By Sally Fahey

If you’re looking for a sign that these Phillies will make the playoffs when none of the past 10 have, here’s a clue:

Players who weren’t even on the roster or the radar, are stepping up.

Nick Castellanos remains on the injured list with a strained right oblique. Reigning National League Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper was given the night off.

But the Phillies’ young players elevated their level of play and helped produce a 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday.

The Phillies (76-62), who hold the third wild-card spot in the National League, will look for another victory over the visiting Nationals (49-90) in the middle game of their three-game series tonight.

Dalton Guthrie had his first two career hits and two RBIs, Edmundo Sosa remained one of the hottest hitters in the majors with a single and triple, and every player in the lineup had at least one hit.

Sosa’s second hit of the game gave him seven consecutive hits before he grounded into a double play in the seventh inning.

“It was pretty cool,” Guthrie said on a postgame interview on NBC Sports Philadelphia. “Pretty cool atmosphere. That’s what you want to be a part of.”

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