Big League Stew

Nationals get third straight walk-off win, extend winning streak to seven games

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.

It seems like the Washington Nationals have been playing with magic wands the past few days.

The Nats won their third straight game via a walk-off hit Monday night and their seventh consecutive game overall. Adam LaRoche blasted an 11th inning home run — a no-doubt type of homer — to give the Nats a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After the game, LaRoche told reporters, including Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post:

“I got every bit of that one,” LaRoche said. “Just a crazy few days. I don’t know how we’ve gotten into these walk-off situations the last few days, but we’ve been able to grind back.”

LaRoche's homer was the most dramatic of the walk-off trifecta, but the other two were just as effective. The Nats won on an 11th-inning sac fly on Sunday and a ninth-inning ground-rule double Saturday. Both of those came against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

View photo

.
(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

Their seven-game winning streak has pushed the Nats' lead in the NL East to six games over the second-place Atlanta Braves, the biggest division lead in the NL at the moment. 

Wondering how the three straight walk-offs size up historically? MLB.com's Jamie Ross has the factoids:

The Nationals are the second team to string together three in a row this season. The Rays accomplished the feat in late May with a win over the A's and a pair over the Red Sox. The Phillies and Rangers both did it 2013.

The 1986 Astros hold the record for consecutive walk-off wins with five.

Do the Nationals' magic wands have two more nights of walk-off drama in them? We'll find out Tuesday. But after two straight extra-inning wins and three straight nail-biters, the Nats would probably be just fine winning a game that's decided by a comfortable margin.

More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:

- - - - - - -

Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Real coach Zidane stays positive after rare loss

      Real coach Zidane stays positive after rare loss

      Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is confident that a first defeat in nine months which ended the club's record 40-game unbeaten run in all competitions will not have a detrimental impact on their season. Real, bidding for their first La Liga title … More »

      Reuters - 9 minutes ago
    • Guardiola has plenty to ponder as Man City exposed again

      Guardiola has plenty to ponder as Man City exposed again

      For Pep Guardiola, the head-scratching just got a little more intense. In the aftermath of Manchester City's 4-0 loss at Everton on Sunday, when its defensive frailties were once again exposed, the Spaniard wrote off his side's Premier League title … More »

      AP - Sports - 10 minutes ago
    • Murray in firing line as young Russians rise up

      MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray is ambivalent about being introduced as "Sir" when he walks on court following his recent knighthood and it is a greeting he is unlikely to receive from Russian teenager Andrey Rublev when they meet in the … More »

      Reuters - 10 minutes ago
    • Wehrlein joins Sauber, Bottas move imminent

      Wehrlein joins Sauber, Bottas move imminent

      By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - German driver Pascal Wehrlein will race for Sauber this season, the Swiss-based Formula One team said on Monday in a move that clears the way for Finland's Valtteri Bottas to join world champions Mercedes. … More »

      Reuters - 3 minutes 9 seconds ago
    • I can win Australian Open whatever Fed says - Kyrgios

      By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Roger Federer may have his doubts about Australia's Nick Kyrgios, but the firebrand talent believes he is ready to become his nation's first home grand slam winner in 40 years. The 21-year-old hammered … More »

      Reuters - 13 minutes ago