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The Rally Pigeon was nowhere to be found, but Rally F.P. nearly willed the Nationals to another comeback win. As Denard Span came to bat to lead off the sixth inning Monday at Citizens Bank Park, MASN’s Dan Kolko explained the friendship that Span and Phillies center fielder Ben Revere — the National League’s two hottest hitters since the all-star break — forged during their time as teammates in Minnesota.

“A couple of former Twins doing quite well over in this league,” Bob Carpenter said after Span flew out to Revere for the first out of the inning, with the Nationals trailing 2-0.

“Maybe Dan can do a report of Anthony Rendon in the left field seats,” F.P. Santangelo said.

“One meeting the other?” Carpenter said.

“Yeah, because Denard just flew out to Ben,” Santangelo replied.


“That would be a lot better than a ground ball to Cody Asche,” Carpenter said as Rendon turned on Phillies starter A.J. Burnett’s first pitch. “And as if called, this one hooking into the corner and it gets out of here!”

Santangelo didn’t predict Wilson Ramos’s ninth-inning homer that cut the Phillies’ lead to 3-2. He also didn’t predict Nate Schierholtz’s game-ending ground ball.