Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rapid Reaction: Phillies snap skid with win over Nationals

Freddy Galvis drove in two runs for the Phillies.

Odubel Herrera collected three hits and Freddy Galvis drove in a pair to lift the Phillies past the Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park, 5-3.



By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 18 2015, 4:30 PM EST.
@PGordonPBR

WASHINGTON - The Philadelphia Phillies snapped their six-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon.

Odubel Herrera collected three hits and Freddy Galvis drove in a pair of runs to pace the offense.

Aaron Harang tossed six innings, scattering seven hits while surrendering three runs to secure the win. He struck out six and walked a pair.

Trailing by a run in the bottom of the fifth, Bryce Harper drilled a 3-1 fastball off the top portion of the batter's eye in center field to tie the contest 3-3.

Harang got off to a rocky start, surrendering back-to-back singles in the opening frame before Ryan Zimmerman hit into a fielder's choice to drive in the game's first run.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth to collect his third save of the season for the Phillies.

What's next: The Phillies conclude their four-game series in Washington with David Buchanan (0-2, 11.42) opposing right-hander Stephen Strasburg (0-1, 6.75) at 1:35 p.m. ET Sunday. Buchanan faced the Nationals once last year, surrendering seven runs on 10 hits over six innings. 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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