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Nationals 5, Yankees 4

Center fielder Denard Span knocked in the go-ahead run with an infield single with two outs in the top 11th inning and the Washington Nationals rallied for a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees Wednesday afternoon.
The Nationals blew a two-run lead by allowing four runs in the seventh, but a two-run home run by left fielder Michael Taylor off rookie left-hander Jacob Lindgren forged a 4-4 tie with two outs in the eighth.
Three innings after Taylor’s fifth home run, the Nationals regained the lead against left-hander Chris Capuano (0-4)
First baseman Tyler Moore opened the inning with a single to left field. He advanced to second on a sacrifice by catcher Jose Lobaton and advanced to third on a groundout by second baseman Danny Espinosa.
Span then slapped a 1-2 pitch up the middle to second baseman Stephen Drew. Drew made the throw on the run from behind the bag, and Span beat it out as Moore scored.
Blake Treinen (2-2) struck out three in two scoreless innings for the win. He ended the ninth by striking out designated hitter Alex Rodriguez. He also ended the 10th by fanning right fielder Carlos Beltran while pinch runner Didi Gregorius was caught stealing on a play that was upheld by a replay review of three minutes, 14 seconds.
Drew Storen closed out Washington’s third win in 12 games by pitching a scoreless 11th for his third save.
Before getting his third hit, Span had a hand in the Yankees’ four-run eighth. He was unable to track down a triple by shortstop Brendan Ryan that scored New York’s first run and could not catch up to designated hitter Alex Rodriguez’s RBI double that gave New York a 3-2 lead.
Center fielder Brett Gardner had doubled in the Yankees’ second run before Rodriguez’s hit.
Catcher Brian McCann’s single gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead into the eighth. Lindgren appeared to be able to protect the lead by retiring right fielder Bryce Harper and shortstop Ian Desmond, but he left a 1-2 sinker over the plate and Taylor drove it down the right field line.
Before the late dramatics by both teams, neither did much offensively.
Espinosa doubled and scored on Span’s double off right-hander Nathan Eovaldi in the third. He also homered with two outs in the fifth.
The Yankees were held to two hits through six innings by left-hander Gio Gonzalez, who wound up allowing two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.
NOTES: Yankees INF Brendan Ryan was activated from the disabled list and started at shortstop. Ryan had not played this season after straining his right calf late in spring training. … To make room for Ryan on the active roster, OF Ramon Flores was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … RHP Ivan Nova spoke briefly before the game and said he feels good enough that he could rejoin the Yankees without making a rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which he will do on Friday. … The Nationals waited until about 80 minutes before the first pitch to release their lineup since they were waiting to see how CF Denard Span (back spasms) felt hitting in the batting cage. … 1B Ryan Zimmerman, who is in a 4-for-46 slump and has been dealing with plantar fasciitis, was held out of Washington’s lineup.

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