HARPER IS THE SAC MAN AND PHILS ARE 4-UP ON THE BRAVES, WATCH!

By Peter Marks

Bryce Harper’s game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning after Kody Clemens tied it with a home run with two outs in the ninth lifted the Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Bryson Stott also homered for Philadelphia, which has won or split each of its last 14 series. The Phillies (33-14) have the most wins in baseball and will go for the three-game series sweep today.

“We’re never out,” Harper said.

“You play 27 outs for a reason, and we do a great job with that. We have all the confidence in the world in every guy’s ability in this clubhouse.”

With runners on second and third and one out in the 10th, Harper drove a 1-2 splitter from Washington closer Kyle Finnegan (1-3) into center field to drive in Johan Rojas. The two-time MVP threw both hands in the air when he reached first base, where he was mobbed by teammates.

“They fight and they don’t give up,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “They never think they’re done until the last out. This is the character of the ballclub.”

In limited action this season, Clemens is 7 for 23 (.304) with a double, three homers and eight RBI.

“It’s been great,” Clemens said. “Whenever my name is called, I try to stay as ready as I can.”

Gregory Soto (1-1) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th.

The Nationals went ahead 3-2 in the top of the ninth. With two outs and runners on second and third, Jesse Winker drove the first pitch off Orion Kerkering to center field to score pinch-runner Nasim Nuñez. Eddie Rosario kept the inning alive by beating out a potential double play one batter earlier. The play was reviewed, but first-base umpire Nick Mahrley’s safe call was confirmed by replay.

The game was delayed 26 minutes at the start due to rain on a cool, misty evening.

 

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