Posted September 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
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While the Washington Nationals are getting closer to securing the first division title in franchise history, the Philadelphia Phillies' chances of reaching the postseason for the sixth straight year are dwindling. Coming off a tough weekend, Philadelphia looks to get back on track behind Cole Hamels on Tuesday night when it hosts the NL East-leading Nationals in the opener of a three-game series. The Phillies (77-76) extended their winning streak to four and won for the 12th time in 15 games Friday night by posting a 6-2 victory over visiting Atlanta. The five-time defending NL East champions, though, lost 8-2 on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday to put a serious dent in their pursuit of the NL's second wild-card spot. "Obviously, we're running out of games," Sunday's losing pitcher Cliff Lee told the Phillies' official website. "We really need to win every game. Today was big, but there's nothing we can do now. "Hopefully we can win (Tuesday), and basically we've almost got to win out...
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