Murphy, Papelbon help Nationals hold on to beat Reds 10-9

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon throws in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Cincinnati. The Nationals won 10-9. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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CINCINNATI (AP) Daniel Murphy homered and drove in three runs, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched out of his own major jam in the ninth inning to preserve the Washington Nationals' 10-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Wilson Ramos also went deep for the Nationals, who overcame an early five-run deficit and then nearly squandered a five-run cushion of their own.

Murphy, Ramos and Bryce Harper each had three hits to help Washington salvage the finale of a three-game series, snapping the club's five-game losing streak in Cincinnati over the last two seasons.

Papelbon entered in the ninth to protect a 10-8 lead and immediately got in trouble. Tyler Holt singled, Joey Votto walked and Brandon Phillips hit an RBI double that made it a one-run game.