It seems like the Washington Nationals have been playing with magic wands the past few days. The Nats won their third straight game via a walk-off hit Monday night and their seventh consecutive game overall. Adam LaRoche blasted an 11th inning home run — a no-doubt type of homer — to give the Nats a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. After the game, LaRoche told reporters, including Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post : “I got every bit of that one,” LaRoche said. “Just a crazy few days. I don’t know how we’ve gotten into these walk-off situations the last few days, but we’ve been able to grind back.” LaRoche’s homer was the most dramatic of the walk-off trifecta, but the other two were just as effective. The Nats won on an 11th-inning sac fly on Sunday and a ninth-inning ground-rule double Saturday. Both of those came against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Jayson Werth recently said the Washington Nationals were due to go on a run. Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston’s sacrifice fly with one out in the 11th inning drove in Werth to give the Nationals a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday night and complete a three-game sweep. Werth, who had missed the last five games due to his sore right shoulder, entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and doubled leading off the 11th against Brandon Cumpton (3-4). ”When you play this long and you play this deep in the season, you don’t … it’s like when you come back from the All-Star Break, it’s not like you miss a whole lot.” Werth went to third on Denard Span’s grounder to first.

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After Adam LaRoche’s two-run homer in the eighth tied the game, and Wilson Ramos’ ground-rule double in the ninth won it, Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams called his club ”tenacious.” Kevin Frandsen, whose RBI single in the eighth started Washington’s rally from a three-run deficit, went with the word ”relentless.” No matter what you call it, these NL East-leading Nationals are showing a knack for coming through late in games, and their fifth walkoff win of the season came by the score of 4-3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. ”When you’re on a streak, when you’ve got a little lead in the division, it’s easier to go relax and play,” said LaRoche, who hit his 18th homer, ”and not get too uptight late in games, regardless (of whether) you’re down or not.” Trailing 3-0 heading into the eighth, Washington grabbed its fifth consecutive victory to stay six games ahead of the second-place Atlanta Braves.

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Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Saturday: – - – - SOCCER Premier League (1400 unless stated) Manchester United v Swansea City (1145) Leicester City v Everton Queens Park Rangers v Hull City Stoke City v Aston Villa West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal v Crystal Palace (1630) Swansea stun United to ruin Van Gaal’s Premier League bow LONDON – Gylfi Sigurdsson struck a 72nd minute winner for Swansea City as Louis van Gaal’s first Premier League game in charge of Manchester United ended in a 2-1 defeat. …

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Pushing the panic button isn’t in the Milwaukee Brewers’ DNA, infielder Lyle Overbay said. Overbay’s pinch-hit, bases-clearing double keyed a five-run surge in the eighth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night before 47,272 fans at Dodger Stadium. Overbay’s tiebreaking hit, a run-scoring single by second baseman Scooter Gennett and an RBI double by left fielder Khris Davis against reliever Jamey Wright (4-3) boosted Milwaukee (68-55) to its 10th win in the past 14 games at Dodger Stadium in a clash of division leaders.

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Mike Dunn’s formula is simple. Come in, pitch well, and hope the Miami Marlins offense finds a way to win games late. ”Whatever the situation is, I want to just go out there and give our team the best opportunity to win a game.” Dunn defers all the credit for his unusual achievement to the Marlins’ batters, since they’re the ones either breaking ties or coming from behind and making him the right-place, right-time benefactor. Still, there’s still about one-quarter of the season left, and he’s already become the first MLB reliever since 2011 to hit double-digits in victories But to put some things in perspective, Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez had 12 wins last season on his way to rookie of the year honors.

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After picking up three more wins at their home away from home, the Washington Nationals are back in the nation’s capital for the next 10 games with a chance to pad the largest division lead in the NL. The Nationals look for a seventh win in nine games in Friday night’s opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who may get Neil Walker back as they begin a stretch critical to their postseason hopes. Washington (66-53) saw its East lead over the Braves slip to 3 1/2 games after dropping two of three in Atlanta last weekend, but it’s up to a season-high six after another successful trip to Queens. The Nationals finished off a three-game sweep of the Mets on Thursday with a 4-1 victory, as two-run homers by Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper led them to an 11th straight win at Citi Field.

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