Harper sends Nats home winners in 12
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Since: Jun 12
#1 Jun 6, 2012
The Mets made one thing clear to the Nationals on Tuesday night: They are going to be tough to deal with in the National League East. But Washington prevailed, 7-6, on a walk-off single by Bryce Harper in the 12th inning at Nationals Park.
The Nationals were down, 6-5, when they rallied in the 12th against reliever Elvin Ramirez. With no outs, Ian Desmond doubled to left field, scoring Michael Morse, who led off the frame with a double. Four batters later, the bases were loaded, and Harper hit an 0-2 pitch to left field, scoring Jesus Flores.
Zimmermann was given a 3-0 lead after five innings -- all of the runs coming against Mets right-hander Chris Young.
In the third inning, Harper drove in the first run of the game when he singled to left field, scoring Danny Espinosa.
Two innings later, Washington scored two more runs. With runners on first and second, Ryan Zimmerman singled up the middle scoring Zimmermann. On the same play, Steve Lombardozzi scored on an error by shortstop Omar Quintanilla to make it a 3-0 game.
But the Mets would make it a one-run game in the top of the sixth inning off Zimmermann. Jordany Valdespin and David Wright both homered
The Nationals' bullpen has been solid all year, but it had a hiccup on this day. With a 3-2 lead going into the top of the eighth inning, the Washington bullpen couldn't hold it. With runners on first and second and one out, Andre Torres doubled to center field, scoring Valdespin and Scott Hairston to give the Mets a one-run lead.
But the Nationals would tie the score at 4 in the bottom of the inning off Frank Francisco. With two outs, Desmond singled to right field, scoring Zimmerman.
Desmond ended up driving in three runs in the game.
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