Franco's walkoff homer lifts Phillies past Nationals 4-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Maikel Franco got exactly the pitch he wanted, and he didn't miss it.

Franco homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Franco drove the first pitch he saw from Matt Grace (0-2), a 93-mph fastball, over the wall in left. It was Franco's 15th homer of the season and second career walkoff.

''I was looking for a fastball middle-in, and as soon as I hit it I knew the ball was going to go,'' Franco said. ''That's a great day, a great moment. It's something I can't forget.''

Hector Neris (2-4), who blew the save in Philadelphia's 4-3 loss to the Nationals on Saturday, struck out the side swinging in the top of the ninth.

J.T. Realmuto also went deep for the Phillies, who avoided a three-game sweep.

After connecting, Franco immediately dropped his bat, thrust both forefingers in the air and circled the bases before being mobbed at home plate by his teammates who haven't done much winning in the last 1 1/2 months. The Phillies improved to 15-23 since leading the NL East by 3 1/2 games on May 29. They entered Sunday trailing the Braves by 8 1/2 in the division and behind both Washington and Milwaukee in the NL wild-card race.

''We needed this game so bad,'' Franco said.

A streaky hitter who has been jockeyed in and out of the lineup by manager Gabe Kapler, Franco is 8-for-14 with a pair of homers in his last four games.

''When he's swinging the bat well and the best version of Mikey, we can't take him out of the lineup,'' Kapler said. ''That makes our lineup deep and dangerous.''

Trea Turner, Matt Adams and Howie Kendrick drove in runs for the Nationals, who lost for just the third time in 15 games. Washington is 30-12 since May 24.

''It was a good battle, and we'll move on and try to win the next one,'' Turner said. ''We'll keep going and hopefully win the next 30 out of 40, or whatever the stats are.''

Franco's homer was the 104th given up by a Washington pitching staff that entered having allowed the fewest long balls in the NL and second-fewest in the majors behind Tampa Bay.

Philadelphia went ahead 2-1 in the fifth on Jean Segura's two-out single to right and took a two-run lead in the sixth on Realmuto's opposite-field, leadoff shot to right.

The Nationals tied it 3-3 in the seventh against J.D. Hammer on RBI sigles by pinch-hitter Kendrick and Turner.

But Washington wouldn't get another hit, finishing the game with six straight strikeouts swinging.

FOR STARTERS

Phillies starter Jake Arrieta gave up one run and four hits in five innings in his first start since disclosing he's been pitching with a bone spur in his right elbow that will require surgery in the offseason - or sooner.

Arrieta is determined to continue pitching.

''I'm not 100 percent and I'm OK with that,'' he said. ''I'm going to do everything I can to help the team shrink the margin.''

Nationals right-hander Anibal Sanchez allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

REAL HOT

In addition to the homer, Realmuto extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games with an RBI single in the fourth. He's batting .400 (16-for-40) with a homer and eight RBIs over the stretch.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Tommy Hunter (right forearm strain) was placed on the 10-day IL after hurting his arm Saturday night. Hunter missed the first three months of the season with a similar injury. RHP Edubray Ramos was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace Hunter.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Austin Voth (0-0, 5.52) will face Orioles RHP Asher Wojciechowski (0-2, 6.10) on Tuesday night in Baltimore.

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (7-8, 3.78) opposes Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 3.09) Monday in the opener of a four-game series.

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  • W: H. Neris (2-4)L: M. Grace (0-2)
  • HR: PHI - J. Realmuto (11), M. Franco (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS30110101.280.336.471.8073.0
A. Eaton RF40000014.279.364.383.746-0.5
A. Rendon 3B41200012.309.393.6081.0023.5
J. Soto LF40100012.301.404.538.943-0.5
M. Adams 1B40110011.233.273.506.7791.5
B. Dozier 2B20000120.230.326.439.7651.0
K. Suzuki C31000113.263.308.497.8051.5
V. Robles CF31100110.250.323.443.7672.5
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  • a-singled for Sanchez in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Suero in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Kingery 2B40000013.282.335.521.856-0.5
J. Segura SS41210010.275.320.442.7614.5
B. Harper RF30000111.251.366.461.8270.5
R. Hoskins 1B40000004.262.401.528.9290.0
J. Realmuto C41221010.275.329.446.7767.5
J. Bruce LF40000011.235.283.556.839-0.5
M. Franco 3B32111100.240.307.444.7528.0
A. Haseley CF30100000.200.273.300.5731.0
J. Arrieta P10100000.194.216.222.4382.0
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A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Arrieta in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Suarez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (23)
  • SH - A. Sanchez (2)
  • RBI - T. Turner (22), M. Adams (37), H. Kendrick (48)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), A. Rendon 2 (2), K. Suzuki
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Segura (21), J. Arrieta
  • HR - J. Realmuto (11), M. Franco (15)
  • RBI - J. Segura (41), J. Realmuto 2 (44), M. Franco (44)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Segura (21), J. Realmuto (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Kingery, R. Hoskins 3 (3), J. Bruce
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Soto
FIELDING
  • E - A. Eaton (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Segura-Kingery-Hoskins; Segura-Kingery-Hoskins)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez6.06332213.711.3311.0
T. Rainey1.00000304.431.384.5
W. Suero1.00000104.951.233.5
M. Grace (L, 0-2)0.11110116.091.44-6.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez6.0
T. Rainey1.0
W. Suero1.0
M. Grace (L, 0-2)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta5.04112204.541.459.0
J. Alvarez (H, 6)1.01000003.631.382.0
J. Hammer (BS, 1)0.12222104.151.38-5.5
R. Suarez0.20000003.751.420.0
A. Morgan1.00000303.860.994.5
H. Neris (W, 2-4)1.00000303.431.0911.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta5.0
J. Alvarez (H, 6)1.0
J. Hammer (BS, 1)0.1
R. Suarez0.2
A. Morgan1.0
H. Neris (W, 2-4)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Sanchez (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 88-52, T. Rainey 12-12, W. Suero 8-7, M. Grace 4-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 2-14
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 26, T. Rainey 3, W. Suero 3, M. Grace 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Arrieta (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 88-51, J. Alvarez 7-4, J. Hammer 22-10, R. Suarez 4-3, A. Morgan 12-9, H. Neris 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 9-2, J. Alvarez 1-1, R. Suarez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 20, J. Alvarez 3, J. Hammer 5, R. Suarez 2, A. Morgan 3, H. Neris 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS30110101.280.336.471.8073.0
A. Eaton RF40000014.279.364.383.746-0.5
A. Rendon 3B41200012.309.393.6081.0023.5
J. Soto LF40100012.301.404.538.943-0.5
M. Adams 1B40110011.233.273.506.7791.5
B. Dozier 2B20000120.230.326.439.7651.0
K. Suzuki C31000113.263.308.497.8051.5
V. Robles CF31100110.250.323.443.7672.5
A. Sanchez P10000000.034.034.034.0690.0
a- H. Kendrick PH10110000.333.386.567.9522.0
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M. Grace P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Sanchez in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Suero in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Kingery 2B40000013.282.335.521.856-0.5
J. Segura SS41210010.275.320.442.7614.5
B. Harper RF30000111.251.366.461.8270.5
R. Hoskins 1B40000004.262.401.528.9290.0
J. Realmuto C41221010.275.329.446.7767.5
J. Bruce LF40000011.235.283.556.839-0.5
M. Franco 3B32111100.240.307.444.7528.0
A. Haseley CF30100000.200.273.300.5731.0
J. Arrieta P10100000.194.216.222.4382.0
a- B. Miller PH10000012.262.348.492.840-0.5
J. Alvarez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hammer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Suarez P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
b- C. Hernandez PH10000010.287.339.421.760-0.5
A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Arrieta in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Suarez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rendon (23)
  • SH - A. Sanchez (2)
  • RBI - T. Turner (22), M. Adams (37), H. Kendrick (48)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton 2 (2), A. Rendon 2 (2), K. Suzuki
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Segura (21), J. Arrieta
  • HR - J. Realmuto (11), M. Franco (15)
  • RBI - J. Segura (41), J. Realmuto 2 (44), M. Franco (44)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Segura (21), J. Realmuto (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Kingery, R. Hoskins 3 (3), J. Bruce
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Soto
FIELDING
  • E - A. Eaton (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Segura-Kingery-Hoskins; Segura-Kingery-Hoskins)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez6.06332213.711.3311.0
T. Rainey1.00000304.431.384.5
W. Suero1.00000104.951.233.5
M. Grace (L, 0-2)0.11110116.091.44-6.5
Total8.1744272---
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez6.0
T. Rainey1.0
W. Suero1.0
M. Grace (L, 0-2)0.1
Total8.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Arrieta5.04112204.541.459.0
J. Alvarez (H, 6)1.01000003.631.382.0
J. Hammer (BS, 1)0.12222104.151.38-5.5
R. Suarez0.20000003.751.420.0
A. Morgan1.00000303.860.994.5
H. Neris (W, 2-4)1.00000303.431.0911.5
Total9.0733490---
PITCHERSIP
J. Arrieta5.0
J. Alvarez (H, 6)1.0
J. Hammer (BS, 1)0.1
R. Suarez0.2
A. Morgan1.0
H. Neris (W, 2-4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Sanchez (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 88-52, T. Rainey 12-12, W. Suero 8-7, M. Grace 4-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 2-14
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 26, T. Rainey 3, W. Suero 3, M. Grace 2
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Arrieta (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Arrieta 88-51, J. Alvarez 7-4, J. Hammer 22-10, R. Suarez 4-3, A. Morgan 12-9, H. Neris 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Arrieta 9-2, J. Alvarez 1-1, R. Suarez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Arrieta 20, J. Alvarez 3, J. Hammer 5, R. Suarez 2, A. Morgan 3, H. Neris 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Franco homered to left center34
  • 7TH INNING
    Turner singled to right, Robles scored, Kendrick to third33
    Kendrick singled to left, Suzuki scored, Robles to second23
  • 6TH INNING
    Realmuto homered to right13
  • 5TH INNING
    Segura singled to right, Franco scored, Haseley to third, Segura to second on right fielder Eaton fielding error12
  • 4TH INNING
    Realmuto singled to left, Segura scored11
    Adams singled to right, Rendon scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hector Neris relieved Adam Morgan
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Wander Suero
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Grace pitching
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Franco homered to left center
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adam Morgan pitching
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • M. Adams: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wander Suero relieved Tanner Rainey
    • B. Harper: Harper flied out to center
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Hoskins fouled out to first
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • JD Hammer relieved Jose Alvarez
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Suzuki walked
    • V. Robles: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robles walked, Suzuki to second
    • Howie Kendrick hit for Anibal Sanchez
    • H. Kendrick: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kendrick singled to left, Suzuki scored, Robles to second
    • T. Turner: Turner singled to right, Robles scored, Kendrick to third
    • Ranger Suarez relieved JD Hammer
    • A. Eaton: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Eaton reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Kendrick out at home, Turner to second
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Rendon popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tanner Rainey pitching
    • Cesar Hernandez hit for Ranger Suarez
    • C. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Jose Alvarez pitching
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Rendon singled to right
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soto flied out to left
    • M. Adams: Adams grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rendon out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Realmuto homered to right
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Bruce lined out to first
    • M. Franco: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Franco fouled out to catcher
    • A. Haseley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Haseley grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Robles reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sanchez hit sacrifice bunt to third, Robles to second
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
    • A. Eaton: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Franco walked
    • A. Haseley: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Haseley singled to center, Franco to second
    • Brad Miller hit for Jake Arrieta
    • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Kingery fouled out to catcher
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura singled to right, Franco scored, Haseley to third, Segura to second on right fielder Eaton fielding error
    • B. Harper: Harper intentionally walked
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Hoskins flied out to deep left
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Rendon doubled to left center
    • J. Soto: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto grounded out to pitcher, Rendon to third
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adams singled to right, Rendon scored
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked, Adams to second
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Suzuki grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Dozier out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Segura doubled to deep left
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Harper flied out to right
    • R. Hoskins: Hoskins flied out to center
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Realmuto singled to left, Segura scored
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Bruce flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Robles popped out to second
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner walked
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Ball, Franco lined out to left
    • A. Haseley: Strike looking, Haseley grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Arrieta: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Arrieta doubled to deep left
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Kingery flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soto singled to right
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soto caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Adams lined out to second
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier hit by pitch
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hoskins flied out to deep center
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Realmuto lined out to right
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce lined out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Arrieta Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Turner grounded out to second
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Eaton grounded out to second
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rendon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Kingery flied out to left
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Segura fouled out to first
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Harper struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)