In a long game full of many pitching changes and pinch hitters, the Washington Nationals were able to outlast the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park by a score of 9-6. Gio Gonzalez and Ethan Martin started tonight's NL East battle, and neither pitcher would get through the 6th inning. Martin continues to struggle from the mound for the Phillies, while Gonzalez had struggles of his own tonight, giving up 5 runs. Despite this, Gonzalez would pick up the win for Washington this time out.
Ethan Martin gave up a 3-run Wilson Ramos home run in the 2nd inning to put the Nationals on the board. The Phillies would cut the lead down in the 4th on a Cody Asche 2-run single. However, Ethan Martin would run into trouble again, walking a total of five batters, with three of them coming in the 5th inning. The Nationals plated two runs in the 5th, chasing Martin after just 4 and 2/3 innings. Martin allowed 4 hits, 5 runs, 5 walks, and struck out 2 tonight in what turned out to be his fourth loss of the season.
Washington added two more runs in the 6th inning before the Phillies added three of their own in the home half of the inning. John Mayberry Jr. knocked in a run on a Washington error, and Michael Martinez and pinch-hitter Chase Utley added RBI singles to cut it to a 7-5 lead after six.
The Nationals added two more runs, and the Phillies got just one more back on a Cody Asche solo home run, his third of the year. In the end, the Nationals pulled out a 9-6 victory to even up this three game series at one game apiece.
Ethan Martin, who has struggled in his last few starts, continued to struggle this evening. His 5 walks showed a complete lack of control and command, and chased him from the game in the 5th inning. Gio Gonzalez gave up five runs of his own, but left with a lead, and would pick up his 9th win of the season this evening.
The Phillies rolled out a lineup that featured just Carlos Ruiz starting tonight out of the core of their major players. Chase Utley would later make an appearance, and despite the lack of big names in the lineup, the Phillies put up 5 runs on Gonzalez, who is one of the league's better starters. Perhaps this is something encouraging to take away from an otherwise forgettable night for the team.
Jordan Zimmerman and Roy Halladay match up tomorrow night in the series finale. Halladay has made two starts since coming back from the disabled list – one good start, and one problematic start. He will get a chance to prove himself tomorrow night as he takes on Jordan Zimmerman, who has been up and down this season.
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