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Continued: Lighting up the sky on Fourth of July: Ramos returns, hits go-ahead HR as Nats top Brewers 8-5

  • Article by: JOSEPH WHITE , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 4, 2013 - 3:20 PM

It was a star-spangled day in the nation's capital. The game began at 11:06 a.m. and featured a national anthem sang by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a new "Freedom Song" performed by Neil Diamond.

There would be fireworks on the later on the National Mall, but only after Ramos had lit up Nationals Park. Johnson essentially called the shot while chatting with bench coach Randy Knorr.

"I was talking to Randy, I said, 'He's had a good day, he might as well just hit one out here,'" Johnson said. "And, boom, sure enough he did."

NOTES: Ramos must love national celebration days. His last three-hit game came on Cinco de Mayo. ... Desmond was doing so well that he was intentionally walked to put Bryce Harper at the plate with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth. Harper grounded out to first, and he is 1 for 15 since returning from a knee injury, and the only hit was a home run in his first at-bat. ... The Brewers were hurt by minor league mistakes. They failed to execute a rundown when Harper was caught between first and second in the third inning, and Juan Francisco strayed too far off first and was thrown out by the cutoff man after an RBI single in the sixth.

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