Nick Maton ripped a ground ball to the right side of the infield in the eighth inning Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park. He hit the ball hard, but it was a ball that should have been fielded. Instead, it bounced off Nationals second baseman Luis García’s glove and scooted into right field.
Two runs scored to tie the game.
The Phillies (69-64) took the lead in the next at-bat in a 7-6 victory over Washington, extending their winning streak to six games and temporarily moving them within 1 1/2 games of the Braves in the National League East with 29 games to play. Philadelphia trailed by six runs in the fifth, but it scored seven unanswered against a shaky Nationals bullpen. The Phillies’ comeback victory was their seventh against Washington this season when trailing by three or more runs. That set a modern-day baseball record, according to STATS. Six teams had six three-run comeback victories against an opponent in a season: the 1912 Red Sox (vs. the A’s), 1922 Giants (vs. the Cardinals), 1930 Pirates (vs. the Cubs), 1939 A’s (vs. the Browns), 1950 Tigers (vs. the A’s) and 2018 Nationals (vs. the Phillies).
So, yeah, it had been a while.
It has been a while since the Phillies played good baseball entering September, too. But here they are, nipping at the heels of the Braves in the NL East and the Reds for second place for the NL Wild Card standings.