MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - INSIDE PITCH


PHILADELPHIA -- A replay review loomed large in the Washington Nationals' 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

With the game tied at 3, Phillies center fielder Ben Revere led off the bottom of the eighth by grounding to shortstop Ian Desmond. Desmond threw high to first baseman Kevin Frandsen, and umpire Gary Cederstrom called Revere out.

The Phillies challenged the call, claiming that Frandsen's foot came off the bag, and it was overturned. Revere later scored the winning run.

"It looked like a tough play -- bang-bang, regardless -- but it was an easy one to look at," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It came in, obviously, big in the game."

Washington manager Matt Williams saw it differently.

"It looked like (Frandsen's) toe was on the bag," he said. "It was pretty close both ways."

Frandsen's view?

"I don't think it matters what I think," he said. "We just have to live with it. It's a play that's tough to make."

And now the Nats, losers in the first two games of this series after winning 12 of 13, must regroup.

"It's what we've done all year," Frandsen said. "We've just got to keep grinding and fight for each other like we've been doing. Nothing's ever over."

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MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 75-56

STREAK: Lost two

NEXT: Nationals (RHP Doug Fister 12-4, 2.38 ERA) at Phillies (RHP Kyle Kendrick 6-11, 4.93 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Doug Fister, Wednesday's starter, lost to San Francisco in his last start, going six innings and allowing four runs on seven hits, while striking out three and walking one. He is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts against Philadelphia this year, 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies.

--LHP Gio Gonzalez took a no-decision Tuesday against Philadelphia, going six innings and allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out four and walking one. Gonzalez, who surrendered homers to Freddy Galvis in the fifth and Darin Ruf in the sixth, is winless over his last nine starts, going 0-5 with four no-decisions in that stretch. His last victory came July 5, against the Chicago Cubs.