MacKenzie Gore showcased his pitching skills on the mound, delivering five-hit ball into the sixth inning and leading the Washington Nationals to a narrow 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, successfully evading a series sweep. 
The game's turning point came when Lane Thomas stole three bases and crossed the plate for the go-ahead run, breaking Washington's three-game losing streak. Thomas, along with Joey Meneses and Ildemaro Vargas, contributed with impactful performances, each collecting two hits throughout the game. 
Gore (1-0) displayed his pitching excellence by limiting the Phillies to just two runs over 5 2/3 innings, securing his first victory against Philadelphia after facing them in six career outings. 
On the offensive side, Edmundo Sosa was the standout for Philadelphia, driving in their first run with a clutch two-out RBI single in the second inning and adding a solo homer in the fifth. 
The Nationals' bullpen showcased their strength, pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Jordan Weems replaced Gore and retired all four batters he faced, while Hunter Harvey delivered a flawless 1-2-3 eighth inning. 
Kyle Finnegan closed out the game in the ninth, earning his third save in four attempts, aided by Jesse Winker's exceptional leaping catch at the left-field wall to deny Trea Turner's hit. 
Philadelphia's starter Cristopher Sánchez (0-1) left the game tied at 2-2 with two runners on base in the fifth inning. The Nationals capitalized on the opportunity as Yunior Marte walked Meneses, loading the bases, and Riley Adams drove in the decisive run with a sacrifice fly to left, sealing the Nationals' victory. 
The game also saw contributions from Washington's Luis García Jr., who delivered an RBI single in the second inning, and Meneses, who drove in Thomas with a timely single in the third, contributing to the Nationals' offensive success.

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