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Ross Detwiler watches Wilson Betemit score on a second-inning single.
Hitting highlight: Johnson's new-look lineup -- featuring Steve Lombardozzi in the leadoff spot, Ian Desmond in the 5-hole and Danny Espinosa on the bench -- made no difference early on, producing one hit off Jason Hammel through four innings. But it did finally start producing late, particularly a few guys who desperately needed to get going. Ryan Zimmerman had three hits, including a ninth-inning homer. Ankiel had an RBI double. And Bernadina had two hits, a walk and a deep flyball to the warning track in center. It didn't result in a win, but it was a step in the right direction.
Pitching lowlight: Before the game, Johnson said Chien-Ming Wang will likely pitch out of the bullpen when he returns from the DL next week. That would keep Detwiler in the rotation. But after the left-hander got rocked over five laborious innings, you have to wonder if the Nats might reconsider the matter. Detwiler was tagged for six runs on nine hits, five days after giving up four earned runs in five innings against the Padres. In that brief span, his ERA has skyrocketed from 2.10 to 3.65.
Key stat: The crowd of 42,331 (though technically not a sellout) was nonetheless the second-largest gathering in Nationals Park history. The largest crowd: 44,685 on Aug. 20, 2011 vs. the Phillies.
Up next: The finale of the weekend series features Stephen Strasburg in search of his fourth win of the year and left-handed sensation Wei-Yin Chen, seeking his fifth win of the year. First pitch at Nationals Park is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.