MLB: Philadelphia 5, Washington 4

Sept. 14, 2013 at 11:09 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Carlos Ruiz capped a big fifth inning with a bases-clearing double Saturday and Philadelphia hung on to break Washington's seven-game winning streak, 5-4.

John Mayberry ignited Philadelphia's four-run fifth with a one-out solo homer, tying the score 1-1.

Pitcher Cole Hamels and Cesar Hernandez followed with consecutive singles off Washington's Gio Gonzalez and, after Jimmy Rollins flew out, Chase Utley drew a walk to load the bases.

That brought up Ruiz, who sliced the first pitch he saw into the right-field corner to drive in all three runners.

Hamels (8-13) earned the victory, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits through six innings, walking three and striking out five.

B.J. Rosenberg and Jacob Diekman held the Nats scoreless over 1 1/3 innings and Jonathan Papelbon notched his 27th save despite allowing a hit and a walk in the ninth as Philadelphia evened the three-game series.

Gonzalez (10-7) coughed up four runs on nine hits over six innings for Washington, which had used the winning streak to pull within 5 1/2 games of Cincinnati for the second National League wild-card spot.

Denard Span went 3-for-5 with two runs scored while Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond and Bryce Harper each drove in a run for the Nationals.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Alabama football: Crimson Tide host Arkansas, hope to continue momentum from Georgia game
St. Louis Rams' Stedman Bailey fined for 'sleeping' on the job
Toronto Maple Leafs lose in Mike Babcock's debut, earn Montreal Canadians' respect
Johnny Manziel's grandfather loses home in 'suspicious' fire