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Phillies set club record in rout of Nationals

Written by Craig Rhodes and The Associated Press | Apr 9, 2017 7:29 AM
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Philadelphia Phillies' Howie Kendrick hits a three-run triple off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 17-3.

(Philadelphia) -- The Philadelphia Phillies put together the biggest first inning in the club's 134-year history en route to a 17-3 thumping of the Washington Nationals Saturday in Philadelphia.

The Phillies sent 16 batters to the plate in the 1st and scored 12 times.

Eight of their first nine batters reached base safely.

Their top six hitters combined to go 9 for 9.

The inning lasted nearly an hour.

Until yesterday, the Phillies had scored a total of 14 runs in their first four games.

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