What looked like another tough loss to a less-than-star-studded Marlins lineup has turned into what will likely be a huge comeback win.
The Nationals can thank a six-run eighth inning, with all six runs scoring with two outs, for the thrilling comeback.
But they weren’t done yet. Not by a longshot.
Danny Espinosa, who entered the game mired in a 3-for-37 slump, absolutely destroyed a 2-2 pitch from Mike Dunn out to left, nearly clearing the Marlins’ bullpen.
Espinosa got a curtain call, and the crowd exploded. His homer gave the Nats their first lead of the night.
They still weren’t done.
Bryce Harper, who entered the game with three extra-base hits in 21 games since the All-Star break, then absolutely crushed a ball out to right. It finally came down in the second deck, even though I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had landed in Baltimore.
The Nats trailed 6-4 going into the bottom of the eighth. They tied a season high for most runs plated in an inning and now lead 10-6 as we go to the ninth.
What a ballgame. What a comeback.
Update: Tyler Clippard allowed a run in the ninth, but it meant nothing. The Nats earn a hard-fought 10-7 win.
The Braves lost to the Astros tonight, so Washington’s lead in the NL East is back to three games.