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Ross Detwiler allowed two runs over six strong innings.
Hitting lowlight: How much are the Nationals missing Ryan Zimmerman's presence in their lineup right now? A lot, especially with Adam LaRoche struggling as much as he is. The veteran first baseman struck out in all four of his plate appearances tonight and is now 0-for-10 with seven punchouts since the middle of Sunday's game in New York. LaRoche is a notorious slow starter, and he'll almost surely post his usual stats by season's end, but his lack of production is glaring right now because the Nationals need him to hit cleanup with Zimmerman on the DL.
Pitching highlight: Though he wasn't quite as dominant tonight as he was in his previous three starts, Detwiler certainly pitched well enough to win. His only real mistakes came in succession in the top of the fourth, when the Cardinals strung together four straight hits. Otherwise, the left-hander did his usual thing, pounding the strike zone with fastballs and making the opposition hit the ball on the ground. That led to an astounding four double plays in the first five innings alone. At 93 pitches, Detwiler certainly could have come back out for the seventh. But with the Nationals trailing at the time, Davey Johnson had no choice but to send up a pinch-hitter. Thus ended a strong-yet-frustrating night for the Nats' No. 5 starter.
Key stat: With a sixth-inning strikeout as a pinch-hitter, Roger Bernadina is now 0-for-16 with seven strikeouts this season.
Up next: The series concludes with a 1:05 p.m. Wednesday matinee at the ballpark. Stephen Strasburg will try to get back on track after three straight losses, taking on Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia.