July 21, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Nationals teammates Steve Lombardozzi (1) and Bryce Harper (34) and Michael Morse (38) celebrate after a game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. The Nationals defeated the Braves 5 - 2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
The Braves jumped out to an early lead, but Washington came on late and topped Atlanta 5-2 to split the day-night doubleheader Saturday.
Atlanta got things started in the first inning, as Jason Heyward walked with two outs and scored on a double from Chipper Jones to right field. That made it a 1-0 game in favor of the Braves early against John Lannan.
Freddie Freeman followed with a single that allowed Chipper to come in and score from second, giving Atlanta 2-0 lead after the top of the first.
Braves starter Randall Delgado kept Washington scoreless until the fifth, when the Nationals used some small ball to piece together a run. Delgado walked Danny Espinosa, who advanced to second on a Sandy Leon singled. Lannan followed with a sacrifice bunt that moved the runners up to second and third.
A wild pitch from Delgado scored Espinosa to make it a 2-1 game.
Back-to-back singles from Roger Bernadina and Ryan Zimmerman and a hit by pitch to Michael Morse loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. Two batters later, Ian Desmond grounded to first, scoring Bernadina and tying things at two.
Delgado was done after six, finishing with a line of six IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 4 K. He pitched very well for the most part.
Cristhian Martinez entered to pitch the seventh, and gave up a single to Leon to start things off. Two straight sacrifice flies advanced Leon all the way to third. Bernadina singled with two outs to bring in Leon, giving Washington the lead at 3-2.
With the game in the balance in the eighth, Washington surged ahead with two runs to take a 5-2 lead. A single, steal. and a single scored the first run to make it 4-2. An error on a soft liner by Paul Janish allowed Espinosa to come in and score, making it a 5-2 game.
Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the deal, recording his 16th save of the season.