Nats Take Phillies Series After Big Wins Saturday and Sunday, Magic Number Drops to 11

against the at Nationals Park on September 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals flips his bat after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on September 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Washington won the game 3-0. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 11: Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) congratulates Washington Nationals relief pitcher Mark Melancon (43) after wining the game between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The Washington Nationals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals got two big wins on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon from Nationals Park. Here’s the recap of both games and how it all went down.

Saturday Nats 3 Phillies 0:

Saturday night the crowd played witness to the greatness that is Bryce Harper. After he struck out in his first three at-bats, Harper delivered the decisive three run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. He knew the ball was gone right when it left his bat and he had an epic bat flip to show for it.

Max Scherzer had an impressive outing on the mound for the win as he struck out eight batters over 6 2/3 innings. Mark Melancon shut the door in the ninth for his 10th save with the Nationals and his 40th save of the season.

Sunday 9/11 Nationals 3 Phillies 2:

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11/01, the day where planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon building in DC, the Nationals got a win in front of their home crowd 3-2 to take three out of four from the Phillies and reduce their magic number to 11.

Gio Gonzalez went seven innings allowing just one run on four hits. He improved his record to 11-9. The Nats scored their first run in the first inning with a double down the right field line by Daniel Murphy that scored Trea Turner. After the Phillies tied it in the top of the seventh the Nationals scored two in the bottom of the seventh. Anthony Rendon drove in Bryce Harper with a double that bounced off the left field wall. Rendon then scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 3-1. The Phillies got a run back in the eighth but it wasn’t enough as Mark Melancon shut the door in the ninth for his 41st save.

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