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Phillies Take Down Nationals 7-6

J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins each hit a two-run double in the ninth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals to complete a four-game sweep.

The Phillies led 2-0 before the Nationals tied it in the fourth. Nola allowed Carter Kieboom’s RBI single and hit Tres Barrera with a pitch with the bases loaded.

Josh Bell hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Aaron Nola to put the Nationals ahead 5-2. Nola allowed five runs on five hits, walked three and struck out seven in five innings.

Realmuto tied the game with his double to the right-center field gap against closer Kyle Finnegan (4-3). Two batters later, Hoskins doubled to left-center to score two more.

Juan Soto scored in the ninth on a single and throwing error, but Archie Bradley recovered for his second save. Mauricio Llovera (1-0) worked a scoreless ninth for the Phillies.

Washington’s second COVID-19 outbreak of the season forced a coaching shuffle. Sam Narron stepped in as pitching coach in place of Jim Hickey. Bullpen coach Henry Blanco replaced third base coach Bob Henley. Outfield/baserunning coordinator Gary Thurman coached first base in place of Randy Knorr, and bench coach Tim Bogar was not replaced.

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