Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run blast in the second, Anthony Rendon hit a solo shot to lead off the sixth, and Victor Robles hit a three-run homer later in the home-half of the sixth inning to power Washington over the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-4, for a third straight win over the Nats’ NL East rivals in Nationals Park.
Fedde vs the Phillies: Erick Fedde put up a 2.70 ERA, 13 Ks, and a .260/.341/.384 line against in his first four starts and 20 IP this season, but that ERA jumped up to 3.81 in his starts after the 26-year-old right-hander gave up six hits and five earned runs in six innings on the hill in a 5-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out.
“He had the chance to bury guys with two strikes,” manager Davey Martinez said when he talked about Fedde’s outing against the D-backs, “and just made a couple bad pitches with two strikes. He hung in there, he gave up five runs, but I thought he did okay other than the first inning.”
Fedde gave up two hits, two walks, and two of the earned runs he allowed in the first of his six innings in the mound in that start.
Going up against the Phillies tonight, Fedde got off to a bit of a shaky start with three walks in the first two innings, though he stranded two runners in the first, and got help from Trea Turner after a leadoff walk in the second, when Scott Kingery tried to score from second on a two-out grounder up the middle only to get thrown out at the plate by the Nats’ shortstop, who made a sliding play and throw home that beat the runner.
Fedde was up to 58 pitches in three scoreless after stranding two in an 18P third, though he walked four batters in the first three innings.
Back-to-back, one-out singles by César Hernandez and Maikel Franco, and a two-out RBI hit by Bryce Harper got the Phillies on the board in the fourth, down 3-1, and Fedde was up to a total of 84 pitches when he issued his fifth walk of the game, loading the bases with two out and Jay Bruce due up...
Erick Fedde’s Line: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 84 P, 43 S, 6/1 GO/FO.
Pivetta vs the Nationals: Last time Nick Pivetta faced the organization that drafted him and traded him to the Phillies, the right-hander gave up seven hits, three walks, and three runs in just 3 2⁄3 innings on the mound in what ended up a 15-1 loss in Citizens Bank Park.
Heading into his second outing of the season against the Nationals tonight, the 26-year-old right-hander was unbeaten in five starts since that loss, with a 3.13 ERA and a .237/.290/.482 line against in 31 2⁄3 IP, going (3-0) with the Phillies’ 3-2 in his starts.
Pivetta fell behind early in the third of three for the Phillies in D.C. with Juan Soto doubling with two down to drive in Anthony Rendon (after Rendon doubled) and Kurt Suzuki hitting one out to left for a one-out, two-run home run in the second, 3-0.
Pivetta held the Nationals there as the Phillies rallied to tie it up at 3-3 after four and a half, and he was up to 81 pitches after he worked around a single in the home-half of the fifth.
His 82nd pitch of the game ended up in the left field seats, however, with Anthony Rendon crushing the first-pitch fastball for a leadoff home run in the bottom of the sixth, 4-3. No. 17 for Rendon.
Pivetta gave up a one-out single by Howie Kendrick and a walk to Matt Adams before Gabe Kapler went to the pen for Edubray Ramos...
Nick Pivetta’s Line: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 Ks, 2 HRs, 92 P, 57 S, 5/4 GO/FO.
‘Zuk vs PHI: Kurt Suzuki got off to a relatively slow start to the season with a .250/.302/.396 line in March/April, but since May 1st, the Nationals’ catcher has a .288/.333/.538 line in May/June, with a .296/.355/.593 line in nine games this month heading into tonight’s matchup with the NL East rival Phillies, against whom he was 7 for 20 (.350/.350/1.000) with a double, four home runs, and seven RBIs in seven games and 20 plate appearances.
He added his fifth homer in eight games the first time up against the Phillies tonight, taking a 2-0 fastball out to left for a two-run blast off Nick Pivetta that made it 3-0 Nats after two.
BULLPEN ACTION: Matt Grace came on with the bases loaded with Phillies and Jay Bruce at the plate in the top of the fourth, and he gave up an RBI single on a 3-1 sinker up and in, but Bryce Harper tried to score from second on the play and got thrown out at the plate for the second out at home on the night when Adam Eaton made a strong throw in and Kurt Suzuki applied the tag, 3-2 Nationals after 3 1⁄2 in D.C.
Grace came back out in the fifth inning, and gave up a one-out, game-tying home run on a 1-0 sinker to Jean Segura that ended up in the seats in left-center field, 3-3. Segura’s 7th.
Javy Guerra got the ball in the top of the sixth and struck out two in a 14-pitch, 1-2-3 frame.
Edubray Ramos took over for the Phillies with two on and one out in the Nationals’ half of the sixth, and got out No. 2, but Victor Robles stepped in with two on and two out and hit his 11th home run of the season out to left on a 2-1 slider up in the zone, 7-3 Nationals.
Tanner Rainey gave up a high homer to right by Jay Bruce on a one-out, first-pitch fastball in the top of the seventh, 7-4. No. 20 for Bruce.
Philly righty Edgar Garcia worked around a leadoff single by Trea Turner and a two-out walk to Anthony Rendon for a scoreless bottom of the seventh.
Wander Suero retired the Phillies in order in a 14-pitch eighth.
JD Hammer got the bottom of the eighth for the Phillies and worked around a two-out single for a scoreless frame.
Sean Doolittle took the mound in the ninth, with a three-run lead, and retired the Phillies in order to end it. Ballgame.
Nationals now 36-38