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Nationals 11, Phillies 2

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WASHINGTON -- Wilson Ramos had four run-scoring hits and a career-high five RBI and pitcher Jordan Zimmermann won his league-leading 18th game as the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2 Sunday to keep their slim playoff chances alive.

Ramos hit a long solo homer to give the Nationals a 6-2 lead in the sixth. It was the 15th homer of the season for Ramos, who set a Nationals' record for homers by a catcher as he went deep for the sixth time in 12 games.

Zimmermann (18-8) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings for Washington as the right-hander improved to 11-3 this season at Nationals Park. Every Washington starter had at least one hit, including pitcher Zimmermann.

The Nationals, who had 18 hits, began the day 5 1/2 games back of the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild card spot in the National League. Washington (79-70) won for the eighth time in nine games while the Phillies (69-80) fell to 28-46 on the road.

The Nationals scored five runs in the seventh to blow the game open as Ian Desmond and Ramos had two-run singles and Denard Span drove in a run to make it 11-2. Span had two hits and has a hitting streak of 26 games, the second-best mark in the majors this season.

Jayson Werth gave Washington a 5-2 lead with an RBI single in the fifth against starter Tyler Cloyd (2-5), who gave up five runs in four innings.

Desmond, Ramos and Zimmermann had RBI hits in the fourth as the Nationals took a 4-2 lead. The double by Desmond scored Bryce Harper (three runs), who had two doubles and a single and has reached base nine of his last 11 trips to the plate.

Chase Utley had an RBI groundout in the third to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. His hit scored Roger Bernadina, who doubled in his first start against the team that released him in August.

Washington tied the game a 1-1 in the second on an RBI single by Ramos. The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly to left by Kevin Frandsen to score Dominic Brown. It was the first start for Brown since Aug. 30 due to a right Achilles heel soreness.

NOTES: LF Harper threw out Darin Ruf at second in the sixth inning as he tried for a double. It was the third assist in two days for Harper, who has 13 assists this year. ... Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (13-6, 2.97 ERA) will face RHP Sam Dyson (0-0, 4.50) in the series opener on Monday against the Miami Marlins. ... Washington will begin a series with the first-place Atlanta Braves on Monday, and RHP Dan Haren (9-13, 5.02) of the Nationals will face LHP Mike Miner (13-7, 3.15). ... Span leads the Nationals with 15 three-hit games. ... Phillies lefty reliever Jake Diekman has allowed left-handed hitters just three hits in their last 38 bats (.079) in his last 23 outings.
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