By Mary Cunningham
Jonathan Papelbon tried hard to spit the bit again last night against the Phillies, his ex-team.
Papelbon had blown two saves this season entering last night, one of them here against these Phillies.
Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard doubled to lead off the inning and cut the Nationals’ lead to one.
Papelbon struck out the next two batters. Then Tyler Goeddel lined out — to Murphy, who finished Memorial Day hitting .395 and two hits shy of the franchise record in a month. The month is not over yet.