By Sam Bush

Kyle Schwarber homered twice and the Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 11-0.

J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run shot and a sacrifice fly as the Phillies won for the fourth time in five games. Alec Bohm had two hits and three RBI, and Nick Castellanos drove in two runs.

“I feel like we’re doing a really good job of not going outside the box and trying to do more,” Schwarber said.

Schwarber, the NL Player of the Month for June, picked up the slack for an injured Bryce Harper when he slugged 12 homers in June and blasted the Phillies into wild-card contention.

“It’s a lot of fun. He seems like he’s right in the middle of everything,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said.

Schwarber opened the game against Paolo Espino (0-2) with his third leadoff homer this season and No. 16 for his career. His shot to center sent Victor Robles dangling over the fence in a futile bid to snag the ball.

Schwarber left no doubt in the third, drilling a solo shot into the second deck in right for his 18th career multihomer game. It was his fifth homer in eight games.

His list of prodigious power stats go almost as long as one of his no-doubt homers: Schwarber’s 25 homers are the sixth-most ever for a Phillie before the All-Star break — and he’s just six homers away from tying the record of 31 set by Mike Schmidt in 1979. He has seven homers in 12 games, a power display that looked familiar in the Washington dugout; he hit 25 homers in 72 games for the Nationals last season before he was traded to Boston.

“We’ve seen it before,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “You leave a ball out over the plate for him or leave a ball up in the zone, he can hit it a long way. Tonight was a perfect example of that.”

The Phillies hit the halfway point of their season — Tuesday marked Game No. 81 — percentage points ahead of St. Louis for the final NL wild card. They got a nice boost from Sánchez, who tossed two-hit ball over five innings in his first start since he was called up from Triple-A Lehigh to step in for the injured Ranger Suarez (back spasm). Sánchez (1-1) didn’t do anything fancy over 82 pitches but combined with three relievers to help the Phillies win the opener of the three-game set.

The scuffling Nationals again played without star outfielder Juan Soto (calf) in the starting lineup.

The Phillies scored two more in the fourth when homer-happy Darick Hall (his first three big league hits were homers) drilled a double off the padding above the 401 marker in center. Realmuto added a sacrifice fly and Bohm scored Hall on an RBI single for a 4-0 lead.

Hall singled in the fifth and scored on Realmuto’s seventh homer of the season.

The streaking Phillies are 22-9 since June 1 and 21-9 under Thomson. He’s the second Phillies manager to start with that many wins through his first 30 games. They’ve done their damage with the bats, winning 18 of their last 20 when they score four-plus runs.

They reached that total alone with a five-run sixth highlighted by Bohm’s two-run single.

“We’re starting to figure each other out. We’re all getting closer as a group,” Schwarber said.

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