July 3, 2022

Washington Nationals Game 145 Review: Harper hits 40 as Nats spank Phils


Jayson Werth homered twice and Bryce Harper hit his league-leading 40th home run of the season to lead the Washington Nationals over the Philadelphia Phillies 12-2 at Citizen’s Bank Park.

Werth went 3 for 4 with a pair of solo shots and scored three times in support of Gio Gonzalez, who picked up his 11th win of the season following a five-hit, two run performance over seven innings, including 12 strikeouts — tying his career high.

The Nats (75-70) were already leading comfortably in the seventh inning when Harper delivered his moon-shot home run just over the wall in right-center. His 40th completed a 2-for-5 night and upped his RBI total to 92.

Anthony Rendon (2 for 4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs), Yunel Escobar (2 for 5, 2 RBIs), Jose Lobaton (2 for 3, run, 2 RBIs) and Clint Robinson (3 for 5, run) all added multi-hit games.

Felipe Rivero and Rafael Martin both pitched scoreless innings of relief.

With the New York Mets loss to Miami, the Nats trail in the division by 7 1/2 games with 17 to play.

NEXT GAME: Thursday at 7:05 against Miami Marlins. Tanner Roark (4-5, 4.38) hosts Jarred Cosart (1-4, 4.58)

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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