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Gio Gonzalez labored over 5 2/3 innings, suffering the loss.
Hitting lowlight: Plenty of lowlights to choose from, but let's focus on the bottom of the seventh inning, which began in fine fashion: a Roger Bernadina double. Just one problem: The Nationals never advanced Bernadina beyond second base. Kurt Suzuki grounded out to third. Chad Tracy fouled out to third. Denard Span popped out to second. That pretty must embodied this game from the home team's perspective. Or, really, must of this season. The Nationals aren't just having troubling hitting; they're having trouble hitting in particular situations.
Pitching lowlight: Though he kept the Orioles off the scoreboard for three innings, Gonzalez was anything but sharp early on. He walked two, uncorked a wild pitch and found himself behind the count way too often. And it finally caught up to him in the fourth, with the Orioles stringing together three singles, a double and a walk to plate three runs. Gonzalez never did find his groove, pitching out of trouble all afternoon. He finally departed with two outs in the sixth after issuing his fourth walk of the day. Just when it looked like the left-hander had rediscovered his Cy Young-finalist form from last season — he had posted a 1.29 ERA over his previous three starts — he reverted back to inconsistent form.
Key stat: Only once in his career had Yamaico Navarro recorded two hits and two RBI in the same game. Until today.
Up next: The D.C. portion of this interleague showdown concludes at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, with rookie sensation Kevin Gausman on the mound for the Orioles and ... well, the Nationals still haven't announced who will start for them. The choice appears to be either Zach Duke out of the bullpen or Chris Young out of the Syracuse rotation. Stay tuned.