The Washington Nationals won a 13 inning, rain delayed game against the Braves Monday night, walking off with a 5-4 win. They didn’t get the ball out of the infield in the final inning:
Ian Desmond led off the 13th with an infield single off Cristhian Martinez (5-3) before Espinosa tried to bunt and hit into a forceout. Kurt Suzuki then hit a slow roller for an infield hit, allowing Espinosa to take third.
With the infield in, Tracy hit a ball to Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who appeared confused and instead of either trying to get Espinosa at the plate or attempting to turn a double play, he fumbled it, and Espinosa scored the game-winner.
Uggla was initially given an error before it was changed to a single for Tracy.
Espinosa going first to third on an infield single (I assume he was running on the pitch) turned out to be the biggest play in the inning.
The Nationals now lead the NL East by six games, and the league by 2 1/2 games as Cincinnati lost to Philadelphia 12-5. Finishing with the best record in the league would give Washington home field throughout the playoffs, and would mean they play the wild card team in the first round. With the extra wild card game, that should be a big first-round advantage.