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MLB: Philadelphia 5, Washington 4

Sept. 14, 2013 at 11:09 PM   |   Comments

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.

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