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PHILADELPHIA -- Darin Ruf circled the bases, eager to celebrate his first career homer with teammates only to get prolonged silent treatment in the dugout.
Welcome to the big leagues, kid.
Cole Hamels (16-6) overcame five shaky innings to set a career high in wins and keep the five-time defending NL East champions from losing ground in the playoff race. Hamels allowed three runs and seven hits, tying his shortest outing of the year.
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Philadelphia remained 5½ games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot. Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Dodgers also are ahead of the Phillies in the standings with eight games remaining.
The Nationals' magic number for winning the NL East remained at five because Atlanta beat Miami 4-3. Their lead over the Braves dropped to four games with eight left.
Ruf earned the nickname "Babe" by leading all minor leaguers with 38 homers this season, breaking Ryan Howard's single-season record at Double-A Reading.
He didn't take long to show his power stroke.
Ruf connected off Ross Detwiler (10-7) in the second inning, turning on an inside pitch and hitting a towering drive out to left-center. The rookie returned to the dugout to find quiet faces. Players held back smiles and ignored Ruf until the inning ended before congratulating him with high-fives.
"That was very loving of them," Ruf said with a smile. "It's probably for all the times I suggested doing it to somebody in Double-A. I had it coming."
Even the batboy was in on it.
"I tried to give the batboy a [fist] pound and he didn't acknowledge me," Ruf said.
Manager Charlie Manuel enjoyed the scene.
"The batboy really blew him off," he said. "He was looking for somebody to talk to him and he didn't even look at him."
Manuel said "Baby Ruf" will be in the lineup again Wednesday.
"I like Ruf's swing," he said. "I like the way he uses the whole field. I like the type hitter he is."
Fans in left field gave Ruf a standing ovation when he jogged out to his position.
Detwiler (10-7) allowed five runs on five hits in five innings to lose for the first time since Aug. 22.
The Phillies made sure Washington won't pop bubbly on their field this week. The Nationals had to watch Philadelphia celebrate three times in the past five years, but they won't be able to return the favor here.
"We'd like to have celebrated on their field like they did with us," Detwiler said. "I didn't let it happen."
Control problems hurt Detwiler in the third. He walked John Mayberry Jr. and Chase Utley to start the inning. Howard followed with an RBI single on an 0-2 pitch. Ruiz then lined a three-run shot to left to make it 5-1.
"He has such a good fastball that sometimes that's all he wants to throw," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
Hamels, the 2008 World Series and NLCS MVP, won 15 games in `07. The three-time All-Star hadn't won more than 14 since until now.
This wasn't one of his better outings.
"We just want to play good baseball," Hamels said. "They're going to be doing something special, but we just want to play the game the right way."
Five Philadelphia relievers tossed four innings of one-hit ball. Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 37th save in 41 tries.
Bryce Harper hit an RBI single with two outs in the fifth to cut it to 5-2. Harper alertly advanced to second on the throw to the plate and scored on Ryan Zimmerman's single that got the Nationals within two runs.
Brown gave the Phillies a 6-3 lead when he drove Craig Stammen's first pitch way out to right leading off the sixth.
|Thanks to Darin Ruf, who homers for his first major-league hit, the reigning NL East champs still have a shot at a wild card. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.301|
|Bryce Harper, CF||4||1||2||1||0||2||0||.260|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.286|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.269|
|Michael Morse, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.288|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.296|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||3||1||.254|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.233|
|Ross Detwiler, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.045|
|Craig Stammen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Zach Duke, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chad Tracy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.286|
|a-grounded out for Gonzalez in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Duke in the 9th|
|SH - Ross Detwiler (3)|
|RBI - Bryce Harper (53), Ryan Zimmerman (94), Kurt Suzuki (39)|
|2-OUT RBI - Bryce Harper (15), Ryan Zimmerman (34), Kurt Suzuki (10)|
|SB - Danny Espinosa (20, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Ross Detwiler (L,10-7)||5||5||5||5||3||3||2||3.28|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 84-49, Craig Stammen 21-9, Mike Gonzalez 5-3, Zach Duke 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 6-6, Mike Gonzalez 1-0, Zach Duke 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 23, Craig Stammen 6, Mike Gonzalez 1, Zach Duke 6|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.249|
|John Mayberry Jr., CF||3||1||0||0||1||1||3||.254|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||3||.262|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||1||.225|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||1||1||3||0||0||0||.327|
|Domonic Brown, RF-LF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.241|
|Darin Ruf, LF||3||1||2||1||0||1||0||.400|
|Justin De Fratus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Phillippe Aumont, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ty Wigginton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.230|
|Jonathan Papelbon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kevin Frandsen, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.327|
|Cole Hamels, P||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.227|
|Josh Lindblom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Nate Schierholtz, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||.240|
|a-struck out for Aumont in the 8th|
|b-walked for Lindblom in the 6th|
|2B - Kevin Frandsen (5, Detwiler)|
|HR - Carlos Ruiz (16, Detwiler), Domonic Brown (5, Stammen), Darin Ruf (1, Detwiler)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard (56), Carlos Ruiz 3 (65), Domonic Brown (23), Darin Ruf (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Darin Ruf (1)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Cole Hamels (W,16-6)||5||7||3||3||1||6||0||3.11|
|Josh Lindblom (H,22)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.33|
|Justin De Fratus (H,3)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.17|
|Antonio Bastardo (H,24)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.44|
|Phillippe Aumont (H,5)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.97|
|Jonathan Papelbon (S,37)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.26|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 99-65, Josh Lindblom 13-8, Justin De Fratus 8-6, Antonio Bastardo 5-4, Phillippe Aumont 15-9, Jonathan Papelbon 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 5-4, Justin De Fratus 1-0, Phillippe Aumont 2-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 23, Josh Lindblom 3, Justin De Fratus 2, Antonio Bastardo 1, Phillippe Aumont 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4|
|Attendance - 42304|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Rob Drake|