Nick note

After going 1-8 in the last two games of the series with Florida, Nick Markakis has three hits tonight.

He is 3 for 4 with three singles. He entered this game batting .339 over his last 16 games and he now has nine multi-hit games over his past 16 games.

This is his fourth, three-hit game of the season and first since May 1st vs. Boston.

And Jim Riggleman has not made a pitching change in the last five minutes. Let's keep it that way.

The Nats, who lead 6-3 in the seventh, had scored eight runs total over the last six games coming into this series. They were batting just .217 as a team and scoring 2.7 runs per game over their previous dozen games.

The Nats are 4-17 over their last 21 road games but maintain the three-run lead right now.

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