Bryce Harper's second homer is a walk-off three-run shot

Posted April 18, 2017

NATIONALS 6, PHILLIES 4: Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the third inning and a game-ending, three-run drive with two outs in the ninth to lead the Nationals over the Phillies. Murphy is hitting at a robust.408 batting clip, while Harper sits at.300 with two homers so far.

The Washington Nationals opened their weekend series in style, defeating the Phillies 3-2 in 10 innings on Friday afternoon.

WHITE SOX 3, TWINS 1: Avisail Garcia had a career-high four hits, including an opposite-field, two-run homer in the 10th inning that led Chicago in Minneapolis. On a one-ball, one-strike pitch to Daniel Nava, Gonzalez gave up a liner to left which eluded Jayson Werth and allowed Hernandez to score from first.

Despite Hernandez's impressive start, there is still the popular notion that either his partner Freddy Galvis could get displaced either later this season or next year by top prospect J.P. Crawford, or that perhaps Crawford could be moved into Hernandez's spot at second.

Harper homered in the third inning to push the Nationals ahead, 3-1.

Down 0-2 in the count and a run in the game with two outs in the ninth, Harper battled back to a full count, then buried a ball in the batter's eye, 423 feet to dead center field.

This time around, Gomez survived the bottom of the ninth because the one-hop bullet hit by Anthony Rendon was flagged fast on the backhand by third baseman Maikel Franco. The play at first was reviewed and the Phillies lost the challenge after a delay of 100 seconds. One-time Atlanta Braves' righty Cody Martin, who gave up another two-run blast by Harper back on May 9th of 2015, Harper's NL MVP season.

Wily Peralta (3-0) gave up two runs, three hits and three walks in six innings.

The Phillies are 18-41 in their last 59 vs. From there, it became clear that Eickhoff was on his own, as the Phillies popped and flailed at the plate, stranding what few runners they snuck on base. Philadelphia has just one save in 10 games with a 5.11 team ERA. Stephen Strasburg is coming off a loss in Philadelphia in which he actually held the Phillies to just three earned runs over seven innings of work.

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PHILLIES KEY TRENDS: The Phillies have dropped 12 of their last 15 road games, are 1-4 in their last five games overall, and are 2-5 in Eickhoff's last seven starts.

CINCINNATI - Ryan Braun hit a go-ahead, two-run homer, and Eric Thames added a solo shot for his fifth home run of the series as Milwaukee won for the fifth time in in six games.

St. Louis took advantage of an error by shortstop Wilmer Difo to score two unearned runs in the fifth.

Bullpen report Joely Rodriguez and Pat Neshek pitched scoreless ball before Benoit blew up. Tommy Joseph singled, and the game was tied.

Blake Treinen was in line for the loss before Harper's heroics. Three were sealed by walk-off hits.

McCutchen's run-scoring grounder brought home pinch runner Alen Hanson in a three-run eighth as the Pirates (6-6) completed their first three-game sweep of the Cubs since September 5-7, 2014.

Pat Neshek kept the game tied with a clean eighth. After surrendering a lead-off homer to Nats killer, Cesar Hernandez, Gonzalez settled in nicely. It's also his fourth homer of the season and the 125th homer of his career. Herrera pinch-hit in the ninth and appeared to hurt himself running. Harper accounted for five Washington runs with two majestic swings.

Up next The Phillies are off on Monday. "Still giving my team - I shouldn't say my team, our team - a chance to go out there and give us a chance to win". "It's what you ask for from a starting pitcher after you've been beat down for a couple games". He will come up from Triple A to take the place of injured Clay Buchholz.

Nomar Mazara gave Texas a 7-6 lead when he led off the ninth against Edwin Diaz (1-1) with his fourth homer.