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Nationals beat Phillies 4-2

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A smile crept across Adam LaRoche's face while he rounded the bases Tuesday night after hitting his career-high 33rd homer to become the third Nationals player with 100 RBIs in a season, another celebratory moment for NL East champion Washington during a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Washington Nationals' Sandy Leon (41) breaks his bat during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

When the Nationals Park gates opened, early-arriving fans in the crowd of 33,546 were treated to a video montage of alcohol-spraying and general mirth-making from a night earlier, when the home team clinched its first division title since moving from Montreal in 2005.

Even the guy playing the national anthem on his bat-violin Tuesday wore a gray T-shirt marking the accomplishment.

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