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Nationals 4, Phillies 3 (11 innings)

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WASHINGTON -- Wilson Ramos' pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Washington Nationals a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night before 34,377 at Nationals Park

Philadelphia's Michael Schwimer (0-1) started his third inning of relief in the 11th and was doing fine until Steve Lombardozzi came up with two outs. The rookie third baseman singled to right, just under the glove of diving first baseman Ty Wigginton.

Bryce Harper then drew a walk after Schwimer had jumped ahead with an 0-2 count. Jayson Werth also walked to load the bases.

Ramos came on to pinch-hit and sent a 1-2 pitch into left-center to score Lombardozzi and complete Washington's comeback from early deficits of 2-0 and 3-1.

Ryan Perry (1-0) got the victory for the Nationals (17-9), who have won three straight games. Philadelphia (13-14) has dropped two of its last three.

Washington had tied the game in the eighth on a Jesus Flores RBI double. That came with one out and put runners at second and third. Philadelphia's Chad Qualls then intentionally walked pinch-hitter Xavier Nady to load the bases.

But Qualls escaped by getting the next two batters. Ian Desmond grounded into a close force play at the plate, and Lombardozzi grounded out to end the inning.

The Phillies didn't create much offense against Washington starter Stephen Strasburg. He gave up just three runs on three hits in six innings. But two of the hits were homers, Hunter Pence's two-run shot and a solo homer from Carlos Ruiz, and the right-hander left the game trailing 3-1.

Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick had a lot more trouble in his five-inning stint. He gave up seven hits and needed 85 pitches but allowed just one run. The Phillies helped him by turning double plays in the first two innings.

The Nationals got the game's first threat in the third inning but came up empty. Strasburg started the rally with a one-out double to right-center.

Lombardozzi added a two-out single that moved Strasburg to third before Bryce Harper walked to load the bases. But Kendrick struck out former Phillie Jayson Werth to end the inning.

The Phillies didn't get a hit through the first three innings but changed all that in the fourth. Juan Pierre led off with a single up the middle, and Pence later hit his two-run homer to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. That's the first homer Strasburg has given up this season -- he went 35 1/3 innings before allowing one.

Chad Tracy cut the lead in half with his leadoff homer in the bottom of the fourth. The Nationals then wasted another scoring threat, putting runners on first and third with one out before Kendrick struck out Strasburg and got Desmond to fly out.

Ruiz then gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead with his leadoff homer in the fifth. The Nationals went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position through those first five innings and stranded six.
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