WASHINGTON – Pinch hitter Corey Brown's single drove in Ian Desmond with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday, lifting the Washington Nationals to a 7-6 victory over the Florida Marlins.
After Adam LaRoche singled off Chad Guadin (3-2) to open the inning, Desmond singled him to third and Danny Espinosa was intentionally walked to load the bases. Suzuki grounded into a fielder's choice with LaRoche thrown out at home, but Brown followed with a bloop single to right.
The Nationals, a major league-best 86-53, began the day with a 6½-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
Drew Storen (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win.
After a 2:33 rain delay, Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the ninth with home run off Heath Bell to tie the score at 6-all.