The Phils are brought closer to elimination as they drop one to the Nats, 8-4.

The Phils are hurt early by the long ball as they lose to the Nats, 8-4.

The Nats took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Bryce Harper hits a two-run home run, his twentieth home run of the season, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had started the game off with a walk, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead. The Nats made it a 3-0 lead in the second as Ian Desmond hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year. The Nats added to their lead two batters later as, with one man on, and with still nobody out, Kurt Suzuki hits a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season, scoring Steve Lombardozzi, who had earlier reached base on second baseman Chase Utley’s fielding error, giving the Nats a 5-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in the thrid as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Kevin Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a double, would move up to third base on B.J. Rosenberg’s sacrifice bunt attempt, before scoring as catcher Suzuki committed as throwing error allowing Rosenberg to reach first base, making it a 5-1 Nats’ lead. The Phils then made it a 5-2 Nats’ lead in the fourth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Rosenberg hits an RBI single, his first career hit as he knocked in his first career RBI. The Phils cut the Nats’ lead down to 5-3 in the seventh as, with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits a solo home run, his twenty-third home run of the season. The Phils then made it a 5-4 Nats’ lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third on pitcher Tyler Clippard’s wild pitch. The Nats increased their lead in the ninth as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Werth hits a two-run single, scoring Desmond, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Suzuki’s single, and Suzuki, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, giving the Nats a 7-4 lead. The Nats then added to their lead as Harper hits an RBI triple, knocking in Werth, giving the Nats an 8-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Drew Storen threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Kye Kendrick (10-12, 4.08) took the lost as he pitched just two innings, plus two batters, as he gave up five runs, only four of which were earned, on five hits and two walks, while he struck out a batter. B.J. Rosenberg pitched three innings, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Josh Lindblom and Jeremy Horst combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Horst) between them, while striking out three (Lindblom (2), Horst (1)). Justin De Fratus pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. John Lannan (4-0, 4.23) got the win as he went five and a third innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out three. Ryan Mattheus collected his sixteenth hold of the season as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out a batter. Tyler Clippard collected his eleventh hold of the year as he gave up a run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Drew Storen pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley (Single, Double) and Kevin Frandsen (Double, Triple) both leading the team with two hits apiece. Jimmy Rollins (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), Darin Ruf (Single) and B.J. Rosenberg (Single, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. Dom Brown knocked in the third Phil’s run with a sacrifice fly, while the final one came in on a Nats’ error. The Phils also had two walks in the game.

The Phils (78-77, 3rd) will conclude their last home series with the Nats (94-61, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86), who is coming off a win against the Mets on September 20, as he pitched eight strong innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 16-1 rout. He will be trying to give the Phils the series win. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (20-8, 2.84), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on September 22, as he went seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Nats’ 10-4 win. He will be trying to put the Nats closer to winning the NL East crown. The Phils will be planning to end the season at home on a high note.

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