Reporting Byron Kerr
Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa does it again against the Phillies. This time it leads to a win. With two homers off of Cliff Lee, Espinosa led Washington to its largest margin of victory against Philadelphia since arriving in D.C., 10-2, before 21,017 at Nationals Park.
Espinosa has now hit four homers in the last five games, has ten on the season, and is on pace to hit 30 homers on the season. Espinosa hit a homer off of Roy Halladay in Monday’s 5-4 setback.
Manager Jim Riggleman likes what he sees in the Long Beach State product.
“He is an electric player,” Riggleman said. “He is a strong kid. His movements are kind of powerful. He can do it all. He can run. He has got a great arm. He can catch the ball. He has power from both sides of the plate. He is going to be a tremendous player as the left-handed side catches up to the right-handed side.”
Nationals Jason Marquis got the win (6-2), spinning six and 1/3 innings, scattering eight hits and allowing just two solo homers. Lee took the loss (4-5), giving up six earned runs.
Jayson Werth and Michael Morse each added a pair of RBI.
The Nationals go for the series win at 1:05 pm Wednesday from Nationals Park.