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Nationals get third straight walk-off win, extend winning streak to seven games

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

It seems like the Washington Nationals have been playing with magic wands the past few days.

The Nats won their third straight game via a walk-off hit Monday night and their seventh consecutive game overall. Adam LaRoche blasted an 11th inning home run — a no-doubt type of homer — to give the Nats a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After the game, LaRoche told reporters, including Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post:

“I got every bit of that one,” LaRoche said. “Just a crazy few days. I don’t know how we’ve gotten into these walk-off situations the last few days, but we’ve been able to grind back.”

LaRoche's homer was the most dramatic of the walk-off trifecta, but the other two were just as effective. The Nats won on an 11th-inning sac fly on Sunday and a ninth-inning ground-rule double Saturday. Both of those came against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Their seven-game winning streak has pushed the Nats' lead in the NL East to six games over the second-place Atlanta Braves, the biggest division lead in the NL at the moment. 

Wondering how the three straight walk-offs size up historically? MLB.com's Jamie Ross has the factoids:

The Nationals are the second team to string together three in a row this season. The Rays accomplished the feat in late May with a win over the A's and a pair over the Red Sox. The Phillies and Rangers both did it 2013.

The 1986 Astros hold the record for consecutive walk-off wins with five.

Do the Nationals' magic wands have two more nights of walk-off drama in them? We'll find out Tuesday. But after two straight extra-inning wins and three straight nail-biters, the Nats would probably be just fine winning a game that's decided by a comfortable margin.

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