Hernandez 2-run homer lifts Phillies over Nats 4-2

Daniel Murphy turned to one of his most reliable strengths to win a game for the Washington Nationals.

So despite Gomez's struggles - he's allowed 20 earned runs in his last 8⅓ innings pitched dating to last September 13 - Mackanin opted to go to him instead of lone lefty Rodriguez to start the 10th against a pair of left-handed hitters who happen to be two of the better left-handed hitters in baseball. "He has been getting a lot of treatment, riding the bike", Washington manager Dusty Baker said. ". But at the same time, there's a positivity to it that it's something you can fix instead of, 'Wow, I feel good and I don't know what's happening.' That's a lost feeling, and I don't have that right now".

"That hit to left really doesn't surprise me because that is his bread and butter". "This is how he made his living prior to him hitting the ball out of the ball park from the playoffs (in 2015) to today", Baker said.

ROCKIES 5, GIANTS 0: Tyler Chatwood pitched 5 2/3 ideal innings before Chris Marrero's single and finished with a two-hitter for the Colorado Rockies in his first big league shutout, a 5-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

Other Washington relievers who have given up homers this season are Shawn Kelley (three), Oliver Perez (one), Enny Romero (one), Sammy Solis (one) and Blake Treinen (one).

Hellickson yielded four hits and two runs, as he relied on a steady diet of off-speed pitches.

Benoit had one save past year and two in 2015, although he did save 24 games for the Detroit Tigers in 2013.

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the midst of their first of three trips to Washington this season. But, yesterday's good performances by the bullpen could help restore their confidence after a rough start to the season for nearly everyone in the 'pen. His hit scored Bryce Harper, who led off with a single and then scored on the hit down the left-field line.

"I can't say enough about Cesar", Mackanin said. "Certainly you don't want to run out of pitching". It's tough trying to go out there.

Gomez (1-1), who was removed from the closer's role this week after earning 37 saves last season, threw a scoreless ninth before Washington broke through. Or he could leave deposed and struggling closer Jeanmar Gomez out for a second inning to face one of the most risky 3-4 lineup combinations in baseball. But with limited bullpen options, Phils manager Pete Mackanin went back to Gomez in the bottom of the 10th, with the heart of the Washington order coming up.

The Phillies have two good second-base prospects in the upper minors in Jesmuel Valentin and Scott Kingery, but Hernandez clearly is not about to give up his job without a fight.

Nolan Arenado had three hits, including a home run off Matt Moore (1-2), who allowed five runs, 10 hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. "That's not easy to do, but once you do get the hang of it, it makes a difference". "He's a good hitter". Phillies starter Aaron Nola went five innings and gave up one run and six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. He had given up a solo homer to Chris Heisey with one out in that inning and it tied the score at 2-2. The Phillies continue to get consistent production from their offense, as Philly produced four runs in Saturday's victory and has scored four or more runs in seven of its last nine games.

"I'm hoping that we turn into a city of champions, because it can be contagious, that thought process of positive thoughts", Baker said.

Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (2-0, 4.09) looks to maintain his dominance of Philadelphia.

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