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WASHINGTON - Bryce Harper has a suggestion for those looking for the perfect word to describe the Washington Nationals recent run of walk-off victories and nine straight wins overall. Wilbert Montgomery Jersey . Harper scored the winning run on pinch-hitter Anthony Rendons single in the ninth inning as Washington edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Wednesday night. "Its absolutely epic. Thats the best word I can put out there," Harper said. Five of Washingtons last six victories have been by a single run, with four coming in its last at-bat. "Its been incredible," Harper said. "This team has a lot of fight, a lot of heart. We never die." Harper opened the ninth with a single off Evan Marshall (4-3) and went to third base on Kevin Frandsens one-out single. Out of the starting lineup for the first time in 63 games, Rendon singled past third baseman Cliff Pennington to win it. "It was different to say the least, but it was awesome," Rendon said of pinch-hit. Neither epic nor awesome describes the feeling manager Matt Williams feels watching the slew of walk-off wins. "Its gratifying for (the players), its exciting for them," Williams said. "Its not a whole of fun in the dugout for the staff, but thats OK." The Nationals had last won nine in a row when they matched a franchise record by winning 10 straight in June 2005. The NL East leaders also extended their home winning streak to eight and opened up a seven-game lead over Atlanta. Rafael Soriano (3-1) pitched the ninth for the win. Arizona has lost five straight and is 5-13 in August. "In the end, they out-executed us in every phase of the game," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "They pitched good and we didnt pitch good enough. They outfielded us. They outhit us." Two of Washingtons wins in this series have come in its last at-bat after Arizona tied the game late. "Of course its disappointing," Gibson said. "Theyve got it rolling and they overtook us again." Tanner Roark threw seven scoreless innings for the Nationals and left with a 2-0 lead. He gave up five hits. Roark is 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA over his last eight starts. The Diamondbacks tied it in the eighth on Ender Inciartes two-run homer against reliever Tyler Clippard. Drew Storen replaced Clippard with one on in the eighth, eventually stranding the runner at third base. Arizona starter Trevor Cahill allowed two runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings. Wilson Ramos RBI groundout in the second inning gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jayson Werth hit consecutive doubles to put Washington up 2-0 in the sixth. Harper had three of Washingtons nine hits. The game started 12 minutes late due to rain. TRAINERS ROOM Nationals: Williams sounded hopeful that 3B/OF Ryan Zimmerman could return "sometime in September" from a hamstring injury. Zimmerman was placed on the disabled list on July 23. Diamondbacks: In his fourth rehab appearance, Daniel Hudson tossed one scoreless inning with two strikeouts Tuesday night in the Arizona Rookie League. The right-hander hasnt pitched at the major league level since 2012 after sustaining an elbow injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery twice. UP NEXT Arizonas Wade Miley (7-9, 4.46 ERA) faces fellow left-hander Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 4.06) on Thursday in the finale of the four-game set. NOT JUST A PITCHER Leading 1-0 in the sixth, Roark deftly fielded Miguel Monteros grounder to start an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play after the Diamondbacks put runners on the corners with one out. Wendell Smallwood Jersey . Make the extra pass, take care of the ball, play defence and get more out of his bench. DeAndre Carter Jersey . Anderson shook off some unusually poor shooting and hit two clutch 3-pointers in overtime that carried the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. . -- Arizona coach Bruce Arians says there "were obviously very, very many problems" with the officiating in the Cardinals 24-21 loss at Philadelphia.More of the same from the Tank, countering multi-point efforts of Martin St. Louis and Derick Brassard for the Rangers, lineup news, Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking. HEROES Vladimir Tarasenko – This is becoming a regular honour for Tarasenko, who now has five goals and eight points in the past four games, including a highlight-reel goal and an assist, then the shootout winner, against the Rangers Monday. With 13 points in 11 games, Tarasenko is tied for 12th in scoring and his 4.45 shots on goal per game ranks fifth. He has emerged as a game-breaking talent on an otherwise solid, but not necessarily spectacular, Blues team that is now riding a five-game winning streak. Martin St. Louis – The Rangers winger was off to something of a slow start, with one goal in 10 games, but buried a pair against the Blues. It is worth tracking St. Louis’ production, though, as the 39-year-old is averaging 1.82 shots on goal per game, his lowest rate since 2001-2002. Derick Brassard – With Derek Stepan sidelined, Brassard has filled a void down the middle for the rangers, playing a career-high 18:23 per game, and he contributed a couple of assists against the Blues. His current nine points in 11 games (0.82 points per game) is the best rate of his career. ZEROES Ryan Reaves – The Blues’ enforcer had a heavyweight scrap with Rangers D Dylan McIlrath, but wasn’t on for a single shot attempt for, and 12 against, during 5-on-5 play. Jaden Schwartz – It might come as expected that an enforcer gets stuck on the wrong end of the possession game, especially on the road, but skilled winger Schwartz also had a rough go against the Blueshirts, with eight shot attempts for and 24 against (25.0%), notably getting dominated in a few head-to-head shifts against the Rangers’ line of LW Chris Kreider, C Kevin Hayes and RW Lee Stempniak. SHORT SHIFTS Rangers LW Chris Kreider scored a goal and had 11 shot attempts (5 SOG)…RW Rick Nash had an assist and 10 shot attempts (5 SOG). LINEUP NEED TO KNOW In the wake of injuries to Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Klein, as well as a suspension to John Moore, the Rangers inserted rookies Conor Allen and Dylan McIlrath onto their blueline. Derek Barnett Jersey. McIlrath only played 8:02, while sitting for nine minutes in the penalty box but, when he played, McIlrath was on the ice for 11 shot attempts for and 6 against (64.7%). D Matt Hunwick played 24:51 for the Rangers, his second straight game over 24 minutes on the depleted Rangers blueline. Rangers LW Mats Zuccarello missed the game with an undisclosed injury, so recently-waived LW Ryan Malone still had a spot in the lineup on the Blueshirts’ fourth line. FANTASY FOCUS Some players in action tonight that should have increasing Fantasy value: Nick Bjugstad – Though the towering Panthers’ centre has just one point in nine games, keep tabs on the the second-year pivot, who is generating 3.11 shots on goal per game and has strong possession stats, carrying 61.9% of the play at 5-on-5. Vincent Lecavalier – Injuries have limited him to only four games, but Lecavalier has returned to the Flyers’ lineup and while we’re looking at a very small sample, he does have four points and 3.25 shots on goal per game. Playing with Wayne Simmonds and R.J. Umberger last game, Lecavalier has an opportunity to produce offensively. Evgeny Kuznetsov – With points in the past three games, Kuznetsov has been bumped up to Washington’s second line, with Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer. After starting the year on the fourth line, this is a chance for Kuznetsov to live up to some of the preseason hype. Jason Zucker – Another player that started the year on the fourth line, Zucker was productive right out of the gate and has been moved up the depth chart, to skate with Mikko Koivu and Charlie Coyle. Playing more than 18 minutes in each of the last two games is a chance for Zucker to build on his strong start (five goals, seven points in 10 games). 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