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Kluber also escaped jams in the fourth and sixth, which were both set up by errors.
“I take it pitch by pitch,” Kluber said. “I’m not thinking too far ahead. I’m not thinking if I can get a double play here or a strikeout there. Those things happen as a result of making good pitches.”
The Nationals went for 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, a frustrating day.
“We had a bunch of runners on third with less than two outs, but we just didn’t score,” Johnson said. “We had the right guys up.”
Adam LaRoche struck out with men on first and third and no one out in the fourth. He also bounced into a double play with two on to end the sixth.
“I don’t like it when we beat ourselves,” LaRoche said. “We should have had an easy four runs on the board with the opportunities we had. It seems like we get one or two chances every game where we don’t put it in play or hit it to the wrong spot. I wish we had a solid answer for why it keeps happening.”
Anthony Rendon led off the fourth with a single, then third baseman John McDonald fielded Ryan Zimmerman’s grounder but threw wide into center field. Kluber regrouped with runners at the corners and struck out LaRoche, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond.
Denard Span reached on an infield hit and took second on a throwing error by Kipnis at second base in the sixth. Rendon’s single moved Span to third but Zimmerman struck out and LaRoche hit into a double play.
Werth started the seventh with a bloop double to right. Desmond was hit by a pitch before pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi popped up a bunt attempt. Kluber tried to make a diving catch but the ball fell in about halfway between home plate and the mound, loading the bases.
First baseman Mark Reynolds grabbed Solano’s line drive and beat Lombardozzi to the bag for a double play. The inning ended when Roger Bernadina grounded out.
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