The Washington Times - June 22, 2011, 12:35AM

Laynce Nix struck out to leadoff the seventh inning and the left fielder never made it back out of the dugout in the Nationals unbelievable 6-5 walk-off victory Tuesday night, hampered by a sore right Achilles that has bothered him for some time. 

He is expected to miss at least tomorrow’s game but managing the soreness there isn’t anything new for Nix, who said he never really felt the Achilles get loose Tuesday night but has taken a day or two off when needed to keep himself fresh.


“It’s been nagging me,” he said. “The last couple months I have been getting through it. But it was just a little extra tight throughout the game tonight. I just wanted to be extra careful with it, maybe miss a day or two, get it healthy. It’s felt better after I’ve given it a day or two. I just don’t want to push it at this point, have something bad happen and miss more time.”

Nix was replaced in left field and batting cleanup by Jerry Hairston Jr., who kept the Nationals rally going with an RBI-single in the ninth inning after a double play by Ryan Zimmerman put them one out away from a loss.