Phillies fall to Nationals for 5th straight loss

Baltimore Sun
Phillies fall to Nationals for 5th straight loss
Phillies fall to Nationals for 5th straight loss

When Aaron Nola can't stop Philadelphia's skid, the Phillies are in trouble. Stephen Strasburg threw seven impressive innings, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Juan Soto homered and the Washington Nationals beat the freefalling Phillies 5-1 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep. "We haven't played good baseball due to a ton of variables," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. Nola, a Cy Young Award contender worthy of MVP consideration, had a rough first inning as the Phillies lost their fifth in a row to drop 7 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East with 17 to play. They're 11-23 since Aug. 5, when they had the NL's second-best record. "I made mistakes and they didn't miss

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