Werth's on-base streak up to 39 straight after walk

Outfielder, who added late homer, is 4 games away from tying franchise record

Werth's on-base streak up to 39 straight after walk

WASHINGTON -- Jayson Werth extended his MLB-season-high on-base streak to 39 games with a first-inning walk against Indians starter Trevor Bauer in Tuesday night's 3-1 Nationals loss.

Werth has reached base in every game since June 20, collecting 33 hits and 29 walks over that time. The outfielder's on-base percentage has risen from .317 to .340 during his streak.

Werth didn't wait long Tuesday to extend the streak, working a full count in the first inning before taking a two-seam fastball for ball four.

Thirty-nine games already represents the longest on-base streak of Werth's career, as well as the longest in the Majors this season. The Nationals' record for most consecutive games reaching base is 43, set by Ryan Zimmerman in 2009.

Werth's solo home run

Werth added a solo home run, his 14th of the year, in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Nationals their only run of the night. The blast came off tough Indians reliever Andrew Miller, following an at-bat manager Dusty Baker called "one of the best I've seen from [Werth] this year." Werth fouled off four pitches before hitting the eighth offering of the at-bat into the left-field seats.

Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.