Wilson Ramos high-fives Denard Span after homering in the sixth.
Hitting highlight: Sure, Harper and Werth and Desmond's homers were nice, but they didn't carry as much emotional meaning as Ramos' two blasts surely did. Making his first appearance at Great American Ball Park since tearing his ACL last May, and standing only a couple feet away from the spot where he suffered that fateful injury, Ramos launched a two-run bomb to left-center in the top of the sixth. It was his first homer of the season, his first since he homered in this same ballpark only two innings before tearing the ACL. Then he punctuated a fantastic afternoon with another bomb in the 11th, launching a 438-foot rocket to center. Ramos enjoyed that one, standing at the plate and admiring it for a second before rounding the bases. Given what happened to him the last time he set foot on this field, can you blame him?
Pitching highlight: Needing a quality start barely 12 hours after Dan Haren was roughed up by the Reds, the Nationals got even more than that from Detwiler. The left-hander allowed only one (unearned) run over six innings against a very tough Cincinnati lineup. Most impressive, he got some big outs when he really needed them, inducing inning-ending double-play grounders out of both Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. That was a big-time performance from the Nationals' No. 5 starter, on a day when they really needed one. Even with Haren's implosion last night, the Nats' rotation sports a 2.17 ERA. Not bad at all.
Key stat: Desmond has now committed four errors in five games this season, most in the majors.
Up next: The series wraps up with a superb pitching showdown at Great American Ball Park. Aces Stephen Strasburg and Johnny Cueto square off Sunday at 1:10 p.m.