MLB: Washington 5, Seattle 2

June 15, 2008 at 1:19 AM

SEATTLE, June 15 (UPI) -- Jose Flores hit a two-run homer and had three RBI Saturday to lead the Washington Nationals to a 5-2 victory at Seattle.

Flores hit an RBI single in the top of the first inning, and his two-run seventh-inning homer snapped a 2-2 tie, putting Washington ahead for good.

Both Ronny Belliard and Jose Lopez hit RBI doubles, while a total of five players had two hits apiece for the Nationals, who won for just the third time in their last nine contests.

Winner Tyler Clippard (1-1) gave up two earned runs and seven hits in six innings.

Closer John Rauch followed two other relievers to record his 15th save this season.

Seattle scored on fourth-inning solo homers by Jose Vidro and Adrian Beltre. A total of seven players had one hit each for the Mariners, who have split their last four games.

The losing pitcher was reliever Miguel Bautista (3-8).

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