Nats’ Bats on fire in 5-1 victory over Philadelphia

A solid
seven inning outing from Gio Gonzalez and an onslaught of offense gave the
Nationals the win 5-1 against the Phillies. In the top of the fifth with a
0-2 count Anthony Rendon hit a lead-off homer off Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee
that puts the Nats on the board. Wilson Ramos came to bat after Rendon and
homered to the opposite field. Nats up 2-0. Two outs later, Ian Desmond almost
made it a three homerun inning with a deep double to left center field.

Bottom of
the fifth, Gio Gonzalez looked a little rattled after walking the first two
batters, but quickly redeemed himself by finishing the half and allowing no
runs. Ryan
Zimmerman smashed a lead-off homerun to start the sixth. Jayson Werth follows
with a solo homer of his own on the very next pitch. Nats had four runs and
Phillies still hadn’t managed to get on the board yet. Gio went 1-2-3 in the
bottom of the sixth. Cliff Lee followed suit in the top of the seventh.

In his last
inning on the mound, Gio allowed his only run of the game as Darian Ruf homered
to left center field. He then allowed two more hits before the inning ended
with a fly ball to left field. 4-1, Nats. Ryan
Zimmerman struck out swinging in the eighth, but still got on base. The wild
pitch that was the third strike from Luis Garcia bounced off the catcher’s mitt
and flew off into the camera bay on the third base side. It was the weirdest
play of the game.

Clippard relieved gracefully in the eighth allowing only one hit before
retiring the side.

Nats’ bats
weren’t done by the ninth. Rendon doubled to right field to lead off the inning.
Ramos got on base from a fielding error by the pitcher, Justin de Fratus. After
Fratus is taking out and Jake Diekman put in to pitch for the Phillies, newly
acquired Scott Hairston flied out to right field allowing Rendon to get to
third base. In what was intended to be a sacrifice bunt, Denard Span reached
first on a throwing error from the pitcher. Rendon scored. After he
intentionally walked Ian Desmond, Diekmckan struck out Harper and Zimmerman to
end the half. 5-1 Nats.

Soriano came in to close in the bottom of the ninth. All three batters flied
out to center fielder Denard Span. Nationals win 5-1.

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