By Sam Bush
Jeremy Hellickson pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Matt Adams drove in four runs and the Washington Nationals routed the Phillies 15-1.
One night after wasting a five-run lead in a 10-6 loss in 10 innings, the Phillies were flat. Bryce Harper was 0 for 2 with a walk against his former team, and an offense that was averaging 6.3 runs per game got shut down by four pitchers.
Hellickson (1-0) struck out six in his first start this season. He was the Phils’ opening day starter in 2016-17.
Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr struck out Brian Dozier and Yan Gomes while allowing one run in the ninth.
Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal retired a batter for the first time this season after allowing his first 10 to reach safely. He walked a hitter before striking out Andrew Knapp. Rosenthal then walked two more to load the bases. He gave up a run on a groundout, but Altherr flied out to end it.
The Nationals jumped on Nick Pivetta (1-1) for three runs in the first and kept piling on. They outscored the Phillies 24-1 in the final 15 innings over two games.