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PHILADELPHIA -- Domonic Brown singled home the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Monday night as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 5-4.

Washington's Chad Tracy had tied the game when he hit a solo homer off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the top of the ninth. The homer came on an 0-2 pitch from Papelbon, who blew his first save in 14 opportunities but earned the victory, his first decision of the season.

Philadelphia's Ben Revere opened the bottom of the inning with a single off reliever Fernando Abad (0-2). After Michael Young flied out, Jimmy Rollins singled Revere to third. Pinch hitter Steven Lerud struck out, but Brown punched a 2-2 pitch through the middle to win it.

Ryan Howard went 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs for the Phillies, who won for just the third time in 10 games. Delmon Young also drove in two runs for Philadelphia.

John Lannan, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, had not pitched since April 17 because of a strained quadriceps tendon near his left knee. He started and lasted five innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four and walking one.

Michael Stutes followed Lannan to the mound and retired all six hitters he faced. Mike Adams allowed a two-out RBI single to Ian Desmond in the eighth, cutting the Phils' lead to 4-3, but Antonio Bastardo retired pinch hitter Adam LaRoche to end the inning.

Papelbon then set down the first two hitters he faced in the ninth, but Tracy lofted his homer into the right-field seats, just inside the foul pole.

It was the third homer of the season for Tracy, who began the game hitting .141.

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth singled home a run against his former team in the first, but Howard drove a 2-2 pitch from Haren deep into the right-field seats leading off the bottom of the second.

That homer, the eighth of the season for Howard, ended a string of 67 straight homerless plate appearances, his last homer coming on May 29 against the Red Sox. It was also just his second home run in 131 plate appearances.

The Phillies went ahead courtesy of Young's two-run double in the third, but the Nationals cut the gap to 3-2 on back-to-back doubles by Kurt Suzuki and Steve Lombardozzi in the fourth.

Howard then extended the Phils' lead to 4-2 with an RBI single in the fifth.

NOTES: To make room for Lannan on the roster, the Phillies placed LHP Jeremy Horst on the disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with a strained left elbow. ... Suzuki ended an 0-for-15 slump with a second-inning single. ... Phils general manager Ruben Amaro told reporters before the game that 2B Chase Utley, out since May 20 with a strained oblique, could begin a rehab assignment "in a day or two." ... Amaro also said that C Carlos Ruiz, out since May 19 with a hamstring pull, could return as soon as Wednesday. ... A moment of silence was observed before the game to honor former Phillies C Stan Lopata, who died Saturday at age 87.

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