Hitting highlight: The Nationals scored only one run over a 10-inning stretch from the third through the 12th, but they somehow managed to plate the winning run in the 13th. It wasn't easy, though. Span led off with a double down the left-field line. Steve Lombardozzi then bunted him over to third. Tracy stepped to the plate to pinch-hit, and though he didn't hit the ball with any authority, his swinging bunt groundball down the first-base line was good enough to bring Span home and salvage a victory on this long day at the ballpark.
Pitching lowlight: If there was any concern at all how Strasburg would bounce back from the first ejection of his career, the shortest start of his career and a bizarre loss of all command in Atlanta, he immediately put those doubts to rest today. Strasburg struck out the first two batters of this game and looked like he would never let up after that. He displayed command of all three of his pitches, struck out eight and was highly efficient throughout. If not for Bogusevic's solo homer in the eighth, Strasburg would have had a shot at his second career shutout. Instead, he was left only to go for his second career complete game. He came oh-so-close to pulling that off, but then disaster struck in the bottom of the ninth. Murphy's game-tying homer, on Strasburg's 112th pitch, left the right-handed stunned and ruined what had looked like one of the best starts of his career.
Key stat: Donnie Murphy had 22 home runs in 685 career plate appearances before Monday. He hit four homers in 17 plate appearances in this series.
Up next: The Nationals head to Kansas City for their first-ever trip to Kauffman Stadium. Gio Gonzalez goes up against Bruce Chen in a showdown of lefties at 8:10 p.m. Friday.