WASHINGTON (AP) — Pinch-hitter Rhys Hoskins singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 Saturday for their 15th win in 17 games.
The Phillies are a season-high five games over .500 and 14-2 since firing former manager Joe Girardi on June 3.
“Get to .500, now you’re looking at (going five games over),” Philadelphia interim manager Rob Thomson said. “Get to five over, now you’re looking at 10.”
The last-place Nationals lost on the day they retired the No. 11 of organizational stalwart Ryan Zimmerman in front of a sellout crowd of 42,730.
Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola pitched eight shutout innings for the second time in three starts. He allowed four hits and struck out eight.
“Changeup felt pretty good,” Nola said. “Better than usual. Got some early outs, quick innings.”
Washington starter Josiah Gray pitched one-hit ball for six scoreless innings.
“You know, we’re in a little rut right now, but about a week before we were playing pretty good baseball,” Gray said. “So continue to get back to those winning ways and we’re going to get there soon. We’re all putting the work in. I’m sure the fans are going to start coming more and more as the weather starts heating up and we get back to our winning ways. “
In the Washington ninth, pinch-hitter Lane Thomas had a two-out single on a 2-2 slider from Brad Hand (2-1) that scored Juan Soto with the tying run.
Hoskins’ hit up the middle off Reed Garrett (0-1) scored automatic runner Matt Vierling from second. Philadelphia then loaded the bases with no outs, but did not score again.
Seranthony Domínguez recorded his first save of the year by pitching a scoreless 10th.
Yairo Muñoz homered in the Phillies seventh…