WASHINGTON (AP) –
The Washington Nationals turned the primary staff within the majors to clinch a playoff spot this season, profitable the NL East on Sunday as Stephen Strasburg prolonged his scoreless streak to a franchise-document 34 innings in a three-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Greater than ninety minutes after Washington completed off the Phillies, Nationals Park erupted once more when Lane Adams hit a two-run, eleventh-inning homer to steer Atlanta over second-place Miami, sealing the division title for the fourth time in six years.
The Nationals additionally gained the NL East in 2012, 2014 and final season, however haven’t superior previous the divisional spherical of the postseason.
Trea Turner homered and tripled for the Nationals, and Victor Robles acquired his first main league hit and RBI as Washington rested almost all its common starters.
The Nationals additionally moved inside four ½ video games of the fading Dodgers for the perfect report within the main leagues.
Strasburg (thirteen-four) threw two-hit ball for eight innings and struck out 10. He hasn’t allowed a run since Aug. 19 at San Diego, which was his first begin since coming off the disabled listing with an elbow nerve impingement.
Since coming back from the DL, he’s three-1 with an zero.fifty one ERA, forty one strikeouts and simply 4 walks.
Strasburg had command of all the things he threw, together with a fastball topping out at ninety seven mph and a ninety-mph changeup. He walked one, induced two double performs and confronted one batter over the minimal.
“He had all his pitches working for him and he was robust to hit,” Phillies supervisor Pete Mackanin stated. “We’ve younger guys who’ve by no means seen him earlier than, which additionally added to his success, not that he wants that.”
The Phillies threatened within the ninth off Ryan Madson, who allowed Nick Williams’ bloop two-out, two-run single earlier than retiring Hoskins on a grounder. It was his second save this season and first for the Nationals, who acquired him in a commerce with Oakland on July sixteen.
Rookie Ben Vigorous (three-6) allowed six hits and struck out seven in his first profession full recreation, and the primary for the Phillies this yr.
Vigorous allowed one hit earlier than Turner led off the sixth with a triple and scored on Adrian Sanchez’s bloop double. Robles doubled with two outs.
Turner homered with one out within the eighth to increase…