Only once before had Ben Revere connected on a pitch and sent it out of the park. Down to the final strike, Revere pulled off more magic.
Revere’s second career home run tied the game, completing a three-run ninth for the Phillies and capping a five-run rally. In the 11th, Revere’s RBI single proved to be the difference in a 9-7 win over the Nationals on Friday night at Nationals Park.
Jerome Williams struggled from the start. In the first, he allowed a two-out, two-run home run to Adam LaRoche, putting the Nats on the board.
Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to extend the lead. Two more runs scored in the fifth on an RBI double by Anthony Rendon.
Williams allowed five runs – four earned – on nine hits. He walked two and struck out three.
The Phillies got on the board in the sixth as Revere hit an RBI double scoring Cesar Hernandez.
In the seventh, Ryan Howard belted a solo shot to right for his 21st home run of the season.
The Nationals answered in the seventh with two runs, as Jayson Werth and LaRoche each picked up RBI.
In the eighth, the Phillies added two more runs. Grady Sizemore reached on an error and Revere. After Jimmy Rollins grounded into a force out, Chase Utley hit a two-out RBI double and Howard followed with an RBI infield single.
The Phillies cut the lead to one early in the ninth. Domonic Brown singled and Carlos Ruiz followed with a two-run home run to left.
With two outs, Revere belted a 2-2 pitch to right for his second home run of the season, forcing extra innings.
The Phillies bullpen held the game down once again. After Mike Adams allowed the two Nationals runs in the seventh, Cesar Jimenez, Justin De Fratus and Ken Giles worked scoreless innings to get the game to extras.
Jake Diekman walked two batters in the 10th but struck out Kevin Frandsen to end the inning.
The Phillies grabbed their first lead in the 11th off an error. Brown reached when Bryce Harper and Denard Span collided. He reached second on the error. With Brown on third with one out, Maikel Franco grounded into a fielder’s choice, with Tyler Moore‘s throw from first sailing wide of the catcher, allowing Franco to take second on an error. Franco would score on an RBI single by Revere.
Jonathan Papelbon came on for the save and allowed a one-out walk to Span and back-to-back singles to Werth and Moore to cut the lead to one. But Papelbon recovered to strike out Ian Desmond and get Harper to line out to end the game.
Revere was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Utley and Howard each had multi-hit games. Franco picked up his first major-league hit in the third with a single to right.
The Phillies improved to 65-75 with the win. They face the Nationals again on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. A.J. Burnett starts against Tanner Roark.
L: Craig Stammen (4-5)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (34)