ATLANTA (AP) -After Atlanta's biggest hit of the game took an unlucky bounce for the Braves, the Nationals went back to their
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
8-5 on Saturday night.
The Nationals matched their season high for homers, including two by
. Langerhans' go-ahead shot in the 10th off
(0-2) was his second this season, both as a pinch hitter.
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
in the ninth.
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.
''It was a fortunate bounce for us,'' Dukes said. ''If the ball doesn't bounce over the wall, the game is over.''
The Nationals rebounded from the third blown save in 10 chances for Hanrahan (6-3).
''It's not my job to go out there and get wins,'' Hanrahan said. ''Starting pitchers are supposed to get wins. Wins for me
don't look good.''
Langerhans, who began his career with Atlanta, homered leading off the 10th.
''You definitely want to try to get the momentum back in a hurry when you go into extra innings like that,'' Langerhans said.
''To put us right back in the lead felt really good.''
Gonzalez said Langerhans hit a curveball, which the left-handed reliever said normally is one of his best pitches against
''Most of the time they swing over it,'' said Gonzalez, who gave up three runs while recording only one out. ''One of those
things: I see a lefty, it was in the bag. It was in my pocket. That's how it is. Didn't happen today.''
The Nationals added two more runs in the 10th.
With one out,
tripled past a diving
in left field.
drove in Guzman with a double off Gonzalez and scored on Dukes' single off
pitched a perfect 10th for his second save.
and Zimmerman hit third-inning homers off
gave up five hits and three runs, two earned, in six innings but was denied his third straight win.
, who had two hits, led off the ninth with a single off Hanrahan and moved to third on
Hanrahan walked pinch-hitter
, loading the bases, before striking out
Two runs scored on Johnson's ground-rule double, but
, 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.
''I knew right away it bounced - and not our way,'' said Johnson, who stood on second base, holding his head in his hands,
after realizing Lillibridge had to return to third base.
Said Francoeur: ''That's our season in a nutshell tonight. That's unbelievable.''
Hanrahan issued an intentional walk to
, again loading the bases.
grounded out to end the inning.
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.
The Braves hit one homer, a fourth-inning shot to right-center by
, and stayed close with two runs in the second on
' sacrifice fly and
's RBI single.
Escobar's homer cut Washington's lead to 4-3, but the Nationals added an unearned run off Hampton in the seventh.
reached second on
' error at third base. Pinch-hitter
drove in Bonifacio with a single.
Notes: The Nationals also hit five homers on June 10 at Pittsburgh. ... Washington manager Manny Acta said he is moving RHP
to the bullpen, clearing a spot for rookie RHP
in the rotation. ... Hampton has allowed three homers in a game six times, most recently Aug. 29, 2002, against San Francisco
while with Colorado.