“That’s a big moment for us,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Jean Segura led off the ninth against Brad Hand (5-5) with a double. After J.T. Realmuto struck out, Bryce Harper walked. McCutchen drove the next pitch, a 92 mph sinker, to the opposite field and over the wall in right.
“Being able to come through was definitely gratifying for me,” McCutchen said. “We’re a resilient club here. We know what we’re capable of doing.”
It was the second straight blown save for Hand.
"The pitch he threw to McCutchen was up and out over the plate; that’s where Andrew likes the ball,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “We've got to get him down in the zone again.”
Archie Bradley (5-1) allowed a run in the top of the ninth but got the win.
Josh Bell tripled and drove in two runs for the Nationals, who have lost five straight and 11 of 14.
“We’re battling, we’re playing hard, they’re not giving up, I’ll tell you that,” Martinez said. “We’re going to keep battling.”
Joe Ross pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits with four strikeouts and two walks, in his return to the Washington rotation after being sidelined since July 4 due to right elbow inflammation.
Spencer Howard breezed through three scoreless innings of one-hit ball before running into trouble in the fourth. Bell atoned for his first-inning blunder, when his lackadaisical play loping to the bag at first base allowed Realmuto to reach on an infield single, by tripling home the first run.
Josh Harrison followed with a run-scoring triple of his own, and Gerardo Parra’s RBI single made it 3-0 and ended Howard’s night. Another RBI single by Victor Robles gave the Nationals a four-run lead and completed the line for the 24-year-old rookie Howard, who gave up four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Howard left with a blister on his right middle finger.
The Phillies pulled to 4-3 in the sixth against lefty reliever Austin Voth. Harper led off with a single, McCutchen doubled and Hoskins hit a drive to left on a 1-2 changeup for his 22nd home run.
Washington tacked on a run in the ninth on Bell’s grounder.
“We never felt like we were out of it,” McCutchen said.
Both Howard and Girardi downplayed the blister, with Girardi explaining it was a callous that peeled off. They believe the right-hander will make his next scheduled start.
Martinez expects his club to bounce back from this defeat.
"You have 30 to 45 minutes to think about the game and let it go,” he said. “Put that one behind you. There’s nothing we can do about it now. Focus on getting a good night’s sleep and go 1-0 tomorrow.”
Nationals: Martinez did not have an update on RHP Stephen Strasburg (neck), who visited a specialist Monday. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since June 1 and had discomfort in his neck on July 21 after a 27-pitch bullpen.
Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin will miss another start due to right knee tendinitis. Eflin, who last pitched on July 16, was not deemed ready after throwing a bullpen on Sunday. … Right-handed reliever Seranthony Dominguez, who missed last season following Tommy John surgery, is targeting a rehab assignment next week and could return to the majors in late August or September if all goes well.
Perez breaks Bench's record with 46th HR, KC tops Indians
— Salvador Perez hit his 46th home run, breaking Johnny Bench’s record for homers by a catcher in a season, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Monday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Right fielder Adam Engel 'feels good,' will be activated by Chicago White Sox with playoffs on horizon
At long last, the White Sox will have their starting outfield back in full, as right fielder Adam Engel is set to be activated from the injured list on Tuesday, according to Chicago manager Tony La Russa.
Salvador Perez sets single-season HR record for catchers
Salvador Perez passes Johnny Bench for the most long balls in a season by a catcher, and also ties Vladimir Guerrero Jr. atop the 2021 home run leaderboard.
Anthony Gose, 31, former outfielder converted to reliever, promoted by Cleveland Indians
Formerly an outfielder in the big leagues, Anthony Gose, who played for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics, was called up from the minors by the Cleveland Indians on Monday, this time as a hard-throwing lefty reliever.
Struggling New York Yankees activate pitcher Luis Severino, send former All-Star to bullpen
Former All-Star pitcher Luis Severino was activated by the New York Yankees before Monday's series opener against the Texas Rangers and is in position to make his first major league appearance in nearly two years.
Top six adds for fantasy baseball playoff matchups
If you're in your fantasy finals matchup, or needing just a little push in roto leagues, Tristan offers six players with something to prove this week.