Strasburg strikes out 9, Nats beat Phillies 5-1 for sweep

PHILADELPHIA (AP) When Aaron Nola can't stop Philadelphia's skid, the Phillies are in trouble.

Stephen Strasburg threw seven impressive innings, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Juan Soto homered and the Washington Nationals beat the freefalling Phillies 5-1 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

''We haven't played good baseball due to a ton of variables,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.

Nola, a Cy Young Award contender worthy of MVP consideration, had a rough first inning as the Phillies lost their fifth in a row to drop 7 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East with 17 to play. They're 11-23 since Aug. 5, when they had the NL's second-best record.

''I made mistakes and they didn't miss them,'' Nola said. ''We still have a chance. We have some games left.''

The Phillies trailed the Mets by seven games with 17 to play in 2007 and rallied to win the NL East to begin a stretch of five straight division titles. They were swept by Colorado in the division series that season but won the World Series in 2008 and the NL pennant in 2009.

''It can change real fast,'' Nola said. ''We can go from three (games back) to seven and seven to three just as fast.''

Philadelphia has seven games remaining against the Braves.

Nola allowed four runs and six hits in five innings. His ERA rose to 2.42. He's given up four runs twice in September after only doing it twice in his first 27 starts.

''Their lineup is exceptional,'' Kapler said. ''They throw challenging at-bats at you and they can all take you deep.''

Nola, Mets ace Jacob deGrom and Washington's Max Scherzer are the front-runners in the NL Cy Young race. Scherzer has won the past two and previously won the award in the American League with Detroit in 2013.

Strasburg (8-7) allowed one run and struck out nine in his best start since April. He improved to 12-2 against the Phillies.

Harper crushed his 33rd homer, a two-run shot into Philadelphia's bullpen in the first to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead. Anthony Rendon followed with a double and scored on Zimmerman's single.

Zimmerman connected in the fourth, sending a drive into the bushes in straightaway center. Odubel Herrera made a leaping attempt at the fence and nearly caught it.

Soto drove one into the second deck in right field in the sixth off Austin Davis to make it 5-1. The 19-year-old rookie has 19 homers. Harper hit 22 homers as a teenager for the Nationals in 2012.

''It's reminiscent of watching Tony Gwynn growing up,'' Strasburg said of Soto.

J.P. Crawford hit a solo shot in the fifth for Philadelphia's only run.

TOUCH `EM ALL

Strasburg threw a pitch that hit Philadelphia's Jorge Alfaro, bounced off his arm, hit catcher Matt Wieters on the side of his helmet and then glanced off the plate umpire's mask.

MILESTONE MAN

Nola became the first Phillies pitcher to reach 200 strikeouts in a season since Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in 2013.

CATCHING UP

The Nationals closed within a half-game of the Phillies for second place behind the Braves.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Joe Ross makes his first start of the season Thursday in a makeup game against the Cubs.

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (9-7, 4.42 ERA) pitches Friday night against Miami in the opener of a three-game series. Eflin is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts vs. the Marlins this season.

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  • W: S. Strasburg (8-7)L: A. Nola (16-5)
  • HR: WAS - R. Zimmerman (13), B. Harper (33), J. Soto (19), PHI - J. Crawford (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS41100001.267.338.405.7432.0
B. Harper CF41121010.249.389.507.8966.5
A. Rendon 3B41200010.298.361.507.8684.5
J. Soto LF41111012.305.420.534.9545.5
R. Zimmerman 1B41221001.266.339.508.8478.0
M. Wieters C40100011.234.312.356.6680.5
W. Difo 2B30000120.238.300.368.6670.0
S. Strasburg P30000012.108.154.108.262-0.5
K. Glover P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Stevenson PH10000010.246.297.323.620-0.5
W. Suero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Glover in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000021.256.361.355.716-1.0
R. Hoskins LF30000111.252.362.499.8610.5
N. Williams RF30000020.256.325.428.753-1.0
a- J. Bautista PH-RF10000001.196.338.365.7030.0
C. Santana 1B40100001.229.350.426.7762.0
A. Cabrera 3B40100001.265.315.465.7801.0
O. Herrera CF40000002.257.313.427.7400.0
J. Crawford SS41311010.220.328.390.7187.5
J. Alfaro C10000012.257.318.393.7100.5
b- A. Knapp PH-C10000001.213.316.348.6630.0
A. Nola P10000010.054.070.071.142-0.5
c- J. Bour PH10000011.229.344.410.754-0.5
Y. Rios P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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d- D. Cozens PH10000011.091.200.227.427-0.5
E. De Los Santos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Williams in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Alfaro in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Nola in the 5th
  • d-struck out for Davis in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton (16), A. Rendon 2 (39)
  • HR - B. Harper (33), J. Soto (19), R. Zimmerman (13)
  • RBI - B. Harper 2 (94), J. Soto (61), R. Zimmerman 2 (47)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Zimmerman (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, R. Zimmerman, M. Wieters
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Santana (27)
  • HR - J. Crawford (3)
  • RBI - J. Crawford (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins, C. Santana, O. Herrera, J. Alfaro 2 (2), D. Cozens
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hernandez-Crawford-Santana)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 8-7)7.05110913.871.1829.5
K. Glover1.00001002.841.262.0
W. Suero1.00000103.241.203.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 8-7)7.0
K. Glover1.0
W. Suero1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (L, 16-5)5.06441522.420.971.5
Y. Rios0.10000005.631.470.0
A. Davis1.22110213.641.251.0
E. De Los Santos2.01000205.141.506.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (L, 16-5)5.0
Y. Rios0.1
A. Davis1.2
E. De Los Santos2.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 101-64, K. Glover 23-15, W. Suero 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 3-9, K. Glover 1-2, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, K. Glover 4, W. Suero 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 74-49, Y. Rios 3-1, A. Davis 28-20, E. De Los Santos 38-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 6-3, Y. Rios 1-0, A. Davis 2-1, E. De Los Santos 3-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 21, Y. Rios, A. Davis 7, E. De Los Santos 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Turner SS41100001.267.338.405.7432.0
B. Harper CF41121010.249.389.507.8966.5
A. Rendon 3B41200010.298.361.507.8684.5
J. Soto LF41111012.305.420.534.9545.5
R. Zimmerman 1B41221001.266.339.508.8478.0
M. Wieters C40100011.234.312.356.6680.5
W. Difo 2B30000120.238.300.368.6670.0
S. Strasburg P30000012.108.154.108.262-0.5
K. Glover P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Stevenson PH10000010.246.297.323.620-0.5
W. Suero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Glover in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000021.256.361.355.716-1.0
R. Hoskins LF30000111.252.362.499.8610.5
N. Williams RF30000020.256.325.428.753-1.0
a- J. Bautista PH-RF10000001.196.338.365.7030.0
C. Santana 1B40100001.229.350.426.7762.0
A. Cabrera 3B40100001.265.315.465.7801.0
O. Herrera CF40000002.257.313.427.7400.0
J. Crawford SS41311010.220.328.390.7187.5
J. Alfaro C10000012.257.318.393.7100.5
b- A. Knapp PH-C10000001.213.316.348.6630.0
A. Nola P10000010.054.070.071.142-0.5
c- J. Bour PH10000011.229.344.410.754-0.5
Y. Rios P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Davis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
d- D. Cozens PH10000011.091.200.227.427-0.5
E. De Los Santos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Williams in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Alfaro in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Nola in the 5th
  • d-struck out for Davis in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Eaton (16), A. Rendon 2 (39)
  • HR - B. Harper (33), J. Soto (19), R. Zimmerman (13)
  • RBI - B. Harper 2 (94), J. Soto (61), R. Zimmerman 2 (47)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Zimmerman (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Turner, R. Zimmerman, M. Wieters
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Santana (27)
  • HR - J. Crawford (3)
  • RBI - J. Crawford (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins, C. Santana, O. Herrera, J. Alfaro 2 (2), D. Cozens
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hernandez-Crawford-Santana)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Strasburg (W, 8-7)7.05110913.871.1829.5
K. Glover1.00001002.841.262.0
W. Suero1.00000103.241.203.5
Total9.05111101---
PITCHERSIP
S. Strasburg (W, 8-7)7.0
K. Glover1.0
W. Suero1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (L, 16-5)5.06441522.420.971.5
Y. Rios0.10000005.631.470.0
A. Davis1.22110213.641.251.0
E. De Los Santos2.01000205.141.506.0
Total9.0955193---
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (L, 16-5)5.0
Y. Rios0.1
A. Davis1.2
E. De Los Santos2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Strasburg (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Strasburg 101-64, K. Glover 23-15, W. Suero 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Strasburg 3-9, K. Glover 1-2, W. Suero 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Strasburg 27, K. Glover 4, W. Suero 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 74-49, Y. Rios 3-1, A. Davis 28-20, E. De Los Santos 38-27
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 6-3, Y. Rios 1-0, A. Davis 2-1, E. De Los Santos 3-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 21, Y. Rios, A. Davis 7, E. De Los Santos 7
  • 6TH INNING
    Soto homered to right51
  • 5TH INNING
    Crawford homered to right41
  • 4TH INNING
    Zimmerman homered to center40
  • 1ST INNING
    Zimmerman singled to center, Rendon scored30
    Harper homered to center, Turner scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • E. De Los Santos Pitching:
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wieters flied out to left
    • W. Difo: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Difo struck out looking
    • Andrew Stevenson hit for Koda Glover
    • A. Stevenson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stevenson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wander Suero pitching
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera flied out to deep center
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Crawford struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Enyel De Los Santos pitching
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Harper grounded out to first
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rendon doubled to left center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Soto grounded out to first, Rendon to third
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zimmerman grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Koda Glover relieved Stephen Strasburg
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Hernandez lined out to left
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • Jose Bautista hit for Nick Williams
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hoskins out at second
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Santana flied out to deep left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Davis Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Difo lined out to center
    • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strasburg struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Eaton doubled to left
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Herrera lined out to right
    • J. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Crawford singled to center
    • Andrew Knapp hit for Jorge Alfaro
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Strike looking, Knapp flied out to deep left
    • Dylan Cozens hit for Austin Davis
    • D. Cozens: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cozens struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Yacksel Rios pitching
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Rendon grounded out to second
    • Austin Davis relieved Yacksel Rios
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Soto homered to right
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Ball, Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana fouled out to catcher
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Eaton fouled out to first
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
    • B. Harper: Harper grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • J. Crawford: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Crawford homered to right
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Alfaro hit by pitch
    • Justin Bour hit for Aaron Nola
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hoskins fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Soto struck out on foul tip
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Zimmerman homered to center
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wieters singled to right center
    • W. Difo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Difo walked, Wieters to second
    • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Strasburg grounded out to shortstop, Difo out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • N. Williams: Ball, Williams fouled out to left
    • C. Santana: Santana doubled to deep right center
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to left
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Herrera flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Turner grounded out to second
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Rendon struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • A. Nola: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nola struck out looking
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to second
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Hoskins struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • W. Difo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • S. Strasburg: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strasburg grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to first
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera singled to right
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera flied out to center
    • J. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Crawford reached on an infield single to second, Cabrera to second
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Eaton grounded out to third
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner singled to center
    • B. Harper: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Harper homered to center, Turner scored
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rendon doubled to left center
    • J. Soto: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Soto flied out to center
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike looking, Zimmerman singled to center, Rendon scored
    • M. Wieters: Wieters popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Strasburg Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Hoskins grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)