Game in a nutshell: Needing a win to avoid a series sweep and a four-game losing streak, the Nationals were done in again by a tepid lineup. Playing without Ryan Zimmerman, Michael Morse or Jayson Werth, they were shut out on four hits by Dodgers starter Chris Capuano and two relievers. Gio Gonzalez matched Capuano for five innings but was done in by shaky control in the sixth and wound up with his first loss of the season. Thus, for the first time since April 11, the Nationals are no longer in sole possession of first place. They're now tied with the Braves atop the NL East at 14-8.
Hitting highlight: Tyler Moore's first career hit came in his second career at-bat. The rookie left fielder poked a solid single to right-center in the top of the fifth to officially put himself in baseball's all-time register. Bryce Harper, meanwhile, recorded his second career hit: a single to right in the seventh off left-hander Capuano.
Pitching lowlight: Gonzalez may have established a new Nationals record with 25 consecutive scoreless innings, but he was by no means sharp during today's outing. After walking only four total batters over his last three outings, the left-hander issued five free passes in six innings, including three in a row in the sixth to help the Dodgers score their only two runs. Gonzalez threw only 46 of 88 pitches for strikes, a poor rate for a guy who struggled with command in the past but had excelled this season prior to today.
Key stat: Four of the Nationals' six games on this homestand were scoreless into the sixth inning.
Up next: After an all-night flight home, the Nationals will get a much-needed day off tomorrow. Then they open an important homestand against the Diamondbacks and Phillies. Jordan Zimmermann faces Trevor Cahill in Tuesday's 7:05 p.m. opener.