The box score for this thing is a mess. Houston got up 5-2 in the top of the fifth, partly in thanks to no one covering second on a sacrifice bunt attempt and a bases loaded double by Miguel Tejada.
Then in the sixth, the Nats put up a six-spot on three different Houston pitchers on two hits, five walks, one hit-by-pitch, an error by Tejada and a wild pitch.
Not to be outdone, Julian Tavarez and Garrett Mock gave the tying runs right back in the seventh on a bunt single, a walk, a couple more singles and an error by Cristian Guzman.
Guzman got two back with a homer in the eighth, but Kip Wells gave up a double to Hunter Pence, who took third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly in the top of the ninth.
The game would remain tied at 10 until the suspension.
THE TAKEAWAY: Geez, where to begin. Both starters, Scott Olsen and Roy Oswalt, were ineffective, but at least competent. But the bullpens? Atrocious. The Nats pen gave up five earned in five innings on eight hits and three walks. Houston? Five and one-third innings, four earned on six hits and six walks. Pathetic.
THE GOOD: Cristian Guzman went 3-for-6 and with what should have been the game-winning home run.
THE UGLY: Adam Dunn. 0-for-5, three Ks, five left on. Mama told me there would be days like these.
NOTES: Ryan Zimmerman continued his hot streak. He went 2-for-6, extending his consecutive games hit streak to 23 games.