Game in a nutshell: What looked like a blowout in the Orioles favor turned into quite a compelling ballgame in the end. Ross Detwiler was blasted for six runs in only five innings, serving up homers to both Adam Jones and Nick Markakis. But the Nationals bullpen stopped the bleeding and gave Davey Johnson's reconfigured lineup a chance to storm back. The Nats did rally, getting one run in the fifth and three in the sixth thanks in part to RBI from Rick Ankiel and Roger Bernadina. And Ryan Zimmerman homered in the ninth. But they couldn't push across that final run and thus lost their third straight game, their 13th over the last 22 games.
Hitting highlight: Johnson's new-look lineup -- featuring Steve Lombardozzi in the leadoff spot, Ian Desmond in the 5-hole and Danny Espinosa on the bench -- made no difference early on, producing one hit off Jason Hammel through four innings. But it did finally start producing late, particularly a few guys who desperately needed to get going. Ryan Zimmerman had three hits, including a ninth-inning homer. Ankiel had an RBI double. And Bernadina had two hits, a walk and a deep flyball to the warning track in center. It didn't result in a win, but it was a step in the right direction.
Pitching lowlight: Before the game, Johnson said Chien-Ming Wang will likely pitch out of the bullpen when he returns from the DL next week. That would keep Detwiler in the rotation. But after the left-hander got rocked over five laborious innings, you have to wonder if the Nats might reconsider the matter. Detwiler was tagged for six runs on nine hits, five days after giving up four earned runs in five innings against the Padres. In that brief span, his ERA has skyrocketed from 2.10 to 3.65.
Key stat: The crowd of 42,331 (though technically not a sellout) was nonetheless the second-largest gathering in Nationals Park history. The largest crowd: 44,685 on April 20, 2011 vs. the Phillies.
Up next: The finale of the weekend series features Stephen Strasburg in search of his fourth win of the year and left-handed sensation Wei-Yin Chen, seeking his fifth win of the year. First pitch at Nationals Park is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.