PHILS FLY TO LONDON WITH AN 8-GAME LEAD OVER BRAVES IN NL EAST!

By Peter Marks

Aaron Nola pitched seven shutout innings and Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer to send the Phillies flying to London with the best record in the National League after a 2-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Phillies completed the three-game sweep of the NL Central leaders and improved to 44-19 overall as they head overseas for a weekend set against the New York Mets.

Nola (8-2) struck out five, walked none and has almost seemed like a bargain this season for the NL East leaders after signing a $172 million, seven-year contract in the offseason.

“It’s where I always wanted to be,” Nola said.

Jeff Hoffman tossed a scoreless eighth and José Alvarado worked the ninth for his 11th save.

The Phillies scored seven runs in the three games while Milwaukee only managed two.

Castellanos sent the Phillies to their fifth walk-off win of the season with a 10th inning double a night earlier. The 2023 All-Star has been on an uptick at the plate of late after a slow start, hitting .273 on the homestand.

“He’s not chasing much,” manager Rob Thomson said. “He’s using the entire field.”

Nola only ran into trouble in the sixth after William Contreras led off with a double and reached third base on a groundout. Willy Adames then hit a grounder to third that Alec Bohm fielded and threw a perfect strike to backup catcher Garrett Stubbs that nailed Adames for the second out. Nola retired former Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins — booed in this at-bat — to end the inning.

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