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Nationals Keep Walking Off, Winners of Nine Straight




    Within the past week, much Gatorade has been spilled at Nationals Park. On Wednesday, Anthony Rendon's pinch-hit single drove in Bryce Harper in the bottom of the ninth as Washington walked off again in a 3-2 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    The Nationals' latest victory -- their ninth in a row, one shy of matching the franchise record of 10 -- was their fourth walk-off win in their past five games.

    After tying a franchise record by winning three straight games via walk-off prior to an 8-1 victory Tuesday, Washington is just the third team in the past 20 seasons with as many wins of that type over a five-game span, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The Cubs and Royals did so in June 2009 and April 2000, respectively.

    "It's absolutely epic," Harper told reporters. "That's the best word I can put out there."

    Five of the Nationals' past six victories have been by one run. Their recent run has them nursing a seven-game lead over the Braves in the NL East with 37 games remaining.

    "It's gratifying for [the players], it's exciting for them," manager Matt Williams said. "It's not a whole of fun in the dugout for the staff, but that's OK."

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