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)
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.