The Nats have clawed their way back onto the fringes of the wild card discussion, and Bryce Harper's hot bat is a huge part of that.
When the Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a $126 million three years ago to help drag the franchise from baseball's doldrums into its penthouse, this is the type of production they envisioned.
Behind two early runs and some stellar pitching, the Nationals beat the Marlins 2-1 on Tuesday and drew to within 7 games of the NL's final playoff berth.
A few early runs appeared to signal the start of a big offensive night for the Nats, but the production dried up. Regardless, Washington still notched a win over Miami, 2-1.