Hitting highlight: Guess Davey Johnson is going to have to stick with this lineup for at least one more night. How can he scribble out anything else after this group following up yesterday's eight-run explosion with another 8-spot? Truth be told, Johnson probably needs to give Ramos a day off after two straight in his return from the DL, though it's going to be tough to sit the red-hot catcher. With two more run-scoring hits tonight, Ramos is now 5-for-8 with eight RBI in the last 36 hours or so. Jayson Werth, meanwhile, is 6-for-7 with a walk since getting moved to the sixth spot in the lineup. Hey, whatever works.
Pitching highlight: There's something about the first inning that seems to spook Gonzalez. After giving up a quick run tonight, the left-hander's ERA in the first inning ballooned to 5.50. But as has been the case plenty of times this season, Gonzalez has shown a knack for getting past his early struggles and pitching well. His ERA from the second inning on is a mere 2.59. He wasn't completely dominant tonight, surrendering eight hits and needing a whopping 110 pitches to complete 6 2/3 innings, but he was plenty good enough considering the run support he received. And so, after a frustrating start to his year, Gonzalez now finally is being rewarded for his efforts, earning the win in three straight outings to improve to 6-3.
Key stat: Ramos has as many RBI (eight) in his first two games back from the DL as Kurt Suzuki had in his previous 23 games.
Up next: The Nationals will be looking to make it three in a row and improve to three games over .500 for the first time since May 18 when the series continues at 4:05 p.m. Saturday. Jordan Zimmermann, who will likely learn later in the day he has earned his first career All-Star berth, takes the mound in search of his league-leading 13th win. Old pal Jason Marquis starts for San Diego, aiming for his 10th win.