- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — Daniel Murphy delivered another big hit with the game on the line after Bryce Harper left with an injured knee.

Murphy hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and had a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth, and Tanner Roark threw seven sharp innings and the Washington Nationals held on for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.

“They’re falling right now,” Murphy said. “I’m in another good lineup here in Washington. I’m swinging the bat well. We’re all playing well right now, and I think we put ourselves in a really good spot through almost two months.”

Murphy raised his average to .395 with three hits, falling a triple shy of the cycle.

“We wouldn’t be close [without Murphy],” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “Murph, man, he’s been great all over, really. He just keeps doing his thing, and we’re going to help him keep doing his thing. We’re glad we have him.”

Harper left the game shortly after taking a fastball off the outside part of his right knee in the seventh. He went to first base, got doubled off on Murphy’s fly out to left and was replaced by Chris Heisey in right field in the bottom half of the inning.

“It hurts,” Harper said. “Whenever you get squared up like that, it doesn’t feel good. We’ll evaluate tomorrow and see how it feels. If I don’t feel good, I’m not going to play. If I feel fine, then I’ll be in there.”

Roark (4-4) gave up two runs and four hits. Felipe Rivero pitched the eighth inning and Jonathan Papelbon escaped trouble in the ninth for his 14th save in 16 tries for the Nationals (31-21).

Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard hit consecutive doubles off their former teammate to start bottom of the ninth and get the Phillies (26-25) within one run, but Papelbon struck out pinch hitter Tommy Joseph and Cesar Hernandez and retired Tyler Goeddel on a liner to second.

Jeremy Hellickson threw seven impressive innings for the Phillies before the Nationals rallied off Hector Neris (1-2).

Neris had been outstanding in a setup role. He entered with a 1.29 ERA, but three walks hurt him. A two-out walk to Ben Revere, a .176 hitter, preceded Jayson Werth’s tying RBI single. After Neris walked Heisey to load the bases, Murphy ripped a two-run single to right.

“I’m disappointed. I know I’m better than that,” Neris said.

Galvis gave Philadelphia a 2-1 lead in the sixth on his fifth home run, a drive to right center field.

The Phillies took a 1-0 lead on Hellickson’s safety squeeze in the second inning. Cesar Hernandez walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Hellickson put down a perfect bunt.

Murphy hit his eighth home run out to right center field in the fourth inning to tie the score at 1-1.

Right-hander Joe Ross (4-4, 2.52 ERA) is scheduled to oppose right-hander Aaron Nola (4-3, 2.86 ERA) on Tuesday. Ross went 7 2/3 scoreless innings in his only start against Philadelphia, which happened earlier this season.


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