The Nationals and Braves are headed to the 10th inning, after Washington did an impressive job of running the bases in the ninth. With the bases loaded, Alex Cora singled up the middle, and the Nationals scored a pair of runs. Jason Marquis - who pitched on Tuesday and pinch ran in the ninth - slid into third, and Alex Cora took an extra base, as third-base coach Bo Porter watched from his knees, clapped his hands and pumped his fists.
They had a chance to pull ahead in the ninth, but Ian Desmond looked at a fastball down the middle for strike three, and Jayson Werth struck out to end the inning. Desmond's at-bat was the downfall of the inning; he was down 0-2, and when he went down with the bat on his shoulder, it took away the possibility of the Nationals going ahead on a fly ball.
Sean Burnett pitched the ninth inning for the Nationals, and though the first two hitters were lefties, it was another sign that Drew Storen is the closer, at least at the moment - they used Burnett in the ninth inning of a tie game on the road, saving Storen if they took a lead.
The Nationals are 4-1 in extra innings this year, and the Braves are 1-3. We'll see if that trend continues.