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MLB: Washington 10, Miami 7

Aug. 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Danny Espinoza smashed a go-ahead, three-run homer to highlight an eighth-inning rally Saturday that carried Washington to a 10-7 victory over Miami.

Trailing 6-4 in the eighth, the Nationals erupted for four runs -- all unearned -- to grab control of the contest.

The floodgates were opened when Marlins reliever Mike Dunn (0-1) dropped a routine throw while covering first base on Adam LaRoche's infield grounder.

Jayson Werth walked and one out later Steve Lombardozzi plated LaRoche with a single, cutting the Nats' deficit to one run.

Pinch-hitter Tyler Moore came up and delivered a game-tying single and Espinoza then followed with his decisive three-run blast into the left-field bullpen.

Bryce Harper made it back-to-back homers with a solo shot to cap the big rally for National League East-leading Washington, which lengthened its lead over second-place Atlanta to three games with the comeback win.

Ryan Mattheus (4-1) earned the victory with 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings.

Carlos Lee and Donovan Solano each drove in a pair of runs and Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with four runs scored for Miami.

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