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Chien-Ming Wang made his first start since June 19 and gave the Nationals four innings, allowing eight hits and two runs but pitching better than his line indicated.

“That’s probably the best we’ve seen him all year,” said shortstop Ian Desmond, who raised his average above .300 for the season (.301) by reaching base four times. “A lot of hitters were saying he had a lot of late life on his ball. They were kind of impressed.”

But he was the first of six pitchers, many who’d watch bloop hits, an error or a ball just out of reach cost them. The Nationals gave up 15 hits, the sixth time all season they allowed that many, and committed two errors.

“Just one of those days nothing seemed to go right,” Johnson said.