Rapid Reaction: Buchanan's struggles continue, Phillies fall to Nats

David Buchanan surrendered three runs over five innings.

David Buchanan's struggles continued Sunday as he surrendered three runs on six hits and lasted just five innings in the Phillies' 4-1 loss to the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 19 2015, 4:30 PM EST.
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WASHINGTON - David Buchanan's struggles continued Sunday as he surrendered three runs on six hits and lasted just five innings in the Phillies' 4-1 loss to the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

With two outs in the fifth, Denard Span reached on a single and then scored on an Ian Desmond double to left. Jayson Werth followed with a single up the middle scoring Desmond, and advanced to second on a questionable throw to home by Odubel Herrera. Buchanan then intentionally walked Bryce Harper to put runners on first and second before Ryan Zimmerman capped off the inning with an RBI-double to right field.

Stephen Strasburg tossed 7 1/3 innings for the Nationals, scattering five hits while collecting seven strikeouts.

The Phillies lone run came in the eighth via a Freddy Galvis RBI-single to center, scoring Herrera who reached on a double.

Chase Utley grounded out in a pinch hit appearance in the final frame, dropping his batting average to .116 on the season.

What's next: The Phillies have an off day on Monday before opening a six-game homestand on Tuesday with the Marlins and Braves set to visit Citizens Bank Park.

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