Eflin strong again, Hoskins drives in 2 as Phils beat Nats

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Zach Eflin has learned there's more to pitching than just throwing hard.

Eflin pitched seven strong innings and Rhys Hoskins drove in a pair of runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Cesar Hernandez added two doubles for the NL East-leading Phillies, who have won six of nine.

Eflin (4-3) gave up one run on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks. He was coming off his third career complete game in his previous outing, a win over Miami, and is 5-0 with a 1.05 ERA in his last five home starts.

''It's locating pitches on a consistent basis, having a game plan, reading hitters, going in and out, up and down,'' Eflin said. ''I've come a long way from someone who chucked the ball up there.''

Catcher Andrew Knapp was asked what he most liked about Eflin's outing.

''Besides it all?'' Knapp said.

''That's exactly how you want it to go,'' Knapp added. ''He's doing what he wants to do: fastball command, getting ahead of hitters.''

Kurt Suzuki homered for the third straight day for Washington, which has lost eight of 11.

The game was played in a steady drizzle on a cool, breezy afternoon.

The Nationals played without five regulars after placing first baseman Matt Adams on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder strain. Also sidelined are Ryan Zimmerman (foot), Anthony Rendon (elbow), Trea Turner (finger) and Juan Soto (back).

The patchwork lineup played some shaky defense, and Philadelphia took advantage of a pair of errors by rookies to go up 2-0 in the first inning.

Shortstop Carter Kieboom booted Segura's grounder, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Anibal Sanchez (0-5) got the second out and looked like he was going to strand the bases loaded when Hernandez grounded sharply to first. But the ball scooted between the legs of first baseman Jake Noll, who was called up from Triple-A before the game to replace Adams.

''We have to catch the ball,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''Hitting comes and goes, but making routine plays is a constant.''

Philadelphia blew the game open with five runs on five hits in the sixth off left-handed reliever Matt Grace.

With runners on first and third and one out, Eflin successfully executed a safety squeeze, bunting down the first-base line to score Knapp and make it 3-1. Miscommunication by the Nationals allowed Eflin to reach safely.

''We can't give teams 31 outs,'' Martinez said.

The Phillies then scored on Jean Segura's groundout, Bryce Harper's single to right and Hoskins' two-run double to left.

Sanchez needed 44 pitches to get through the first. The right-hander ended up going 4 2/3 innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits with nine strikeouts and four walks.

Washington pulled within 2-1 in the fourth on Suzuki's fifth homer of the season. He went deep in all three games of the series at Philadelphia, but the depleted Nats lost two of three to fall five games below .500.

BRYCE ON BASE

Harper finished 1-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts and has reached base in all eight games against his former team this season. He is batting .321 with two homers and seven RBIs against Washington.

PHILLY FLOW

Suzuki improved to 7-for-14 with four homers and seven RBIs in six games this season at Philadelphia.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: Rendon is on track to return to the lineup on Tuesday after taking batting practice over the weekend.

Phillies: Herrera went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and is 0-for-6 since being activated from the injured list on Saturday. He had been out since April 17 with a right hamstring strain.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Open a three-game set at Milwaukee on Monday night with RHP Max Scherzer (1-4, 4.08 ERA) opposing RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 5.24).

Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (1-1, 2.73) starts for Philadelphia in the opener of a three-game series at St. Louis on Monday night against RHP Miles Mikolas (3-2, 4.73).

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  • W: Z. Eflin (4-3)L: A. Sanchez (0-5)
  • HR: WAS - K. Suzuki (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
V. Robles CF40100010.258.298.476.7740.5
W. Difo 3B30100121.239.309.330.6390.0
A. Eaton RF40100000.291.351.396.7471.0
K. Suzuki C41211012.298.339.596.9356.5
B. Dozier 2B40000011.186.297.343.640-0.5
A. Stevenson LF30100110.300.462.300.7621.5
C. Kieboom SS40000023.143.231.314.545-1.0
J. Noll 1B30000002.111.200.222.4220.0
A. Sanchez P20000000.071.071.071.1430.0
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Miller P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Grace in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. McCutchen LF41100113.248.373.432.8052.5
J. Segura SS52010003.340.386.521.9073.0
B. Harper RF51110022.233.374.467.8412.0
R. Hoskins 1B20120200.291.424.6321.0566.0
O. Herrera CF40000035.246.293.348.641-1.5
C. Hernandez 2B40200011.289.346.421.7675.5
A. Knapp C31100113.179.343.250.5932.5
M. Franco 3B31100111.254.336.483.8192.5
Z. Eflin P31110023.143.143.143.2862.0
a- P. Gosselin PH10000001.286.286.393.6790.0
E. De Los Santos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Eflin in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - K. Suzuki (5)
  • RBI - K. Suzuki (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Difo, K. Suzuki 2 (2), C. Kieboom, J. Noll 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Hoskins (8), C. Hernandez 2 (8)
  • RBI - J. Segura (14), B. Harper (21), R. Hoskins 2 (31), Z. Eflin
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (9), R. Hoskins 2 (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. McCutchen 3 (3), O. Herrera 2 (2), A. Knapp 2 (2), P. Gosselin
BASERUNNING
  • CS - W. Difo
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Hernandez (3)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Kieboom (3), J. Noll
FIELDING
  • E - R. Hoskins (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (L, 0-5)4.22204905.151.665.5
M. Grace2.16551206.751.63-5.0
J. Miller1.00000003.651.143.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (L, 0-5)4.2
M. Grace2.1
J. Miller1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 4-3)7.04112513.001.1426.5
E. De Los Santos2.02000406.001.336.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 4-3)7.0
E. De Los Santos2.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Sanchez (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 108-70, M. Grace 42-27, J. Miller 18-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 2-5, M. Grace 1-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 22, M. Grace 14, J. Miller 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 108-72, E. De Los Santos 29-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 5-10, E. De Los Santos 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 26, E. De Los Santos 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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V. Robles CF40100010.258.298.476.7740.5
W. Difo 3B30100121.239.309.330.6390.0
A. Eaton RF40100000.291.351.396.7471.0
K. Suzuki C41211012.298.339.596.9356.5
B. Dozier 2B40000011.186.297.343.640-0.5
A. Stevenson LF30100110.300.462.300.7621.5
C. Kieboom SS40000023.143.231.314.545-1.0
J. Noll 1B30000002.111.200.222.4220.0
A. Sanchez P20000000.071.071.071.1430.0
M. Grace P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Sanchez PH10000010.333.333.333.667-0.5
J. Miller P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Grace in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. McCutchen LF41100113.248.373.432.8052.5
J. Segura SS52010003.340.386.521.9073.0
B. Harper RF51110022.233.374.467.8412.0
R. Hoskins 1B20120200.291.424.6321.0566.0
O. Herrera CF40000035.246.293.348.641-1.5
C. Hernandez 2B40200011.289.346.421.7675.5
A. Knapp C31100113.179.343.250.5932.5
M. Franco 3B31100111.254.336.483.8192.5
Z. Eflin P31110023.143.143.143.2862.0
a- P. Gosselin PH10000001.286.286.393.6790.0
E. De Los Santos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Eflin in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - K. Suzuki (5)
  • RBI - K. Suzuki (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Difo, K. Suzuki 2 (2), C. Kieboom, J. Noll 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Hoskins (8), C. Hernandez 2 (8)
  • RBI - J. Segura (14), B. Harper (21), R. Hoskins 2 (31), Z. Eflin
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (9), R. Hoskins 2 (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. McCutchen 3 (3), O. Herrera 2 (2), A. Knapp 2 (2), P. Gosselin
BASERUNNING
  • CS - W. Difo
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Hernandez (3)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Kieboom (3), J. Noll
FIELDING
  • E - R. Hoskins (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (L, 0-5)4.22204905.151.665.5
M. Grace2.16551206.751.63-5.0
J. Miller1.00000003.651.143.0
Total8.08755110---
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (L, 0-5)4.2
M. Grace2.1
J. Miller1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 4-3)7.04112513.001.1426.5
E. De Los Santos2.02000406.001.336.0
Total9.0611291---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 4-3)7.0
E. De Los Santos2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Sanchez (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 108-70, M. Grace 42-27, J. Miller 18-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 2-5, M. Grace 1-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 22, M. Grace 14, J. Miller 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 108-72, E. De Los Santos 29-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 5-10, E. De Los Santos 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 26, E. De Los Santos 8
  • 6TH INNING
    Hoskins doubled to deep left, Segura and Harper scored17
    Harper singled to right, Eflin scored, Segura to second15
    Segura reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Franco scored, Eflin to third, McCutchen out at second14
    Eflin reached on bunt single to pitcher, Knapp scored, Franco to second13
  • 4TH INNING
    Suzuki homered to left center12
  • 1ST INNING
    Hernandez safe at first on 1st baseman Noll fielding error, McCutchen and Segura scored, Hoskins to third02
  • 9TH INNING
    • E. De Los Santos Pitching:
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Stevenson fouled out to third
    • C. Kieboom: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kieboom struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Enyel De Los Santos pitching
    • Adrian Sanchez hit for Matt Grace
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robles struck out swinging
    • W. Difo: Difo singled to center
    • A. Eaton: Eaton singled to deep right, Difo to second
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Suzuki grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Miller pitching
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCutchen popped out to shortstop
    • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Segura fouled out to first
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harper flied out to deep right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suzuki singled to deep left
    • B. Dozier: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Dozier flied out to center
    • A. Stevenson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Stevenson singled to right, Suzuki to second
    • C. Kieboom: Kieboom reached on fielder's choice to third, Suzuki to third, Stevenson out at second
    • J. Noll: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Noll grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Grace Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez doubled to left center
    • A. Knapp: Ball, Knapp popped out to first
    • M. Franco: Ball, Strike swinging, Franco flied out to right
    • Phil Gosselin hit for Zach Eflin
    • P. Gosselin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gosselin flied out to deep right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Robles flied out to center
    • W. Difo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Eaton lined out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Grace Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • A. Knapp: Knapp singled to left
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Foul, Franco singled to right, Knapp to third
    • Z. Eflin: Eflin reached on bunt single to pitcher, Knapp scored, Franco to second
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked, Franco to third, Eflin to second
    • J. Segura: Ball, Segura reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Franco scored, Eflin to third, McCutchen out at second
    • B. Harper: Ball, Harper singled to right, Eflin scored, Segura to second
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hoskins doubled to deep left, Segura and Harper scored
    • O. Herrera: Herrera lined out to second
    • End of the 6th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • C. Kieboom: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kieboom struck out looking
    • J. Noll: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Noll popped out to first
    • A. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Segura lined out to left
    • B. Harper: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • Matt Grace relieved Anibal Sanchez
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Eaton flied out to deep right
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki homered to left center
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier fouled out to first
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stevenson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez doubled to deep center
    • A. Knapp: Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez stole third, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Knapp walked
    • M. Franco: Franco intentionally walked, Knapp to second
    • Z. Eflin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • J. Noll: Ball, Strike looking, Noll grounded out to third
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
    • V. Robles: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Robles reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • W. Difo: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Robles to second on 1st baseman Hoskins fielding error, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Difo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura fouled out to first
    • B. Harper: Foul, Harper fouled out to first
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hoskins flied out to shallow center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Suzuki struck out looking
    • B. Dozier: Dozier lined out to left
    • A. Stevenson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stevenson walked
    • C. Kieboom: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kieboom popped out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
    • Z. Eflin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen flied out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Ball, Robles lined out to right
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Difo walked
    • A. Eaton: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Difo caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Eaton flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, McCutchen singled to left
    • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Segura reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, McCutchen to second on shortstop Kieboom fielding error
    • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Ball, Hoskins walked, McCutchen to third, Segura to second
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez safe at first on 1st baseman Noll fielding error, McCutchen and Segura scored, Hoskins to third
    • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Knapp struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)