Murphy’s RBI double in 10th lifts Nationals over Phils 3-2
Daniel Murphy delivered on a day when his bobbleheads were given out to fans, doubling home Bryce Harper in the 10th inning to send the Washington Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Friday.
The Phillies lost their fourth in a row. They took two of three from the Nationals in Philadelphia last weekend.
Harper opened the 10th with a single off Jeanmar Gomez. Murphy hit an opposite-field double to left and Harper came around to easily beat the throw.
Shawn Kelley (1-0) pitched a perfect 10th inning. Gomez (1-1), who was removed from the closer’s role this week after filling it last season, threw a scoreless ninth before Washington broke through.
Murphy extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a third-inning single.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola allowed a run and six hits in five innings while striking out six. The right-hander has not surrendered a home run in his last five starts dating to last season.
Nola handed the bullpen a 2-1 lead, but the Nationals tied it on Anthony Rendon’s RBI double off Edubray Ramos in the seventh.
Washington’s Stephen Strasburg also got a no-decision after yielding two runs and striking out eight in seven innings.
Tommy Joseph, who hit 21 home runs as a Phillies rookie last year, delivered his first of the year in the second inning. He was just 3 for 25 entering the game.
Phillies: With RHP Clay Buchholz sidelined with a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass, manager Pete Mackanin said the team’s four other starters will remain on schedule. Philadelphia does not need a fifth starter until April 22.
Nationals: Manager Dusty Baker said SS Trea Turner, who was put on the disabled list Monday with a right hamstring strain, has resumed hitting in addition to receiving treatment. “I think he caught it himself before he did some real damage to it,” Baker said.
Phillies: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 0.90 ERA), who pitched five scoreless innings against Washington on Sunday, makes his second start in a row against the Nationals.
Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (2-0, 4.09) looks to maintain his dominance of Philadelphia. He was 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA in five starts against the Phillies in 2016.