Reporting Byron Kerr
Through eight innings, it appeared Doug Fister was going to be the story. He had dominated the Nationals through eight innings, allowing only three hits and one run.
On the other side, Livan Hernandez could not keep his pitches down in the zone and the Seattle Mariners pounded out 10 hits and five runs to lead 5-1.
Things can change in an instant in baseball. That is why they play nine innings.
In the bottom of the ninth, Jayson Werth led off by reaching on a Justin Smoak misplay at first. Roger Bernadina connected on a base hit. Ryan Zimmerman grounded into a double play and suddenly the Nationals were down to their final out.
A Jerry Hairston, Jr., single plated Werth and the Nationals had cut the advantage to 5-2.
Michael Morse’s hit glanced off of reliever Brandon League’s calf and he reached base.
David Pauley replaced the injured League and was promptly greeted by a Danny Espinosa single that scored Hairston to make it 5-3.
Wilson Ramos followed with the most dramatic home run of his career, a no-doubt-about-it slam to deep left center field. The three-run blast was his first ever walk off homer and marked the biggest comeback in the six years the Nationals had been in Washington.
The Nationals ended up with a stunning, improbable and unbelievable 6-5 win over Seattle.
The Nationals have now won nine of their last 10 games and are 7-0 against the Mariners.
Game two tonight features a pair of lefties, Erik Bedard and John Lannan. Nationals ondeck at 6:30 p.m. on The Fan.