The Nationals rode Gio Gonzalez's seven scoreless innings to take a 2-0 lead into the ninth. But fill-in closer Brad Lidge blew the save, allowing a two-run single to Ryan Ludwick in the bottom of the ninth.
Nationals closer Drew Storen talks about his elbow surgery, while top draft pick Anthony Rendon has a small fracture in his left ankle.
Nationals cleanup hitter Michael Morse won't be allowed to perform any baseball activities for a while after re-aggravating the lat injury that first sidelined him in spring training.
Gio Gonzalez takes on Cincinnati as the Nationals finally enjoy their home opener following a 4-2 road trip. Mark Zuckerman has updates and analysis from the park all day.
All eyes will be on Gio Gonzalez as he tries to lead the Nats to their first home opening win since 2007.