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Brian Bogusevic

Nationals edge Phillies in 12 innings, 2-1

WASHINGTON Three extra innings were needed to decide the penultimate meeting of the season between the Phillies and Washington Nationals.

But, 48 minutes before the conclusion of Washington's 2-1 win in 12 innings on Saturday, the preseason National League East favorites were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. It was about 7:15 p.m. EDT when the scoreboard at Nationals Park reflected that the New York Mets had won, 10-2, in Cincinnati, to clinch the division.

With the Phillies' fate decided long ago, the game had officially been rendered meaningless. Eight more dominant innings from Stephen Strasburg mattered only for statistical purposes. The...