After eight innings, it looked as if the Washington Nationals had another methodical victory. Two innings later, they were just happy to come away with a win at all.
In those two wild innings there were seven runs, three blown save opportunities, a disputed home run, a game-changing triple by a teenager and a game-winning wild pitch.
In the end: A 5-4 win in 10 innings over the New York Mets.
''That's my kind of ballgame,'' Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
Ross Detwiler and Sean Burnett had shut out the Mets over eight innings, but Tyler Clippard, who's been nearly perfect in the two months he's been Washington's closer, gave up the lead.
He allowed a three-run home run to pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin in the ninth, a drive that barely cleared the right-center field railing and moved Johnson to request a review.
The Nationals tied it at 3 in the ninth, the Mets went ahead in the top of the 10th, and then a madcap 10th inning ensued.
''That's why you come to the ballpark...