At first, the Nationals couldn’t string together consecutive wins. And now, they are riding a four-game winning streak, the longest of the season, and hoping to make it five — and to continue the climb towards .500.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Livan Hernandez in the third inning of a game, Thursday, June 9, 2011 in San Diego. (Lenny Ignelzi/Associated Press)

As usual, discuss the game here.