Imagine a conversation between the baseball gods that goes something like this:
"Look at those Braves. They've sucked so much lately."
"Yeah. If we were any kind of decent, we'd end their misery and let them win for once."
"Nah! Let's make ‘em suffer!!"
The Braves were one out away from winning and breaking their miserable losing streak when the Nats forced extras and ultimately won 5-2.
Bryce Harper kicked off the scoring by putting one in the second deck in right field with two outs in the first, but the Braves tied the score in the third inning against Tanner Roark on an infield hit by A.J. Pierzynski.
Julio Teheran had to work out of trouble for much of the game, but was able to hold the Nats to a single run over six innings despite four walks with thanks to the defense behind him.
At last, the Braves took the lead in the eighth when Freddie Freeman led off with a double off ex-closer Drew Storen; Nick Swisher came off the bench to line a run-scoring single to right.
Arodys Vizcaino was called on for a two-inning save, but with two outs in the ninth Matt den Dekker singled home the tying run to force extra innings. All those missed opportunities earlier came back to bite the Braves in the bum when Michael Taylor hit a three-run homer in the 10th to win it for the Nats.
Those missed opportunities: Freddie Freeman's first-inning double after Cameron Maybin was picked off; leaving the bases loaded in the fifth; leaving two on in the ninth.