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PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper was the only starting position player for the Phillies without a hit on Monday, and he even heard another chorus of boos from the hometown faithful following his third strikeout of the night in the fifth inning.

Yet it was Harper who made the potential game-saving play — using his glove, not his bat — for the Phillies in a 7-4 win over the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park.

With the bases loaded, two outs and the game tied at 4 in the top of the seventh inning, Brewers second baseman Mike Moustakas ripped a line drive to right field. Harper raced toward the line and made a sprawling catch to end the frame — and save two, if not three, runs in the process.

“I kind of thought to myself, ‘Either they’re going to score three right here or we’re going to win this game,’” Harper said.

It proved to be the latter, with the Phillies turning a couple of Brewers’ misplays into three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a commanding three-run lead. The rally actually started with a leadoff strikeout by Jean Segura, who reached safely after whiffing at a strike-three pitch that skipped to the backstop.

After Harper lined out and Rhys Hoskins struck out — a play that would have ended the inning, if not for Segura reaching on his strikeout — J.T. Realmuto ripped an RBI double into the left-center field gap. Following a Cesar Hernandez walk, Odúbel Herrera lined a two-run double to left-center field to push the lead to three. Herrera’s hit had a catch probability of 65 percent, according to Statcast, but it cleared Hernan Perez’s outstretched glove after the outfielder took an indirect route to the ball.

Yet it was Harper’s catch that made it all possible.

“The catch was sensational,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “Pivotal moment in the game. It really won the game for us in a lot of ways.”

For Harper, it also served as a reminder that he can still impact the outcome even though he’s been scuffling at the plate. Since his career-best five-hit night in Colorado on April 19, Harper is just 11-for-73 (.151) with 29 strikeouts in his last 21 games. That includes his 0-for-4, three-strikeout performance on Monday that dropped his season average to .222.

It was also Harper’s 19th game this season with multiple strikeouts, three more than any other player.

“It’s both sides of the ball,” Harper said. “You’ve got to stay focused on both sides of the ball, no matter your outcomes at the plate or anything like that. My pitchers need me, and I need to be playing to the best of my ability out there.”

Kapler said that Harper’s offensive slump only makes his game-saving defensive play all the more impressive.

“It’s not an easy thing to do. It really isn’t,” Kapler said. “When you’re struggling to make contributions on offense, you have to remind yourself that you can change a game with your defense — and Bryce was able to do that tonight.”

Harper’s catch and the ensuing rally led the Phillies to a victory on a night when starter Aaron Nola lasted only three innings following a 52-minute rain delay. He allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, while needing 84 pitches to complete his three frames. The right-hander, who said it was “pretty much everything” that led to his abbreviated outing, has a 4.86 ERA on the season.

“Just kind of in-the-zone, out-of-the-zone stuff,” Nola said. “The pitch [count] just kept creeping up. It was pretty embarrassing on my part, but the bullpen came in and did their part.”

Despite Nola’s struggles on the mound and Harper’s woes at the plate, the Phillies pulled out a seemingly improbable come-from-behind victory to kick off a 20-game stretch in which all but three games will come against teams with a winning record right now.

“It was a really good team win against a pretty good ballclub,” Nola said. “Every game is important right now, especially this month, with the teams that we have coming up.”

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A long-standing phrase in the baseball lexicon has been that we can’t really judge a team until we’ve seen 40 games. It makes sense and lines up with all the “it’s early” talk we’ve been painstakingly enduring here to this point. Now that the league is right around the 40-game mark — some have a few more games played, some have fewer — I see a pretty fun likelihood: There is no clear-cut No. 1 team.

We have seen some total dominance in recent years that we aren’t seeing right now. Remember the 2016 Cubs? How about the 2017 Astros and then the Dodgers. Last season, I had the Red Sox, Yankees and Astros as an easy top three in whatever order every single week by now.

This time around, it’s a lot more crowded at the top.

Who is No. 1? I see six possibilities and they all have a legitimate claim.

The Rays have sat in the No. 1 spot more than any other team since the season started, they sit in first place in the AL East and have the second-best run differential in baseball.

The Yankees are only a half-game behind the Rays and just won two of three in Tropicana Field. They’re also presumably getting reinforcements back from the injured list and having more talent on the way is always a plus.

The Twins have the best record, so obviously they have an easy claim to say they are the best team in baseball. There isn’t really much more explanation needed.

After a 2-5 start, the Astros returned home and went back into crush mode. They’ve gone 24-10 since. They also sport the best run differential in baseball.

Similar to the Astros, the Cubs started 3-8 and have gone 21-6 since. They have the best NL run differential despite having played five fewer games than the Dodgers.

Those Dodgers are as deep and talented as any team in baseball. They lead the majors in wins (27). Among these six, they have the best record against .500 or better teams at 16-11 (the Cubs are second at 14-10).

I don’t see a strong argument for any other team for the top spot. These six are so close to me that I went on CBS Sports HQ Sunday afternoon with my top five — before any of the teams above had finished their respective games — and had a totally different order. That’s how close they are. One game — well, to be honest, it’s who wins series (singular this time) that swung some things — is determining how I order these six after around 40 games.

Maybe someone like the Phillies, Brewers or even Red Sox stake a claim at some point moving forward, but for right now, this group of six is the clear-cut cream of the majors.

Order them however you want. There’s no wrong answer here. This is how they shake out for me.