GOOD NEWS: PHILS DIDN’T LOSE; BAD NEWS, THEY LOST GROUND TO BRAVES!

By Sam Bush

The Phils and the Nats were rained out last night in Washington.

So at least the Phils didn’t lose again.

But they still lost ground to the Braves, who beat the Mets 12-3 and now lead Philly by three games in NL East.

The game will be made up at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, as part of a day-night doubleheader.

It is the Phillies’ second trip to Washington since Bryce Harper agreed a 13-year, $330 million contract in March. He was 5 for 7, including a home run, in two games at Nationals Park in early April.

After a fast start, Harper’s batting average fell to .219 on May 14. He’s rebounded and arrived in Washington with a .247 average, 12 homers and 49 RBIs. He has at least one hit in nine of his last 11 games.

”Over the last couple of days, he’s looked as good as he’s looked,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ”I actually think he started off really well, then he struggled for a while and now he’s been on a slow trajectory to get to the right spot. He’s been a little bit more upright. He’s a little more relaxed. (Sunday) was a super-relaxed look at the plate. I think he’s right where he needs to be.”

OF Roman Quinn was activated from the injured list after missing two months with a groin injury. OF Nick Williams was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … RHP Jerad Eickhoff (right biceps tendinitis) was placed on the 10-day injured list. The Phillies recalled RHP Edgar Garcia a day after he was optioned to Lehigh Valley. .. INF Phil Gosselin cleared waivers and was outrighted to Lehigh Valley.

Phillies right-hander Jake Arrieta ((above, 6-5, 4.31 ERA) will face Washington for the second time this season. He gave up three runs in six innings while earning a no-decision on May 4. Washington will counter with lefty Patrick Corbin (5-5, 4.11 ERA), who is 0-3 with an 11.37 ERA over his last three starts.

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