Washington Nationals beat Pirates 9-7 on Bryce Harper walk off home run

Jul 23, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) singles in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Young buck Bryce Harper of the Washington National slugged his 14th home run of the season, which was a walk off home run, in a victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

It was his first home run since July 1st, perfect timing, as it was his first career walk off home run. The Nationals were on a 6 game losing streak, which obviously came to an end today.

Rafael Soriano and Ian Krol combined to blow a lead in the 9th inning. Soriano entered the 9th inning, in a non save situation, leading the Pirates 7-3. He walked back to back batters before giving up an RBI double to Jody Mercer. After he got Andrew McCutchen to strike out swinging, he allowed Russell Martin to plate an RBI off a single.

Bench coach Randy Knorr pulled Soriano and brought in Ian Krol. The young left handed would go on to give up a game tying single to Josh Harrison, but was able to stop the bleeding before Bryce Harper hit a 2 run walk off home run.

Krol picked up the win, handing Pirates pitcher Bryan Morris the loss.

A.J. Burnett pitched 7 complete innings, giving up 9 hits, 4 runs with 1 earned and 5 strike outs.

Gio Gonzalez gave up 3 runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision.

Topics: AJ Burnett, Bryce Harper, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals

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