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Chien-Ming Wang was knocked out in the bottom of the fifth.
Hitting highlight: Slowly but surely, Danny Espinosa appears to be getting on track at the plate. Thanks in part to some advice from Davey Johnson, Espinosa now has multi-hit games in four of his last nine starts. He tripled to lead off the second inning tonight, nearly sending the ball over the very deep and very high fence in center field. Then he laced an RBI single in the fourth, adding to a solid evening for the previously struggling second baseman.
Pitching lowlight: Wang's velocity was fine; his sinker reached 93 mph several times and topped out at 94 mph. But his command was all over the place, leading to three walks and a hit batter. The veteran right-hander labored throughout his four-plus innings putting at least two men on base in every frame but the third. His biggest infraction was walking both Logan Morrison and Bryan Petersen to open the fourth, moments after his teammates handed him a two-run lead. To the surprise of no one, both runners wound up scoring, tying the game and making another dent into Wang's erratic outing.
Key stat: In 34 career games against the Nats, Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton is now hitting .328 with 11 homers and 25 RBI.
Up next: After a nine-game road trip, the Nationals will take Thursday off, then return to the field to host the Braves Friday night. Stephen Strasburg faces Mike Minor in a rematch of last Saturday's starting pitchers at Turner Field.