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Washington Nationals blow lead in 9th, walk off on Atlanta Braves in silly extras, 8-7 final

For the second night in a row a 5-0 lead wasn’t enough, but the Nationals won this one in extras...

MLB: SEP 10 Braves at Nationals Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A night after blowing a 5-0 lead, the Washington Nationals jumped ahead of the Atlanta Braves early again in the second of four between the NL East rivals in the nation’s capital, up 5-0 again after three, and they led 7-4 after eight, but the visitors scored three runs in the top of the ninth to tie things up at 7-7, and it went to extras where the Nationals won it in the 12th on a Michael A. Taylor single, 8-7.

Fedde vs the Braves (again): Erick Fedde gave up six hits (3 homers), four walks, and four earned runs in 3 23 IP when he faced the Braves in Atlanta last weekend. Fedde threw 92 pitches in a relatively short outing.

It was the three homers that stuck with the 2014 1st Rd. pick after the game.

“I’m someone that can live with singles, but the big swings have been killing me,” Fedde said. “If anything it’s been my two-seam away to righties has kind of burrowed in the past couple games, it’s been leaking over the middle of the plate. If I can clean that pitch up I think I really like where I’m at.”

Fedde held the Braves off the board through three tonight, but there were a lot of runners on base, and he came out for the fourth with a 5-0 lead and gave up a one-out double and walk, then Freddie Freeman drove Atlanta’s first run of the game in with an RBI single to center, in front of Marcell Ozuna, who hit a single to left for run No. 2, 5-2.

Fedde ended up throwing 35 pitches in the fourth, but he came back out for the fifth at 93 pitches, and stranded a one-out single in a 15-pitch frame which ended his night...

Erick Fedde’s Line: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 Ks, 108 P, 64 S, 4/2 GO/FO.

Tomlin vs the Nationals (again): Veteran righty Josh Tomlin held the Nationals to a run on three hits in six innings of work last time out of the mound in Atlanta, and the Braves’ 35-year-old starter came through for his team again, which manager Brian Snitker said is par for the course.

“Whenever we need him the most, he comes up the biggest,” Snitker said, as quoted by Atlanta Journal-Constituion writer Gabriel Burns. “The guy has been unbelievable in his tenure here.”

One night after the Braves fell behind 5-0 early before rallying for a win, the Nationals got out to a good start again with a double by Adam Eaton, walk by Trea Turner, and a two-run, two-base hit by Juan Soto that put the home team up, 2-0. Eric Thames drove Soto in with an RBI single to right, 3-0.

Trea Turner doubled to start the Nationals’ half of the third, and stole third base without a throw with Juan Soto at the plate, before scoring on Soto’s opposite field single, 4-0.

Soto stole second, took third on a groundout, and scored on a two-out RBI single to center by Yan Gomes, 5-0.

Tomlin retired the Nationals in order in the bottom of the fourth, after his team got on the board in the top of the inning, and he needed just seven pitches in the frame, leaving him with 67 on the night...

Josh Tomlin’s Line: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks, 67 P, 47 S, 4/2 GO/FO.

Turn-on Again: Trea Turner started the second of four with the Braves in D.C. with an eight-game hit streak going, over which the 27-year-old shortstop was 12 for 33 (.364 AVG) with one double, two triples, two home runs, eight RBIs, four walks, four stolen bases, and eight runs scored. Turner walked the first time up today, and doubled the second time up, giving himself a nine-game hit streak.

BULLPEN ACTION: Tyler Matzek came on for Atlanta in the bottom of the fifth and retired the first two batters he faced before grooving a first-pitch fastball to Eric Thames that hit the tarp over the seats in the right-center stands for HR No. 3 of 2020 by the Nats’ slugger, 6-2 Nationals.

Ryne Harper was the first pitcher out of the bullpen for the Nationals, and he gave up back-to-back-to-back, one-out singles by Ender Inciarte, Freddie Freeman, and Marcell Ozuna, so Davey Martinez went to the pen again for Kyle McGowin, who got the second out of the 6th, but issued a two-out walk to Dansby Swanson that forced in the Braves’ third run, 6-3.

Matzek came back out with a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth.

Wander Suero worked around a one-out walk in a 13-pitch seventh.

Trea Turner singled off Jacob Webb with two out in the bottom of the seventh, and stole second base with Juan Soto up, so the Braves put Soto on after throwing two pitches to Soto, and Eric Thames sent a fly to deep left to strand two.

Will Harris retired the first batter he faced in the eighth, Freddie Freeman, but Marcell Ozuna hit a first-pitch cutter out to right for an opposite field blast that made it a 6-4 Nats’ lead.

Harris issued the seventh walk by Nationals’ pitcher on the night in the next at bat, putting Travis d’Arnaud on in front of Dansby Swanson (0 for 2, 2 BBs tonight), who lined to left for out No. 2, before Austin Riley popped out to end the inning. Still 6-4 Nationals.

Braves’ lefty Will Smith gave up a one-out home run to left by Yan Gomes, 7-4, on the third of the year for the Nationals’ catcher.

Daniel Hudson came on in the ninth inning for the Nationals and gave up a two-out double by Ozzie Albies, then walked Ender Inciarte in front of Freddie Freeman, who got up 3-1 and walked on 3-2 slider that just “missed”. Marcell Ozuna (4 for 4, 2B, HR) stepped in next and lined a two-run single to left, 7-6. Travis d’Arnaud got up 3-0, and fouled off the next pitch, then hit a 98 MPH 3-1 fastball to right to tie it up at 7-7, before Hudson got out of the inning.

Shane Greene got the bottom of the ninth for Atlanta, walked Juan Soto with two out, but popped Eric Thames up to end the inning.

Kyle Finnegan started the 10th with a runner on second (Dansby Swanson). Austin Riley hit a fly to right to move Swanson to third, but Adam Duvall grounded out, and Nick Markakis K’d looking to end the top of the inning.

With Mark Melancon on for Atlanta, Josh Harrison started at second as the runner in extras in the bottom of the 10th, but Michael A. Taylor popped up a two-strike bunt attempt for the first out of the inning. Yan Gomes hit a groundout to short. Luis García? García got to a full count, but grounded back to the hill to end the inning.

With Nick Markakis at second base to start the 11th, Finnegan, who was back on the mound, booted a bunt by Ozzie Albies. Markakis moved to third, and Albies stole second base with Ender Inciarte up, and after Enciarte K’d, and the Nats put Freddie Freeman on intentionally, Marcell Ozuna (5 for 5), popped out to short right for out No.2, not deep enough, and Travis d’Arnaud grounded out to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded.

Chris Martin got the bottom of the 11th for the Braves, with Luis García at second. Carter Kieboom popped up a bunt attempt for the first out.

Asdrúbal Cabrera hit for Victor Robles, or more accurately, K’d for out No. 2. Adam Eaton K’d swinging as well. This is silly.

James Bourque came on with Travis d’Arnaud at second to start the top of the 12th, and he walked Dansby Swanson, but a fly to right field by Austin Riley got Bourque out No. 1.

Adam Duvall walked to load them up with one down, and Nick Markakis stepped in next and grounded into an inning-ending 6-3 DP.

Grant Dayton got the bottom of the 12th for the Braves, with Adam Eaton on second base and Trea Turner at the plate, and Turner hit a fly to deep right to move Eaton to third. Juan Soto was walked intentionally, but Josh Harrison struck out for out No. 2. Michael A. Taylor got another shot and won it with a walk-off single. Ballgame.

Final Score: 8-7 Nationals

Nationals now 17-26