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First the Washington Nationals were very bad, giving up four runs in the first inning. Then they were very good, recovering from the big early deficit to forge a 4-4 tie in search of their sixth straight road win. But then they were very bad again, fumbling through a shaky eighth inning Sunday afternoon while giving up two runs and practically handing a 6-4 win to a Kansas City team that hadn't had a victory in more than a week.
The rookie reliever shut down the Kansas City Royals over the critical middle innings Friday night, emboldening his team after it rallied from a six-run hole. Jayson Werth's two-run homer and a terrific catch by Bryce Harper helped sew up Washington's 11-10 victory.
After a two-hour rain delay at the start, Strasburg was one out away from a complete game with a 4-1 lead before Chicago rallied to tie it.
Three times in Atlanta this past weekend Drew Storen was summoned from the Washington Nationals' bullpen to pitch high-leverage innings. Three times Storen, fresh off a three-week stint in Triple-A to work through some issues, came in and posted scoreless frames.
Pick through the debris from the Nationals' busted season and few scraps elicit more head-scratching than Monday's acquisition of David DeJesus.
Since Opening Day, the moves the Nationals have made — largely due to poor performance — have slowly acknowledged their errors in expectations.
The Nationals are now 4-12 in 16 games against their chief divisional rival. Twelve of those 16 games have been decided by two runs or fewer — but the Nationals have lost eight of those close games.
Bryce Harper is out of the Nationals' lineup against the Braves due to a bruised triceps.
Tuesday, when the two teams met to begin a three-game series at Nationals Park in what one San Francisco writer termed a "Disappointment-fest," neither team had a record above .500, and they were a combined 29 1/2 games out of first place.