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The Nationals extend their winning streak to 10 games with another walk-off victory

Aug 21, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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Here’s hoping Nationals manager Matt Williams has been practicing his Babe Ruth home run trot, because he has a promise to fulfill.

The Nationals extended their winning streak to 10 games this evening with a 1-0 walk-off victory over the Diamondbacks in Nationals Park. Amazingly, it was their fifth walk-off victory in their last six games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Nationals are the first team to have five walk-offs wins in six games since the 1986 Astros.

This one ended in odd fashion. Behind strong outings from Gio Gonzalez and Wade Miley, the game went into the bottom of the ninth inning scoreless before Denard Span singled off Oliver Perez with one out. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson then turned to Evan Marshall to face Anthony Rendon. Span stole second base during the at-bat before Rendon hit a grounder to third baseman Jordan Pacheco, who made a wild throw to first base which skipped out of play and allowed the winning run to score. It seems like everything is bouncing the Nationals’ way right now.

The 10-game winning streak matches the franchise record, which was set in the team’s first season in D.C. in 2005. The Nationals now sit 20 games over .500 at 73-53, 7 1/2 games in front of the second-place Braves in the National League East.

Williams recently said that he would do his famous Babe Ruth impersonation if the Nationals won 10 straight and he told reporters after today’s game that he’s prepared to deliver.

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  1. lphboston - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    And Harper is starting to hit and Soriano is getting people out again.
    Lots of road games on the horizon, though.

  2. karlkolchak - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Walk off throwing error–weirdest win yet of this amazing streak.

  3. ripwarrior - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Have to admit I am an Os fan with natitude. I was pissed when they lost in 2012. The media tries to make os and nats a rivalry but I won’t bite.

  4. chucknorrissinspiration - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Ripwarrior ill bite. I hate the orioles, I respect that they are good and I hope for a 7 game World Series where the nats win. I have a bet with an orioles fan that whichever team has a better record/goes further in the playoffs the fan of the losing team has to where female team apparel and go out bar hopping and getting many photos taken of them talking to strange men. Nats better keep winning. And I’m thrilled Chris Davis can’t bat .195 on a consistent basis. God bless the nats, redskins, wizards(bullets), and caps(I refuse to acknowledge our soccer team until soccer removes offsides penalty to get the scoring jacked up). Peace.

    • ripwarrior - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      “Chris Davis can’t bat .195 on a consistent basis.” That makes zero sense.

      • ripwarrior - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        And the only thing is dislike about the nats are their god awful announcing crew.

      • chucknorrissinspiration - Aug 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        Chris Davis has been flirting with .200 the way tony Gwynn and George Brett flirted with .400 all year. It makes perfect sense.

      • ripwarrior - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        I don’t see the nats getting too far though. They are seven games under 500 against teams that have a 500 record or better.

      • cktai - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        It makes lots of sense ripwarrior. Although Davis hit close to .195 in 2010 and this year, he was no-where near the .195 mark in his 5 other years in the big leagues. Last season was worst when he his .286, a full .091 off the .195 mark. His .254 career mark is also telling: Davis just isn’t .195 hiiter.

  5. colv - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Parkway World Series! Wouldn’t it be great for Baltimore and Washington ( a real team in the city vice Redskins in Md and Va) to have the national spotlight. One day it might happen, long drought in Baltimore because the owner lost his way these last decades.

  6. phillysports1 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Chris Davis ? STEROIDS ? WHAT ?

  7. cmoney4949 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    If there was a beltway series the O’s would have home field in both stadiums since Nats park is usually filled with O’s fans when they play.

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