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Game in a nutshell: The Nationals went down early thanks to an unfortunate outing by starter Nathan Karns, but rallied to chip away the lead and eventually leave with the series win. It took almost their entire bullpen and even featured a bizarre 12-minute rain delay as the Nats kept the game close before Ian Desmond drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. He followed up an Adam LaRoche double with a two-bagger of his own, putting the Nats up 5-4 and extending his career-best hitting streak to 12 games.
Hitting highlight: Roger Bernadina had easily his best game of the season, providing just what the doctor ordered out of the two hole. He quietly reached base in his first four at-bats with two hits and two walks, coming home to score twice off Jayson Werth singles. He has struggled all season, but stepped up in a game the Nats desperately needed.
Key stat: The Nats scored more runs across today's two games (12 total) than they had scored in the month of June combined so far.
Up next: The Nats have Monday off before they travel to Colorado to play the Rockies. Before they leave, however, everyone awaits the second opinion for Bryce Harper from Dr. James Andrews. Just because it’s a day off, doesn’t mean it will be boring.