WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper had three hits against his old team, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the slipping Washington Nationals 5-3 in a doubleheader opener on Friday for their 13th win in 15 games.
Nick Castellanos drove in two runs and scored another for the Phillies, who improved to 12-2 under interim manager Rob Thomson. Philadelphia’s 10-game winning streak against the Nationals is its longest since 10 consecutive wins over the 1991 Montreal Expos against the franchise.
Harper increased his average to .323.
Washington has lost six in a row, falling to an NL-worst 23-44. Josh Bell homered for the Nationals, who lost a total of nine of 11 home games and nine straight home games to the Phillies.
Playing make-up of a game postponed by the lockout on a 91-degree afternoon, the Phillies put starter Ranger Suárez to a 2-0 lead before beating Joan Adon in two runs thanks to Castellanos’ double ( 1:11) threw a pitch. .
Castellanos was in the middle of Philadelphia’s rally in the third round and followed up Harper’s single by poking a double to the right that Juan Soto apparently misjudged. Odúbel Herrera had a run-scoring groundout and Alec Bohm hit an RBI double for a 4-0 lead.
Castellanos is batting .359 (14 of 39) in his last 11 games and is a .435 hitter (10 of 23) with nine RBI in six career games at Nationals Park.
Washington made a run in the first five innings, but Bell’s homer with two runs in the right field bullpen in the sixth closed the gap to 5-3. Suárez (5-4) delivered three carries and six hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out five.
Brad Hand worked the ninth, escaping a two-on-one-out jam he made himself for his second save.
Adon, who was called as Washington’s 27th man for the doubleheader, allowed four runs and scored six in five innings in his first start for the Nationals since June 7. He also extended his major league lead in losses; Teammate Patrick Corbin is second with nine.
ON THE NUMBER
Former Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman’s No. 11, who will retire on Saturday, was painted on the field along both baselines in foul territory. Zimmerman was the Nationals’ first draft pick after moving to Washington and played his entire 16-year seasonal career with the franchise.
Phillies: LHP Bailey Falter was named Philadelphia’s 27th man to start game two.
Nationals: DH Alcides Escobar (right hamstring) went 0 for 4 on Thursday as his rehab effort continued for Triple-A Rochester. He’s 1 for 7 with a home run overt two games. … LHP Evan Lee departed in the seventh after walking four of his last five hitters. He also threw two wild pitches in that stretch. … Washington recalled RHP Cory Abbott from Rochester and voted RHP Andres Machado to Rochester. Machado was 0-0 with a 5.48 ERA in 17 games for the Nationals.
Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (4-4, 3.42 ERA), who conceded 11 earned runs in nine innings over two starts against Washington last season, gets the nod Saturday.
Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray (6-4, 4.33) is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his last three games and making his first start since June 8th.