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Nats waste no time to finish May 5 win

Nats waste no time to finish win

HOUSTON -- On May 5, the Nationals found themselves in a wild game with the Astros at Nationals Park, but the clubs couldn't finish it, with the game suspended because of rain in the 11th inning and the scored tied at 10.

Washington had Elijah Dukes on first, while Josh Willingham was at the plate. That's where the game was picked up when the teams resumed the game Thursday at Minute Maid Park. Washington ended up winning the game, 11-10, in the bottom of the 11th inning.

When play resumed at 7:08 p.m. ET, LaTroy Hawkins started for Houston and the Nationals were able to score within seven minutes.

With Dukes no longer on the 25-man roster, Nyjer Morgan pinch-ran for Dukes. Willingham came to the plate and singled to left to put runners first and second.

Josh Bard, pinch-hitting for reliever Joel Hanrahan, who was traded last week to the Pirates for Morgan, hit a routine ground ball to second baseman Jeff Keppinger, who was able to get the force at second, but shortstop Miguel Tejada threw the ball over first baseman Lance Berkman's head, which allowed Morgan to score.

Hanrahan ended up being the winning pitcher after throwing one shutout inning.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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