A five-run fifth gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 5-3 lead, and they added an insurance run in the eighth, 6-3, but the Washington Nationals rallied to tie it in a three-run ninth with a Trea Turner walk with the bases loaded and two out making it a 6-6 game before Juan Soto hit his second home run of the night in the 10th, 7-6.
Roark vs the Phillies: Tanner Roark was winless in his last four starts heading into tonight’s outing against the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park. Over that stretch, the 31-year-old National had a rough 4.95 ERA and a .266/.266/.519 line against in 20 IP, in which he walked no one and struck out 15.
One of those starts was a scoreless three-inning outing against Philadelphia in the nation’s capital, in which the Nationals’ right-hander gave up just one hit.
He left that game after a 1-hour, 40-minute rain delay, so he received no decision, and was left (0-3) in four starts against the Nationals’ NL East rivals this season, in which he’s put up a 4.58 ERA, 10 walks, 22 Ks, and a .280/.368/.440 line against in 19 2⁄3 IP.
Roark tossed four scoreless against the Phillies on just 46 pitches tonight, as the Nationals jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Nick Williams lined a leadoff double to right to start a rally in the bottom of the fifth, with Odubel Herrera singling one out later, pinch hitter Asdrubal Carbera driving in Williams with a double, Cesar Hernandez driving Herrera in with an RBI single, and Cabrera scoring on an RBI double by Rhys Hoskins, before two more scored on Wilson Ramos’s two-run single, 5-3. Carlos Santana doubled too to put runners on second and third with two out. That was it for Roark.
Let's go, Buffalo!— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 12, 2018
An RBI single for Wilson gives us a 5-3 lead! #BeBold pic.twitter.com/4JCOqrvIFn
Tanner Roark’s Line: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks, 70 P, 49 S, 6/1 GO/FO.
Arrieta vs the Nationals: Jake Arrieta gave up four hits, three walks, and four earned runs in just three innings against the Nationals in Citizens Bank Park during the last series between the NL East rivals, throwing 75 pitches before he was done in what ended up an 8-6 win for Washington.
That outing extended a five-start winless streak for Philadelphia’s veteran right-hander, who put up a 4.50 ERA, 10 walks, 22 Ks, and a .236/.314/.434 line against in 28 IP in that stretch.
He snapped that streak with a seven-inning-outing against the Miami Marlins last time out before tonight, holding the Fish to four runs on eight hits in a 9-4 win on the road.
Arrieta fell behind early tonight, however, with Anthony Rendon walking to start the second and scoring on an RBI double to right by Juan Soto, whose 22nd two-base hit of the season gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead.
Rendon walked in front of Soto again in the fourth, and scored on a two-run home run this time as the 19-year-old Nats’ outfielder crushed a first-pitch change up in the zone and hit one out to right field to make it 3-0 Nationals.
Juan Soto has tied Bryce Harper for the 8th-most RBIs by a teenager in a season in MLB history (59). pic.twitter.com/yrhq1C0vDI— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 12, 2018
His teammates got him off the hook with a five-run fifth though...
Jake Arrieta’s Line: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 Ks, 1 HR, 88 P, 54 S, 5/0 GO/FO.
So-So-Soto!!: Anthony Rendon, who walked more than he K’d in college (and in the majors in 2017), took walks from Jake Arrieta in each of his first two plate appearances tonight, in the top of the second and the top of the fourth, and Rendon scored each time, with Soto’s double to right driving him in the first time and a two-run home run to right field by the 19-year-old outfielder bringing Rendon around again, 3-0.
#ChildishBambino passes Junior for homers by a teenager. pic.twitter.com/faFEiZHULv— MLB (@MLB) September 12, 2018
Soto’s 22nd double and 17th HR... after he went 2 for 4 in the day half of the doubleheader.
BULLPEN ACTION: Pat Neshek got the sixth for the Phillies after they took a 5-3 lead with a five-run fifth, and retired the side in order in a 16-pitch frame.
Tim Collins and Jimmy Cordero combined for a scoreless sixth.
Edubray Ramos needed 18 pitches to get through a 1-2-3 top of the seventh.
Austen Williams worked around back-to-back, one-out singles, getting a double play (that was reviewed for interference at second) to end the inning and keep it 5-3 Philly.
Luis Avilan and Seranthony Dominguez combined for a scoreless top of the eighth.
Kyle McGowin gave up a solo home run on a 1-1 slider to Jose Bautista in the first at bat of the Phillies’ eighth, 6-3.
Seranthony Dominguez issued the third walk of the night to Anthony Rendon, who took third base on a passed ball on ball four to Juan Soto to put runners on the corners with no one out.
Mark Reynolds struck out for out No. 1 of the Nationals’ ninth, but Matt Wieters singled to right to drive Rendon in and make it 6-4. Ryan Zimmerman hit a grounder to short for out No. 2 on a force at second, but a sharp grounder to short by Andrew Stevenson brought Soto in from third, 6-5. Adam Eaton? With the tying run on second? Walk. Bases loaded.
Trea Turner got a new pitcher, Luis Garcia, and worked the count full and walked to force in the tying rub, 6-6. Bryce Harper K’d swinging to end the top of the ninth.
Justin Miller came on in a suddenly tied game and walked Andrew Knapp before hitting Cesar Hernandez to end a 13-pitch at bat and put two on with no one out. Miller popped Rhys Hopkins up for the first out of the inning before Davey Martinez went to the pen for left-hander Matt Grace, who got a force at second for out No. 2.
Wander Suero came on with runners on the corners and two out and tripped on the mound as he delivered his first pitch, bouncing one off the infield grass and by the plate instead of throwing it, as J.P Crawford moved into scoring position. Suero walked Carlos Santana to load them up and popped Jose Bautista up to end the threat. On to extras...
Yacksel Rios took over for the Phillies ... and gave up a one-out home run to left-center on an 0-1 fastball to Juan Soto that the rookie outfielder sent out to left-center for his second home run of the game and 18th of the season. 7-6.
Greg Holland finished the Phillies off with a scoreless bottom of the tenth, working around back-to-back two-out walks to Asdrubal Cabrera and Andrew Knapp to earn the save.
Final Score: 7-6 Nationals
Nationals now 73-72