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Thru 6: Nats trail 5-4

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Tim Lincecum still hasn’t gotten on a roll, but the Nationals had more defensive problems in the middle third of this game, which is why they’re trailing 5-4.

Craig Stammen gave up two singles to start the fifth, and compounded the problem by throwing a two-out wild pitch to Aaron Rowand. Fred Lewis scored as the ball skittered away from Josh Bard, and Bard’s from-the-knees flip sailed over Stammen’s head, bringing Juan Uribe home to score.

Then Stammen gave up another run after a pair of singles.

He got through six innings, but allowed five runs (four earned), and never really threw strikes consistently. Just 49 of his 82 pitches went for strikes, and against an aggressive team like the Giants, you can’t get behind.

So now it’s 5-4 Giants in the seventh. The Nats are scratching out runs against San Francisco, and we’ll see if they have a couple more left.

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