Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Philadelphia.

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

May 05, 2019 - 6:31 pm

By Aaron Bracy

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zach 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.

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.

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.

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).

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 Andrew Knapp and make it 3-1. The Phillies then scored on Jean Segura's groundout, Bryce Harper's single to right and Hoskins' two-run double to left.

The Phillies 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.

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.


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.


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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