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MLB: Washington 5, Minnesota 4 (2nd game)

June 9, 2013 at 11:00 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- Ian Desmond's go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning carried Washington to a 5-4 interleague win and a doubleheader sweep of Minnesota Sunday.

The Nationals, who trailed 4-1 early in the game, chipped away at the Twins' lead with single runs in the third and fifth innings.

Washington tied it up in the sixth when Anthony Rendon singled off reliever Anthony Swarzak (1-2) and former Twin Denard Span delivered a two-out, run-scoring triple.

Then in the seventh, Adam LaRoche collected a one-out double and Desmond followed by belting a Swarzak offering into the left-center field gap, sending home the decisive run.

Jayson Werth provided two RBI for the Nats, who took two-of-three from Minnesota following a 7-0 victory in Sunday's first game.

Tyler Clippard (5-1) earned the decision and Rafael Soriano racked up his 16th save to secure the victory.

Chris Herrmann went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and Pedro Florimon cracked a two-run homer for the Twins, who fell for the fourth time in five games overall.

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