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WASHINGTON -- After eight innings, it looked as if the Washington Nationals had another methodical victory. Two innings later, they were just happy to come away with a win at all.
In those two wild innings there were seven runs, three blown save opportunities, a disputed home run, a game-changing triple by a teenager and a game-winning wild pitch.
In the end: A 5-4 victory in 10 innings against the New York Mets.
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"That's my kind of ballgame," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
He allowed a three-run home run to pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin in the ninth, a drive that barely cleared the right-center field railing and moved Johnson to request a review.
The Nationals tied it at 3 in the ninth, the Mets went ahead in the top of the 10th, and then a madcap 10th inning ensued.
"That's why you come to the ballpark. The first eight innings were kind of boring and the last [two] were unbelievable," Tyler Moore said.
Jhonatan Solano led off the 10th with a single. Steve Lombardozzi bunted him to second. Harper tripled to right off Tim Byrdak (2-1) to tie it. Zimmerman and Ian Desmond were walked intentionally to load the bases. Adam LaRoche grounded to first baseman Ike Davis, who threw home to force Harper for the second out.
Beato came on to face Moore, and bounced a 1-2 pitch in the dirt. Catcher Josh Thole wasn't able to reach the ball in time, and Zimmerman scored standing up.
"I didn't know it got away at first. It hit the dirt pretty hard," Moore said.
Thole entered the game in the eighth inning after Collins hit for starter Mike Nickeas.
"I've got to block it. That's the bottom line," Thole said. "I was ready to block it. I just didn't get it done."
The loss was the fifth in a row for New York, a season high.
The Mets lost their last game before the All-Star break, were swept in three games at Atlanta and have two more with the Nationals before heading home.
"There's some guys that are really upset in the other room, and they should be," New York manager Terry Collins said. "It's time to reach down inside and pull out whatever you've got left and make something out of the remainder of this trip."
Ryan Mattheus (3-1), Washington's fifth pitcher, retired the only batter he faced in the 10th for the victory.
Harper had his fifth triple, and it was the game's key hit.
"I got a pitch I could handle, and I was thinking three out of the box," Harper said. "You live for these kind of games."
The Nationals increased their lead in the NL East to 3½ games after Atlanta lost 9-0 to San Francisco.
"We've got a long second half to go, and hopefully we'll have some more of those," Harper said.
Moore hit a fifth-inning home run and Lombardozzi had an eighth-inning RBI double for Washington to give the Nationals a 2-0 lead.
Starter Ross Detwiler gave up five hits, struck out four and walked none in seven innings.
The Nationals had only three hits off New York starter Jonathon Niese, but one of them was Moore's fifth home run of the year, a one-out shot to right field.
Niese struck out eight and walked none.
|Ryan Zimmerman scores the winning run, putting a cap on a wild final two innings, during which Washington falls behind twice. (US Presswire)|
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|New York Mets|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.324|
|Ronny Cedeno, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.258|
|Josh Thole, C||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||.276|
|David Wright, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||0||1||.346|
|Scott Hairston, RF||4||0||1||0||0||3||3||.251|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.179|
|a- Jordany Valdespin, PH-LF||1||1||1||3||0||0||0||.269|
|Ike Davis, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.205|
|Andres Torres, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.224|
|Mike Nickeas, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.168|
|b- Daniel Murphy, PH-2B||2||1||2||0||0||0||0||.293|
|Jonathon Niese, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.222|
|c- Justin Turner, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.286|
|Ramon Ramirez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Edgin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Beato, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-homered for Bay in the 9th|
|b-doubled for Nickeas in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Niese in the 8th|
|d-hit a sacrifice bunt for Parnell in the 10th|
|2B - Josh Thole (8, Gonzalez), David Wright (29, Detwiler), Daniel Murphy (25, Burnett)|
|HR - Jordany Valdespin (5, Clippard)|
|SH - Kirk Nieuwenhuis (3)|
|RBI - Josh Thole (12), Jordany Valdespin 3 (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Thole (9)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|New York Mets|
|Bobby Parnell (BS,5)||1||3||1||1||0||2||0||3.19|
|Tim Byrdak (BS,2; L,2-1)||0.2||2||2||2||2||0||0||4.44|
|IBB - Zimmerman by Tim Byrdak, by Desmond|
|WP - Pedro Beato (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 89-69, Ramon Ramirez 9-7, Josh Edgin 14-8, Bobby Parnell 22-16, Tim Byrdak 17-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 11-2, Ramon Ramirez 1-1, Tim Byrdak 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 24, Ramon Ramirez 2, Josh Edgin 3, Bobby Parnell 6, Tim Byrdak 6|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B-LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.267|
|Bryce Harper, CF||5||0||2||1||0||0||1||.275|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||1||0||0||1||2||1||.254|
|Michael Morse, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.290|
|Ian Desmond, PR-SS||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.287|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.257|
|Tyler Moore, LF-RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.308|
|Danny Espinosa, SS-2B||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.240|
|Jesus Flores, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.229|
|Ryan Mattheus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ross Detwiler, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.050|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Roger Bernadina, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|b- Mark DeRosa, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.122|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jhonatan Solano, C||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.314|
|a-announced for Burnett in the 8th|
|b-walked for Bernadina in the 8th|
|2B - Stephen Lombardozzi (12, Edgin)|
|3B - Bryce Harper (5, Byrdak)|
|HR - Tyler Moore (5, Niese)|
|SH - Stephen Lombardozzi (6)|
|RBI - Stephen Lombardozzi (11), Bryce Harper (26), Tyler Moore (13), Danny Espinosa (26)|
|2-OUT RBI - Stephen Lombardozzi (8), Danny Espinosa (13)|
|SB - Mark DeRosa (1, 2nd base off Edgin/Thole)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Espinosa-Lombardozzi-LaRoche, Lombardozzi-Espinosa-LaRoche|
|Sean Burnett (H,18)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.87|
|Tyler Clippard (BS,2)||1||3||3||3||0||2||1||2.45|
|Ryan Mattheus (W,3-1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.69|
|WP - Ross Detwiler (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ross Detwiler 86-62, Sean Burnett 12-10, Tyler Clippard 27-19, Mike Gonzalez 12-9, Ryan Mattheus 5-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Detwiler 8-7, Sean Burnett 2-0, Mike Gonzalez 1-1, Ryan Mattheus 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ross Detwiler 24, Sean Burnett 4, Tyler Clippard 6, Mike Gonzalez 4, Ryan Mattheus 1|
|Attendance - 26342|
|Game Time - 3:13|
|Temperature - 99|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Tim Timmons|