Nationals score four in eighth to rally past Braves
WASHINGTON (Ticker) --
's 1,000th career hit came at the perfect time for the
Guillen hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning as the Nationals rallied from a four-run deficit to post an 8-6 victory over the
delivered an RBI double in the first inning and hit a three-run blast in the fifth to help the Braves build a 6-2 lead.
However, Atlanta starter
yielded a run-scoring single to
in the bottom of the fifth and
hit a long solo homer to left field off reliever
in the seventh to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Davies issued a pair of walks to start the eighth before giving way to
"I needed to be more aggressive," Davies said. "You don't ever want to walk guys at any time in the game, let alone late in a close ballgame."
sacrificed to put both runners in scoring position and
doubled to the right field corner to tie the game.
"We could've very easily folded the way things were going, but we battled back and battled back and put some guys on base and came up with some huge hits tonight," Wilkerson said.
After Foster walked pinch hitter
, Guillen picked up his milestone hit, driving a 1-0 pitch from
off the right field fence to score Wilkerson and Baerga.
"I don't know when was the last time I had a big hit like that here at home to win a game," said Guillen, who also doubled in the fifth. "When I hit that ball to right field it was kind of driving me a little bit crazy. I was talking to Carlos (Baerga) and I told him if we don't win this game we're done. I'm pretty sure if we lost that game our season was pretty much over, so that was a great experience."
Guillen said that he was not aware of how close he was to his 1,000th hit until just before the game.
"I didn't even know I was so close to 1,000 after spending so much time in the minor leagues with injuries," Guillen said. "It shocked me after (batting practice) and somebody came to me and said, 'You know you need two more hits for 1,000?'"
(3-3) retired the side in order in the eighth for the win and All-Star closer
pitched a perfect ninth for his franchise-record 44th save in 49 chances.
"It's always a plus when you come from behind and get a big inning," Majewski said. "The dugout after that eighth inning was just electrified."
Facing the Braves for the fifth time this season,
was hammered for six runs and 10 hits in six innings.
Ramirez lasted just five innings, allowing three runs - two earned - and six hits.
"We played sloppy ball," Ramirez said. "It's a loss whether you lose 20-0 or 1-0. We know we're a tough ballclub. We just need to bounce back tomorrow."
With the win, the Nationals moved within three games of Houston in the NL wild card race.
"They haven't quit, that's the one thing," Washington manager
said. "The way things are going, you surely have to be surprised and amazed that we came back from where we were against a team like this. They usually don't give it back once they get it."