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Originally published Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM

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Ramos provides fireworks on Fourth in D.C.

Wilson Ramos, returning after missing 44 games, hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and drove in five runs for the Phillies.

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals’ attempts to jump-start their season have so far been false starts. Perhaps, on the Fourth of July, the return of Wilson Ramos and an “epiphany” from the manager have done the trick.

Back after missing 44 games with a strained hamstring, Ramos hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning Thursday, leading the Nationals to an 8-5 win over Milwaukee.

The Washington catcher finished with three hits and a career-high five RBI.

“I’m excited, happy for this day, for me, for my family, for my team,” Ramos said.

The inconsistent Nationals moved back above .500 at 43-42.

Manager Davey Johnson joked before the game that he was “having a problem” with his Ouija board while trying to get the team’s bats going.

He decided to flip-flop Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth, batting Desmond second and Werth sixth.

“I had an epiphany last night about 9:30,” Johnson said, “and I called Desi, and I said, ‘Desi, I’m changing something.’ ”

For at least one day, it was managerial genius. Desmond had three hits, stole two bases and scored two runs. Werth had three hits, an RBI and scored twice.


• Royals OF Alex Gordon, who suffered a possible concussion Wednesday night when he struck an outfield fence, is out indefinitely.

• OF Yasiel Puig was in the Dodgers’ lineup despite a bruised hip after his Wednesday crash into an outfield wall.

• Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (broken rib) took batting practice and hopes to return before the All-Star break.

• Yankees 2B Robinson Cano’s streak of six multihit games was snapped. He was 0 for 4 against the Twins.

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