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Hitting lowlight: The back end of the Nats' lineup was a major liability in the loss. Their six through nine hitters (Tyler Moore, Chad Tracy, Kurt Suzuki, and Danny Espinosa) went a combined 0-for-12 with three strikeouts and six runners left on base.
Pitching highlight: Dan Haren put in one of his best starts of the 2013 season, dominating for the most part all evening. He allowed one run off the Markakis double, and another late off a Manny Machado RBI hit, yet went home with the loss. Washington could not have asked for much more from the veteran right-hander, they just couldn't hit.
Key stat: 1) Freddy Garcia had six strikeouts tonight through his first seven innings, he had nine in his previous 27 1/3 this year. 2) The Nats are back to .500 for the first time since May 21 with the Braves up next.
Up next: The Nationals travel to Atlanta to face the first place Braves with Stephen Strasburg and Julio Teheran facing off. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m.