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Dunn's single in 11th lifts Nats to walk-off victory

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WASHINGTON -- Adam Dunn swung twice, missing a pair of fastballs from Jason Frasor. With his third try, Dunn connected, erasing a season's worth of extra-inning futility for the Washington Nationals.

Dunn hit an 0-2 fastball for a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning to give Washington a 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

"I was trying to get something I could hit in the air. The first two pitches, [Frasor] just kind of blew by me and I don't really have a two-strike swing," Dunn said. "But I told myself [to use] a more level swing and I just tried to put the ball in play."

With one out in the 11th, Cristian Guzman knocked off the glove of Frasor (5-1) with a line-drive infield single, then Nick Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman walked before Dunn lined the winning single down the right-field line off an 0-2 fastball.

"You never want to be the guy to blow it, but at some point somebody is, whether it's their bullpen or our bullpen and tonight it was me. ... I made some terrible pitches. Just noncompetitive, not even close," Frasor said.

The victory was the Nationals' third straight, matching a season high, and Dunn has provided the game-winning RBI in each triumph. Their previous three-game winning streak came from May 7-9.

Jesus Colome (1-0), the Nationals' seventh pitcher, pitched a scoreless inning of relief. The Nationals' bullpen turned in 5 1/3 innings of two-hit ball as Washington prevailed for the first time in nine extra-inning games this season.

"Finally, we win a game in extra innings," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "Usually when you have an opportunity and you don't take advantage of it, it comes back later and bites you."

Dunn, who delivered Washington's first extra-inning run of the season, had a different explanation for the dry spell.

"It's people trying to do too much -- people trying to end it with one swing," he said. "What we do best is work the count, get on base. Tonight was a prime example. Goozie gets on, Nick works a walk, Zim works a walk. It puts a lot of pressure on that team."

Toronto had a three-game winning streak snapped.

The Nationals loaded the bases in the fourth before taking a 1-0 lead. Josh Bard drew a one-out walk and moved to third on Willie Harris' double down the right-field line. Anderson Hernandez was intentionally walked, but Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann beat out a relay on a potential double-play grounder to second for his first career RBI.

Rod Barajas' RBI single tied the game in the sixth. Scott Rolen hit a leadoff single, Lyle Overbay walked with two down and Barajas chased Zimmermann with a run-scoring single to right.

Zimmermann gave up one run on five hits, walked three and struck out three. He is winless in nine starts since April 26. Blue Jays starter Brian Tallet worked five innings, giving up a run on five hits and walking three.

Washington wasted a go-ahead opportunity in the seventh, when Dunn was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs. Shawn Camp relieved Dirk Hayhurst and got Elijah Dukes and Bard looking at third strikes.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but Joel Hanrahan got a fielder's choice grounder, erasing a runner at the plate, and pinch hitter Kevin Millar hit an inning-ending flyout.

Toronto left 13 runners on base, while the Nationals stranded 16.

"We lost the game lots of times. We had plenty of chances, we just couldn't get it done," Overbay said.

Notes

  • Acta said OF Josh Willingham will return to the club Saturday after spending the maximum seven days on the bereavement list following the death of his brother.
  • Tallet has gone five or fewer innings in consecutive starts after eight straight outings in which he pitched six or more innings.
  • Dunn drew his team-high eighth intentional pass.
  • Zimmermann's 63 strikeouts lead National League rookies.
 
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Cristian Guzman is greeted by teammates after scoring in the 11th in the Nationals' third straight win.  (AP)
Cristian Guzman is greeted by teammates after scoring in the 11th in the Nationals' third straight win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

N. Johnson
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, SS6010000 .299
Aaron Hill, 2B6010011 .305
Vernon Wells, CF5020010 .249
Scott Rolen, 3B5110003 .324
Adam Lind, LF5000012 .302
Alex Rios, RF4010101 .277
Lyle Overbay, 1B2000301 .274
Rod Barajas, C4011104 .276
Brian Tallet, P2000012 .000
   a- Joe Inglett, PH1000002 .182
    Jesse Carlson, P0000000 .000
    Dirk Hayhurst, P0000000 .000
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
   b- Kevin Millar, PH1000003 .246
    Jeremy Accardo, P0000000 .000
    Brandon League, P0000000 .000
   c- Jose Bautista, PH1000010 .250
    Jason Frasor, P0000000 .000
Totals4217155  
a-flied out for Tallet in the 6th
b-flied out for Camp in the 8th
c-struck out for League in the 11th
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (18, Villone)
RBI - Rod Barajas (35)
2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (13)
Team LOB - 13
Toronto Blue Jays
Brian Tallet 5511300 4.68
Jesse Carlson 1000210 4.73
Dirk Hayhurst 0.1200110 1.29
Shawn Camp 0.2000020 3.71
Jeremy Accardo 2100140 0.00
Brandon League 1000010 5.87
Jason Frasor (L,5-1) 0.1211200 2.22
IBB - A. Hernandez by Brian Tallet, Dunn by Dirk Hayhurst
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Tallet 76-41, Jesse Carlson 26-14, Dirk Hayhurst 19-8, Shawn Camp 11-6, Jeremy Accardo 35-24, Brandon League 10-7, Jason Frasor 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Tallet 6-9, Jeremy Accardo 2-0, Brandon League 1-1, Jason Frasor 1-0
Batters Faced - Brian Tallet 23, Jesse Carlson 4, Dirk Hayhurst 4, Shawn Camp 2, Jeremy Accardo 8, Brandon League 3, Jason Frasor 5
Washington Nationals
Cristian Guzman, SS6120013 .329
Nick Johnson, 1B3030300 .315
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B5000126 .305
Adam Dunn, LF5021113 .268
Elijah Dukes, RF4000016 .243
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
   a- Alberto Gonzalez, PH1000001 .315
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Ronnie Belliard, 2B0000000 .175
Josh Bard, C4100123 .213
Willie Harris, CF4010120 .218
Anderson Hernandez, 2B3010200 .265
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
Jordan Zimmermann, P2001001 .000
    Kip Wells, P0000000 .000
   b- Austin Kearns, PH1000001 .194
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
    Corey Patterson, RF2010000 .133
Totals40210299  
a-grounded out for Hanrahan in the 9th
b-flied out for Wells in the 6th
Batting
2B - Nick Johnson (11, Hayhurst), Willie Harris (7, Tallet)
RBI - Adam Dunn (48), Jordan Zimmermann (1)
SB - Corey Patterson (2, 2nd base off Accardo/Barajas)
CS - Willie Harris (1, 2nd base by Carlson/Barajas)
Team LOB - 16
Fielding
E - Adam Dunn (8, Misplayed grounder), Cristian Guzman (9, Misplayed grounder), Anderson Hernandez (6, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Jordan Zimmermann 5.2511330 5.03
Kip Wells 0.1000000 6.17
Julian Tavarez 1000010 4.05
Ron Villone 0.1100100 1.77
Joel Hanrahan 1.2000000 6.00
Joe Beimel 1000100 3.54
Jesus Colome (W,1-0) 1100010 7.20
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 106-69, Kip Wells 1-1, Julian Tavarez 17-10, Ron Villone 18-9, Joel Hanrahan 11-9, Joe Beimel 23-14, Jesus Colome 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 5-10, Julian Tavarez 2-1, Joel Hanrahan 3-2, Joe Beimel 1-2
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 26, Kip Wells 1, Julian Tavarez 4, Ron Villone 3, Joel Hanrahan 5, Joe Beimel 4, Jesus Colome 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20860
Game Time - 4:00
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Mike Everitt