Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Galvis, Phils beat ex-closer

PHILADELPHIA — Ignoring advice from his manager and hitting coach paid off for Freddy Galvis.

Galvis hit an RBI double off Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the 10th to lift the Phillies over Washington 3-2 Sunday, ending the Nationals' seven-game winning streak.

Bryce Harper homered in his fourth straight game, a solo shot in the 10th that put the Nationals up 2-1. The Phillies then rallied off their former closer.

Pinch-hitter Andres Blanco hit an RBI single with two outs to tie it. He scored when Galvis drove a ball over leftfielder Jayson Werth's head.

"I played behind him so I know how he pitches," Galvis said of Papelbon, who blew a save by allowing a homer to Galvis in his first game back in Philadelphia in September. "I know what his ball does."

Manager Pete Mackanin and hitting coach Steve Henderson have been trying to get Galvis to use a heavier bat to slow his swing. Galvis said he used the bigger bat the past three days in batting practice but stuck with the lighter one against Papelbon.

"I know the situation," he said. "I wanted to put the ball in play."

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