Instant Replay: Nationals 8, Phillies 0

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WASHINGTON -- Aaron Nola struggled through the shortest outing of his brief big-league career in an 8-0 Phillies’ loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon.
 
The Phillies have lost the first two games of this series and five straight overall to Washington. The Nationals go for their second sweep of the Phillies in two weeks Sunday.
 
The Phils are averaging just 3.19 runs per game, the second-lowest mark in the majors. They have been shut out three times and held to two or fewer runs 24 times in 62 games.
 
They have lost 14 of their last 18 games to fall to 29-33.
 
Starting pitching report
Nola had spun nine straight quality starts before surrendering seven hits and four earned runs in 3⅔ innings in his 26th big-league start. That was as many earned runs as he’d given up in 18 innings over his last three starts.
 
All four of the runs that Nola gave up came in the second inning when the Nationals sent nine men to the plate.
 
Nola is 5-5 with a 2.98 ERA.
 
Washington’s Tanner Roark (5-4) pitched seven scoreless innings, walked one and struck out seven. Three of those strikeouts came with runners on first and second in the second inning.
 
Roark has allowed just two runs over 21 innings in three starts against the Phillies this season.

Bullpen report
The Phillies’ bullpen gave up four runs.
 
At the plate
The Phillies’ best scoring chance came in the second inning when Cody Asche singled and Cameron Rupp doubled with no outs. Nationals starter Roark then struck out the bottom third of the Phillies’ lineup in order to escape unscathed.
 
Tommy Joseph, anointed the Phillies’ regular first baseman by manager Pete Mackanin on Friday night, went 1 for 4 but left five men on base. He has hit in 15 of his 17 starts since coming up.
 
Clint Robinson led the Nats with three hits. Stephen Drew and Anthony Rendon each drove in two runs.

The Nats out-hit the Phils, 13-7.
 
Up next
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Adam Morgan (1-5, 6.70) opposes Washington righty Joe Ross (5-4, 2.92).

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