After five innings, where they were trailing 3-1, it didn't look like the Nationals would be able to rally to get back into this game.
So much for that.
The Nationals mounted a rally in the 8th inning to tie the game at three runs a piece. Ian Desmond singled in Ivan Rodriguez for the first run, and Rick Ankiel drove in Jerry Hairston Jr. on a RBI groundout.
After a scoreless ninth for both teams, it had to take two extra frames to settle this one.
After Drew Storen averted a scare in the 10th inning to preserve the game, the Nats were able to come to bat in the 11th to deliver the decisive blows of the game.
As the inning lead off, the Nationals executed fundamental baseball to get the go ahead run. First baseman Adam LaRoche singled, which led to pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (who was pinch hitting for Storen) to execute a perfect sac bunt to get LaRoche over to second base. Two batters later, Pudge delivered again with a single to put the Nats up 4-3.
But the Nats weren't done there. With two men on, Laynce Nix delivered a three run homerun to give the Nats a 7-3 lead which would send Washington out of Citi Field with their first series victory.