Jeremy Hellickson was in and out of trouble all afternoon, it seemed, scattering five hits and four walks over 4.2 innings of work, with three strikeouts. He should have been out of the fifth with two runs allowed, but Oscar Hernandez was unable to block a third strike, and after a walk subsequently loaded the bases, a two-run single gave the Nationals a 4-1 lead. Allen Webster made his post-return debut, working two innings and allowing a run on a hit and two walks; Brad Ziegler's eighth inning was one to forget, as it started single, single, three-run homer, effectively ending any chance of an Arizona comeback.
The offense actually matched the home team, each side getting nine hits, but again, it was a case of missing opportunities. We got one run in the fifth on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's third homer, and closed to within one run in the fifth, on a two-run double off the bat of Ender Inciarte. However, with the tying run on third and one out, Cliff Pennington and David Peralta weren't able to come through. Inciarte and Yasmany Tomas each had a pair of hits, and Saltalamacchia reached base three times, drawing two walks to go along with his homer.
soco will be along in a bit with the full recap.