The Nationals are playing their eighth season in Washington, but this is the first summer in which they’ve been true players in baseball. And despite his recent downturn in performance, offseason acquisition Gio Gonzalez has been a major contributor to their 4 1/2 game division lead.
Andrew McCutchen homered twice, James McDonald took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out a career-high 11, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Thursday night.
Washington dropped back under .500 with a 42-43 record.
Drew Storen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 20th save.
Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen greeted Burnett with back-to-back solo home runs in the eighth inning.
Stairs smacked an RBI single off the right field wall for another walk-off winner for the Nationals, 2-1 over the Pittsburgh Pirates
Danny Espinosa’s two-run home run leads the Nationals to victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Check out post-game video from Espinosa, John Lannan and manager Jim Riggleman.
The Pirates have to be kicking themselves after this one.
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