Home Nationals rally late, beat Atlanta in extras on Opening Day

Nationals rally late, beat Atlanta in extras on Opening Day


washington nationalsThe Washington Nationals got the tying run on a ninth-inning sac fly, and went ahead to stay in the 10th on an RBI double by newcomer Daniel Murphy, in a 4-3 Opening Day win in Atlanta.

The Nats trailed 3-2 in the ninth, but were able to load the bases off reliever Jason Grilli. Michael Taylor lifted a one-out fly ball to medium distance in center.

Ender Inciarte’s throw home was on line, but catcher AJ Pierzynski wasn’t able to squeeze the glove as Jayson Werth slid across the plate, allowing Werth to score the tying run.

Murphy, who also homered in his Nationals debut, drove home Ryan Zimmerman with a one-out double down the left-field line.

Blake Treinen (1-0) got the win with one inning of scoreless relief. Jonathan Papelbon notched his first save of 2016 with a 1-2-3 10th.

Max Scherzer had a solid first start for Washington, giving up two runs on three hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking two.

Scherzer threw 104 pitches, 72 for strikes.

Bryce Harper was 1-for-3 at the plate with a pair of walks.



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