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Jeff Kobernus can't haul in Michael Young's third-inning triple off the wall.
Hitting highlight: It's been a rough season for Tracy, and that's putting it mildly. But perhaps the events of the last three nights will be the spark that turns things around for the veteran pinch-hitter. On Saturday in Cleveland, Tracy launched an 0-2 pitch for a game-tying homer. So, of course he had to do the exact same thing in tonight in Philadelphia. With the Nationals down to their final out, down by a run, Tracy again fell behind in the count 0-2 to Papelbon. He fouled off two pitches, then lofted the next one high down the right-field line. John Mayberry Jr. kept backtracking til there was nowhere left to go. The ball landed several rows up, and Tracy circled the bases with another huge home run, perhaps turning his previously disappointing season around.
Pitching lowlight: This was by no means Haren's worst start of the year, or even close to it. But the right-hander wasn't particularly sharp, either, and in some ways was fortunate to only give up four runs over his six innings. The home run once again plagued him, with Ryan Howard crushing a ball into the second deck in right field, the 18th homer surrendered by Haren this season. We've come to expect those from Haren. We haven't come to expect walks. Yet he issued three free passes tonight, including back-to-back ones in the third that helped prolong the inning an allow two runs to score. Haren somehow managed to slog his way through six innings, using up 115 pitches, but he once again departed in line for the loss, his ninth of the year. Thanks to Tracy's late heroics, Haren was spared a no-decision.
Key stat: The Nationals have caught only 13 percent of basestealers this season, the worst mark in the majors and four points worse than last season's 17 percent rate.
Up next: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday when Ross Detwiler makes his second start since returning from the DL. Fellow lefty Cliff Lee gets the nod for the Phillies.