Jul 18, 2012, 4:14 AM EST
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The 2012 Washington Nationals just will not go down without a fight. After losing the lead on a blown save in the ninth and twice being one out from defeat, the Nats beat the Mets 5-4 on a wild pitch by Pedro Beato that brought Ryan Zimmerman home for the walk-off win.
The victory was their second of the season on a game-ending wild pitch, but given the lead changes it may have been their most exciting win all year.
“That’s my kind of ballgame,” manager Davey Johnson said. “I’ve said it a hundred times, the makeup on this ballclub is off the charts. There’s no give-up, they are all competitive.”
The Nats rallied to tie the game in the tenth after catcher Jhonatan Solano led off with a single. Bryce Harper then belted a 1-0 slider off Tim Byrdak, a line drive that flew over Scott Hairston’s head and bounced off the wall. Solano scored to make it 4-4 and Harper broke up a David Wright tag attempt on a head-first slide to land safely at third.
The Mets then intentionally walked Zimmerman and Ian Desmond to get Tyler Moore to the plate. Moore took the wild pitch on a 1-2 count against Beato to let Zimmerman come home.
“I’m trying to make him hurry up, tell him come on and score,” Moore said. “It was going on long enough. I’m just glad we got a run across.”
“I didn’t know it got away at first because he was kind of blocking me with the angle but it hit the dirt pretty hard and it bounced up on him. I’m just glad it got away from him enough where we could score.”
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