"Wade waded his way through," manager Buck Showalter said. "A lot of pitches. They made him grind there."
In the first inning, he issued a one-out walk and needed 26 pitches to escape. In the second, he walked third baseman Anthony Rendon with one out, watched him go to third base on a single by catcher Matt Wieters, then retired the next two batters to leave them both on base.
He wasn't as fortunate after that same combination put runners on the corners the same way with two outs in the fourth inning, as the Nationals scraped across a run on a single by center fielder Michael A. Taylor. But he stranded two in that frame, and was fortunate to yield only one run in a fifth inning during which the first three batters reached as he crossed the 100-pitch threshold.