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Herrera homers in fifth straight as Phillies rout Nats, 12-2

Carlos Santana homered and drove in four runs, and Odubel Herrera homered for the fifth consecutive game as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 12-2 on Friday night at Nationals Park.

Santana hit a two-run homer and added a two-run single and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored. He also walked twice.

Herrera gave the Phillies the lead for good with his two-run blast. He became the sixth Phillie to homer in five straight games. Herrera has homered six times in the last seven games, and Philadelphia has won five of its last six.

Herrera went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBIs. Nick Williams added three RBIs during his 2-for-4 night.

Andrew Knapp added a solo homer in the ninth and drove in two runs. The Phillies finished with 15 hits.

Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin (5-2) got the victory. He went five innings and allowed two runs on six hits along with five strikeouts plus one walk.

Washington starter Tanner Roark (3-8) continued to struggle in this game. He allowed six runs on seven hits in just 4 1/3 innings.

Roark struck out seven but also walked four. Despite lasting only 4 1/3 innings, the right-hander labored and threw 113 pitches.

Santana gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first with his two-run single.

The Nationals then tied the game with two in the second. Michael A. Taylor made it 2-1 on an RBI double, and Wilmer Difo followed with a game-tying sacrifice fly.

The Phillies retook the lead in the third when Herrera hit his two-run homer to put them up, 4-2. They made Roark throw 71 pitches in those first three innings alone.

Williams stretched the lead to 5-2 with his RBI single in the top of the fifth inning. Knapp added an RBI single later in the inning that made it 6-2.

Santana pushed the lead to 8-2 with his two-run homer in the sixth off of Matt Grace. The Phillies added three more in the eighth thanks to Williams' two-run single and a run-scoring wild pitch.

--Field Level Media