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Rauch (2-1) fell behind in the count to Dobbs, then hung a slider over the plate and cringed as Dobbs blooped an RBI single to center.

“Everybody out there played well enough to win that ballgame,” Rauch said. “And I just didn’t do the job at the end of the game.”

Washington tried in vain to tie it in the bottom of the ninth with Elijah Dukes and Rob Mackowiak drawing a pair of two-out walks against Lidge. But with the tying run 90 feet away after a double steal, Felipe Lopez swung at Lidge’s first pitch and grounded meekly to second.