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

A solidseven 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.

Tyler 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.

Rafael 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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