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Washington Nationals Snap 5-Game Losing Streak on Ian Desmond's Walk-off Homer

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 02:  Ian Desmond #20 of the Washington Nationals celebrates with teammates after hitting the game winning home run in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Nationals Park on May 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. Washington won the game 5-4.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIMay 2, 2012

The Washington Nationals were one inning away from a six-game losing streak, but Ian Desmond had other plans.

With the team down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bryce Harper led the inning off with a double. Desmond came to bat later in the inning and deposited the ball into the seats against right-hander J.J. Putz.

It was a solid game all around for the Nats, with contributions coming from nearly everybody in the lineup.

Aside from Desmond, Harper was the star of the game. He recorded the first three-hit game of his career while scoring two runs and driving in another. His average sits at .385 through four games.

Harper seems to have a knack for making great defensive plays in the outfield, and he did not disappoint in the contest.

In the sixth inning, Harper fell down in the right-center field gap and proceeded to barehand the ball out of midair.

Harper also flashed his great arm in the game, holding Jason Kubel on third base in the fourth inning by firing a strike to catcher Wilson Ramos.

He nearly hit his first career home run, but he had to settle for a RBI double off the top of the wall.

Ramos recorded two hits of his own, and the combination of Craig Stammen and Henry Rodriguez provided three scoreless innings in relief of starter Edwin Jackson.

Over six innings, Jackson allowed four runs. His ERA now sits at 3.69.

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