Ramos said he was happy to see his name in the lineup for the second consecutive day. Entering Sunday, the Nationals were 7-2 when Ramos starts. He recently went to Johnson and told him that he was ready to play in back-to-back games. For most of the season, Ramos has been splitting time with Kurt Suzuki.
"I was waiting for this moment," Ramos said. "It's a long season. I know the manager didn't want me [to play back-to-back games] because of my knee and hamstring. But they feel good right now. I went to him a couple of days ago [and told him] that I'm feeling fine. My leg feels strong. I'm ready to go, I'm ready to play in back-to-back games. I want to help the team win. That's what I want to do."
On Saturday, Ramos -- stuck in an 0-for-17 slump -- singled in the sixth inning to drive in two runs and tie the score at 4.
"When we get into a slump, hits like that make me happy," Ramos said. "You have to keep working hard, keep your head up and try to help the team."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.