Soto’s Homer Helps Nationals Slow Phil, Avoid 5-Game Sweep – Greeley Tribune

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto hit a three-run homer as the Washington Nationals saved the Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 on Sunday in a five-game sweep.

Washington ended an eight-game skid and broke Philadelphia’s seven-game road winning streak.

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The Phillies have not featured in a five-match series since thrashing the Marlins at home in 2001. Bryce Harper and crew were seeking a return in September of 2019 after Washington was swept away in five games.

Nets starter Jackson Tetrotault (1–1) scored his first major league victory in his second appearance. The 26-year-old right-handed batsman conceded three unearned runs in seven innings with two runs, six hits and two strikes.

Tetroult was hit in the lower left leg at 105.7 mph by Matt Weirling in the seventh. Athletic trainer Paul Lesser and manager Dave Martinez checked in on Tetroult, who remained in the game after an extended delay. He ended the innings with a slight limp before going into the dugout.

Soto’s first pitch, a three-run homer in the second fought his problems with the runners this season. He entered Saturday’s game with .476 OPS, with the men finishing second or third. Only one of his last 13 homers was hit with the runners in the scoring position.

Machel Franco’s sixth homer of the season put Washington in fifth place, 8–3. Washington shortstop Luis Garcia was dismissed for 3 for 4.

Phillies starter Zack Eflin (2-5) continued to struggle on the road. He lasted just two innings and 38 pitches, scoring four runs on five hits. He has a 7.27 ERA on the road compared to 1.95 at home.

Cesar Hernandez doubled for Yadil Hernandez to score and extend the Nationals’ lead to 5-2 in the fourth. Nelson Cruz went on when Philadelphia intentionally drove Josh Bell to base load, another run in the fourth. Keibert Ruiz took off to end the innings with the bases loaded.

Bryson Stott’s fourth-inning single cut Washington’s lead to 4-2.

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Ruiz’s throwing error in the pickoff attempt allowed Kyle Schwarber to score from second and draw Philadelphia to within 6-3.

Strange-Gordon is moving on

Citizens requested an unconditional release waiver for Ofe de Strange-Gordon on Sunday. Strange-Gordon hit .304 in 59 at-bats for Washington this season, but made no walks and had only a .356 slugging percentage. He was named for the assignment on 14 June and is now free to sign with any other team.

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Phillies: Off Bryce Harper (Blister) dropped out of the starting lineup for the second game in a row. Philadelphia manager Rob Thomson said Harper’s blister came from rolling the bat into the cage. Harper may be available Tuesday when the Phillies open a road series against Texas. IF Johann Camargo (right knee strain) played as a designated hitter for Triple-A Leigh Valley on Sunday. It can be activated on Tuesday.


Phillies: Monday is a day off. RHP Kyle Gibson (4-2, 4.04 ERA) makes his two-match Road Series debut against Texas on Tuesday.

National: Monday is a day off. RHP Erick Fedde (4-5, 4.88 ERA) begins a two-match Road Series in Baltimore on Tuesday.

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