Nationals fall to Phillies, gear up for Cubs in playoffs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Aaron Altherr went 2-for-4 with a triple, drove in two runs and scored the go-ahead run as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Wednesday.

For the Nationals, who clinched the NL East more than two weeks ago, Wednesday's most significant action occurred in St. Louis. That's where the Cubs beat the Cardinals to wrap up the NL Central and ensure they will play Washington in the NL Division Series starting Oct. 6.

Washington starter Tanner Roark struggled with command, walking five Phillies hitters and allowing six earned runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Roark is not likely to start in the NLDS, with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez as the Nationals' top options.

Altherr tied the game at 5 with his triple to right in the fifth inning. He later scored when Odubel Herrera doubled to center.

Phillies relievers threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings after recording four perfect innings in Tuesday's win. Hector Neris worked a perfect ninth for his 20th consecutive save conversion and 26th in 29 opportunities overall.

© 2017 Associated Press


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