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Nats' bullpen combines for 3 scoreless innings, hangs on to beat Tigers 5-4 for 2-game sweep

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    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Rafael Soriano (29) untucks his jersey as the Nationals defeat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 in a baseball game, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)The Associated Press

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    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Rafael Soriano, right, celebrates a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers with catcher Wilson Ramos, left, in a baseball game, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)The Associated Press

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    Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, left, is safe on an attempted pick-off play at second by Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, right, during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)The Associated Press

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    Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) catches a liner by Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)The Associated Press

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    Detroit Tigers' Matt Tuiasosopo watches his three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)The Associated Press

Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano combined for shutout relief after Dan Haren nearly squandered a four-run lead, and the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Thursday to complete a two-game sweep of the AL champions.

Adam LaRoche singled in the first and second innings for his first consecutive multihit games this season, helping the Nationals to their first four-game winning streak of the year. Ryan Zimmerman, in a 2-for-14 slide coming in, had three hits.

Bryce Harper hit an RBI groundout in the first following Denard Span's leadoff double, and Harper came home from second when LaRoche singled and centerfielder Austin Jackson let the ball get past him for an error. Ian Desmond followed with a run-scoring single for a 3-1 lead.