PHILLIES LOSE BY A TOUCHDOWN AND A FIELD GOAL!

By Sam Bush

The Phillies and the Nats played a baseball game last night at CPB.

And a football game broke out.

At least if you judge by the score.

Juan Soto hit two of Washington’s seven home runs the Nationals routed the Phillies 17-7.

Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Brian Goodwin and Mark Reynolds also homered for the Nationals, who set a season high for homers. Washington hadn’t homered while losing its last three, getting outscored 16-3 in those defeats.

“We’re back,” Soto said.

Rendon added two doubles and three RBI, and Harper also contributed three hits and three RBI. With his drive, Harper became the first NL batter to reach 20 homers.

“We needed that,” manager Dave Martinez said. “Bats came alive and they came alive big.”

Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery and Carlos Santana homered for the Phils. Kingery was a triple shy of the cycle.

The teams combined for 28 hits, including 16 for extra bases, on a steamy night with the game-time temperature 90 degrees.

Erick Fedde (1-3) earned his first major league win in his eighth career start, allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings with three strikeouts and three walks.

Nick Pivetta (4-7) continued to struggle against the organization that drafted him. The right-hander was shelled for seven runs on seven hits, including three homers, in 1 2/3 innings to fall to 0-3 with an 11.94 ERA in five career starts against Washington. Pivetta, a fourth-round pick in 2013, finished June 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA in six starts.

Already leading 12-7, Washington sandwiched solo homers from Goodwin and Reynolds around Soto’s second of the night, a three-run shot off Hector Neris in the ninth.

Washington jumped on Pivetta for four runs in the first. Adam Eaton led off with a single and Turner quickly made it 2-0 by sending a 94-mph fastball into the seats in left.

“That sparked everyone,” Martinez said.

It was 4-0 three batters later when Soto also cleared the wall in left with a two-run shot.

Soto said he didn’t put a home run swing on either of his drives.

“I just try to make a good swing,” he said.

Rendon blew the game open in the second with an opposite-field, three-run drive to right that made it 7-0.

Two innings later, Harper’s three-run homer to left off Yacksel Rios put the Nationals ahead 10-0. And it was 11-0 later in the frame after Wilmer Difo’s two-out RBI double to left.

“Everybody had fun,” Soto said. “I hope we can do the same thing tomorrow. Same plans.”

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