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Hairston's SF lifts Nationals past Pirates in 11

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 17, 2014 at 9:31 pm •  Published: August 17, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth recently said the Washington Nationals were due to go on a run.

On Sunday night, he came off the bench, ailing shoulder and all, and extended the one they're on.

Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston's sacrifice fly with one out in the 11th inning drove in Werth to give the Nationals a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday night and complete a three-game sweep.

Werth, who had missed the last five games due to his sore right shoulder, entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and doubled leading off the 11th against Brandon Cumpton (3-4).

"I haven't swung a bat for like a week, so there's not a whole lot you can do there," Werth said about keeping his timing sharp. "When you play this long and you play this deep in the season, you don't ... it's like when you come back from the All-Star Break, it's not like you miss a whole lot."

Werth went to third on Denard Span's grounder to first. Hairston then sent Cumpton's first pitch to deep left and Werth scored easily after the catch.

"I (was thinking) 'just drive the ball to the outfield,'" Hairston said. "Obviously a hard ground ball can get the job done, too, if it finds a hole, but your percentages are better if you get it to the outfield."

Ross Detwiler (2-2) pitched two innings for the win as Washington won for the second night in a row in its final at-bat.

Span and Anthony Rendon had two hits each for National League East-leading Washington, which has won six straight.

The Pirates were winless on their five-game road trip and have lost five straight for the first time since September 2012.

Both closers blew save chances in the ninth.

Trailing 4-2 entering the inning, the Pirates got one run on a wild pitch and took a 5-4 lead on Gregory Polanco's two-run double off Rafael Soriano.

Washington rallied against Matt Melancon in their half, however. Asdrubal Cabrera's one-out single off the glove of a diving Neil Walker scored Werth, who had walked, from second with the tying run.

"I don't want to come back before I'm ready, but at the same time it felt like we'd progressed enough and felt good enough to get in there," Werth said.

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