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Hitting highlight: Not many members of the Nationals lineup are hitting right now, but Werth sure is. He had already been on a hot streak entering the All-Star break, and he's really turned it up a notch since. With a pair of homers tonight, he now has hit four bombs in his last eight at-bats, giving him 14 for the season, one behind Ian Desmond for the team lead. It's unfortunate that more of Werth's homers haven't come in more significant situations, but you certainly can't blame him for the team's overall offensive struggles.
Pitching lowlight: Just when it looked like Haren had righted his ship after a dismal three months, he fell back into his old habits. The right-hander's pitching line tonight — 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR — represented his season in a nutshell. Despite the fact he got plenty of swings and misses, leading to those strikeouts, he again was victimized by the longball. McCutchen's two homers were the 20th and 21st surrendered by Haren this season, tops in the league. Quite simply, his stuff isn't good enough to get away with even the slightest misfire on location.
Key stat: In 27 career games against the Nationals, McCutchen is now hitting .431 with 13 homers, 26 RBI, a .496 on-base percentage, a .912 slugging percentage and a 1.408 OPS.
Up next: A couple of rookie right-handers (one highly touted for years, one who burst onto the scene this year) take the mound at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.