Elijah Dukes (center) celebrates the Nationals' 14-inning win. (Gregory Smith/AP)
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
Elijah Dukes swung a big bat again for the Nats, smashing a bases-clearing double in the 14th inning that provided the margin of victory. The slugger got the opportunity thanks to seven relievers, who shut out the Braves for eight innings, and Alberto Gonzalez, whose three RBIs tied the game.
a-Struck out for Balester in the 7th. b-Batted for Colome in the 8th. c-Grounded out for Casto in the 8th. d-Struck
out for Hinckley in the 10th. e-Struck out for Rivera, S in the 12th. f-Grounded out for Shell in the 14th. 1-Ran
for Boone in the 10th.
BATTING 2B: Gonzalez, Al (6, Boyer), Boone (12, Nunez, V), Dukes (14, Bennett). HR: Milledge (14, 2nd inning off Reyes, Jo, 0 on, 0 out), Gonzalez, Al (1, 7th inning off Tavarez, J, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Boone 4; Harris; Dukes 2; Milledge 5; Gonzalez, Al 7. RBI: Milledge (54), Gonzalez, Al 3 (4), Dukes 3 (36). 2-out RBI: Gonzalez, Al 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Harris 3; Montz 2; Zimmerman; Guzman, C; Milledge; Langerhans. SAC: Balester. Team RISP: 2-for-17. Team LOB: 12.
BASERUNNING SB: Harris (10, 2nd base off Gonzalez, M/Miller, C).
a-Flied out for Reyes, Jo in the 6th. b-Flied out for Gonzalez, M in the 9th. c-Walked for Miller, C in the 11th. d-Struck
out for Ridgway in the 11th. e-Grounded out for Julio in the 14th. f-Walked for Johnson, K in the 14th. 1-Ran
for Jones, C in the 12th. 2-Ran for McCann in the 13th.
BATTING 2B: Jones, C (21, Balester), McCann (35, Shell), Escobar, Y (23, Hanrahan). TB: Escobar, Y 4; Prado 2; McCann 2; Blanco, G 2; Jones, B; Francoeur; Jones, C 4; Reyes, Jo; Anderson, J; Johnson,
K. RBI: Blanco, G (35), Jones, C 2 (70), Prado (28). 2-out RBI: Jones, C 2; Prado. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Francoeur 4; Johnson, K; Jones, B; Prado; Blanco, G. GIDP: Francoeur 2. Team RISP: 4-for-15. Team LOB: 14.
BASERUNNING SB: Blanco, G (12, 2nd base off Balester/Montz). CS: Johnson, K (5, 2nd base by Colome/Montz).