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Trea Turner's 2nd homer of the night gives Nats walk-off win over Phillies

Trea Turner's 2nd homer of the night gives Nats walk-off win over Phillies

Postgame analysis of the Nats' 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night at Nationals Park.

How it happened: You wouldn't know it by looking at him or, as Dusty Baker has put it, by slapping him on the butt. But Nats rookie Trea Turner has sneaky power. It's not just his speed that makes him dangerous. He can hit it out the ballpark, too.

On Friday night, Turner's solo homer to center field off Frank Herrmann in the bottom of the ninth sent the Nats home winners with a walk-off victory over the Phillies. It was his second homer of the game and his eighth of the season in just his 52nd appearance. He had six in 83 games at Triple-A Syracuse.

The Phillies tied the game in the top of the eighth off rookie Koda Glover, who served up a three-run homer to Cameron Rupp. It was the first homer of Glover's young career and it came at an unfortunate time.

Before that, Tanner Roark turned in another strong outing of six innings and one run allowed. On offense, Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper got the Nats going. Rendon landed an RBI double in the fourth inning and Harper added an RBI single in the sixth. 

The Nats rebounded from their loss in the opener on Thursday night and have now won four of their last five.

What it means: The Nats moved to 83-58 on the year and dropped their magic number to win the NL East down to 14. They are now 12-5 against the Phillies this season.

Rubber stamp Roark: Amid the chaos that has been the Nats' starting rotation over the last few months, Roark has somehow managed to not be affected by any of it. He's sat comfortably in the eye of the hurricane, consistently doing his job and often not getting the attention he deserves for it.

Despite seeing his pitch count soar and prevent him from going further, Roark dialed in a solid performance just one day after it was revealed Stephen Strasburg has a right flexor strain. Without Strasburg, Roark is the Nats' No. 2 pitcher behind Max Scherzer. And on Friday, he certainly looked the part.

He had 96 pitches through five innings, but managed to go six frames for the 23rd time this season. He has gone at least six innings in 57 of his 76 career starts. Roark added eight strikeouts on Friday, which is the second-most for him this year. He had four through the first two innings, as the Phillies had major trouble tracking his two-seam fastball. With his latest effort, Roark's season ERA dropped to 2.85. That's the exact number he had in 2014. It's also good for fifth among MLB starters this season and is just barely better than Scherzer (2.88).

Rendon doubles again: During Baker's pregame media session, he remarked how amazing it was that Rendon had as many RBI as he has now, considering he only had one total in the month of April. Well, Rendon added to that number on Friday with his RBI double and now has 71 on the season. That double, by the way, was his 36th of the season. That puts him just three away from the 39 he put up in 2014, the year he finished fifth in NL MVP voting and earned the nickname 'Tony Two Bags.' 

Rendon bounced back from his 0-for-4 performance on Thursday, by going 2-for-3 with a walk. He now has six RBI in his last four games. The Nats third baseman continues to be on a tear in the second half. He's now 56-for-176 (.318) with 18 doubles, eight homers, 38 RBI and 28 runs since the All-Star break.

Ramos keeps struggling: Baker gave Ramos a pair of off-days during the last week of August because he saw some fatigue setting in on his catcher, especially in how his swing was dragging. Maybe more another day off soon would do him well, as The Buffalo's struggles continued in the Nats' win. Ramos went 0-for-4 with a season-high three strikeouts. He is now just 2-for-20 in his last six games. Since Aug. 12, Ramos is just 16-for-90 (.178) and has seen his season batting average drop all the way to .304. It was at .338 as recently as Aug. 7.

Ramos struck out three times, but his fourth out was the most costly. After Rendon led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to left field, Ramos quickly grounded into a double play to end the rally. He now has 14 GIDP on the season, which is tied with Jayson Werth for most on the Nats.

Up next: The Nats and Phillies play the third of their four-game series with another 7:05 p.m. start on Saturday night. Max Scherzer (16-7, 2.88) will start for the Nats opposite right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (10-13, 3.86).

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Turner, Adams power Nats over Giants to end 4-game skid

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Turner, Adams power Nats over Giants to end 4-game skid

SAN FRANCISCO -- Trea Turner got five hits, Matt Adams homered and drove in six runs, and the Washington Nationals broke out of their offensive funk in a big way, routing the San Francisco Giants 15-2 Wednesday to end a four-game losing streak.

The Nationals had totaled just eight runs during their skid. Andrew Stevenson had two doubles, two singles and four RBIs as Washington set season highs for runs and hits (18).

Manager Dave Martinez's ballclub has been stunted by a rash of injuries this season but salvaged the final game of the three-game series at AT&T Park series to end a rough 4-5 road trip. Max Scherzer (5-1) did his part, striking out 10 in six innings.

Turner came into the game batting .232, and the leadoff man's slow start had contributed to the Nationals' struggles. He raised his batting average 35 points, tying a career high for hits in a game. He also scored twice, drove in two runs and stole his 10th base this season.

Adams matched his career best for RBIs. He singled as part of a three-run first, put the Nationals up 6-1 with a three-run homer off Jeff Samardzija (1-1) in the fourth and added a two-run single in the eighth.

The Nationals scored 14 of their 15 runs with two outs.

Scherzer earned his fourth consecutive win, all of them coming after a Washington loss. He allowed two runs and five hits, and reached double figures in strikeouts for the fourth time in six starts this season.

Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval each two hits apiece for the Giants.

Samardzija labored through a 30-pitch first inning and was done after retiring 11 batters. He gave up six runs on eight hits with three walks.


Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman and 2B Howie Kendrick were given the day off.

Giants: Mac Williamson was a late scratch because of neck stiffness, one day after stumbling over the bullpen pitching mound and crashing into a low fence while chasing a foul ball. ... RHP Chris Stratton was placed on the paternity list. ... RHP Roberto Gomez was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.


Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 2.97 ERA) pitches against the Diamondbacks on Friday in Washington. He has yielded six earned runs and three homers over his last 13 innings.

Giants: LHP Derek Holland (0-3, 4.98) faces the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series at AT&T Park on Friday night. Holland is winless in two career starts against the Dodgers.

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Williamson homers again, Giants top Nationals 4-3


Williamson homers again, Giants top Nationals 4-3

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mac Williamson had to dust himself off after crashing into a low padded wall near the stands in left field while chasing a foul ball.

More frustrated than hurt, Williamson took it out on Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark a few moments later after undergoing a series of concussion tests in the dugout.

Williamson homered for the second straight night and third in five games, hitting a tiebreaking shot in the sixth inning to lead San Francisco to a 4-3 victory over Washington on Tuesday night.

"I got pretty lucky," Williamson said. "I felt fine then and I feel fine now. I'm sure once the adrenalin wears off later tonight, tomorrow we'll see how the body feels. I'm sure I'll be a little sore."

Brandon Belt hit his fifth home run in six games, Joe Panik added three hits and scored twice, and the Giants won their third straight and fourth in the last five.

One night after hitting a 464-foot homer in the series opener, Williamson hit a first-pitch solo shot to center off Roark with two outs in the sixth inning that bounced off the top of the wall and broke a 3-all tie. It wasn't as far as Monday's clout -- this one went 423 feet -- but was just as pivotal for the Giants.

"We've talked about what a shot in the arm he's been and he's more than that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He came through again tonight. Good for him because he's worked hard at it."

Williamson's deciding home run came one inning after he stumbled over the bullpen mound in foul territory and crashed into a low wall near the stands while trying to chase down Bryce Harper's foul ball. Williamson stayed down briefly as team trainers rushed out before getting to his feet.

"I tried to roll my neck a little bit and my head down a little bit when I started going down," Williamson said. "I think that helped break my fall. I was just a little frustrated I didn't come up with the play. I had it in my glove and it came out."

Belt hit a two-run shot off Roark (1-2) in the third.

Michael Taylor had a three-run homer for Washington, which has lost four straight and 14 of 20 since opening the season 4-0.

"It seems like that sixth inning's been biting us in the rear as of late," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "We're swinging the bats. We just can't get the big hit with people on base."

Reyes Moronta (1-0) retired six batters for his first career win. Sam Dyson pitched one inning and Hunter Strickland worked the ninth for his fifth save.

The Giants got a run off Roark in the first but left the bases loaded when Evan Longoria struck out looking to end the inning. Belt homered on a 3-2 pitch from Roark in the second to make it 3-0.

Washington tied it on Taylor's three-run homer off starter Ty Blach in the third. Ryan Zimmerman walked and Moises Sierra singled before Taylor's deep drive into the right-field stands.

Roark went into the game 6-0 in seven career games against San Francisco but couldn't find a rhythm this time. He allowed four runs on six hits, walked two and hit a batter and threw a pair of wild pitches.


Panik hit a soft comebacker to Roark in the fifth that glanced off the pitcher's glove then bounced up on the top of his cap before falling to the turf. Roark initially couldn't locate the ball but found it in time to throw to first for the out.


Blach allowed three runs and four hits in five innings. After the game, Bochy said the left-hander suffered from food poisoning last week and was given an IV on Monday. "That was a really gutty effort that he gave us," Bochy said.


Nationals: Placed RHP Shawn Kelley on the 10-disabled list with ulnar nerve irritation in his right elbow. Infielder/outfielder Matt Reynolds was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse and outfielder Rafael Bautista and infielder Adrian Sanchez were called up.


Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (4-1, 1.36 ERA) and Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 0.00) take to the mound for the series finale at AT&T Park on Wednesday. Samardzija is making his second start after beginning the season on the disabled list.