Adam LaRoche returned to the Nationals to help them avoid the sweep in Pittsburgh.
The Nationals gave Stephen Strasburg a chance to pitch out of a big jam. He couldn't, and now they're under .500 for the first time in 2014.
A rare showdown between fellow No. 1 overall draft picks played out as most would have hoped in a tense one-run ballgame, a 3-2 Pittsburgh win over Washington.
Adam LaRoche rejoined the Nationals in Pittsburgh and plans to come off the DL for Sunday's series finale against the Pirates.