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Washington Nationals take 3 of 4 from Philadelphia Phillies, but drop finale, 12-3

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Bryce Harper homered twice and the Phillies cruised to a 12-3 win with Zach Eflin dominating the Nationals in D.C.

Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Bryce Harper homered off Erick Fedde twice, once in the first and again in the sixth, driving in two of 12 runs the Philadelphia Phillies scored, in what ended up a 12-3 win on the road in Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park. The visitors piled on nine runs in the final two innings and salvaged the finale after dropping the first three games of the series...

Fedde vs the Phillies: Going up against the Phillies in back-to-back outings in late August, Erick Fedde gave up 11 hits and 10 runs in 11 innings pitched (8.18 ERA), with Philly’s hitters putting up a combined .262/.304/.524 line against the 27-year-old right-hander.

Going into this third start of the season with the Nationals’ NL East rivals, however, he was coming off what was arguably his best outing of the season, a six-inning start against the Marlins in Miami in which he gave up one hit and two walks, while holding the Fish off the board.

Fedde’s third outing against the Phillies this season began with a two quick outs, but Bryce Harper got all of an 0-1 sinker with two down in the first, and hit it out to left for a solo shot and a 1-0 lead.

Andrew McCutchen doubled to center with one down in the top of the third, took third base on a single to right by Alec Bohm, and scored, after a base-loading walk to Bryce Harper, on a J.T. Realmuto grounder to third base, 2-0, when Josh Harrison fumbled the exchange on an attempt to turn a 5-4-3 DP.

It was 2-1 when Fedde took the mound in the top of the sixth, but one pitch into the inning it was 3-1, after HR No. 2 of the night for Harper, who hit a first-pitch curve out to left-center.

Fedde retired the side in order in a 10-pitch seventh to keep it a two-run game, and but was done at that point, after throwing 103 pitches overall...

Erick Fedde’s Line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks, 2 HRs, 103 P, 64 S, 10/4 GO/FO.

Eflin vs the Nationals: Back on September 3rd in Citizens Bank Park, the Nationals put seven hits and four runs up on Zack Eflin in what ended up a 6-5 loss their NL East rivals.

Going into tonight’s game the Phillies’ 26-year-old righty was coming off a complete game (seven-inning) shutout of the Toronto Blue Jays, in which he gave up just four hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Andrew Stevenson doubled off Eflin in the first, leading off the home half of the inning, but he was thrown out trying to tag up and take a base on a Josh Harrison fly to right for a 9-5 double play, and after Juan Soto was stranded following a two-out single in the Nats’ first, the Philly righty retired seven straight to get through three scoreless on 35 pitches.

Eflin got up to 10 in a row with a 13-pitch fourth, and 11 after getting one out in the fifth, but Yan Gomes doubled in the next at bat to end that streak, and took third on a wild pitch with Luis García at the plate, and García sent a grounder to the right side to bring Gomes in, 2-1.

Eflin started the eighth at 84 pitches and retired the side in order in an 11-pitch frame which left him at [checks math] 95 pitches overall.

Eflin came back out for the ninth and gave up a leadoff single by Josh Harrison and a two-run home run by Juan Soto, 12-3.

Zach Eflin’s Line: 8.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 Ks, 98 P, 69 S, 6/7 GO/FO.

Andrew Streakonson: Nationals’ outfielder Andrew Stevenson, who got another start in left field tonight, went into the matchup with a seven-game hit streak going, over which he was 8 for 20 (.400 AVG) with three doubles, a triple, seven RBIs, one HBP, two walks, one stolen base, and four runs scored, and he wasted no time extending it with a leadoff double in his first trip to the plate. He did, however, get thrown out at third trying to tag up and take the base.

BULLPEN ACTION: Kyle McGowin took over for Erick Fedde in the top of the eighth and had a first-pitch fastball hit out to left by Andrew McCutchen for a solo homer and a 4-1 Phillies’ lead. McCutchen’s 9th.

A single by Alec Bohm, IBB to Bryce Harper, and a single by Didi Gregorius loaded the bases later in the eighth, and two runs scored on a Jean Segura single to left, 6-1.

Ryne Harper gave up a leadoff double by McCutchen in the top of the ninth and one out later walked Bryce Harper (no relation) intentionally to put runners on the corners in for Roman Quinn, who K’d swinging for out No. 2.

Gregorius stepped in next and hit a first-pitch fastball out to right for a three-run blast and a 9-1 lead, and Andrew Knapp hit a three-run homer off the Harper later in the inning, 12-1.

Brock Holt took over with two down and got the final out after slow-pitch offerings.

Josh Harrison singled to start the ninth and Juan Soto hit a two-run home run to left off Eflin in the next at bat, ending the right-hander’s outing, 12-3.

Righty Connor Brogdon took over at that point and got the final three outs.

Final Score: 12-3 Phillies

Nationals now 23-33