Jayson Werth reaches base in 44th consecutive game, setting new Nationals record

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Outfielder Jayson Werth dunked a single into shallow center field at Coors Field on Tuesday evening, marking the 44th consecutive game in which he’s reached base safely. That¬†sets a new Nationals record, surpassing Ryan Zimmerman, who reached base in 43 straight games in 2009.

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The all-time record is held by Ted Williams, who reached in 84 consecutive games with the Red Sox in 1949. The National League record is held by George Van Haltren, who reached base in 60 straight games with the Pirates in 1893.

Werth, who told critics earlier this season to “kiss my ass,” entered Tuesday’s action batting .255/.345/.445 with 16 home runs and 53 RBI in 440 plate appearances. In his previous 43 games entering Tuesday night, he was hitting .263/.384/.467.