WASHINGTON (AP) —Wilson Ramos capped Washington’s five-run ninth inning with a game-ending three-run homer, lifting the Nationals to a dramatic 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Jerry Hairston and Danny Espinosa each had two-out RBI singles before Ramos connected on a 1-1 pitch from David Pauley, hitting a drive deep to center for his sixth homer.
Ramos threw his arms up almost immediately after the ball left his bat and Pauley (4-1) trudged off the mound.
The Mariners wasted a fine effort from Doug Fister, who allowed one run and three hits in eight innings. The right-hander is 0-3 in four June starts despite a 3.60 ERA.
Brandon League replaced Fister for the ninth and Jayson Werth reached on a two-base error by first baseman Justin Smoak to begin the inning. Roger Bernadina walked before Ryan Zimmerman hit into a double play, leaving Werth on third.
Hairston followed with his run-scoring single and Michael Morse reached on a comebacker that hit League in the right leg. League took some practice pitches before he was replaced by Pauley, who surrendered Espinosa’s hit to set the stage for Ramos.
Todd Coffey (3-0) pitched the ninth for Washington, which has won nine of 10.
Adam Kennedy had three hits and two RBIs for Seattle, which finished with 13 hits. Prized prospect Dustin Ackley also drove in two runs.