Werth manages to elude tag for stolen base

Werth manages to elude tag for stolen base

WASHINGTON -- During Wednesday's 6-5 victory over the Astros, the Nationals stole four bases. One of those bases stolen was by Jayson Werth in the third inning against right-hander Scott Feldman.

Werth led off the inning with a walk and, with Ryan Zimmerman at the plate, Werth attempted to steal second base. It looked like catcher Jason Castro nailed Werth at second, but Werth eluded the tag from second baseman Jose Altuve and declared he was safe before second-base umpire Adrian Johnson officially made the call.

How did Werth manage to steal the base?

"I'm not sure," Werth said. "I think I tried that a few different times and have never been successful. It worked out today. Hopefully, I don't have to try that again."

Werth would later score on single by Ian Desmond.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.