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Bryce Harper and Kody Clemens lift the Philadelphia Phillies to beat the Washington Nationals in 10 innings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning after Kody Clemens tied a two-out home run in the ninth, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. evening.

Bryson Stott also homered for Philadelphia, which has won or split each of its last 14 series. The Phillies (33-14) have the most wins in baseball and will look to sweep the three-game series on Sunday.

“We’ll never get out,” Harper said. “You play 27 outs for a reason and we do a great job with that. “We have all the confidence in the world in the ability of each of the players at this club.”

CJ Abrams and Ildemaro Vargas each had three hits for the Nationals, who have lost four in a row and six of seven.

“We had a chance to close out the game early, but we just didn’t do it,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said.

With runners on second and third and one out in the 10th, Harper drove a 1-2 splitter from Washington closer Kyle Finnegan (1-3) to center field to drive in Johan Rojas. The two-time MVP raised both hands in the air when he reached first base, where he was mobbed by his teammates.

“They fight and they don’t give up,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “They never think they’re done until the last out. “This is the character of the baseball club.”

Finnegan retired the first two batters in the ninth before Clemens drove a 1-0, 98 mph fastball into the right-center field seats.

“I thought it was too short,” Clemens said. “Fortunately he kept going. That feeling is unbeatable. It was incredible”.

In limited action this season, Clemens is 7-for-23 (.304) with a double, three home runs and eight RBIs.

“It’s been fantastic,” Clemens said. “Every time my name is called, I try to be as prepared as possible.”

Finnegan entered tied for the major league lead with 13 saves and lost his second save.

“As good as (Finnegan) was, I’m not going to blame him for today,” Martinez said. “It’s been exceptional.”

Gregory Soto (1-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning.

The Nationals took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth. With two outs and runners on second and third, Jesse Winker drove Orion Kerkering’s first pitch into center field to score pinch-runner Nasim Nunez. Eddie Rosario kept the inning alive by beating out a potential double play one batter early. The play was reviewed, but first base umpire Nick Mahrley’s call was upheld on replay.

The game was delayed 26 minutes at the start due to rain on a cool, foggy afternoon in Philadelphia.

After the Nationals took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Abrams’ RBI single to right field, Stott tied the score in the seventh with a drive to right field that ended the night for starter MacKenzie Gore.

Gore did not allow a hit until Harper’s single leading off the fourth and left after allowing two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander lowered his ERA to 2.91.

Washington began the game with three straight singles off Cristopher Sánchez, the last of which was an RBI hit by Joey Meneses. Sanchez calmed down after that, allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Phillies left-hander Matt Strahm kept the Nationals off the board in the eighth to extend his scoreless streak to 18 ⅔ consecutive innings, with 30 strikeouts and one walk on the season.

COACH ROOM

Phillies: RHP Taijuan Walker threw a side session before Saturday’s game. Walker exited in the fourth inning of Thursday’s game with a bruised left foot after being hit by a liner from the Mets’ Starling Marte. The x-rays were negative. … SS Trea Turner (left hamstring strain) is expected to ground out before Sunday’s game against Washington. Turner was injured on May 3 and is expected to miss at least four more weeks.

Nationals: 2B Luis García Jr. (heel) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

The teams conclude their three-game series on Sunday when Philadelphia RHP Aaron Nola (5-2, 3.10) takes on Nationals RHP Trevor Williams (4-0, 1.94).

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