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Five runs scored by Padres against Phillies in fifth to tie NLCS

The Philadelphia Phillies had a commanding lead of 2-0 in the National League Championship Series. But the San Diego Padres got desperate and their bats woke.

The Padres won the fifth inning with an offensive outburst, scoring an 8-5 victory. This tied the series at one.

Aaron Nola allowed Josh Bell and Brandon Drury to hit homers in the second inning. This was the first run Nola allowed during the postseason.

Nola settled down, the Phillies leading 4-2 into the fifth. That’s when Nola ran into trouble. To reduce the Padres’ deficit by one run, his brother Austin stole an RBI single from Aaron. (Wednesday was the first time that brothers had ever faced one another as a hitter and pitcher in postseason history.

Juan Soto was able to redeem himself after he lost a fly ball in a sunbeam earlier. To tie the game, he hit a double down right field. Nola struck out Manny Machado. Brad Hand hit lefty Jake Cronenworth to load the bases.

San Diego was able to take a 6-4 lead thanks to Drury’s two-run single in the middle. Bell then added another run to make it three runs. Machado launched a solo shot to the seventh to give San Diego four runs.

The Padres were trailing early. Blake Snell had only six pitches in his first inning and then struggled in the second. To take a 1-0 lead, the Phillies began the inning by hitting three consecutive singles. Matt Vierling struck a fly ball right field for what appeared like a sacrifice fly. However, Soto lost the ball in the sun and let it fall, allowing for a run without an out.

Edmundo Sosa singled to make it 3-1, and Kyle Schwarber scored on a groundout to bring in the 4th run of the inning. Snell took 37 pitches to end the inning.

Snell won the game thanks to the offensive display of the Padres in the fifth.

Nick Martinez, Robert Suarez, and Josh Hader combined for four innings each — a Rhys Hoskins solo homer — while striking seven out in relief.

Joe Musgrove (postseason: 1.38 ERA) will be the Padres’ starter in Game 3 Friday night. Ranger Suarez (2.70 ERA) will replace him.

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