NEW YORK - The Nationals' battered roster, missing Ryan Zimmerman and now missing Adam LaRoche, has come back to take a 7-3 lead in the 11th inning on the Mets. LaRoche singled, and pinch hitter Jordan Zimmermann - remember, the Nationals are down a bench player today with Ryan Zimmerman out - dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt to move LaRoche over.
Sliding into second, though, LaRoche appeared to hurt his leg. He came out of the game with trainer Mike McGowan, and Wilson Ramos came in to pinch run for him. Ramos will catch the bottom of the 11th, which means Ivan Rodriguez will have to play first base for the first time since 2005.
Rodriguez got the go-ahead single in the 11th, driving in a run with a single to right after doubling in the eighth and placing a sac bunt in the ninth. For a catcher who looks like a liability on many days at the plate, he's had quite a game today.
And Laynce Nix - who had one hit all year - picked a great time for his second one. He hammered a three-run homer into the bullpens, splitting the game open. Sean Burnett was warming for the Nationals, but it won't even be a save situation for him in the bottom of the 11th.