So despite Gomez's struggles - he's allowed 20 earned runs in his last 8⅓ innings pitched dating to last September 13 - Mackanin opted to go to him instead of lone lefty Rodriguez to start the 10th against a pair of left-handed hitters who happen to be two of the better left-handed hitters in baseball.
Mackanin said the Phillies will need a new starter Tuesday after right-hander Clay Buchholz suffered a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass while pitching last week. When he walked off the mound in the top of the eighth, the Nationals led 3-2. "I think that's when he's at his best".
Has Harper, who had three hits, put a rough 2016 season behind him?
For the most part, the Phillies continue to look like a team that will struggle to score runs this year. With a runner on third and two outs, the Nats were able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but Tommy Joseph poked a single through the left side of the infield to tie the game.
The Phillies, who have had their own issues with closers, were one pitch away from taking two of three from Washington for the second weekend in a row. "Harper and Murphy back-to-back are tough". Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (1-1), who gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings, took the loss.
The Phillies are quickly wearing off the novelty of baseball with five losses in their last six games.
"Obviously, Harper was gearing up for a fastball", Mackanin said of the game-winning blast. The Mets are 29-12 against the Phils since the start of 2015.
ROYALS 1, ANGELS 0: Alcides Escobar hit an RBI single in the ninth inning and Kansas City, boosted by a strong effort from starter Ian Kennedy, edged Los Angeles for its fourth straight win, in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Phillies had them right where they wanted them, if they had had a bullpen, especially after an Aaron Altherr double led off the ninth. Baker said home plate umpire Greg Gibson told him Altherr probably would have been safe even if Wieters held on. In five innings of work, Kelly had given up three home runs. Gonzalez then allowed a single to Daniel Nava and Hernandez scored as the ball got past left fielder Werth for an error. And the Phillies are a team right now that may play gritty, gutty and whatever cliché you want to throw out there.
Raisel Iglesias (1-0) allowed one run in two innings as manager Bryan Price used five relievers after Finnegan's early departure.
This time around, Gomez survived the bottom of the ninth because the one-hop bullet hit by Anthony Rendon was flagged fast on the backhand by third baseman Maikel Franco. The Phillies would wind up winning that game against the Nationals, but given the chance to win one against them again six days later, Hellickson didn't disappoint.
Eickhoff battled back the Nationals' unsafe offense, but Anthony Rendon tagged him with an RBI ground rule double in the first to tie the game immediately, and Bryce Harper nailed a pitch that made it 3-1 for most of the contest.
Eickhoff searches for 1st win Despite two quality starts to begin the season, Eickhoff is still without a win in 2017. Eaton had three hits for Washington. Miami won the final three of a four-game series.
"The thing that really got Harper up was the walk to Heisey", Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.
Among National League pitchers who have made at least three starts so far this year, Gonzalez ranks fifth with a 1.33 ERA. Jerad Eickhoff again pitched six innings to keep the Phillies close. Fitting with the trend, he produced quality starts in both games but the Phillies lost each time.