Washington Nationals Rally to Complete Greatest Comeback in Club History

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The scoring for the Washington Nationals started with a Bryce Harper RBI double in the top of the first. It ended with a Dan Uggala three-run homer in the ninth.

In between it got weird.

The Washington Nationals completed the largest comeback in franchise history, and ended a six-game losing streak, in defeating the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

The Braves took leads of 9-1 (second inning) and 10-2 (fourth) before the visitors opened the flood gates.

The historic rally included a three-run Jose Lobation home run in the fifth, a Denard Span solo shot in the sixth, and a two-run Uggala triple in the seventh before Uggala put the Nats ahead for good in the ninth.

The major-league milestone stands at four more runs. Seattle lost a 12-run lead to Cleveland in 2001. More than 75 years earlier, Cleveland found itself on the wrong end of a 12-run comeback by the Philadelphia Athletics.

But the most famous, though not the biggest, come-from-behind triumph over a daunting deficit came 26 years ago. “If we don’t win,” Pittsburgh Pirates color commentator Jim Rooker commented after a 10-run top-of-the-first, “I’ll walk back to Pittsburgh.”

They didn’t. And, following the season, he did.


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