By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals dropped the finale of the three game series to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park 2-1. This was the longest regular season game in Nats history with a contest that lasted five hours and 48 minutes.

Trailing 1-0 down to their final strike in the ninth inning, Daniel Murphy came off the bench and launched a home run into the mezzanine level in right field. Nats Park erupted as the game was tied at 1 heading to extras.

The Nats failed to get across any runs and had a few chances in extras but left the runners stranded. The Pirates finally broke the tie in the 18th inning when Starling Marte homered off of Oliver Perez.

Despite the loss the Nats still took two of three in the series. The Nats will welcome the Dodgers tomorrow night for Dusty Baker Bobblehead Night with first pitch at 7:05.

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte, right, rounds the bases after he hit a home run as Washington Nationals relief pitcher Oliver Perez (46) looks on during the 18th inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Washington. The Pirates won 2-1 in 18 innings. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) The Associated Press

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