WASHINGTON (AP) — Trea Turner hit his second home run of the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, a solo shot that gave the Washington Nationals a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
It was the first multihomer game for the rookie, whose two-run drive in the seventh put Washington up 4-1.
Cameron Rupp hit a three-run homer off Koda Glover to knot the score in the eighth and set the stage for Turner’s ninth-inning heroics.
Facing Frank Herrmann (0-2), Turner ripped a 1-2 pitch over the wall in center field.
Daniel Murphy scored two runs for the NL East-leading Nationals, who have won eight of 11.
Mark Melancon (2-1) worked the ninth for Washington.
Nationals starter Tanner Roark allowed one run, six hits and two walks over six innings. He left with a 2-1 lead, but will have to wait at least one more start to claim his career-high tying 15th victory.
Unfortunately for Roark, he’s seen the last of the Phillies. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA in five starts against Philadelphia this season.
Jake Thompson gave up two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings for Philadelphia.
With the score tied at 1 in the sixth, Murphy doubled off Thompson and Bryce Harper ended a 3-for-16 slump with an RBI single to right.
Turner connected against Colton Murray for a three-run lead.
Earlier, two batters hit by pitches ended up scoring. Odubel Herrera came home on a single by Peter Bouros in the Philadelphia fourth before Anthony Rendon doubled in Murphy in the bottom half.
Herrera left in the fifth inning with a right leg contusion. After being hit by a fastball in his right knee, the outfielder had a difficult time walking to first base.
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin intends to use Tommy Joseph at 1B more than 36-year-old Ryan Howard down the stretch — unless Howard continues to deliver big hits, such as his three-run homer Thursday night. “I’m a manager. I want to win games,” Mackanin said.
Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco missed a third straight game with a jammed right thumb. “I’m going to say he’s available to pinch hit,” Mackanin said.
Nationals: LHP Sammy Solis (left shoulder inflammation) “has sort of hit a roadblock,” manager Dusty Baker said. Solis has been on the DL since mid-August.
Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (10-13, 3.86 ERA) starts Saturday night against Washington. He’s 4-1 in his last six starts.
Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (16-7, 2.88) leads the big leagues with 243 strikeouts.
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