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Jeremy Guthrie’s return to majors goes pear-shaped: Washington Nationals drop 17-3 decision to Philadelphia Phillies

Jeremy Guthrie’s first outing in the majors since 2015 didn’t last long as the Phillies jumped all over the veteran starter in a 17-3 win over the Nationals.

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In his first regular season start in the major leagues since September 26, 2015, 38-year-old right-hander Jeremy Guthrie imploded on the mound tonight in Citizens Bank Park.

Guthrie gave up six hits, four walks and nine earned runs (he was later charged with a 10th run) before he was lifted with Washington’s Nationals trailing the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-0 in the bottom of the first.

It was 12-0 by the end of Phillies’ half of the first inning, and they cruised to their first win over the Nationals at home in eight games. 17-3 final.

To add injury to insult: Trea Turner left the game in the first after singling, stealing a base and rounding third on another hit. Turner pulled up around third base and was out of the game immediately with an apparent injury.

Nationals now 3-2

Here’s how it happened:

Trea Turner singled, stole second and, after a walk by Adam Eaton, took third on a one-out single by Daniel Murphy, but Turner pulled up with an apparent injury as he rounded third base on Murphy’s base-loading hit and left the game at that point, replaced by Wilmer Difo.

Ryan Zimmerman stepped in next and sent a grounder to third that started an inning-ending 5-3 DP.

Jeremy Guthrie’s return to the majors began with back-to-back hits (double, single) and a walk to the first three batters he faced.

Maikel Franco hit a sac fly to right field to make it 1-0 Phillies. Michael Saunders’ RBI single to right made it 2-0, and an RBI single to center by Tommy Joseph made it 3-0 on Guthrie’s 20th pitch.

Cameron Rupp took the second walk of the inning, loading the bases with one down and a second sac fly by Freddy Galvis gave the Phillies a 4-0 lead. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases and forced a run in, respectively, pushing Guthrie up to 41 pitches.

Howie Kendrick’s base-clearing triple on Guthrie’s 44th pitch made it 8-0 Phillies in the first, and an RBI infield single by Odubel Herrera ended Guthrie’s night, 9-0.

• Jeremy Guthrie’s Line: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 4 BB, 47 P, 25 S, 0/1 GO/FO.

Enny Romero gave up three straight hits after taking over on the mound and it was 12-0 Phillies at the end of the first.

The Phillies added a run on a two-out error by Wilmer Difo in the bottom of the second, 13-0.

Joe Blanton tossed a quick, 12-pitch, 1-2-3 third, which seemed amazing after the first two innings.

Daniel Murphy doubled, giving him five multi-hit games in five games this season, and Murphy scored on a two-out RBI single by Jayson Werth, who hit a 2-2 curve from Philly righty Aaron Nola to left to drive in the Nationals’ first run.

Blanton retired the Phillies in order in the fourth and fifth innings as well and the Nationals added a run when Bryce Harper singled, took third on a Daniel Murphy double (3 for 3, 2 2B) and scored on a groundout by Ryan Zimmerman, 13-2.

Murphy scored on an RBI double to right-center by Jayson Werth, 13-3.

Aaron Nola’s Line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks, 89 P, 57 S, 6/2 GO/FO.

Oliver Perez gave up a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh as the Phillies jumped out to a 16-3 lead.

Shawn Kelley gave up a home run in his second straight appearance with Cameron Rupp taking him deep to right to make it 17-3 Phillies.

That’s how it ended...


  • Last night’s win was Washington’s 13th in their last 14 games against Philadelphia and their seventh straight win in Citizens Bank Park.
  • In Today’s Fun With Arbitrary End Points Update: The Nationals trail the Phillies 118-105 in the all-time series between the two teams, but the Nats are 26-12 against their NL East rivals in the last two seasons.
  • In a bonus Fun With Arbitrary End Points segment: Jayson Werth (13) and Bryce Harper (12) have more home runs in Citizens Bank than any other non-Phillies.
  • Harper started the second of three in CBP 41 for 134 (.306/.373/.657) with five doubles, three triples and the 12 HRs in the Phillies’ home in his career.
  • Daniel Murphy started the night with four multi-hit games in the first four games of the season, after he finished his first season in D.C. with 56 multi-hit games, tied for 5th in the NL (in multi-hit games). He singled and doubled in his first two at bats, so make that 5 for 5 multi-hit games to start the season.
  • Odubel Herrera started the night having reached base in 10 of 18 plate appearances this season, six hits, four walks.
  • Jeremy Guthrie, whose contract was selected this afternoon, hadn’t faced the Phillies franchise since July of 2012 and hadn’t pitched in a regular season game in the majors since September 2015...

Nationals now 3-2