Ben Francisco belted a pair of homers and drove in three runs and John Mayberry added a three-run shot as the Philadelphia Phillies cruised to a 7-1 triumph over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.
Mike Sweeney also went deep and scored twice and Joe Blanton tossed seven strong innings for NL East champion Philadelphia (95-64), which improved to 17-4 in its last 21 games.
First baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley, third baseman Placido Polanco and outfielder Jayson Werth sat out the contest as the two-time defending National League champion Phillies prepared for the postseason.
Blanton (9-6) recorded his sixth straight triumphant decision since July 21. The 29-year-old right-hander allowed one run and three hits while striking out six in this one.
J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson combined to retire the side in the eighth inning, and Brad Lidge finished off the ninth to end the game.
Nyjer Mogan scored on a groundout for the second straight contest for Washington (68-91), which fell for the third time in nine games.
Ross Detwiler (1-3) permitted seven runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss.