It took 13 innings and four hours and four minutes, but the Washington Nationals came from behind once again to win another thriller in extra innings on Friday night. Many of the 26,959 fans who attended the game stuck around until the end to see the Nats pull out another victory.
The Cincinnati Reds took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning before Washington performed some more eighth-inning magic on a home run by Xavier Nady to tie the game at one and force extra innings.
The 13th inning was set up when Danny Espinosa started a rally with one out. Following Espinosa, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche drew walks to load the bases for Jayson Werth.
With the infield in trying to cut down the runner at home, Werth sent the ball up the middle and then flipped his bat towards the dugout in celebration of another impressive win.
Washington has now scored 15 runs in the eighth inning or later this season.
The Nationals pitching continues to be one of the best in baseball, allowing only one run in 13 innings on five hits. Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven strong innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out three. The bullpen took it from there to combine for six innings of two-hit shutout baseball.
The Nationals are now 6-2 and are atop the National League East. This is just about the best start that they could have hoped for, especially considering the plethora of injuries to their ball club. The Nats are expecting one of their missing pieces back on Saturday when Rick Ankiel returns from the DL.
Washington will send Edwin Jackson to the mound to oppose Homer Bailey on Saturday with first pitch set for 4:05 p.m. ET.