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Washington scored one run in the fifth to cut the lead to four, then added four more runs in the eighth to tie the game. Ryan Zimmerman’s RBI triple on a 425-foot drive off the overhang in right-center field made it 5-2. Austin Kearns followed with a run-scoring single up the middle. And Church delivered the big blow, a two-run homer to right off reliever Doug Slaten — Church’s first off a left-hander in 363 days.

“I finally was able to get in a good hitter’s count [3-1] and got a fastball and did something with it,” said Church, who was hitting .222 against lefties. “Coming up through the minor leagues, I’ve been able to hit lefties. It’s one of those things where [it helps] to get in there on an everyday basis and see them at-bat after at-bat.”