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His seven innings seemed like a distant memory, but it was a commanding performance after a first-inning blip in which he left a fastball up to Ben Francisco that was crushed to left for the centerfielder’s second home run of the season. Six scoreless innings followed in which he allowed just two more hits and only three total baserunners.

In his last start, Detwiler relied on his sinking fastball and shut out the Philadelphia Phillies over seven innings. In his encore, he followed the exact same script. Of the 85 pitches he threw, 81 percent of them were sinkers and all but 10 were fastballs. He pounded them with the pitch. He threw it as hard as 95 mph and he induced 12 ground-ball outs.

“I’m starting to get a lot of confidence in it and throw it where I want it every time, instead of hoping it goes there,” Detwiler said. “Today it was huge for me.”

As the game wore on, the left-hander was unsure what to do with himself. He sat in the dugout and worried about the workload heaped on the Nationals’ relievers, but they put up five straight scoreless frames to ease his mind.

“They went out there, and they didn’t give up anything,” Detwiler said before the smile he’d been trying to stifle finally broke on his face. “And you can’t say enough about Bernadina’s catch.”

“I told those boys to get a lot of rest,” Johnson said. “They’ll probably do this again tomorrow. … They’re wearing me out.”