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Phillies split doubleheader with Nationals

PHILADELPHIA Maikel Franco stood on first base and gazed toward the video board in left field during the fourth inning of Sunday's 8-5 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of a doubleheader. Franco's two-run single had triggered an offensive surge after the team limped through a 3-2 loss in the first game. The video board replayed Franco's hit, which sliced up the middle for his third RBI of the game. The rookie's hot month continued to roll at a furious pace. Now it was his time to soak it in. Franco finished 2 for 5 in Sunday's second game. He fell a foot shy in the eighth inning from hitting a homer to left. Franco is batting .373 in June with 24...

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