Still clinging to postseason hopes, the Washington Nationals will take every win they can get.
Wilson Ramos hit a three-run homer and Corey Brown also went deep to back Gio Gonzalez, helping the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 Tuesday night.
The Nationals remained 7 1/2 games behind Cincinnati for the second wild-card spot after overcoming a sloppy all-around effort that included three errors, four unearned runs and four wild pitches.
''That was an ugly game, one of the ugliest I've seen,'' manager Davey Johnson said. ''That's not the way to win a pennant, I'll tell you that.''
Gonzalez (9-6) gave up five runs - one earned - and five hits, striking out six in 5 2-3 innings. The lefty has two straight wins after going seven starts without one.
Ramos connected in the second and the Nationals never trailed. Brown hit a solo shot into the second deck off Luis Garcia in his first big-league at-bat of the season in the seventh to extend the lead to 8-5.
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