WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Ivan Rodriguez singled home the go-ahead run Saturday, propelling the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh in Game 2 of a doubleheader.
The Nationals rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the eighth inning with a pair of runs, salvaging a split after losing the day's first game 5-3.
Bixler took off for third on a steal attempt and would have been out but the throw from Pirates catcher Eric Fryer one-hopped third baseman Brandon Wood for an error, allowing the score-tying run to score.
Rodriquez then lined an 0-2 pitch to right field and Ankiel slid home with the go-ahead score after Fryer couldn't hold onto the throw from the outfield.
Ryan Mattheus (1-0) earned his first major league win with a scoreless eighth inning and Drew Storen collected his 20th save for the Nationals.
Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and Chase d'Arnaud added a run-scoring single, for the Pirates.