Wild Pitch Hands Nationals Another Last At-Bat Victory

The Washington Nationals started off well, then had to fight back against the Chicago Cubs, before tallying a run in the bottom of the tenth on a wild pitch and winning, 5-4, with 32,937 on hand at Nationals Park on Independence day.

Right fielder Jayson Werth, who has been booed by the home crowd after strikeouts during this homestand, walked to lead off the bottom of the tenth against Cubs reliever Marcus Mateo (1-2). Pinch hitter Livan Hernandez followed with a perfect sacrifice bunt that got Werth to second base.

After a pitching change, Werth stole third on Carlos Marmol’s first offering to Ivan Rodriguez. A wild pitch by Marmol, got away from catcher Geovany Soto, went all the way to the back stop. Werth raced home with the winning run.

The Nationals are now 15-8 in their last at-bat.

Run-scoring hits from Laynce Nix and Jayson Werth provided the Nationals a 2-0 lead in the first against Cubs right-hander Casey Coleman.

Chicago answered with RBI hits by for Nationals’ Marlon Byrd and Alphonso Soriano for a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning versus Jordan Zimmermann.

A single by Soto extended Cubs’ lead to 4-2 in the sixth inning before the Nationals mounted a comeback.

The Nationals received another RBI from Werth and a walk that scored a run by Laynce Nix in the seventh to tie the game at 4-4.

Nationals relievers Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen and Henry Rodriguez (3-1) kept the Cubs scoreless for four innings to put them in position to win again.

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