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Atlanta was down 9-0 after five innings with Washington Nationals star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the mound. The Braves came back to take the lead in the top of the ninth, after the Nationals tied it Atlanta pulled out a wild 11-10 win on Paul Janish's run-scoring bloop single in the 11th.
"I don't even know where to start," said Jones, who drove in two runs with a single in the Braves' four-run eighth inning. "I still can't believe it. I mean, 9-0. That's never happened to me since I've been here."
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In the top of the 11th, Dan Uggla led off with a single against Tom Gorzelanny (2-2), advanced to second on Ryan Zimmerman's throwing error and then went to third on a passed ball before scoring on Janish's bloop that just barely fell in past shortstop Ian Desmond's outstretched glove.
"A really crazy game, but it counts, right?" Janish said. "All that matters is that we end up with one more than them, so it worked out."
It was the Braves' largest comeback since 1987 and pulled them within 2 1/2 games of the Nationals in the National League East. The teams will play three more games this weekend, including a doubleheader Saturday.
"It's a big series, and there's no way we were just going to go down without a fight," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
The nine-run lead was the largest ever given up by the Nationals franchise, including the games played as the Montreal Expos.
"Arguably the worst game I've ever managed in my life," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. "I've never lost a nine-run lead when it was my part of the game to handle the pitching and it'll be hard for me to sleep. I had a worse night than the guys did."
Atlanta scored four runs in both the sixth and eighth innings. Tyler Clippard came on in the ninth hoping to close the game for the Nationals, but walked leadoff batter Dan Uggla and hit Jarnish, who was squaring to bunt. After pinch-hitter David Ross struck out, Michael Bourn tripled to right field to score both runners.
"The old saying, when you're down that much, if you get the closer up the bullpen you feel like you won a moral victory," Gonzalez said. "We got him in the game, we kept scoring runs, and it was like, `Hell, we've got a chance to win this thing."'
Morse's fifth homer of the year -- a bomb that nearly reached the Red Porch restaurant in the centerfield concourse -- came in the first. Zimmerman added his 12th in the fourth, hitting a 3-2 pitch into the left-field seats. The Nationals scored three more in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk to Washington starter Stephen Strasburg and Steve Lombardozzi's two-run single.
Lombardozzi had three hits in the game, extending his hitting streak to 13 games.
Pitching on his 24th birthday, Strasburg held the Braves scoreless through the fifth, when rain started to fall, but seemed to tire in the sixth, giving up four runs, starting with a two-run homer by Brian McCann scored the Braves' first runs with a two-run homer in the sixth.
"Either way, even if we didn't win the game, it would be one of the best games I played in my career," Prado said.
|Chipper Jones congratulates Dan Uggla after Uggla scores the run that caps the Braves' huge comeback. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||5||0||1||2||1||3||4||.303|
|Martin Prado, LF||6||1||1||2||1||1||3||.306|
|Jason Heyward, RF||5||1||2||1||2||1||4||.271|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||5||0||1||2||1||1||2||.310|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||6||1||3||1||0||0||3||.280|
|Brian McCann, C||6||1||2||2||0||2||3||.242|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||4||3||0||2||0||1||.223|
|Paul Janish, SS||4||2||1||1||1||2||4||.167|
|Tommy Hanson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.030|
|Luis Avilan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Eric Hinske, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.212|
|Cristhian Martinez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Juan Francisco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.218|
|Kris Medlen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|c- David Ross, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.289|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Tyler Pastornicky, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-doubled for Avilan in the 6th|
|b-struck out for Cr. Martinez in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Medlen in the 9th|
|d-hit a sacrifice bunt for O'Flaherty in the 11th|
|2B - Martin Prado (25, Gonzalez), Freddie Freeman (22, Strasburg), Brian McCann (11, Strasburg), Eric Hinske (5, Strasburg)|
|3B - Michael Bourn (8, Clippard)|
|HR - Brian McCann (15, Strasburg)|
|SH - Tyler Pastornicky (5)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (38), Martin Prado 2 (41), Jason Heyward (45), Chipper Jones 2 (37), Freddie Freeman (56), Brian McCann 2 (50), Paul Janish (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado 2 (16), Jason Heyward (16), Chipper Jones 2 (12), Freddie Freeman (25)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (26, 2nd base off Gorzelanny/Leon), Dan Uggla (2, 2nd base off Storen/Leon)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - Avilan-Janish-Freeman, Janish-Uggla-Freeman|
|Craig Kimbrel (BS,2)||1||1||1||1||0||1||1||1.42|
|Eric O'Flaherty (W,2-0)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.80|
|Chad Durbin (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.68|
|WP - Luis Avilan (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 96-60, Luis Avilan 18-7, Cristhian Martinez 37-26, Kris Medlen 15-10, Craig Kimbrel 15-9, Eric O'Flaherty 15-10, Chad Durbin 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 4-3, Luis Avilan 1-1, Cristhian Martinez 2-1, Kris Medlen 1-0, Eric O'Flaherty 2-1, Chad Durbin 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 24, Luis Avilan 5, Cristhian Martinez 9, Kris Medlen 3, Craig Kimbrel 4, Eric O'Flaherty 4, Chad Durbin 3|
|Stephen Lombardozzi, LF||5||1||3||2||0||1||0||.278|
|Drew Storen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Moore, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.306|
|Bryce Harper, CF||5||1||0||0||1||1||3||.269|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||2||3||3||1||1||0||.265|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||6||1||2||0||0||1||1||.257|
|Michael Morse, RF||6||2||3||3||0||1||1||.296|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||1||1||0||2||3||1||.289|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||6||1||2||1||0||0||4||.243|
|Jesus Flores, C||2||1||0||0||1||1||2||.231|
|a- Sandy Leon, PH-C||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Stephen Strasburg, P||2||0||0||1||1||2||0||.357|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Roger Bernadina, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.254|
|Tom Gorzelanny, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a-singled for Flores in the 7th|
|b-hit into fielder's choice for Gonzalez in the 7th|
|2B - Adam LaRoche (22, Hanson)|
|HR - Ryan Zimmerman (12, Hanson), Michael Morse (5, Hanson), Danny Espinosa (8, Kimbrel)|
|RBI - Stephen Lombardozzi 2 (15), Ryan Zimmerman 3 (47), Michael Morse 3 (23), Danny Espinosa (27), Stephen Strasburg (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman 3 (21), Michael Morse 3 (11)|
|SB - Stephen Lombardozzi (3, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann), Ian Desmond (14, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche|
|PB - Sandy Leon (1)|
|E - Ryan Zimmerman (7, Throwing)|
|Tyler Clippard (BS,3)||1||1||2||2||1||2||0||3.19|
|Tom Gorzelanny (L,2-2)||2||2||1||0||0||1||0||3.77|
|HBP - Janish (by Tyler Clippard), Bourn (by Tom Gorzelanny)|
|WP - Tyler Clippard (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Stephen Strasburg 103-57, Mike Gonzalez 30-15, Drew Storen 8-3, Sean Burnett 31-15, Tyler Clippard 23-12, Tom Gorzelanny 25-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 4-7, Mike Gonzalez 1-0, Sean Burnett 1-0, Tyler Clippard 1-0, Tom Gorzelanny 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 27, Mike Gonzalez 6, Drew Storen 2, Sean Burnett 7, Tyler Clippard 6, Tom Gorzelanny 9|
|Attendance - 34228|
|Game Time - 4:21|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|