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Nationals outslug Phillies to even series

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Wilson Ramos smacked a three-run homer and drove in four in the Washington Nationals' 9-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle test of a three-game set.

Gio Gonzalez (9-6) fanned six and surrendered five runs -- though just one was earned -- on five hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings for the Nationals, who moved 7 1/2 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the NL's second wild card spot.

Rafael Soriano tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his 37th save of the year.

Ethan Martin (2-4) allowed five runs on four hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings for Philadelphia, which rallied to take the first game of the set on Monday.

"Martin right from the get-go didn't establish his fastball," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "The bullpen came in and struggled."

Ramos' three-run shot into the seats in right-center staked the Nationals a 3-0 second-inning lead.

Cody Asche's two-out, two-run single in the fourth got the Phillies on the board, but Washington answered by plating a pair in the fifth on bases-loaded walks issued by Martin and reliever Justin De Fratus that gave the Nats a 5-2 edge.

A pair of two-out RBI singles by Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond in the sixth increased Washington's cushion to 7-2.

The Phillies got three runs back in the home sixth. Darin Ruf worked a one- out walk and later scored on Desmond's throwing error when John Mayberry bounced one to short two batters later. RBI singles by Michael Martinez and pinch-hitter Chase Utley later in the frame cut the gap to 7-5.

Pinch-hitter Corey Brown belted a solo homer into the second deck in right for Washington in the seventh before Asche answered with a solo blast of his own in the eighth to make it an 8-6 game.

Washington added an insurance run in the ninth as Denard Span, who reached with a single, later scored on a wild pitch by Philadelphia's B.J. Rosenberg.

Game Notes

Brown's homer was the second of his career ... Asche registered three hits and three RBI ... The Nationals were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position, while Philadelphia finished 3-for-9 in those situations.

09/03 23:09:33 ET