Well, look how quickly things have changed here on the banks of the Allegheny River. A game the Pirates seemingly had in control has now shifted back in favor of the Nationals, who somehow survived Garrett Mock’s struggles and then got a nifty escape job from Tyler Clippard followed by a three-run homer from Adam Dunn. The end result is a 4-3 Nats lead entering the seventh.
Mock was all over the place in four-plus innings, allowing seven hits and walking four. But he somehow managed not to give up any more runs after the first. When he loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth, though, Jim Riggleman had seen enough. Enter Tyler Clippard, who probably hoped to escape allowing only one, maybe two runs. Instead, he kept the Pirates from scoring altogether.
Clippard made a nice play on a hard-hit comebacker, starting a 1-2-3 double play. He then got a popout to end the inning and keep the deficit at 3-0.
Then the Nats went and scored four times in the sixth, with Cristian Guzman driving in Anderson Hernandez. Moments later, Dunn went the other way on a Charlie Morton pitch, lofting it just inside the left-field foul pole for a three-run homer.
So there you have it. It’s suddenly Nats 4, Bucs 3.