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While the Nationals offense may, at some point, put up the numbers that belie their players’ talents a little more, right now it isn’t hitting like one capable of overcoming such a large deficit. They moved just three runners into scoring position all night and were largely ineffective against Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens.

“We’re close,” Werth, who was out for early batting practice and said it was the best he’d had all season. “We’re getting there. I feel like it’s all going to line up here pretty soon. Everybody’s going to get locked, and we’re going to take off. As little as we’ve hit, we’re not in a bad spot. We start hitting, we’ll be alright.”