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A major storm system struck Nationals Park before the bottom of the ninth.
Hitting highlight: They had to wait around for a very long time, but the Nationals made it worthwhile with their game-tying rally in the bottom of the ninth and game-winning rally in the bottom of the 10th. Werth sent the 300 or so fans who stuck it out through the rain delay into pandemonium when he battled his way to a full count against Bell to lead off the ninth and sent a fastball flying into the Red Porch. That crowd roared even louder in the bottom of the 10th when Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond singled to start the rally. After Danny Espinosa was intentionally walked and Kurt Suzuki grounded into a rare 7-2 fielder's choice at the plate (thanks to the Marlins using an extra infielder), Brown delivered the game-winning hit to right.
Pitching lowlight: The numbers didn't look great for Detwiler (five runs allowed in five innings) but the left-hander wasn't helped by either his defense (which committed two errors) or plate umpire Todd Tichenor (who appeared to squeeze him on several close pitches). The Nationals were so frustrated with Tichenor, Gio Gonzalez managed to get ejected after yelling from the dugout in the top of the first. But there was nothing Detwiler could do about the strike zone except try to make better pitches, and he struggled with that all afternoon. This felt more like a Detwiler start circa 2009-10 than 2012, the young lefty letting his emotions get the best of him. He had been great at not letting that happen this season. The Nats have to hope this was a mere bump in the road and nothing more.
Key stat: With his 18th homer today, Bryce Harper matched Hall of Famer Mel Ott for the second-most ever hit in a single season by a teenager. Harper now trails only Tony Conigliaro (24).
Up next: The series concludes with Sunday's 1:35 p.m. game. Edwin Jackson gets the ball for the Nationals, facing fellow right-hander Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins.