A 10-3 loss to the Nationals on Sunday afternoon marked the Phillies second straight loss, as the club stumbles to the All-Star Break with a 42-53 record.
Former Phillie Jayson Werth would get things started for the Nationals, as he smacked a three-run home run off starter Kyle Kendrick in the first.
Kendrick would settle in a little bit after that rough first inning. That is, until the sixth inning.
After allowing a single to Anthony Rendon to lead off the inning, Kendrick hit Werth with a pitch. Kendrick would then get Adam LaRoche to fly out before Ryan Zimmerman hit a sacrifice fly to right to push the Nationals lead to 4-0 with 2 outs in the sixth.
Ryne Sandberg would turn to the bullpen at that point, choosing to bring Mario Hollands in to try to get the final out in the inning. Hollands would do that, but not before allowing three hits and three more runs to the Nationals.
The Phillies would take one run back in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Nationals lead to 7-1, but the Nationals would continue to pile on. After three more runs for Washington, the Phillies were able to plate two runs in the ninth, but would still fall 10-3 to limp into the All-Star Break.
By: Kyle Babcock
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