Nationals handle Phillies 7-2, reduce magic number to 3

WASHINGTON (AP) Adam Eaton is rounding into form while the Washington Nationals inch closer to an NL wild card.

Eaton hit his career-high 15th homer during his second three-hit game in three days, and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Monday night to strengthen their playoff positioning.

Eaton connected for a solo drive in the first inning. He is 7 for 14 in his last three games.

''That ball he hit, that was a rocket,'' manager Dave Martinez said. ''Upper deck. Line drive. He hit the ball really well today.''

Yan Gomes and Trea Turner also homered for Washington, which moved a half-game ahead of idle Milwaukee for the top spot in the wild-card standings. The Nationals reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff berth to three in the opener of a five-game series.

Philadelphia was pushed to the brink of elimination after beginning the season with great expectations after signing former Washington slugger Bryce Harper to a blockbuster deal. The Phillies have to win their final seven games - including both ends of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday - while Milwaukee or Washington loses out to have any hope of reaching the wild-card game.

''I have zero doubts about our guys pushing hard every single game, and as long as we are still in this thing, we are going to act like we're still in it,'' manager Gabe Kapler said. ''We are going to keep fighting. Again, come out tomorrow, win a couple games and you never know what can happen, and that's the way we're thinking about it. We're still in this.''

Washington left-hander Patrick Corbin (14-7) matched his career high for wins in the first season of a $140 million, six-year contract. He allowed one run and three hits in six innings.

''My fastball felt really good today,'' Corbin said. ''I was able to locate it. I thought some two-seamers were close, just missing a little bit, but felt really good about it. Just kind of kept them off balance. Didn't want to leave any breaking balls there for them to do some damage with. So, kind of a little bit of everything.''

Corbin elicited his loudest cheer of the night when he struck out Harper to end the third. The former Nationals star, who is playing his third series in Washington since joining the Phillies in March, was booed before each of his plate appearances. He went 1 for 3 with a walk.

Corbin also won 14 games in 2013 and 2017 while pitching for Arizona.

Gomes went deep in the second and Turner connected in the third against Zach Eflin (9-13), who was charged with five runs and eight hits in five innings.

''For the most part, I thought I did a really bad job of setting the tone in the game and the series,'' Eflin said.

Washington's Anthony Rendon drove in two runs to take over the major league lead with 122 RBIs, one more than Atlanta's Freddie Freeman and Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: C J.T. Realmuto was out of the lineup with right knee soreness. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam. ''I don't want to take any chances,'' Realmuto said. ''I don't see it being anything too serious. I should feel better tomorrow.'' ... RHP Juan Nicasio (rotator cuff tendinitis) could be available in the next few days, Kapler said. ... RHP Seranthony Dominguez (elbow) threw a bullpen session. ... OF Roman Quinn (groin strain) ran 80-yard sprints and could return later this week.

Nationals: C Kurt Suzuki (elbow) threw hard from 120 feet on back-to-back days and for the third time in four days. Bench coach Chip Hale said Suzuki was on track to start the second game of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Blake Parker (3-2, 4.40 ERA) will start for the first time in Tuesday's first game after making 286 career relief appearances. RHP Aaron Nola (12-6, 3.75 ERA) will start the second game.

Nationals: RHP Joe Ross (3-4, 6.17 ERA) gets the nod in the first game in his first appearance since Sept. 2. RHP Max Scherzer (10-7, 2.81 ERA), who has 19 strikeouts in 12 innings against Philadelphia this season, will get the ball in the night game.

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  • W: P. Corbin (14-7)L: Z. Eflin (9-13)
  • HR: WAS - A. Eaton (15), Y. Gomes (11), T. Turner (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Segura SS40000011.279.323.423.747-0.5
B. Harper RF31100121.257.374.501.8752.0
S. Kingery 3B30100101.259.318.482.8003.0
R. Hoskins 1B40000024.230.367.467.835-1.0
J. Pirela LF20000101.200.273.400.6731.0
a- J. Bruce PH10000010.217.262.524.786-0.5
C. Hernandez 2B30010102.281.334.401.7352.0
A. Haseley CF41100014.268.330.412.7431.5
A. Knapp C40210000.207.328.284.6134.0
Z. Eflin P10000010.170.170.191.362-0.5
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A. Davis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- L. Morrison PH10000001.222.276.481.7570.0
  • a-struck out for Pirela in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Garcia in the 7th
  • c-grounded out for Ramos in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS43211121.293.352.483.8359.0
A. Eaton RF42311101.283.367.435.80210.0
A. Rendon 3B30120200.325.412.6081.0205.0
J. Soto LF10010400.287.406.558.9645.0
H. Kendrick 1B40100119.345.394.569.9641.5
J. Guerra P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Cabrera 2B40010005.253.334.428.7621.0
V. Robles CF40000012.253.325.422.746-0.5
Y. Gomes C41211020.226.319.385.7047.0
P. Corbin P20000000.079.121.095.2160.0
a- G. Parra PH10000011.214.276.347.624-0.5
F. Rodney P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. Zimmerman PH-1B11100000.252.313.421.7342.0
  • a-struck out for Corbin in the 6th
  • b-singled for Hudson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Kingery (34), A. Knapp (6)
  • SH - Z. Eflin (2)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez (69), A. Knapp (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Knapp (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Harper (40), R. Hoskins (70), A. Haseley 2 (17), L. Morrison (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Gomes (15)
  • HR - T. Turner (17), A. Eaton (15), Y. Gomes (11)
  • RBI - T. Turner (51), A. Eaton (48), A. Rendon 2 (122), J. Soto (108), A. Cabrera (86), Y. Gomes (40)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (45), J. Soto (41), Y. Gomes (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton (52), H. Kendrick 2 (36), A. Cabrera 2 (61), V. Robles 2 (57)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Harper (13)
  • DP - (Eflin-Knapp-Hoskins)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Rendon (11)
  • PB - Y. Gomes (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 9-13)5.08554234.161.36-6.0
E. Garcia1.01000205.861.613.0
A. Davis1.21223207.131.81-2.0
E. Ramos0.10002105.401.73-1.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 9-13)5.0
E. Garcia1.0
A. Davis1.2
E. Ramos0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Corbin (W, 14-7)6.03114603.051.1623.0
F. Rodney1.00000006.001.673.0
D. Hudson1.00000102.611.193.5
J. Guerra1.02110104.551.220.5
PITCHERSIP
P. Corbin (W, 14-7)6.0
F. Rodney1.0
D. Hudson1.0
J. Guerra1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 86-54, E. Garcia 21-15, A. Davis 46-25, E. Ramos 19-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 7-4, A. Davis 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 25, E. Garcia 4, A. Davis 9, E. Ramos 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Corbin 108-64, F. Rodney 16-9, D. Hudson 9-7, J. Guerra 11-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Corbin 10-2, F. Rodney 1-2, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Corbin 25, F. Rodney 3, D. Hudson 3, J. Guerra 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Segura SS40000011.279.323.423.747-0.5
B. Harper RF31100121.257.374.501.8752.0
S. Kingery 3B30100101.259.318.482.8003.0
R. Hoskins 1B40000024.230.367.467.835-1.0
J. Pirela LF20000101.200.273.400.6731.0
a- J. Bruce PH10000010.217.262.524.786-0.5
C. Hernandez 2B30010102.281.334.401.7352.0
A. Haseley CF41100014.268.330.412.7431.5
A. Knapp C40210000.207.328.284.6134.0
Z. Eflin P10000010.170.170.191.362-0.5
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b- B. Miller PH10000000.226.304.466.7700.0
A. Davis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Ramos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- L. Morrison PH10000001.222.276.481.7570.0
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  • a-struck out for Pirela in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Garcia in the 7th
  • c-grounded out for Ramos in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Turner SS43211121.293.352.483.8359.0
A. Eaton RF42311101.283.367.435.80210.0
A. Rendon 3B30120200.325.412.6081.0205.0
J. Soto LF10010400.287.406.558.9645.0
H. Kendrick 1B40100119.345.394.569.9641.5
J. Guerra P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Cabrera 2B40010005.253.334.428.7621.0
V. Robles CF40000012.253.325.422.746-0.5
Y. Gomes C41211020.226.319.385.7047.0
P. Corbin P20000000.079.121.095.2160.0
a- G. Parra PH10000011.214.276.347.624-0.5
F. Rodney P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Corbin in the 6th
  • b-singled for Hudson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Kingery (34), A. Knapp (6)
  • SH - Z. Eflin (2)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez (69), A. Knapp (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Knapp (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Harper (40), R. Hoskins (70), A. Haseley 2 (17), L. Morrison (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Gomes (15)
  • HR - T. Turner (17), A. Eaton (15), Y. Gomes (11)
  • RBI - T. Turner (51), A. Eaton (48), A. Rendon 2 (122), J. Soto (108), A. Cabrera (86), Y. Gomes (40)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (45), J. Soto (41), Y. Gomes (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Eaton (52), H. Kendrick 2 (36), A. Cabrera 2 (61), V. Robles 2 (57)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Harper (13)
  • DP - (Eflin-Knapp-Hoskins)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Rendon (11)
  • PB - Y. Gomes (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 9-13)5.08554234.161.36-6.0
E. Garcia1.01000205.861.613.0
A. Davis1.21223207.131.81-2.0
E. Ramos0.10002105.401.73-1.5
Total8.01077973---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 9-13)5.0
E. Garcia1.0
A. Davis1.2
E. Ramos0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Corbin (W, 14-7)6.03114603.051.1623.0
F. Rodney1.00000006.001.673.0
D. Hudson1.00000102.611.193.5
J. Guerra1.02110104.551.220.5
Total9.0522480---
PITCHERSIP
P. Corbin (W, 14-7)6.0
F. Rodney1.0
D. Hudson1.0
J. Guerra1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 86-54, E. Garcia 21-15, A. Davis 46-25, E. Ramos 19-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 7-4, A. Davis 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 25, E. Garcia 4, A. Davis 9, E. Ramos 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Corbin 108-64, F. Rodney 16-9, D. Hudson 9-7, J. Guerra 11-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Corbin 10-2, F. Rodney 1-2, J. Guerra 1-1
  • Batters Faced - P. Corbin 25, F. Rodney 3, D. Hudson 3, J. Guerra 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Knapp doubled to deep left, Haseley scored27
  • 8TH INNING
    Soto walked, Turner scored, Eaton to third, Rendon to second17
    Rendon walked, Zimmerman scored, Turner to third, Eaton to second16
  • 6TH INNING
    Hernandez reached on fielder's choice to third, Harper scored, Kingery out at third, Pirela to third on 3rd baseman Rendon throwing error15
  • 5TH INNING
    Cabrera grounded out to first, Eaton scored, Rendon to third, Soto to second05
    Rendon singled to right, Turner scored, Eaton to third04
  • 3RD INNING
    Turner homered to left center03
  • 2ND INNING
    Gomes homered to center02
  • 1ST INNING
    Eaton homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Javy Guerra pitching
    • Jay Bruce hit for Jose Pirela
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez popped out to third
    • A. Haseley: Haseley singled to center
    • A. Knapp: Foul, Knapp doubled to deep left, Haseley scored
    • Logan Morrison hit for Edubray Ramos
    • L. Morrison: Morrison grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Daniel Hudson relieved Fernando Rodney
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Harper struck out on foul tip
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kingery lined out to center
    • R. Hoskins: Hoskins flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Davis Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • Ryan Zimmerman hit for Daniel Hudson
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Zimmerman singled to left
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Turner walked, Zimmerman to second
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Eaton walked, Zimmerman to third, Turner to second
    • Edubray Ramos relieved Austin Davis
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon walked, Zimmerman scored, Turner to third, Eaton to second
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked, Turner scored, Eaton to third, Rendon to second
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kendrick struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Fernando Rodney pitching
    • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Knapp flied out to center
    • Brad Miller hit for Edgar Garcia
    • B. Miller: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Miller flied out to shallow left
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Segura grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Austin Davis pitching
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Rendon grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Soto lined out to left
    • H. Kendrick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kendrick walked
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
    • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kingery doubled to shallow left, Harper to third
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pirela walked
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez reached on fielder's choice to third, Harper scored, Kingery out at third, Pirela to third on 3rd baseman Rendon throwing error
    • A. Haseley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Haseley struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Edgar Garcia relieved Zach Eflin
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes doubled to deep center
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Patrick Corbin
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Turner struck out on foul tip
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Eaton flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • A. Knapp: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Knapp lined out to left
    • Z. Eflin: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Segura grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Turner singled to center
    • A. Eaton: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Eaton reached on bunt single to pitcher, Turner to second
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Foul, Rendon singled to right, Turner scored, Eaton to third
    • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked, Rendon to second
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Kendrick flied out to shallow right
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first, Eaton scored, Rendon to third, Soto to second
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Robles popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kingery walked
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Kingery to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pirela grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • A. Haseley: Ball, Haseley grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Robles grounded out to third
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • P. Corbin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Corbin lined out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • A. Knapp: Knapp singled to right center
    • Z. Eflin: Eflin hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Knapp to second
    • J. Segura: Foul, Ball, Segura grounded out to third, Knapp to third
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Turner homered to left center
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Foul, Eaton singled to right
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rendon walked, Eaton to second
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked, Eaton to third, Rendon to second
    • H. Kendrick: Foul, Ball, Kendrick grounded into double play pitcher to catcher to first, Eaton out at home, Rendon to third, Soto to second
    • A. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Foul, Pirela grounded out to second
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez flied out to right
    • A. Haseley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Haseley grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera flied out to deep right
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Robles grounded out to pitcher
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Gomes homered to center
    • P. Corbin: Corbin grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • P. Corbin Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Harper singled to right
    • S. Kingery: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Kingery grounded out to third, Harper to second
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Eaton homered to right
    • A. Rendon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rendon grounded out to third
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • H. Kendrick: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Kendrick singled to right center, Soto out at home
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)