Adam LaRoche’s homer gives Nationals 5-3 lead

MIAMI - Heading into the 11th inning, Adam LaRoche had a .130 batting average. He had a .111 average with runners in scoring position, and had only driven in one run.

Now, he’s got the first clutch homer of the Nationals’ season.

LaRoche stroked a two-run shot to right off Edward Mujica, scoring Ryan Zimmerman and giving the Nationals a 5-3 lead. Sean Burnett is on for his second save attempt of the season.

The first baseman is traditionally a slow starter, but he pounced on an off-speed pitch from Mujica there. And after two games the Nationals could have won, they’ve got a shot to steal one they looked like they’d lose early.