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Jason Simontacchi (6-7) also worked his way out of several jams but allowed the three home runs, including two on the first pitch of at-bats. He allowed five runs on nine hits and four walks in 41/3 innings, making it the third time in five starts the Nationals‘ leader in wins has given up at least five runs and not lasted five innings.

“I pitched bad, and they hit good,” Simontacchi said. “I was getting behind in the counts and getting balls over the plate and not hitting my zones. It doesn’t matter who you are throwing to; if you throw the ball over the plate and work behind in the count, you are going to get hurt.”