Washington Nationals' starter Joe Ross gave up two runs in the first inning of the series opener with the Chicago White Sox last night, and after the Nats rallied to tied it 2-2 in the top of the second, gave up three more in the bottom of the inning, 5-2.
Dusty Baker's team battled back, however, with eight runs total over the next three innings in what ended up a 10-5 win.
"I liked the way we fought back," Baker said. "We didn't start off too good. We didn't start off very well at all. Joe wasn't very sharp. I think he'd had seven days off because of the off days and maybe he's not a guy that needs a lot of rest.
"The fact of how we fought back and at the same time we kept adding on and also the job that Blake Treinen did for us tonight. Big time."
Treinen took over on the mound in the White Sox' fifth and tossed 3.0 scoreless innings on 66 pitches, surpassing his previous season-high of 29 pitches, and doing the yeoman's work on the mound in U.S. Cellular Field.
The Nationals' win was their second straight, and their first in Chicago this season, after they dropped four straight to the Cubs last month.
Bryce Harper even got in on the action, going 1 for 4 with three RBIs after the Cubbies declined to pitch to the left-handed hitting slugger during the series in Wrigley Field.
"That's what baseball is all about," Baker said. "Heck man, we were 0-for-Chicago before today and that's not a very good feeling and hopefully we can come back out tomorrow and do much the same and have our starter go deeper in the game."
Max Scherzer takes the mound for the Nationals tonight against "Big Game" James Shields, who makes his White Sox debut after he was acquired from the San Diego Padres last week.
Here's the Nationals' lineup for the second of three with the Sox: