WASHINGTON (AP) — Twice during their extra-inning game against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, the Washington Nationals appeared to have game-winning hits.
Twice, the Reds made outstanding catches.
There would be no third chance as Todd Frazier's two-run homer in the 15th inning lifted the Reds over the Nationals 4-3.
"All you can do is hit and sometimes you wish you could steer it after you hit it, but that doesn't happen," Nationals manager Matt Williams said after watching his team tie the game in the ninth and nearly win it in the 11th and 14th.
First, Brandon Phillips robbed Wilson Ramos behind second base with a runner on third to end the 11th.
Then in the 14th, Billy Hamilton got a great jump and made a diving grab in right center of Anthony Rendon's liner with a man on second.
"I hit it good," Rendon said. "I knew it and I knew he had a chance of catching it, but I was hoping it might die and it didn't die."
Phillips singled off Ross Detwiler (0-2) to open the 15th and with one out, Frazier homered to center.
"I (wanted) to drive something. I had two good at-bats before that. It's crazy how the game goes," Frazier said. "You're 0 for 3 and then you get three more at-bats in extra innings and you go 3 for 3. So it's like a whole new game and I got a ball up, elevated and tried to drive it."
The home run also ended a 27 2-3 innings scoreless streak by the Nationals' bullpen.
"Bad execution, bad pitch selection, pretty much bad all the way around," Detwiler said
Logan Ondrusek (1-2) worked two innings for the win, allowing an RBI single to Greg Dobbs in the bottom of the 15th before getting Danny Espinosa to fly out to deep right to end the 4-hour, 58-minute game.
Washington trailed 2-1 when Espinosa doubled to left off Aroldis Chapman to start the ninth. He advanced to third on a fly to deep left-center by Kevin Frandsen and scored on pinch-hitter Scott Hairston's fly to deep left.
That rally cost Reds starter Mike Leake his first win since April 15.
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