The Phillies scored their only run on Andrew McCutchen’s steal of home in the first.

By Sam Bush

It was clear early in today’s Phils-Nats game that the magic of last night’s 9th-and-10th-inning lightning was gone.

Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber hit two-run homers in the first inning,  and the Nats won 5-1 to end a four-game slide.

Patrick Corbin (2-3) allowed one run in seven innings, giving up five hits while striking out a season-high nine. Since allowing 15 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings over his first two starts, Corbin is 2-1 with 3.00 ERA over five outings and has reduced his season ERA from 21.32 to 6.19.

The Phillies were hopeless until they opened the eighth with a double and a walk. Jean Segura flew out against Tanner Rainey before Daniel Hudson entered. The reliever struck out Bryce Harper to the delight of Washington fans who booed the former National and 2015 NL MVP throughout the series. Rhys Hoskins then grounded out to end the threat.

Harper, who signed a $330 million, 13-year contract with Philly in 2019 after playing his first seven seasons with the Nationals, went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.

The Nationals scored a combined four runs in the first two games of the series, then matched the total in the first inning against Zach Eflin (2-2). Schwarber ripped a two-run blast into the left seats, and after Starlin Castro walked, struggling first baseman Josh Bell drilled Eflin’s pitch three rows deep into the second deck in right field.

Washington didn’t get another runner past first until the sixth, when Castro delivered an RBI double. Eflin allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings while striking out nine. He has pitched at least six innings in each of his eight starts this season.