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Rookie pitcher homers on 1st pitch, Nationals win on Zimmerman's walk-off single

Rookie pitcher Tom Milone, right, celebrates with teammate Jesus Flores (26) after hitting a three-run home run on the first pitch ever thrown to him in the major leagues. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman's short fly ball with one out in the ninth dropped into right field for a single, driving in two runs and giving the Washington Nationals a wild 8-7 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night.

With the Nationals trailing 7-6 in the ninth, Jesus Flores sent a leadoff single into left field for his third hit of the game. Brian Bixler then came in to run, and Bobby Parnell (3-5) walked Jonny Gomes to put runners on first and second.

Bixler and Gomes advanced on Ian Desmond's sacrifice before Roger Bernadina was walked intentionally.

Zimmerman then dumped a pitch into short right. Lucas Duda dove for the ball, but it skipped past him.

Sean Burnett (5-5), Washington's fifth pitcher, got the win.

Rookie pitcher homers on 1st pitch

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nationals rookie Tom Milone homered on the first pitch he faced in the majors Saturday night, becoming the eighth big league pitcher to accomplish the feat.

Milone, called up from Triple-A Syracuse before the game, connected for a three-run shot off New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee in the second inning.

Excited new teammates in the Washington bullpen jumped up and down as the ball sailed over their heads behind the right-field fence. The stunning shot gave the Nationals a 5-0 lead.

According to STATS LLC and the SABR Home Run Log, Milone became the 18th pitcher to homer in his first career at-bat and the eighth to do it on the first pitch. St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright was the last pitcher to do it on May 24, 2006.

Milone was removed from the game in the fifth inning with a 5-4 lead.

With runners on second and third and one out in the second, the left-handed hitting pitcher was beckoned by third base coach Bo Porter.

After talking with Porter, and with the infield in, Milone swung on the first pitch from Gee and sent the ball into the Nationals' bullpen in right field.

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