Washington started the series finale in Philadelphia with a streak of eight-straight wins over the Phillies and a five-game winning streak in Citizens Bank Park.
Philly lefty Adam Morgan was trying to break a streak of 14-straight starts without a win, over which he was (0-8) with a 7.13 ERA, while Nationals’ lefty Gio Gonzalez was unbeaten in his last five with a (3-0) record and a 4.05 ERA over that stretch.
None of those streaks ended tonight, as the Nationals swept the three-game set with a 2-1 win in which Morgan took the loss and Gonzalez got the curly-W, improving to (W, 10-9) on the year.
Jayson Werth homered for the Nationals in the second at bat of the game, and Wilson Ramos hit an RBI single to right in the seventh to break up a 1-1 tie and lift the visiting Nationals in the third of three in CBP.
Here’s how it happened:
Jayson Werth fouled off a 3-0 pitch from Phillies’ lefty Adam Morgan in their one-out matchup in the top of the first inning, then the Nationals’ 37-year-old outfielder flat-crushed a 91 mph 3-1 fastball, sending a solo home run 453 feet to center field for his 20th on the year and a 1-0 lead early in the series finale.
Gio Gonzalez retired 12-straight Phillies’ hitters after a one-out single in the bottom of the first, but Freddy Galvis worked the count full with one down in the Phillies’ half of the fifth and hit a solo home run to left to tie it up at 1-1. No. 15 for Galvis.
Morgan limited Nationals’ hitters to just the one hit by Werth through 6 2⁄3, before Anthony Rendon doubled to left on 2-0 changeup and the Nationals’ third baseman scored on opposite field single by Wilson Ramos in the next at bat, 2-1 Nats.
Adam Morgan’s Line: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks, 1 HR, 103 P, 63 S, 10/2 GO/FO.
Gio Gonzalez’s Line: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks, 1 HR, 101 P, 61 S, 9/0 GO/FO.
Blake Treinen took over on the mound for the Nationals in the seventh and retired the Phillies in order then came back out to get the first out of the eighth.
Marc Rzepczynski came on with one out in the Philly eighth and retired both batters he faced to keep it 2-1 after eight.
Rzepczynski issues a leadoff walk to Cesar Hernandez in the Phillies’ ninth, but Odubel Herrera sent a grounder to second to start a 6-4-3 DP.
Shawn Kelley came on with two out and got a grounder up the middle on which Trea Turner made a game-ending range-y play and strong throw. Ballgame. 2-1 final.
Nationals now 78-55
- After back-to-back wins in the first two of three in Philadelphia, Washington is 77-55, good for the second-best record in the NL, behind only the Chicago Cubs (84-47).
- The Nationals’ + 140 run differential this season is the second-best in the majors as well, behind only, again, the Cubs (+221).
- Philadelphia has dropped eight straight to Washington overall, and five straight to the Nationals at home in Citizens Bank Park.
- The Nationals have outscored the Phillies 45-18 over the course of their eight-game winning streak, holding Philly hitters to a .176/.229/.302 line against over those eight games.
- The Nationals have swept two-straight series from the Phillies with a chance to sweep again tonight.
- In today’s Nationals-themed “Fun with Arbitrary End Points” segment: The Nats lead the majors in run scored with 115... since August 10th.
- Daniel Murphy started the night leading the NL in SLG (.605), OPS (.992), doubles (38), extra base hits (tied, 68) and multi-hit games (51).
- Gio Gonzalez gave up 2 ER in 13 1⁄3 IP (1.35 ERA) in two starts against the Phillies earlier this season, and he’s (5-3) with a 2.52 ERA in 11 career starts vs Philadelphia.
- In a bonus “Fun with Arbitrary End Points” segment: Gonzalez is (5-1) with a 3.20 ERA in nine starts and 50 2⁄3 IP... since July 20th.
Nationals now 78-55