Washington Nationals’ lineup for the series finale with the Philadelphia Phillies in CBP

Juan Soto returned to the Washington Nationals’ lineup because the DH final night time, going 2 for 3 with a stroll and a run scored within the 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in Residents Financial institution Park.

Soto walked the primary time up on the plate, then singled in two of his subsequent three at-bats, after two video games off coping with a left calf challenge.

“He’s an enormous piece of our lineup,” skipper Davey Martinez advised reporters after his membership snapped a six-game dropping streak with the win. “However you realize you noticed him go at present, and all yr lengthy we’re speaking about him hitting the ball up the center of the sphere, he comes again and stays on a changeup, hits it up the center, after which he hits one other ball up the center so, however having him within the lineup makes an enormous distinction for us, so hopefully for tomorrow, [Nelson Cruz] is okay, feeling higher and we will get him again within the lineup as properly.”

Cruz, 42, missed the primary two video games in Philly with a abdomen bug.

“As of proper now he’s obtained a abdomen virus,” Martinez defined earlier than final night time’s recreation. “He’s a little bit bit underneath the climate. So we’ll monitor him, and hopefully all through the day he’ll really feel higher.”

Martinez’s membership wanted a win, after the six straight losses, they usually obtained a hard-earned one final night time, holding on for a 3-2 win after Luis García hit a two-run double to middle within the seventh to place the guests on prime.

“That was win,” the fifth-year supervisor mentioned.

“After we struggled for six video games, the boys got here out at present they usually by no means gave up, they performed arduous.”

“I’ve mentioned all of it yr,” he added. “These guys play arduous. They’re relentless, they don’t stop, and that’s all I can ask from them. We misplaced some robust video games over this previous week. We had been in a whole lot of video games, we simply couldn’t end.”

Right this moment they attempt to end the three-game set in Residents Financial institution Park robust within the rubber match with the Phillies.