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Danny Espinosa hit a two-run homer early, and his RBI single in the 12th inning lifted the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Michael Morse was 0 for 4 when he doubled to start the 12th inning and extend his career-high hitting streak to 16 games. He was replaced by pinch-runner Cesar Izturis, who was making his first appearance for Washington after being claimed off waivers from Milwaukee on Monday.
Roger Bernadina advanced Izturis to third with a sacrifice bunt. Espinosa's sharp grounder off Mickey Storey (0-1) skipped past the pitcher for a hit that brought Izturis home and gave the Nationals their second straight extra-inning win over Houston.
The loss dropped the Astros to 0-11 in extra-inning games this season. Washington beat them 5-4 in 11 innings on Monday.
Houston's Steve Pearce singled off Tyler Clippard in the 12th before Carlos Corporan drew a two-out walk. Bernadina, the center fielder, crashed into the wall while ma...
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Up above, the video of Roger Bernadina's ridiculous, game-saving catch, via MLB.com.
Chomp! Michael Morse reacts with Sharkitude after The Catch.
(Screen cap via MASN/TV)
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And so, Edwin Jackson delivered a shaving cream pie to the face of Gio Gonzalez during Gio's postgame interview with MASN's Kristina Akra. Gio not only threw a complete game for the win (a huge lift to a completely gassed bullpen), but also got a bubblegum shower upon his return to the dugout after his first career home run. Pretty nice little Tuesday for Nat Gio. More images...
Thanks to the magic of Kristina Akra on MASN last night, we learned that some kids ended up with Gio Gonzalez's first career home run ball, then traded it for a couple of baseballs autographed by Bryce Harper. Of course they did.
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(Screen caps via MASN/MLB.com...
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Roger Bernadina seals...