Nationals ace Max Scherzer endured through a scary line drive to grind out six innings, Michael Taylor hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth and Washington overcame another dodgy bullpen outing to earn a 6-5 win and a doubleheader split against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.
Bryce Harper went 3 for 4 with an RBI double in Game 2. He also belted his 12th home run in Game 1, but Philadelphia won the opener of the day-night affair 4-3 after Washington’s third blown save in six games.
In Game 2, Freddy Galvis gave Philadelphia another lead against the bullpen when his two-run triple off Jacob Turner (2-1) put the Phillies ahead 5-4 in the eighth.
After striking out three times, Taylor homered off Pat Neshek (0-1), belting a first-pitch slider off the left field foul pole. The runs were Neshek’s first allowed this season.
Matt Albers worked the ninth for his second save after Shawn Kelley blew a save in Game 1.
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