Daniel Murphy Walk-Off Caps Epic Rally


Photo: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

By Michael Marzzacco

The Nationals put together an epic three-run ninth inning rally to tie the rally then another run in the 10th to stun the Braves with a 5-4 win Friday at Nationals Park. The rally was completed in the 10th inning with a walk-off base hit to deep left field by Daniel Murphy.

And we were all like this little girl.

Adrian Sanchez crossed the plate for the winning run after he led off the 10th inning with his first major league hit.

Trailing 4-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Nats tied it with three runs to force extras. Bryce Harper singled to lead off the inning. Ryan Zimmerman drew a walk. Murphy drove in Harper from second with a single into right field that cut the deficit in half. It was his 61st RBI of the season. His 62nd would be the winner. Anthony Rendon followed up with a single just short of the diving glove of Nick Markakis that scored Zimmerman. Runners at the corners, still no outs.

Chris Heisey grounded into a force out, Rendon was the choice at second. Then Braves manager Brian Snitker got ejected for the third time this season arguing over a checked swing by Matt Wieters. Wieters would then get the equalizer with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Murphy from third.

Wieters would also drive in the game’s first run in the sixth with a single to left-center that scored Stephen Drew from second base to tie the game.

Max Scherzer gave up four runs on six hits over 7.2 innings but still had an impressive start and got 10 strikeouts for the 60th time in his career.

Nat killer Freddie Freeman had three RBI’s including a home run in the seventh.

This was the Nationals seventh walk-off of the year and Murphy’s first since their first one back in April.

The third game of the series takes place this afternoon at 4:05 from Nationals Park. It’ll be Stephen Strasburg (9-2, 3.28 ERA) up against Julio Tehran (6-6, 5.14 ERA).




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