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As he stood at his locker after the game, the swarm of reporters surrounding him decreasing with each passing night, Harper shrugged his shoulders at the impact he’s made thus far. And made sure to mention nearly every other player on the team when giving out credit for the win — especially Detwiler.

“I just want to come out here, play hard and really try to incorporate myself in the game,” he said. “I like that. I like when I really come up in those timely situations and try to make something happen.”

Without Detwiler, who threw 6 ⅓ innings, allowing a one run on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts, Harper’s hit likely goes for naught. Without a starting pitching staff that has combined for a 2.41 ERA and a No. 5 starter whose 1.59 is lower than everyone except Stephen Strasburg’s 1.12, the Nationals likely aren’t going into a weekend series with the Philadelphia Phillies at 16-9 and in first place in the National League East.

“Pitching and defense wins championships,” Werth said when asked about how the team has weathered the loss of Zimmerman, Michael Morse and, most recently, the hot-hitting Adam LaRoche.

“We’ll go with that for now. And once we get healthy, maybe we’ll go with something else.”