After trailing the Nationals by nine runs after five innings of play on July 20, 2012, the Braves take the lead, 10-9, when the team plates two runs in the top of ninth.
Washington will knot the score in the bottom the frame on Danny Espinosa’s home run, but Atlanta will complete its amazing comeback with an unanswered run in the eleventh inning.
Atlanta was down 9-0 after five innings with Washington Nationals star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the mound. The Braves came back to take the lead in the top of the ninth. After the Nationals tied it, Atlanta pulled out a wild 11-10 win on Paul Janish’s run-scoring bloop single in the 11th.
“I don’t even know where to start,” said Chipper Jones, who drove in two runs with a single in the Braves’ four-run eighth inning. “I still can’t believe it. I mean, 9-0. That’s never happened to me since I’ve been here.”
In the top of the 11th, Dan Uggla led off with a single against Tom Gorzelanny (2-2), advanced to second on Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing error and then went to third on a passed ball before scoring on Janish’s bloop that just barely fell in past shortstop Ian Desmond’s outstretched glove.
“A really crazy game, but it counts, right?” Janish said. “All that matters is that we end up with one more than them, so it worked out.”
It was the Braves’ largest comeback since 1987 and pulled them within 2 1/2 games of the Nationals in the National League East.
“It’s a big series, and there’s no way we were just going to go down without a fight,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
The nine-run lead was the largest ever given up by the Nationals franchise, including the games played as the Montreal Expos.