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Hitting highlight: The first inning was good times for the Nats on offense, both on their own accord and with a little help from the Pirates' defense. Pittsburgh committed three errors and let in four total runs, only one of them charged to pitcher A.J. Burnett. The first came on an error by Pedro Alvarez at third who couldn't reel in a throw to him during a rundown, Bryce Harper came around to score on that one. The second costly error came on a Denard Span single that saw Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond both score after a throw attempt to second by Gaby Sanchez found its way into the outfield.
Pitching lowlight: The Nats entered the ninth inning up 7-3, but that wasn’t enough for Rafael Soriano and Ian Krol. The Pirates got two runs off RBI singles against Soriano before Krol took over with one out. Krol walked Alvarez to load the bases, then one out later gave up a single up the middle to Josh Harrison that scored two more runs. In a game that gave the Nats so many breaks along the way, they coughed up the lead late and made things that much harder for themselves.
Key stat: Both managers were ejected in this one, Davey Johnson for the first time this season and Clint Hurdle for the fourth time. It was Johnson's third ejection as manager of the Nationals.
Up next: The Nats kick off a weekend series with the New York Mets on Friday with Jordan Zimmermann pitching the 1:35 p.m. game and Ross Ohlendorf taking over for the 7:05 p.m. start. Jenry Mejia and Matt Harvey are scheduled to pitch for New York.