MLB: Philadelphia 3, Washington 2

Sept. 2, 2013 at 10:37 PM

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz rallied Philadelphia with clutch eighth-inning RBI Monday, boosting the Phillies over Washington 3-2.

The Nationals broke a 1-1 tie in the top the eighth when Philadelphia's Justin De Fratus loaded the bases with two out and Scott Hairston sent home Anthony Rendon with a go-ahead sacrifice fly.

But the Phillies responded in the next half-inning against Tyler Clippard (6-3) with a two-out rally.

Cesar Hernandez coaxed a walk and Rollins followed by belting a pitch off the top of the right-field wall for a score-tying double.

The next batter, Ruiz, then pulled a grounder through the hole into left for the decisive tally.

B.J. Rosenberg (2-0) earned the win and Jonathan Papelbon notched his 24th save despite allowing two hits in the ninth as the Phils took the opener of a three-game series.

Ryan Zimmerman homered for Washington in the loss.

Nats starter Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 over six innings of one-run ball, while Phillies counterpart Cole Hamels fanned eight over seven innings, also allowing just a single run.

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