By HARVEY VALENTINE Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Kyle Schwarber hit a pair of three run homers, Drew Ellis hit his first two home runs of the season, and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 11-3 on Sunday to take the rubber game of the series.
J.T. Realmuto went deep for the second day in a row for the Phillies, who finished a 4-6 road trip. Nick Castellanos had three hits.
Schwarber broke open a 2-1 game with his first homer, in the sixth, and added his second in the ninth. It was his 23rd career multi-homer game and first of the season.
Ellis, who began the day with one career Major League home run, hit a solo shot in the fifth and a two-run homer in the seventh just beyond the reach of a leaping Alex Call. He also walked twice and singled in five plate appearances, and scored four runs.
The 27-year-old Ellis was released by the Mariners in March and signed to a minor-league contract by the Phillies on April 16. He was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday when Alec Bohm was placed on the injured list.
Philadelphia starter Ranger Suárez (1-2) allowed at least one baserunner in all but one inning while giving up one run on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts. He improved to 6-0 record with 3.13 ERA in 12 career outings, five starts, against Washington.
Ildemaro Vargas had a homer and a double for the Nationals.
Trevor Williams (2-4) was charged with four runs on six hits. He struck out six and walked four.
Realmuto’s homer gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the second, but Washington tied it when Joey Meneses tripled leading off the fourth and scored on sacrifice fly by Stone Garrett.
With two on and two out in the sixth following an infield hit by Ellis off Williams, Andres Machado came on to face Schwarber, who homered to right-center to make it 5-1.
LHP José Alvarado (left elbow inflammation) began his rehab assignment Saturday night, pitching a scoreless inning for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He gave up one hit and struck out one. He’ll pitch for Double-A Reading on Tuesday or Wednesday and could rejoin the Phillies next weekend.
RHP Aaron Nola (4-4, 4.70) pitches the opener of a three-game home series against Detroit on Monday. He is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three career starts versus the Tigers.