The Nationals got a run back in the form of a solo home run by Anthony Rendon, but were unable to get another hit after that, going on to lose 5-3 to drop the series and drop their record to 40-35. Washington is now 11-13 in division play.

Nationals will try to avoid a sweep tomorrow as Jefry Rodriguez takes the mound at 8 PM.

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