Werth walk-off lifts Nats to sweep

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Teammates mob Jayson Werth after a walk-off base hit in the ninth inning. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

By Michael Marzzacco

The Nats squandered a 3-0 lead and trailed in the ninth inning 4-3 but like they’ve shown so far this season, they can come through with the game on the line. They did exactly that. Jayson Werth came up with two runners on and sent a base hit up the middle to send both Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa home for the dramatic walk-off win.

The Nats scored two runs in the first inning via the sacrifice fly. With Michael Taylor on third and Werth on second, Ryan Zimmerman flew out to right field deep enough to bring Taylor home while moving Werth to third. Werth came home with a Wilson Ramos sac fly.

In the second, Espinosa homered for his 11th of the season into the left field bullpen. Trailing 3-0, Philadelphia mounted a comeback. A Cody Asche homer, Odubel Herrera RBI double and an RBI single by Freddy Galvis tied the game.

Nats starting pitcher Joe Ross went seven strong innings with eight strikeouts. Sammy Solis worked the eighth with a strikeout and allowing just one hit. The Nats turned to closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. He allowed a home  run off the bat of Maikel Franco.

Down 4-3 in the ninth with one out, Harper reached first base with an infield single. He beat the throw but the call needed review. The play was upheld. Espinosa followed with a single into left field. After Ben Revere lined out, Clint Robinson drew a walk, brining Werth up to the plate with the bases loaded.

Werth sent the crowd home happy.

“You live for those moments. You grew up playing Wiffle ball in the backyard. You always run through those situations. I’ve been lucky to get those during my career. I want to win. I want to help my teammates win and be part of a championship team. Whatever I can do,” said Werth.

Tonight the Nationals open up a three game series against the Chicago Cubs. Both teams are in first place so looking forward to a good time. First pitch tonight as at 7:05

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