Mariners Vs. Nationals: Another Walk Off Another Win, Nationals Win 1-0

Thursday's game featured brilliant pitching, close calls and another walk-off end to yet another interleague series win by Washington.

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Mariners Vs. Nationals Final Score: Nationals Win On Walk-Off Sacrifice Fly

Laynce Nix drove home Danny Espinosa in a walk-off sacrifice fly for Thursday's only run in the Washington Nationals' thrilling 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The win finished off a three-game sweep of the M's and puts the Nats one game over .500 with a 38-37 record. The Mariners fell to 37-38. 

Starting pitchers Michael Pineda and Jason Marquis each dominated the opposing team's lineup. Marquis carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning as he threw eight scoreless frames. Pineda struck out nine in seven scoreless innings. 

Oddly enough, the hit that broke up Marquis' no-no belonged to Pineda. His single to shallow center was the first hit of his career.

Once the starters were removed, relievers were left to decide the game. Seattle's David Pauley and Washington's Tyler Clippard each pitched scoreless innings before Chris Ray came in to pitch the bottom of the 9th.

The right-hander allowed back-to-back singles to Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa to lead off the inning. After an Ivan Rodriguez sacrifice bunt advanced both runners, Nix delivered the winning hit two batters later. 

The win is the Nats' third in a row, and their 11th in their last 12 games. 

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Mariners Vs. Nationals Score: Michael Pineda Breaks Up Jason Marquis' No-Hitter In The 6th

Washington Nationals Starter Jason Marquis did not allow a hit to the visiting Seattle Mariners until the sixth inning, when Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda hit a single up the middle with one out. It was Pineda's first career hit. Ichiro Suzuki then followed the play with a single of his own.

The game is currently scoreless, although the Nationals have threatened to score a couple times. After doubling in the first inning, Nats outfielder Jayson Werth advanced to third on a Pineda wild pitch, only to be thrown out at home on a Ryan Zimmerman fly ball to end the inning after the next at-bat. 

In the fourth inning, Roger Bernadina led off the inning with a double, followed by a Jayson Werth walk. After Ryan Zimmerman flied out, Michael Morse loaded the bases with a single. However, they failed to score after Pineda struck out second baseman Danny Espinosa and catcher Ivan Rodriguez to end the inning. Pineda has allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out seven through six innings. 

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Mariners Vs. Nationals: Washington Looks To Go Over .500 In Afternoon Game

The Washington Nationals clawed their way back to .500 with a thrilling 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. Now, they will look for a series sweep and a over-.500 record in a Thursday afternoon game at Nationals Park. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.

Despite their recent success, the Nationals have decided to make a lineup change. The Jayson Werth leadoff experiment will end. Werth will drop back down to No. 2 in the lineup, with Roger Bernadina getting another chance to hit first in his place. Werth hit just .179 with a .289 on-base percentage in 10 games hitting leadoff. Perhaps the experiment will continue another time, but it will be halted now.

Jason Marquis will be on the hill for the Nationals, and he will still hit eighth as JIm Riggleman continues with that unusual arrangement. Michael Pineda will oppose him for Seattle. Here is the Nationals' lineup:

  1. Roger Bernadina (CF)
  2. Jayson Werth (RF)
  3. Ryan Zimmerman (3B)
  4. Michael Morse (1B)
  5. Danny Espinosa (2B)
  6. Ivan Rodriguez (C)
  7. Jerry Hairston (LF)
  8. Jason Marquis (P)
  9. Ian Desmond (SS)
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