WASHINGTON — The Nationals beat the Phillies 5-4 in walk-off fashion Friday, powered by a two-home run night from Trea Turner.
The Nationals led 2-1 after six innings from starter Tanner Roark, who allowed one run and six hits in that span, taking the lead when Bryce Harper drove in Daniel Murphy with an RBI single to right field.
They added two more runs in the seventh, taking a 4-1 lead on a two-run homer by Turner, a frozen rope that laced past the left-field foul pole.
The Phillies answered the Nationals in the eighth. Catcher Cameron Rupp launched a three-run home run to center field off Nationals reliever Koda Glover, evening the score at 4-4.
With the score still tied heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Nationals earned two quick outs on fly-outs from Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson, each hitter seeing only two pitches.
Turner stepped to the plate ready to battle Phillies reliever Frank Herrmann. Turner saw nine pitches in the at-bat, fouling off five straight after falling behind 1-2 in the count, before crushing a 95-mph fastball over the center field wall, the deepest part of Nationals Park, for the walk-off win.
It was the first walk-off home run of Turner’s career.
With the Mets also beating the Braves Friday, the Nats maintain their eight-game NL East lead with 21 regular season games remaining.