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Game in a nutshell: Stephen Strasburg did not have his best stuff on Saturday and early on there was no question about it. But as an ace, he did his job in putting the Nationals in position to win. He threw six innings of inconsistent but effective ball, finishing the day with no earned runs. He did surrender a home run to Evan Gattis in the fourth inning, but the two runs were not earned because it happened after a throwing error by Ryan Zimmerman. The Nats’ third baseman had his second error in as many games with a routine toss that missed first by a few feet. That allowed Justin Upton to get on in the fourth with two outs and set up Gattis’ homer. Atlanta put another run on the board in the ninth on a fielder's choice grounder by Jason Heyward, the Nats couldn't turn the double play and the runner at third came across.
Hitting highlight: The Nats had a long day at the plate facing the veteran Tim Hudson. Their one shining moment came in the fifth inning with a solo homer by Danny Espinosa. The Nats’ second baseman hit his first home run of the year and took the first pitch he saw in the at-bat. A nice sign of progress for the otherwise struggling Espinosa.
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