Score more runs than your opponent and you'll generally come away with the win. No matter how hard your closer tries.

The Phillies who were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention earlier today in April held out for an entertaining if not altogether convincing win over the Washington Badattitudinals.

Cole Hamels pitched a workmanlike six plus innings before running out of gas in the seventh. His final tally of five strikeouts three walks eight hits and four runs makes his performance sound worse than it was. If he hadn't appeared in the seventh at all as would have been wise for a non-contending team in September with a solid lead and bullpen he would have exited with a much cleaner line.

The Bnats struck first. Denard Span led off with a single to center stole second advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly from Jayson Werth. Hamels settled down then though and pitched through and around trouble into the seventh.

Meanwhile in the top of the fifth John Mayberry Jr lined a one-out solo homerun to tie the game. Hamels followed with a single Cesar Hernandez singled and Chase Utley walked to load the bases... for Carlos Ruiz. Now since August 1st Ruiz has been fantastic :.348/.400/.539/.939 line in 127 PAs. He is leading the majors in average with runners in scoring position. Probably just padding his RBIs but still. Tonight was no different as he finished with two hits but the big one came there in the fifth. A three-run bases clearing double over Werth's head to cap the rally at four runs.

The Phils would add an insurance run in the seventh after Jimmy Rollins led off with a double and Utley drove him in with a single.