Cole Hamels recorded a hit and scored a run while throwing six innings to earn his eighth win in the Phillies' 5-4 victory over the Nationals. (AP)
WASHINGTON -- The Phillies’ bullpen bent but did not break in a 5-4 win over the Nationals on Saturday night to snap Washington's seven-game winning streak.
Cole Hamels got the win. Carlos Ruiz had a big hit for the Phillies. And Jimmy Rollins ended the game with a clutch play at shortstop.
The loss damaged the Nationals’ slim playoff hopes as they fell 5 1/2 games back in the NL wild-card race with 14 games to play.
Starting pitching report
Hamels took a 5-1 lead into the seventh inning and allowed three straight no-out singles to load the bases. He was removed at that point. Three of Hamels' base runners scored as the Nats' cut the Phillies' lead to a run in the inning.
Hamels was not as sharp as he had been lately, but he ended up getting the win. He is 8-13 with a 3.48 ERA. The Phillies have been victorious in seven straight of Hamels’ starts.
Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez allowed nine hits and four runs in six innings. All four runs came in the fifth inning when John Mayberry Jr. homered and Ruiz stroked a three-run double.
Gonzalez had been tough on the Phillies in three previous starts this season. In fact, in 19 2/3 innings he had allowed just four earned runs, as many as he gave up in the fifth inning.
B.J. Rosenberg struck out Wilson Ramos with the potential tying run at third base to end the seventh inning.
Jake Diekman retired red-hot Denard Span with the potential tying-run on second to end the eighth.
Jonathan Papelbon survived a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth to record his 27th save.
Papelbon issued an intentional walk to Bryce Harper, the potential winning run, with two outs before retiring Wilson Ramos on a bullet one-hopper to Rollins.
At the plate
Ruiz has 20 RBIs in his last 22 games.
Rollins doubled to lead off the seventh and scored on a hit by Chase Utley to make it a 5-1 game.
Span improved his hitting streak to 25 games.
Domonic Brown has been cleared to return to the starting lineup, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Brown has not started in two weeks because of swelling in his right Achilles tendon. Brown, who entered Saturday night’s game in the seventh inning, could start as soon as Sunday, Sandberg said.
Tyler Cloyd (2-4, 4.56) and Jordan Zimmermann (17-8, 3.36) are the pitchers in Sunday afternoon’s series finale.