Wilson Ramos and his Washington teammates emerged from their offensive slumps a bit on Tuesday, and the Nationals earned a needed win.
Ramos blooped a two-run single to right with one out in the bottom of the eighth that helped Washington to a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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The catcher came up in a 3-all tie with one out and runners on second and third. He sliced a hit off David Hernandez (0-2) that scored Ryan Zimmermanand Jayson Werth and ended Washington’s four-game losing streak.
Ramos broke an 0-for-17 skid with an RBI single in the ninth inning Monday night. In this game, he went 2 for 3 with the two RBIs.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said Ramos’ discipline pays off, especially when he focuses on trying to hit the ball back through the box.
The victory helped Washington (55-50) remain one game behind the New York Mets in the National League East. New York (57-50) won its fifth straight on Tuesday.
Drew Storen (2-0) earned the win for Washington thanks to a perfect eighth.
Jonathan Papelbon posted his 19th save of the season and his second with the Nationals, despite allowing an unearned run in the ninth.
The Nationals scored just nine runs during their losing streak but needed just five batters in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Yunel Escobar homered to lead off and Zimmerman (single) and Werth (ground out) both drove in runs off Patrick Corbin to give Nationals starter Max Scherzer a quick lead.
Corbin lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up those three runs. Scherzer has been one of baseball’s top pitchers this year but uncharacteristically could not hold that lead.
The Diamondbacks scored three in the fourth, tying it on a two-run double from Chris Owings, as Scherzer needed to throw 40 pitches in that frame and 114 overall in six innings.
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