May 24, 2015, 11:44 AM EST
The Nationals aim for their eighth consecutive series win on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. Coming off a blowout loss to the Phillies, the Nats will send Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.94) to the mound.
Gio ended up allowing six earned runs in five innings of work his last time out against the Yankees despite retiring the first nine batters he faced on groundballs. He has allowed at least five earned runs in three of his last five appearances.
Right-hander Aaron Harang (4-3, 1.82) will pitch for Philadelphia. The 6-foot-7 veteran is off to a fantastic start this season and hasn’t allowed an earned run in two straight outings, a stretch of 14 innings.
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PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184
Weather: Sunny, 78 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Clint Robinson
C Jose Lobaton
2B Danny Espinosa
LHP Gio Gonzalez
LF Ben Revere
SS Freddy Galvis
1B Darin Ruf
3B Maikel Franco
RF Jeff Francoeur
2B Cesar Hernandez
CF Odubel Herrera
C Cameron Rupp
RHP Aaron Harang
HP Ben May
1B Bruce Dreckman
2B Alfonso Marquez (cc)
3B Dan Bellino
1:56 p.m. — No runs to report on in the first inning, though each team got runners on base. The Phillies had Revere lead off with a single, but he was part of a double play to end the inning. Gio threw 10 pitches. Span then led off with a double and moved to third on a single by Harper. No runs, however, as Zimmmeran struck out to end the frame. Harper’s single was on a line drive that bounced off Harang’s right hip. That’ll hurt.
2:10 p.m. — Still a 0-0 game after two innings. The Phillies saw Francoeur single with one out, but a double play prevented them from scoring. Espinosa reached on a bunt single with two outs before Gio struck out to end the frame. Gio has thrown 21 pitches, Harang has tossed 25.
2:32 p.m. — We remain scoreless after three, though the Nats did get a runner in scoring position. Desmond singled with one out and Harper walked with two outs. A Zimmerman groundout then ended the frame, however. Gio is at 35 pitches, while Harang is at 47.
2:57 p.m. — Both teams scored a run in the fourth inning, making this a tied 1-1 game heading into the fifth. The Phillies got their run on a Francoeur RBI single to center field. He brought home Galvis, who reached on a high throw by Desmond to first. It wasn’t an error, just a very difficult play up the middle. The Nationals scored on a Lobaton single. Robinson came home from second on that one after leading off with a double to right-center. Gio has thrown 54 pitches, Harang has 69.
3:17 p.m. — The Nationals took the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a rally started by a leadoff triple by Escobar. He quickly scored on a groundout by Harper to shortstop. Zimmerman then struck out and Robinson popped up to short to end the frame. It’s 2-1 Nats.
3:27 p.m. — Gonzalez responded with a shutdown inning to keep the Nats lead at 2-1. However, they couldn’t add a tack-on run inthe bottom of the sixth. We go to the seventh inning with the Nats up by a run.
3:57 p.m. — After allowing a one-out single in the sixth, Gio was taken out of the game to a loud ovation. Bryce Harper made the defensive play of the afternoon thus far after he gunned down a hesitant Odubel Herrera at second base on a Rupp single. Gio’s final line: 6 1/3 innings, 7 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts on 94 pitches. The Nats then added a few insurance runs in the bottom of the frame after Harper and Zimmerman’s RBI hits to extend to the lead 4-1.
4:13 p.m. —Relievers Matt Grace and Casey Janssen combined to pitch a shutout eighth inning. The offense went quietly in the bottom of the frame to keep the score at 4-1 heading into the ninth inning. Here comes Drew Storen.
4:23 p.m. — Game over. Nats win 4-1 and take the series from the Phillies. They’ll head to Chicago next to face the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
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