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But after Guzman advanced to third on Ryan Zimmerman’s single, Dunn couldn’t drive him in, and the Nationals went down in order against Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth.

Afterward, the Nationals’ explanations for the fielding miscues were succinct and direct: Desmond said he froze when the line drive was hit right at him, Dunn said he glanced over to see if Francoeur was running from third, took his eye off the grounder and “just booted it.” Lannan, while acknowledging Desmond’s ball should’ve been caught, didn’t point any fingers.

“That ball’s tough. It’s his first time out there,” Lannan said. “You need to get his bat in the lineup. He’s swinging a hot bat. That’s how the game goes sometimes.”

When it’s just about numbers at this point, there’s not much else to say.