The Washington Nationals overcame a familiar quandary Friday night with an uncommon solution. They faced disaster hit their way out and hung on for dear life. After the Kansas City Royals bludgeoned Gio Gonzalez an offense that had shriveled under most any scenario exploded in dire circumstances. And when an unlikely savior came out of the bullpen and posted five zeros a blowout loss turned narrowly into a small milestone.
Their slog of a season has forced the Nationals to amend their goals and they hit one Friday night at Kaufman Stadium with their 11-10 victory. Their fourth straight win which came only after they survived a nightmare ninth inning pushed the Nationals back to .500 for the first time since July 19.
It came after a loopy game the Nationals at first refused to give away then in adherence with their ulcer-inducing road trip nearly did at the end. The Nationals remained 8 ½ games out of the second wild spot but another win allowed them to cling to optimism.
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