The Nationals won 5-2 over the Pirates in Adam LaRoche's return thanks to another strong outing by Doug Fister.
After a strong April, Danny Espinosa has fallen back into the same slump that got him demoted to Class AAA last season.
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.