Washington snaps losing skid, defeats Arizona, 5-4

nationals_logoA Wilson Ramos two-run single broke an eighth-inning tie, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched around a two-out ninth-inning error to hold on to a 5-4 Washington Nationals win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Papelbon earned his second save as a Nat and his 19th of the season overall, giving up an unearned run in the ninth.

Drew Storen (2-0, 1.56 ERA) got the win, pitching a scoreless eighth in advance of the Ramos game-winning hit.

Starter Max Scherzer got a no-decision, going six innings, giving up three runs on four hits, striking out nine and walking three.

Yunel Escobar hit his seventh homer of the season, a solo shot leading off the bottom of the first.

The win snaps a four-game losing streak for Washington (55-50), which remains a game back of the New York Mets (57-50) in the National League East.

The Mets won at Miami on Tuesday night by a 5-1 final.


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