By Michael Marzzacco
Stephen Drew came up to pinch hit in the ninth inning with Anthony Rendon on. Just as numerous members of the Nationals bench have done all season long, Drew came up big. He hit the baseball off the out-of-town scoreboard in the right-center outfield wall, very close to a home run, that was good enough to score Rendon from first base and give the Nats the 3-2 win.
The Nats trailed early on in this contest.Ryan Schimpf hit a two run homer off of Nats starter Max Scherzer in the top of the second. With former National Edwin Jackson on the mound, the Nats looked to even things up. In the bottom of the third, with Ben Revere on third, Daniel Murphy drove him in with a sac-fly. The Nats tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a double by Revere that scored Danny Espinosa.
Scherzer, despite giving up the early two runs, had another decent outing on the mound in the no-decision. He went seven innings while striking out 10.
Drew pinch hitting in the ninth was his first appearance in six days while battling flu-like symptoms. He pinch-hit for Jonathan Papelbon after he escaped from a jam pitching in the top of the ninth.
The Nationals go for the series win today at 1:35.