The Nationals' offense woke up a little too late on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks. And after they began their 10-game homestand with five wins in seven games, they'll need a victory tomorrow just to stay above .500.
A belated rally served only to dress up the score in their 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks, after the Nationals couldn't solve right-hander Daniel Hudson.
Before the ninth inning on Wednesday, the Nationals hadn't scored a run in 21 consecutive innings. They came an out away from making that 22 consecutive innings, until Laynce Nix and Jonny Gomes hit back-to-back homers on the first pitch they saw from Hudson.
Livan Hernandez had his second-longest start of the year, pitching 7 1/3 innings, but was hurt by a Gomes miscue in the fourth inning, which allowed Justin Upton to score on Chris Young's double. Henry Rodriguez also gave up a two-run single after relieving Hernandez.
More from the clubhouse in a little bit.