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Adam LaRoche singled in the second and homered in the fourth.
Hitting highlight: Was this the night the heart of the Nationals' lineup finally got itself back on track? Well, not Ryan Zimmerman, who struggled through another 0-for-4 game and saw his batting average plummet to .218. But Michael Morse and LaRoche each produced a pair of hits, including LaRoche's 13th homer of the season to lead off the fourth inning. Those two players scored all three of the Nationals' runs and helped provide some spark to a lineup that has sorely needed it in recent weeks.
Pitching highlight: For six innings, Jackson was near-perfect. No, he literally was near-perfect. The veteran retired the first 12 batters he faced before Jones finally reached on a questionable error charged to Zimmerman. Still, Jackson entered the seventh having allowed only one hit and one walk, then fell apart in the span of four batters. Jones belted a leadoff homer off the left-field foul pole, then Betemit and Mark Reynolds delivered one-out singles. All of a sudden, what was shaping up to be a brilliant outing by Jackson turned into something less-than-spectacular. He still wound up with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball. But the way he was going, he looked poised to go much deeper into the game.
Key stat: Among the 162 major leaguers with enough plate appearances to qualify, Zimmerman's .600 OPS ranked 155th.
Up next: The season finale of the Battle of the Beltways series will see Ross Detwiler make his return to the rotation for the Nationals against right-hander Jake Arrieta. First pitch Sunday at Camden Yards is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.