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Jayson Werth's fourth-inning homer produced one of the Nats' two runs.
Hitting lowlight: The highlights were few and far between. Jayson Werth homered in the fourth. Jeff Kobernus homered in the eighth, the first of his career. In between, the Nationals barely did any damage to Lee. A notorious strike-thrower, Lee consistently got ahead in the count and left the opposing batters on the defensive. Werth impressed by ambushing Lee's first-pitch fastball for his homer. Not enough of his teammates could do the same. None of the nine men who stepped to the plate to lead off an inning tonight reached base. Only one got the ball out of the infield. That's not going to get the job done.
Pitching lowlight: For five innings, Detwiler was nothing short of brilliant. He pounded the strike zone, didn't walk anybody and recorded some quick outs, finishing the fifth on a scant 54 pitches. But when the sixth inning arrived, the left-hander suddenly crumbled. He put four straight batters on base and lost all semblance of command? Was Detwiler, making only his second start since returning from the DL, fatigued even though he had yet to reach 70 pitches? It sure looked that way. Except then he righted the ship, dialing up his fastball to 95 mph to strike out Domonic Brown and getting Delmon Young to whiff at a breaking ball. Detwiler appeared on the verge of escaping the jam altogether, getting Kevin Frandsen to send a line drive to shallow left. The only problem: Steve Lombardozzi got a bad jump and could only short-hop the ball, ultimately letting two runs score and putting Detwiler in line for his fifth loss of the year.
Key stat: If you exclude Anthony Rendon's at-bats, Cliff Lee threw 10 total balls to the first 17 batters he faced tonight.
Up next: The series concludes Wednesday night when Gio Gonzalez and Kyle Kendrick take the mound at Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.