By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor
Final: Phillies 8, Nationals 6 ❖ Attendance: 22,525
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Tuesday night's hero, Anthony Rendon, hit another long home run to left field in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game to make it 5-2 Washington. For the quickly fading Phillies, it seemed to be a knockout blow.
But as they have done quite a bit this season, the Phillies followed a devastating loss with a gutsy win, rallying to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth and pulling ahead for good in the seventh to claim an 8-6 win over the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.
WP: Seranthony Dominguez (2-5, 3.09 ERA) ❖ LP: Jimmy Cordero (1-1, 3.52 ERA) ❖ SV: Tommy Hunter (3)
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The Phillies opened the scoring with Jake Arrieta helping himself with a two-out, two-run single in the second inning.
That was all erased in the third inning, as Arrieta struggled. He gave up a one-out triple to Adam Eaton followed by a two-run home run to Trea Turner to tie the game. Two batters later, Juan Soto hit a two-run home run to the opposite field in left to give the Nationals the lead.
Arrieta was done after just three innings, allowing four runs on four hits and throwing 75 pitches.
Luis Garcia pitched the next two innings and allowed a long solo home run to Anthony Rendon in the fifth to extend the Nationals lead to three. In the bottom of the fifth, the Phillies loaded the bases with two outs for Carlos Santana. He lived up to his nickname, hitting a go-ahead grand slam to center to put the Phillies back in front.
The bullpen, however, once again could not hold the lead. An RBI single by Andrew Stevenson tied the game back up in the sixth.
In the bottom of the seventh, the newest Phillie came through with a two-out hit. Jose Bautista singled to score Cesar Hernandez and give the Phillies the lead again.
The Phillies juggled through the bullpen, using three pitchers in the top of the eighth inning. Pat Neshek allowed a single and Luis Avilan allowed a walk, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Tommy Hunter entered the game and got Mark Reynolds to fly out to center and Eaton to ground into an inning-ending double play to escape the jam.
The Phillies were able to pad the lead with a two-out rally in the eighth. Roman Quinn hit a triple to the gap in left-center and Rhys Hoskins followed with an RBI double.
Hunter was able to close out the game in the ninth to seal the win.
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