Nationals take 1-0 lead but leave bases loaded

He cruised through the first inning, but Adam Wainwright got himself into a big jam in the second. A big jam, largely of his own making.

Adam LaRoche led off, and walked. Wainwright struck out Mike Morse, but Ian Desmond singled and LaRoche sprinted to third base. Wainwright recovered to strike out Danny Espinosa -- the fourth strikeout already -- but Kurt Suzuki poked a single into left field for a 1-0 lead.

Worst yet, Wainwright walked Gio Gonzalez on four pitches to load the bases. With Jason Werth coming up.

And then Wainwright escaped. He threw a 1-and-1 curveball to Werth, who hit an easy grounder to shortstop Pete Kozma, who threw the ball to Allen Craig, who caught the ball with his mitt while his right foot was touching the first base, which meant Werth was out and the Nationals would have to be content, for the moment at least, with their 1-0 lead.

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