The 2005 Washington Nationals

10 W's in a row

On June 2, 2005, the Nationals started a 10-game winning streak that thrust them into first place in the National League East.

June 2
Nationals 8, Braves 6
Gary Bennett’s bases-clearing double erases a 6-5 deficit in the bottom of the eighth.
June 3
Nationals 3, Marlins 2
Luis Ayala works out of an 11th-inning jam to pick up the first of three relief wins during the streak.
June 4
Nationals 7, Marlins 3
Utility infielder Jamey Carroll scores three times, including the go-ahead run in the fifth.
June 5
Nationals 6, Marlins 3
Ryan Church’s three-run homer in the eighth breaks a 3-3 tie and vaults the Nationals into first place.
June 7
Nationals 2, Athletics 1
Nick Johnson’s two-run homer in the sixth provides all the offense Tony Armas and five relievers need.
June 8
Nationals 7, Athletics 2
Brian Schneider homers with a runner on base in the fourth to put the Nationals ahead for good.
June 9
Nationals 4, Athletics 3
Liván Hernández picks up the ninth of his 12 first-half wins en route to a 15-10 season.
June 10
Nationals 9, Mariners 3
José Guillén scores the go-ahead run in the eighth and drives in two others. He finishes with a team-high 24 HRs.
June 11
Nationals 2, Mariners 1
John Patterson lowers his ERA to 2.54 and finishes at 3.13, ninth best in the National League.
June 12
Nationals 3, Mariners 2
Chad Codero retires the side 1-2-3 in the ninth for his 19th save. He goes on to lead the majors with 47.


By the numbers
10
Wins in a row from June 2-12, still the longest such streak for the Nationals.
53
Days in first place during 2005; they led the East as late as July 24.
5.5
Biggest division lead on July 3; they fell 11 games behind on Sept. 25.
19
Games over .500 on July 5 at 51-32 (.614); they finished in fifth place, 81-81.
.265
Team’s peak batting average on June 24, before ending the season at .252.


Barry Svrluga/The Washington Post; Source: baseballreference.com

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