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Ranking the Nationals’ seven walk-off wins this season

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Adam LaRoche’s walk-off home run in the 11th inning Monday against the Diamondbacks extended the Nationals’ win streak to seven games. It was Washington’s seventh walk-off win of the season and, remarkably, the Nationals’ third consecutive walk-off win. The major league record for consecutive walk-off wins is five, set by the 1986 Houston Astros, but nine out of 10 cardiologists agree it’s not a record that fans should root to see broken.

While I hope for a blowout win today, here’s my ranking of this season’s walk-off wins to date in order of awesomeness, keeping in mind that every walk-off win is pretty great.

1. August 7: Bryce Harper’s homer beats the Mets in 13

There was so much to love about Harper’s opposite field blast to complete a sweep of the Mets at home. The Harper-to-the-minors drama that preceded it. The double-Gatorade shower that followed. Hugs with Denard Span.

2. August 18: Adam LaRoche’s No-Doubter

Did that really just happen? LaRoche’s blast Monday marked the first time the Nationals have walked off winners in three consecutive games. In 2012, the Nationals had consecutive walk-offs at against Cincinnati. In 2009, they walked off in back-to-back games against the Blue Jays.

3. April 23: LaRoche’s single caps comeback win over Angels

After losing the first two games of the series, the Nationals entered the ninth inning of the finale trailing the Angels, 4-1. A Jose Lobaton homer and Jayson Werth two-run double tied the game before LaRoche won it with a soft single to left.

4. August 17: Scott Hairston’s sacrifice fly ends wild game

Hairston’s 11th-inning sac fly on Sunday gave the Nationals a 6-5 win over the Pirates in one of the wildest games of the year. “Wasn’t the prettiest one, but it doesn’t have to be,” Manager Matt Williams said. “Guys fought hard.”

5. July 20: Werth’s double beats the Brewers

After Rafael Soriano blew the save in the top of the ninth, the Nationals walked off on Werth’s two-out double down the left field line that scored Anthony Rendon from first base.

6. August 16: Wilson Ramos’s double beats the Pirates

The walk-off that started the Nationals’ current streak of walk-off magic was an automatic double by The Buffalo to score Harper.

7. April 20: Denard Span’s sacrifice fly beats the Cardinals

The Nationals scored two runs to tie the game in the seventh inning and Span’s sacrifice fly to score Danny Espinosa in the ninth salvaged a series split against the Cardinals.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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Scott Allen · August 19, 2014