PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Gibson retired his first 18 batsmen and bowled a run in eight innings, Kyle Schwarber hit his NL-leading 34th homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday night. defeated.
Rhys Hoskins, JT Realmuto, Nick Castellanos and Darick Hall also made home for the Phillies, who have won eight out of nine to cement their position in the race for the NL’s third and final wild-card position. On June 8, 2019, the win took Philadelphia 10 games to over .500 for the first time since 37-27.
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Gibson toppled Washington’s lineup, becoming significantly weaker this week after the club traded Juan Soto and Josh Bell to San Diego. He scored four runs, allowed two hits and hit two batsmen on 105 pitches.
Gibson forced 12 groundball outs, including a brilliant backhand defensive play by third baseman Alec Bohm, on a hard-hit ball from Ildemaro Vargas to finish sixth.
Washington’s Victor Robles broke right play by dipping with a fastball in his left hand to start the seventh inning. The next batsman, Luis Garcia, ended Gibson’s no-hit bid with a clean single in left field above Bohm’s glove.
The National/Expose franchise hasn’t had a hit since David Cohn’s perfect game against Montreal on July 18, 1999.
Gibson surrendered his only run in the eighth, when Vargas picked up a sacrificial fly in the center, scoring Len Thomas. Garcia scored Washington’s second run in the ninth off reliever Brad Hand.
All the offense Gibson needed came in the first inning when Philadelphia starter Josiah Gray jumped on him.
Hoskins hit a single shot to the right to start the scoring on his 22nd homer. Two hitters later, Castellanos crushed an inside fastball into deep left field for his 10th, making it 3–0. Hall quickly followed up with his sixth homer since being called from the Triple A Leigh Valley on June 29.
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Realmuto – who fell a double short from the circle – lifted a high-arching homer that went into the wall of the left field for a two-run homer in the third.
Schwarber closed the Philadelphia scoring in seventh with a rocket that hit the stairs inside the home bullpen in deep right center.
Nationals: RHP Tyler Clipperd plays an unscored inning during a rehab assignment for Triple-A Rochester on Friday night. Clipard got two groundouts and one flyout in 11 pitches for the Red Wings. Clipard has been on the injured list for 15 days since July 19 with a groin strain.
Phillies: Triple-A recalled INF Nick Matton from Leigh Valley and selected INF Yairo Munoz.
The Phillies and Nationals meet in the third game of their four-game set on Saturday. Washington will send LHP Patrick Corbin (4-15, 6.57 ERA) to the mound against Phillips LHP Ranger Suarez (7-5, 3.60).
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