- - Friday, June 29, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Manager Dave Martinez walked through the Nationals clubhouse, his shirt untucked, and gave a supportive pat on the shoulder to hitting coach Kevin Long.

The Nationals hitters had just been blanked for the second straight game Tuesday at Tampa Bay — the seventh time the team had been shutout in June.

But the slumbering offense awoke here Friday — with a vengeance. 

Rookie Juan Soto, 19, hit two homers and drove in five runs and Trea Turner, Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper, Brian Goodwin and Mark Reynolds also went deep as Washington out-slugged Philadelphia, 17-7.

It was a season-high seven homers for the Nationals, and Harper has 20 homers by the end of June for the second time in his career. It was the most runs in a game this year for Washington, while Soto had four hits.



“I think he has done a great job,” Martinez said of Long before the game. “We talked last night, we talked this morning. Everyone has to do their part. That is how you get out of these funks. I like what he does. The days we have good at-bats we have hit the ball up the middle.”

The Nationals did even better than that, with their good at-bats resulting in balls over the fence before a fireworks night crowd of 36,903.

Rendon and Turner finished with three hits and the Nationals had 18 overall, after pounding out 17 against the Phillies in Washington on Sunday.

Harper (three walks) got a piggyback ride from Martinez after he got back to the dugout following a three-run shot to left to make it 10-0. It was just the second homer of the month for Harper and his league-high 20th of the year.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak on the road as the Nationals (42-38) improved to just 9-15 this month.

The offensive surge helped Nationals right-hander Erick Fedde earn his first big league win.

Fedde (1-3) entered with no wins in seven big league starts, including a mark of 0-3 in four starts this season. He gave up homers in the fifth to Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery and was pulled after allowing five runs in five innings.

Carlos Santana hit the Phils third homer in the seventh off Tim Collins to make the score 12-7. But Goodwin, Soto and Reynolds all went deep in the ninth.

The five-hit uprising in the first inning came against Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta, the former Nationals minor leaguer.

Pivetta (4-7) lasted just 1 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits — including three homers — and seven runs. He is now 0-3 in five starts against Washington and has allowed 23 runs in 17 innings.

Pivetta was traded for Jonathan Papelbon during the 2015 season. Papelbon began an altercation in the dugout late that season with Harper and was later let go by the Nationals, never to appear in a major league uniform again.

The Nationals entered Friday with a team batting average of .237, 11th out of 15 teams in the league.

NOTES: The game-time temperature was 90 degrees with more heat on the way this weekend … Washington right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 2.28 in nine starts) most likely will come off the disabled list and start Saturday at 6:05 p.m. against his former team … Nationals first baseman Reynolds was hitless in his previous 17 at-bats before his homer in the ninth.

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