Harper isn’t only weapon on loaded Phillies club
PHILADELPHIA Forget Bryce Harper. It was too much Rhys Hoskins here on Monday night for the Nationals.
Hoskins, batting fourth back of Harper, hit two solo homers as the Phillies beat Washington 4-3. It was the fourth time in his career Hoskins hit more than one homer in a game.
His homer in the last of the sixth broke a 2-2 tie against Anibal Sanchez (0-1), the Washington starter.
“It was a 3-2 count. He put a real good swing on it,” Sanchez said.
Hoskins hit a solo homer in the eighth off Washington reliever Justin Miller for a 4-2 lead. It was the sixth homer allowed this year by the Nationals bullpen, which entered the game last in the majors in ERA and batting average against for opposing hitters.
Harper was 0-for-3 with a walk and is hitting .345, and has reached base in all nine games that he has played for the Phillies.
Washington second baseman Brian Dozier, who entered the game hitting .080, hit a solo homer in the ninth to trim the Philly lead to 4-3. Anthony Rendon followed with a double but was stranded at third as Phillies reliever Pat Neshek retired Kurt Suzuki for the final out.
Rendon has an extra-base hit in six straight games, a personal best. He is hitting .412 this season.
“We hit the ball hard, just right at people,” said Washington manager Dave Martinez, whose team fell to 4-5. “I like the way the boys are playing. Our bullpen did well today; the bullpen looked good today.”
The first homer by Hoskins came off loser Sanchez, who was making his second start for the Nationals after coming over from the Atlanta Braves. He gave up seven hits and three runs in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
“I thought he threw well,” Martinez said.
It was the first game in Philadelphia for Harper against his former team.
The Phillies right fielder walked in the first, fanned in the third, grounded out in the sixth and grounded out in the seventh.
Harper has reached base in his first nine games and has 11 walks, with three homers. He hit a homer in his first game at Nationals Park off Jeremy Hellickson last week.
Odubel Herrera hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth for the Phillies.
Washington catcher Suzuki hit a two-run homer to give Washington a 2-0 lead in the second.
It was his first homer for the Nationals since 2013, when he homered against the Mets.
The winning pitcher was Seranthony Dominquez (1-0), who threw a scoreless sixth. Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez, in his first start, allowed two runs in five innings with two strikeouts.
Ryan Zimmerman was easily thrown out at home for the third out of the fourth for the Nationals. Wilmer Difo was due up next, followed by the pitcher so Martinez had no problem with the aggressive approach of third-base coach Bob Henley. “I thought Bobby did a great job of trying to send him right there,” Martinez said.