Soto has 2 of Nationals’ 7 homers in 17-7 rout

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Aaron Bracy

PHILADEL­PHIA » Juan Soto hit two of Wash­ing­ton’s seven home runs, fin­ish­ing with four hits and five RBIs, and the Nationals routed the Philadel­phia Phillies 17-7 on Fri­day night.

An­thony Ren­don, Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Brian Good­win and Mark Reynolds also home­red for the Nationals, who set a sea­son high for homers. Wash­ing­ton had scored just three runs while los­ing three straight.

Ren­don added two dou­bles and three RBIs, and Harper also con­trib­uted three hits and three RBIs.

Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery and Car­los San­tana home­red for Philadel­phia. Kingery was a triple shy of the cy­cle.

The teams com­bined for 28 hits, in­clud­ing 16 for ex­tra bases, on a steamy night in Philadel­phia with the game-time tem­per­a­ture 90 de­grees.

Erick Fedde (1-3) earned his first ma­jor league win in his eighth ca­reer start, al­low­ing five runs on eight hits in five in­nings with three strike­outs and three walks.

Nick Pivetta (4-7) con­tin­ued to strug­gle against the or­ga­ni­za­tion that drafted him. The right-han­der was shelled for seven runs on seven hits, in­clud­ing three homers, in 1 2/3 in­nings to fall to 0-3 with an 11.94 ERA in five ca­reer starts against Wash­ing­ton. Pivetta, a fourth-round pick in 2013, fin­ished June 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA in six starts.

Al­ready lead­ing 12-7, Wash­ing­ton sand­wiched solo homers from Good­win and Reynolds around Soto’s sec­ond of the night, a three-run shot off Hec­tor Neris in the ninth.

Wash­ing­ton jumped on Pivetta for four runs in the first. Adam Ea­ton led off with a sin­gle and Turner quickly made it 2-0 by send­ing a 94-mph fast­ball into the seats in left. It was 4-0 three bat­ters later when Soto also cleared the wall in left with a two-run shot.

Ren­don blew the game open in the sec­ond with an op­po­site-field, three-run drive to right that made it 7-0.

Two in­nings later, Harper’s three-run homer to left off Yack­sel Rios put the Nationals ahead 10-0. And it was 11-0 later in the frame after Wilmer Difo’s two-out RBI dou­ble to left.

The big­gest Phillies high­light came in the fifth when Hoskins cul­mi­nated a 14-pitch at-bat with a linedrive homer to left-cen­ter. The Philadel­phia slug­ger fouled off eight pitches, in­clud­ing seven in a row with a 3-2 count. It gave him eight homers and 22 RBIs since re­turn­ing from the DL (bro­ken jaw) on June 9.


Nationals: 3B Ryan Zim­mer­man (oblique) took bat­ting prac­tice on Fri­day and could be­gin a re­hab as­sign­ment as early as Mon­day. Zim­mer­man has been out since May 12.

Phillies: Right-handed re­liever Pat Neshek, out all sea­son with a right shoul­der strain, al­lowed a run on two hits while strik­ing out the side in one in­ning dur­ing a re­hab out­ing at Dou­bleA Read­ing on Fri­day night.


RHP Vince Ve­lasquez (58, 4.69) takes the mound for the Phillies in the third game of the four-game set on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Wash­ing­ton RHP Jeremy Hel­lick­son (2-0, 2.28) is ex­pected to re­turn from the DL. Hel­lick­son has been side­lined since June 4 with a right ham­string strain.


The Nationals’ Bryce Harper (34) rounds the bases after hit­ting a three-run home run in the fourth in­ning Fri­day against the Phillies. The Phillies lost, 17-7.

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