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Jordan Zimmermann wins 18th, Nationals beat Phillies 11-2

Bryce Harper on his way to steal second base at Nationals, Sunday. Harper and teammate Jayson Werth both stole bases on the play. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Wilson Ramos had four hits and five RBIs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings for his NL-best 18th win and the Washington Nationals kept up their late playoff push by routing the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2 Sunday.

Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 26 games, Bryce Harper hit a pair of doubles and a single and scored three times, and every player in the Nationals' starting lineup had at least one hit.

Washington, which began the day 5½ games behind Cincinnati for the NL's second wild-card berth, has won eight of nine and 25 of 35.

Zimmerman (18-8) scattered seven hits and single runs in the second and third innings with seven strikeouts.

Washington took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth off Tyler Cloyd (2-5), starting with back-to-back doubles by Harper and Ian Desmond. Harper added his third outfield assist in the three-game series when he caught Darin Ruf trying to stretch a single off the left-field wall into a double in the sixth.

Ramos' four hits and five RBIs tied career-highs; he has 49 RBIs in 54 games since coming off the disabled list.

Span singled up the middle in the third to extend his hitting streak, which of Colorado's Michael Cuddyer for longest in the majors this season. Ramos started his 23rd consecutive game at catcher, passing St. Louis' Yadier Molina for most starts in a row behind the plate in the majors this year.

Washington went 9 for 13 with runners in scoring position; the Nationals began the day with a .239 RISP average, 25th in the major leaguers.

Four Nationals players got hits leading off innings, and each time the player scored - including a homer by Ramos to lead off the sixth.

Washington added five runs in the seventh off Joe Savery and Mauricio Robles.

NOTES: Phillies LF Domonic Brown, returning from a right Achilles tendon injury, doubled and scored in the second inning in his first start since Aug. 30. He came off the bench Friday and Saturday. ... The Nationals' 18 hits tied their season high. ... The Phillies have not won a series on the road since the All-Star break. ... A pigeon wandered near the pitcher's mound, shortstop and second base for several innings. During warmups at the start of the eighth, the bird had a staredown with first base umpire Jim Wolf on the edge of the outfield grass. The crowd cheered whenever the pigeon attempted to fly, but the bird appeared to be injured and couldn't stay airborne for more than a few yards.

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