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Evan Gattis and Craig Kimbrel celebrate the Braves' come-from-behind win.
Hitting highlight: It seems like we're running out of superlatives to describe Harper. But every night, the kid does something that makes you stop and shake your head in disbelief. This time, it was a first-inning homer that left the yard in about .15 seconds. Julio Teheran tried to sneak a fastball past the outside corner, but Harper simply went out there and got it and drilled the ball on a line to left field. It might never have risen more than 25 feet off the ground, clearing the fence with room to spare. That was Harper's fifth homer in 10 games this season, and every one of them has been impressive in its own right.
Pitching highlight: He's technically the Nationals' "No. 5 starter," but nothing about Detwiler's performance so far this season suggests he's a bottom-of-the-rotation guy. The left-hander has been brilliant, going 12 2/3 innings before finally allowing his first earned run of 2013 on Chris Johnson's solo homer in the seventh. Maybe most impressive, Detwiler did it tonight throwing almost nothing but fastballs. His command of that pitch was so good, he didn't really need to break out any of his off-speed stuff. Those fastballs were regularly in the low-to-mid 90s, topping out several times at 95 mph. He had the Braves' hitters off-balance and taking bad swings all night and never really got himself into serious trouble. If that's what the Nationals can expect all season out of their "No. 5 starter," watch out.
Key stat: Zimmerman played in his 1,000th game with the Nationals tonight, far and away the most in club history. Next on the list: Cristian Guzman, with 550 games played in a Nats uniform.
Up next: The marquee pitching matchup of the weekend comes Saturday afternoon, when Stephen Strasburg and Tim Hudson go head-to-head. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m., with the game televised by Fox.