Instant analysis: Nats 5, Marlins 4

Originally posted on Nats Insider:

Game in a nutshell: A long and emotional day at the ballpark began with a tribute to Davey Johnson (managing for the last time at Nationals Park), continued with a frustrating, 4-2 loss by the home team in the doubleheader opener. The Reds’ win in Pittsburgh left the Nats’ season on life support heading into the nightcap, but they responded by taking a 4-3 lead into the eighth inning thanks to Stephen Strasburg’s quality start and Denard Span’s two-run single. But Tyler Clippard gave up back-to-back doubles in the top of the eighth, leaving this game tied and very much up in the air. To the rescue came Jayson Werth, who led off the bottom of the  ninth with a double. Eury Perez pinch-ran for Werth and wound up on the front end of a double-steal. Wilson Ramos then tagged a sharp grounder to third, which Chris Coghlan booted to…

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