Matt Thornton is a veteran of the majors, but has pitched only four games in the NL. So far, that has worked to his advantage.
Today the Nationals look for a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates and a season-high, 6-game winning streak with Doug Fister (12-3, 2.34) on the mound in a rare 5:05 p.m. game.
Unable to throw his trademark curveball for strikes, Gio Gonzalez's pitch counts have soared to new levels this season, frustrating the left-hander.
The Nationals found a way to cross three runs in the eighth and defeat the Pirates in the ninth for their fifth straight win.