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Bryce Harper hit his 20th homer, Ian Desmond and Kurt Suzuki also connected and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-4, Wednesday night to move closer toward winning their first division title since moving to Washington. The 19-year-old Harper joined Tony Conigliaro as the only teenagers to reach 20 homers in big-league history. The Nationals reduced their magic number in the NL East to four, holding a four-game lead over Atlanta with seven remaining. John Lannan (4-0) gave up two runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings to win his second start since taking Stephen Strasburg's spot in the rotation. Strasburg, the All-Star righty, was shut down after reaching his innings limit. The Phillies, who closed to within three games of St. Louis for the NL's second wild-card spot following a late push, are on the verge of elimination. The five-time defending NL East champions are 5 1/2 games behind the Cardinals. Kyle Kendrick (10-12) got roughed up, allowing five runs and five hits...
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