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Hitting highlight: There were plenty of offensive highlights tonight, but let's focus on the guy who gave the Nationals the lead for good. Hairston's three-run homer off James Russell broke a 6-6 tie and also continued the veteran's impressive stint with the Nationals. Acquired from the Cubs in July to get hits off left-handed pitchers, Hairston has done exactly what his new club hoped. He's now batting .297 with four doubles, a homer and a .519 slugging percentage against lefties. Hairston hasn't gotten a whole lot of opportunities, but he's certainly made the most of the ones he has received.
Pitching highlight: His final line (four runs, six hits in 4 1/3 innings) didn't look great, but Ohlendorf pitched fairly well in his first start back from the DL. He made two mistakes, both of them resulting in home runs by Anthony Rizzo. In between, though, the right-hander tossed three scoreless innings. Most importantly, Ohlendorf's velocity was up. After throwing only 90 mph in his final rehab start, he dialed it back up to 94-95 mph tonight. That was the most encouraging sign for the veteran, who some worried might still not be 100 percent healthy.
Key stat: Werth is now hitting .331 with a .410 on-base percentage and .940 OPS. All of those stats are better than Werth posted in any previous season of his career.
Up next: This four-game series wraps up with a day game at long last. Stephen Strasburg, coming off the first ejection of his career, starts against left-hander Travis Wood at 2:20 p.m. EDT.