The Washington Nationals had a scare after Max Scherzer hit a 3-run home run as Scherzer took himself out of the game before the bottom of the 2nd inning started. Scherzer exited with a 6-0 lead.
The Nats bullpen just needed to protect that 6 run lead and Dusty Baker asked Matt Grace to go 3 innings and Grace couldn’t go that far as he exited going 2 2/3 while giving up 3-runs. Sammy Solis came in and retired the last batter in the 4th inning and gave up a single and a walk in the 5th inning and was relieved by Matt Albers who just didn’t have it. Albers promptly gave up a 3-run home run to Marcell Ozuna of which 2 of the runs was charged to Solis. The 6 run lead was gone.
Albers then gave up one more run to make the score 7-6 and that is how the game would end.
Howie Kendrick was 5-for-5 on the night including a 2-run home run. All Nats starters had at least one hit except Ryan Zimmerman who was 0-5 and Matt Wieters was 0-3 with a walk. The game ended with runners on 3rd and 1st as Zimmerman pulled an outside pitch harmlessly to the 3rd baseman.