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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 offseasons for both...