Nationals earn NL’s top seed with 5-1 win over Phillies, will face winner of Braves-Cardinals

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With a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday afternoon, the Nationals locked up the top overall seed in the National League and finish with a record of 98-64. Even if the Cincinnati Reds win on Wednesday night, the Nationals own the tiebreaker for the top seed because they hold the a 5-2 edge in the season series between the teams.

The Nationals, the NL East champions, will face the winner of Friday’s one game wild card between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals which will be held at 5:07 p.m. in Atlanta. The opening game of the Nationals’ division round will be Sunday on the road. Game 2 will be held on Monday. And the Nationals will host Games 3 through 5 from Wednesday through Friday.

The Reds, the second seed, will play the San Francisco Giants, the third seed, beginning on Saturday.

Edwin Jackson pitched 6 2/3 strong innings against the Phillies, striking out six and allowing only one run, to earn his 10th win of the season. Ryan Zimmerman, Tyler Moore and Michael Morse all homered.

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