Timeline: Charting the Nationals' highs and lows

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Season snapshot

A look at the highs and lows of the Nationals' season so far:

April 1 » Bryce Harper homers in his first two at-bats of the year, and Stephen Strasburg pitches seven shutout innings as the Nats beat the Marlins 2-0 on Opening Day.

April 14 » The Braves beat the Nats 9-0 to complete a three-game sweep in Washington.

April 19 » Fans at Citi Field chant "Harvey's better" as Mets pitcher Matt Harvey outduels Strasburg, who suffers his third straight loss.

April 20 » The Nats place Ryan Zimmerman on the DL with a strained hamstring and call up top prospect Anthony Rendon, who bats .240 in eight games.

May 2 » Dan Haren allows one run in eight innings, and the Nats beat the Braves 3-1 to salvage a split of a four-game series in Atlanta after dropping the first two. Haren had entered the game with a 6.29 ERA.

May 10 » The Nats place Jayson Werth on the DL with a hamstring strain. Werth first felt something wrong April 29 and had last played May 2. The team carried Werth on the roster for more than week in hopes the injury would clear up before making a move.

May 13 » Harper crashes face-first into the outfield fence chasing a fly ball. He requires 11 stitches and suffers multiple bruises and nausea. After sitting a day, he makes a pinch-hit appearance May 15 and returns to the lineup the following day.

May 19 » After allowing five runs in a 13-4 loss to the Padres, Ryan Mattheus breaks his hand punching a locker. Mattheus doesn't tell the coaching staff until the next day, leaving the bullpen short-handed for a game.

May 20 » Ross Detwiler misses a start because of an oblique injury, the first missed start of the season for a Nats pitcher. Zach Duke gets crushed in a spot start as the Giants beat the Nats 8-0.

May 21 » Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco hits a game-tying triple off Rafael Soriano with two outs in the ninth. The ball sails over the head of Harper, who stops well short of the wall and attempts a jumping catch but doesn't come close. It's Soriano's second straight blown save. Pablo Sandoval's walk-off home run in the 10th gives the Giants a 4-2 win and drops the Nationals to .500 on the season. - Elliot Smilowitz

esmilowitz@washingtonexaminer.com

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Elliot Smilowitz

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