Nationals win in walk-off

Espinosa, here in a file photo, hit a three-run homer Thursday.

Danny Espinosa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning, powering the Washington Nationals to a 7-4 walk-off win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. The win was the sixth straight for Washington, their longest winning streak since the 2009 season.

Espinosa’s home run capped off a night dominated by the long ball, the two teams combined to launch seven round trippers. Jayson Werth and Roger Bernadina went back to back in the bottom of the first inning to put Washington up 2-0, and Laynce Nix added a solo shot in the sixth to give the Nationals a 4-2 lead.

Matt Holliday homered in his first at bat in the second, and Albert Pujols went deep for St. Louis in the eighth. Yadier Molina delivered the most clutch home run for the Cardinals though – hitting a game tying blast in the ninth inning off Nationals closer Drew Storen.

Sean Burnett picked up the win in relief for Washington and Fernando Salas took the loss for St. Louis.

The Nationals return to action on Friday when they host the Baltimore Orioles as Major League Baseball kicks off the second round of interleague play.