PHILS SWEEP CUTS LEAD TO HALF-GAME — METS ARE IN TOWN TONIGHT!

By Sam Bush

J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins each doubled in two runs in the ninth inning, and the Phillies rallied for a 7-6 victory and a sweep of the Nationals.

The Phillies have won five straight overall and moved within one-half game of the NL East-leading New York Mets, who travel to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series beginning tonight.

Realmuto tied the game with his double to the right-center field gap against closer Kyle Finnegan (4-3). Two batters later, Hoskins doubled to left-center to score two more.

Juan Soto scored in the ninth on a single and throwing error, but Archie Bradley recovered for his second save. Mauricio Llovera (1-0) worked a scoreless ninth for the Phillies.

Josh Bell hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Aaron Nola to put the Nationals ahead 5-2. Nola allowed five runs on five hits, walked three and struck out seven in five innings.

The Phillies led 2-0 before the Nationals tied it in the fourth. Nola allowed Carter Kieboom’s RBI single and hit Tres Barrera with a pitch with the bases loaded.

Washington’s Joe Ross pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed three earned runs and struck out seven.

Soto singled, doubled and walked twice, and Kieboom doubled, singled and walked. Washington has lost four straight.

Soto made a leaping catch in right field to take a home run away from Didi Gregorius in the seventh after the Phillies got closer on Odubel Herrera’s RBI single.

Bryce Harper homered in the second against his former team, which he has tormented this season.

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