Phillies edge Nationals

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Updated: September 2, 2013

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Carlos Ruiz’s go-ahead RBI single in the
eighth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 win over the
Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game set.

After the Nationals went ahead in the top of the eighth on Scott Hairston’s
sacrifice fly, the Phillies answered with a pair of two-out runs in the home
eighth.

Cesar Hernandez worked a two-out walk against Tyler Clippard (6-3) before
Jimmy Rollins’ double into right-center plated Hernandez for the game-tying
run. Chase Utley was intentionally walked to bring up Ruiz, who grounded a
single into the hole on the right side of the infield to bring home Rollins
for the go-ahead run.

Washington had runners on the corners with one away in the ninth, but Jonathan
Papelbon struck out both Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon to notch his 24th
save of the season.