The Washington Nationals watched their winning streak end in deflating fashion Saturday night.
Now the question is whether or not they can recover and stay in the wild-card race.
The Nationals rallied from a 5-1 deficit and had the tying run on base in each of the final three innings, but lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4.
Washington fell 5 1/2 games behind the Reds (winners in Milwaukee) for the second NL wild card.
''We're still fine, we've just got to win the games,'' manager Davey Johnson said. ''Just got to keep winning.''
After they pulled to within 5-4 in the seventh, they stranded a runner on second in the eighth and had a final chance in the ninth when Ryan Zimmerman doubled off Jonathan Papelbon to lead off.
Jayson Werth flied out and after Ian Desmond popped out, Bryce Harper, who had singled in his previous at-bat, was walked intentionally. Papelbon retired Wilson Ramos on a hard grounder to short to end it.
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