Phillies squander late lead vs. Nationals

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The Phillies had took the lead in the ninth inning after Matt Wieters could not hang on to a throw from Daniel Murphy for a play at the plate that allowed Aaron Altherr to score. With one out in the ninth inning and the Nationals infield drawn in, Blake Treinen induced a grounder from Freddy Galvis right at Murphy as Altherr broke for home. The throw from Murphy beat Altherr to the plate, but Wieters could not handle it and apply the tag in time. Philadelphia took advantage of some miscues to score three runs in the final two innings.

It nearly spoiled a stellar performance from Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who pitched into the eighth inning for the first time since 2015. Gonzalez began the game by surrendering a leadoff home run to Cesar Hernandez, but he overcame some early control problems to settle into the game and dominate the Phillies for 7 1/3 innings, leaving to a standing ovation from the 29,774 fans.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.
Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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