Nationals 5, Phillies 1

Updated: October 3, 2012, 7:24 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Wasn't all that long ago -- in 2008 and 2009, actually -- that the Washington Nationals were losing 100 games a season and finishing with the worst record in the majors.

Look at them now.

Already the NL East champions, the Nationals closed the regular season by securing home-field advantage throughout the postseason, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 Wednesday for their majors-high 98th victory.

"It's quite an accomplishment," third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. ...

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