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Brandon Phillips turns a double play as Jayson Werth slides into second base.
Hitting highlight: He may not fit the mold of a traditional leadoff man, but as long as Ian Desmond keeps producing like this, who cares? Desmond delivered three more hits today, two of them scoring runs. He also showed nice hustle and awareness to take an extra base when center fielder Chris Heisey threw to the plate. Desmond is now hitting .354 for the season.
Pitching highlight: The way things went in the top of the first -- with three blown calls by the umpires leading to Ryan Ludwick's grand slam -- Ross Detwiler easily could have melted down. Instead, the young lefty rebounded in impressive fashion and held the Reds to one run over the next four innings. It by no means matched the dominant pitching performances of the previous five days by Nationals starters, but it was equally as important because it kept this game within reach and gave his teammates a chance to come back.
Key stat: Prior to this season, Craig Stammen struck out one of every 7.1 big-league batters he faced. So far this year, he's struck out one of every 3.2 opposing hitters.
Up next: Stephen Strasburg makes his long-awaited 2012 home debut as the Astros come to town to open a four-game series. Right-hander Kyle Weiland starts for Houston in tomorrow's 7:05 p.m. ballgame.