Nats win double header opener, 6-5

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Updated: September 17, 2013
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The Washington Nationals won the first game of the double header against the Atlanta Braves, 6-5.  The win came in dramatic fashion as the Nats scored 3 runs in the ninth inning against Braves’ sure closer Craig Kimbrel, who previous to this game, has posted just a 1.04 ERA.

Kimbrel started the inning off by putting tow Nats runners on with walks, only to be followed by an infield single by Wilson Ramos to load the bases.  With no outs and the bases loaded, Chad Tracy hit a grounder to first base to score one run and cut the Nats deficit to one run.  Denard Span then came to the plate and hit a grounder up the middle that Simmons failed to get, scoring two runs and clinching the dramatic come from behind win for the Nats.   Span was credited with a single, which extended his hitting streak to 27 consecutive games, the longest in Major League Baseball this season.

Washington got a strong start out of Dan Haren, who allowed just three hits and one run over six innings.  ed his way out of a first-inning jam and retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced.  Drew Storen relieved Haren and allowed one run on three hits in one inning of relief.  Tyler Clippard then blew the save opportunity, getting slammed for two hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs in .2 innings.  Ian Krol picked up the win out of the pen.

Offensively, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper, joined Tracy and Span with RBI.