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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals got the last word against Joel Peralta in the pine tar flap.
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Earlier in the day, Peralta learned that he had been penalized by Major League Baseball for eight games after being caught with pine tar in his glove Tuesday night. Peralta is appealing the decision and can keep playing until a final decision is reached.
"I'm glad we're past all this other stuff. That wears me out more than anything," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
Johnson talked endlessly on Wednesday about the matter and traded jabs with his Tampa Bay counterpart, Joe Maddon. After this win, Johnson was glad to talk about Espinosa.
The switch-hitting Espinosa, who was batting a paltry .133 with runners in scoring position and just .188 left-handed, delivered.
"He's a very dangerous hitter. He seems to shine in RBI situations," Johnson said.
Maddon was disappointed that the Rays, who are in third place in the AL East, lost two of three in Washington.
"We didn't get swept. We won one of the three, and that's a good thing. When you play a three-game series you obviously want to win the series, but the last thing you want is to get swept, and we did not get swept," Maddon said.
As a rookie, Espinosa hit 21 home runs and had 66 RBI. This season hasn't gone as well. He has just six home runs and 21 RBI.
He has a huge defender in his manager.
"Sometimes, it just takes a little time -- patience. You know he has the talent, the ability. You just try and not put too pressure on him," Johnson said.
Espinosa appreciates Johnson's support.
"It's been huge to have the manager have my back," Espinosa said.
Peralta (0-3) entered a game that was tied at 2 in the sixth. He got the first two outs of the inning before Jesus Flores doubled, pinch hitter Adam LaRoche was walked intentionally and Espinosa doubled.
Gio Gonzalez (9-3) pitched six innings on a steamy night when the gametime temperature was 97 degrees. He allowed two runs and seven hits, walking two and striking out four.
Gonzalez was displeased that he was hooked with the score tied.
"I was going to hook Gio after the sixth and he was working a big anger on me," Johnson said.
Roger Bernadina's RBI double in the seventh increased Washington's lead to 5-2.
Moore worked five innings. He allowed two runs and three hits, walking four and striking out six.
|Joel Peralta gives up a two-run double to Danny Espinosa in the sixth inning when the Nationals break the tie. (Getty Images)|
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|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Desmond Jennings, LF||4||0||1||1||1||0||0||.243|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||1||4||.203|
|B.J. Upton, CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.267|
|Ben Zobrist, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.230|
|Hideki Matsui, RF||2||1||0||0||2||0||1||.158|
|Sean Rodriguez, SS-3B||3||0||1||1||0||1||1||.215|
|a- Will Rhymes, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.226|
|Jose Lobaton, C||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.265|
|Drew Sutton, 3B||3||0||2||0||0||0||1||.271|
|Joel Peralta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wade Davis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|b- Rich Thompson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.059|
|J.P. Howell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Moore, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||4||.000|
|c- Elliot Johnson, PH-SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.270|
|a-struck out for S. Rodriguez in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Davis in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Moore in the 6th|
|2B - Ben Zobrist (13, G. Gonzalez), Jose Lobaton (5, G. Gonzalez)|
|RBI - Desmond Jennings (19), Sean Rodriguez (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Desmond Jennings (11)|
|SB - Desmond Jennings (10, 2nd base off Stammen/Flores)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Desmond Jennings 1|
|E - Drew Sutton (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Joel Peralta (L,0-3)||1||2||2||2||1||0||0||4.20|
|IBB - LaRoche by Joel Peralta|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 93-58, Joel Peralta 27-16, Wade Davis 18-8, J.P. Howell 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 4-6, Joel Peralta 1-2, J.P. Howell 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Moore 23, Joel Peralta 6, Wade Davis 5, J.P. Howell 3|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||4||1||2||2||1||1||0||.232|
|Bryce Harper, CF-RF||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.287|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||3||2||.226|
|Michael Morse, RF-LF||3||0||0||1||0||1||1||.209|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||0||1||1||0||2||1||.265|
|Tyler Moore, 1B||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||.297|
|Craig Stammen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Mattheus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Rick Ankiel, PH-CF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.222|
|Xavier Nady, LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.150|
|b- Roger Bernadina, PH-LF||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.240|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jesus Flores, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.237|
|Gio Gonzalez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.087|
|c- Adam LaRoche, PH-1B||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.254|
|a-walked for Mattheus in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Nady in the 6th|
|c-was walked intentionally for G. Gonzalez in the 6th|
|2B - Danny Espinosa 2 (16, Moore, Peralta), Roger Bernadina (9, Davis), Jesus Flores (6, Peralta)|
|SF - Michael Morse (2)|
|RBI - Danny Espinosa 2 (21), Michael Morse (7), Ian Desmond (36), Roger Bernadina (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Danny Espinosa 2 (12), Ian Desmond (17), Roger Bernadina (7)|
|SB - Danny Espinosa (11, 3rd base off Moore/Lobaton), Bryce Harper (5, 2nd base off Moore/Lobaton), Ryan Zimmerman (3, 2nd base off Davis/Lobaton)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Gio Gonzalez (W,9-3)||6||7||2||2||2||4||0||2.55|
|Craig Stammen (H,5)||0.2||0||0||0||2||0||0||1.50|
|Ryan Mattheus (H,7)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.08|
|Sean Burnett (H,13)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.08|
|Tyler Clippard (S,11)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.01|
|WP - Gio Gonzalez (8)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 98-58, Craig Stammen 20-10, Mike Gonzalez 7-3, Ryan Mattheus 6-3, Sean Burnett 9-7, Tyler Clippard 13-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 7-7, Sean Burnett 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 27, Craig Stammen 4, Mike Gonzalez 1, Ryan Mattheus 1, Sean Burnett 3, Tyler Clippard 3|
|Attendance - 29551|
|Game Time - 3:22|
|Temperature - 96|
|Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|