Nationals upset Yankees with 7-run ninth explosion
WASHINGTON- And that was a game to remember, Washington was down by 6 runs in the bot of the 9th and they salvaged a last minute victory, scoring 7 unaswered runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Yankees 15-14 and move that much closer to a playoff spot.
Ricardo Rincon and Mariano Rivera combined for 7 earned runs in 1 inning and Mike DeSalve came in and walked two, the winning run walked in and RFK Stadium exploded.
Lance Berkman had a career game, going 3-for-3 with 4 runs scored, 2 homer and 7 RBI!
Mike Vento and Jason Bay each went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
The Nationals bullpen was once again taxed, Andy Pettitte pitching an ineffective 3.2 innings while allowing 6 runs and striking out 6.
John Van Benschoten came in for the final 1.1 innings and was the only Washington pitcher not to allow a run or walk.
Washington now sits 7.5 games back of New York and expectations are still up for the Nationals, who have the best record in MLB after the all-star break and have climbed to the cellar to 2nd best team in the American League.
Until next time.
Steve Adams contributed to this story