PHILS ON FUMES: EVEN WINNING FINAL 7 WON’T ENSURE WILD CARD!

By Sam Bush

Patrick Corbin pitched six effective innings, and the Washington Nationals beat the Phillies 7-2.

Adam Eaton, Yan Gomes and Trea Turner homered for Washington, which moved a half-game ahead of idle Milwaukee for the top spot in the wild-card standings. The Nationals reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff berth to three.

The Phils were pushed to the brink of elimination after beginning the season with great expectations after signing former Washington slugger Bryce Harper to a blockbuster deal. The Phillies have to win their final seven games while Milwaukee or Washington loses out to have any hope of reaching the wild-card game.

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