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Dan Haren was roughed up for seven runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings.
Pitching lowlight: Things started off swimmingly for Haren. He retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced, keeping the ball down in the zone and inducing a bunch of grounders. But he imploded after the Zimmerman error, allowing seven of the next 10 batters to reach. He served up a three-run homer to Adeiny Hechavarria, only the third home run hit by the entire Marlins roster this season. And he picked an awful time to issue his first walk of the season, failing to find the strike zone against Greg Dobbs with the bases loaded. Three starts into his Nationals career, Haren has yet to reach the sixth inning. For a veteran who signed a $13 million contract over the winter in large part because of his track record of durability, Haren hasn't come close to holding up his end of the bargain ... so far. It's only three starts, and the Nationals aren't about to give up on him yet. But eventually they're going to need to see something positive out of the guy.
Defensive lowlight: We usually focus on something offensively here, but it seemed more appropriate to focus on defense tonight, given the significance of Zimmerman's error. It wasn't a terrible throw by any stretch of the imagination, just a little high and wide, pulling Adam LaRoche off the bag. But it continued a disturbing trend. Zimmerman has now been charged with four errors this season, three in the last five games, all on throws. He insists his struggles last year were related to his shoulder injury. It's becoming more and more obvious this is less a physical issue than a mental one, underscored by the fact it almost always happens on routine throws, not difficult ones. (He made several tough plays tonight.) What can the Nats do? Not much, other than keep giving Zim opportunities to straighten himself out.
Key stat: Roger Bernadina's first start of the season didn't do anything to help the reserve outfielder get his bat going. Bernadina is now 0-for-8 in 2013.
Up next: The series concludes with Ross Detwiler looking to record another quality start (and perhaps this time be rewarded with a win). Detwiler will face Marlins ace Ricky Nolasco at 7:10 p.m.