Bryce Harper had three hits against his old team and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Friday in the first meeting of a doubleheader.
The Phillies recorded their 13th victory in 15 games, a streak that contrasts with the Nationals’ poor season.
Nick Castellanos drove in two runs and scored another for the Phillies, who are 12-2 under interim manager Rob Thomson.
Philadelphia has a 10-game win streak over the Nationals and it’s the longest against the team since 10 in a row against the Montreal Expos in 1991.
Harper increased his batting average to .323.
Washington has suffered six straight losses and its 23-44 record is the worst in the National League.
The game was played on a hot afternoon of almost 33 degrees Celsius (91 Fahrenheit) and replaced one postponed due to the lockout.
The Phillies gave their starter, Ranger Suarez (5-4), a 2-0 lead before he took the mound thanks to two runs Castellanos drove in on a double off Joan Adon (1-11). ).
For the Nationals, Venezuelans César Hernández 5-2 and Keibert Ruiz 2-0. Dominicans Juan Soto 4-0; Nelson Cruz 3-0, one scored; Maikel Franco 4-1 and Víctor Robles 3-2, one scored.
For the Phillies, the Venezuelan Odúbel Herrera 5-0, one produced.