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Hitting highlight: Welcome back, Wilson. The oft-injured catcher was 0-for-10 on his rehab assignment, but the Nationals weren't concerned with results as much as how his hamstring felt. Since he was experiencing no discomfort, he was declared good to go. And wouldn't you know it, he suddenly found his hitting stroke again once he got to face big-league pitching. Ramos struck out in his first at-bat but then singled in the fourth, singled home two runs in the sixth and then provided the biggest blast of all in the seventh, crushing a three-run, go-ahead homer. It was the first five-RBI game of Ramos' career, and it earned him a curtain call from the crowd of 38,221. For a guy who sure has been through a lot the last few years, that had to be a particularly special moment.
Pitching lowlight: Not to put a damper on an otherwise good afternoon for the Nationals, but Storen's seventh-inning meltdown can't be overlooked. Handed a three-run lead, the right-hander gave it all back on a pair of home runs. More concerning might have been his body language on the mound. With two on and two out, Steve McCatty came out for an animated chat with his struggling reliever. Storen never even looked his pitching coach in the eye, then promptly gave up the game-tying homer to Carlos Gomez on an 0-2 slider. Storen is now sporting a 5.45 ERA and has given up seven runs in his last two appearances. Yes, he still was credited with the win after Ramos' homer bailed him out, but the right-hander's wildly up-and-down season is a concern.
Key stat: Desmond and Werth combined made nine plate appearances today and reached base eight times.
Up next: The Padres come to town for a three-game weekend series that begins at 7:05 p.m. Friday when Gio Gonzalez faces right-hander Andrew Cashner.