Langerhans’ HR in 10th lifts Nats over Braves
ATLANTA (AP)—Ryan Langerhans hit a 10th-inning homer, the Nationals’ fifth of the game, and Washington recovered from blowing a two-run lead in the ninth to beat the Atlanta Braves 8-5 on Saturday night.
Dukes had four hits, including a run-scoring single in the Nationals’ three-run 10th inning, and drove in three runs.
The Braves rallied from a 5-3 deficit against Joel Hanrahan in the ninth. Kelly Johnson tied the game with a bases-loaded double, but the drive bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double, preventing the winning run from scoring.
The Nationals rebounded from the third blown save in 10 chances for Hanrahan (6-3).
Langerhans, who began his career with Atlanta, homered leading off the 10th. With one out, Cristian Guzman tripled past a diving Omar Infante in left field. Ryan Zimmerman drove in Guzman with a double off Gonzalez and scored on Dukes’ single off Jorge Julio.
Steven Shell pitched a perfect 10th for his second save.
Washington’s Tim Redding gave up five hits and three runs, two earned, in six innings but was denied his third straight win.
Two runs scored on Johnson’s ground-rule double, but Brent Lillibridge, who was running for Norton, had to return to third base. If the ball had remained in play, Lillibridge would have easily scored the winning run.
Dukes had his second career two-homer game in a span of 10 days, hitting line-drive shots into the left-field seats in the second and fourth. Dukes also hit two homers Aug. 28 in an 11-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hampton gave up eight hits, including a career-high four homers, and five runs—four earned—over seven innings.
Escobar’s homer cut Washington’s lead to 4-3, but the Nationals added an unearned run off Hampton in the seventh. Emilio Bonifacio reached second on Chipper Jones’ error at third base. Pinch-hitter Anderson Hernandez drove in Bonifacio with a single.
The Nationals also hit five homers on June 10 at Pittsburgh. … Washington manager Manny Acta said he is moving RHP Jason Bergmann to the bullpen, clearing a spot for rookie RHP Shairon Martis in the rotation. … Hampton allowed three homers in a game six times, most recently Aug. 29, 2002, against San Francisco while with Colorado.