Starling Marte started the bottom of the first inning by parking Gio Gonzalez's first pitch in the stands. Jordy Mercer followed that with a double before Andrew McCutchen reached on an error and Gaby Sanchez walked to load the bases with nobody out.

Michael McKenry went 0 for 4 Sunday with two strikeouts, including one in the first inning with the bases loaded. Photo by: David Hague

It appeared as if the Pirates had the Nationals' number with one run already in and several more sure to come from the bases loaded, no outs situation, but that is not how things worked out. Russell Martin and Michael McKenry struck out before Brandon Inge grounded out to end the inning with Marte's solo shot being the only run scored.

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