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Phillies vs Nationals: Philadelphia drops final game, finishes 81-81

The Phillies dropped their final game of the season, losing to the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Wednesday afternoon. The loss gives the Phillies a final record of 81-81 on the season, their worst record since an 80-81 2002 season.

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Phillies drop final game of the season

The Philadelphia Phillies dropped their final game of the season, losing to the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Wednesday afternoon. The loss gives the Phillies a final record of 81-81 on the season, their worst record since an 80-81 2002 season. The Nationals clinched the top seed in the National League with the win, finishing with a 98-64 record, and will go on to play the Atlanta Braves or St. Louis Cardinals in the ALDS starting on Sunday.

Darin Ruf drove in Carlos Ruiz in the fourth inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead, but the Nationals answered in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own. Washington added another run in the sixth and two more in the eighth to secure the victory. Cliff Lee picked up the loss, ending his season with a 6-9 record despite a 3.16 ERA and 207 strikeouts.

The Phillies have already made a personnel move since their season ended. They let first base coach Sam Perlozzo go immediately following the game. Perlozzo had been with the Phillies since the beginning of the 2009 season.

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Darin Ruf homers twice, but Phils lose in DC

The Phillies dropped the second game of their final series of the season Tuesday night, losing 4-2 to the Nationals. The Phils tried to play spoiler on Monday night, but a Braves loss clinched the division for Washington.

Philadelphia could still disrupt the Nats' chances to clinch the best record in the National League, but a combination of six Washington pitchers shut down Philly on Tuesday.

The only Phillies hitter who had any success was slugging rookie Darin Ruf, who blasted two homers. Ruf has been a bright spot for the Phillies as they play out the final week of the season. He hammered his first career homer last week against the Nats, and also came through with the game-winning triple on Monday. On Tuesday, he crushed solo homers in the fourth and eighth to produce the Phils' only runs for the second straight night.

Philadelphia will now wrap up the 2012 season Wednesday afternoon with Cliff Lee on the mound. He'll be opposed by Edwin Jackson.

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Phillies try to win game with bullpen

The Philadelphia Phillies secured at least a .500 record with their win over the Washington Nationals on Monday night, and on Tuesday they look to secure a winning season. The Phillies will start B.J. Rosenberg (1-2, 6.86 ERA) as they attempt to get a win using their bullpen now that originally scheduled starter Tyler Cloyd has been shut down for the season with arm fatigue.

The Nationals have opted not to start ace Gio Gonzalez and rest him for the postseason, instead sending Tom Gorzelanny (4-2, 2.90) to the mound. The pitchers won't be the only irregular starters on Tuesday with both teams sitting some everyday players. Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins will sit out his second straight game on Tuesday and may be done for the season.

Here are the full lineups for both teams:

Philadelphia Phillies (81-79)

1. Kevin Frandsen, 3B
2. John Mayberry, CF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ty Wigginton, 1B
5. Darin Ruf, LF
6. Domonic Brown, RF
7. Erik Kratz, C
8. Michael Martinez, SS
9. B.J. Rosenberg, SP

Washington Nationals (96-64)

1. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B
2. Bryce Harper, CF
3. Tyler Moore, LF
4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
5. Chad Tracy, 3B
6. Mark DeRosa, SS
7. Roger Bernadina, RF
8. Sandy Leon, C
9. Tom Gorzelanny, SP

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