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Ian Desmond drives in the winning run with a ninth-inning single.
Hitting highlight: With the game tied in the ninth, Tracy delivers a two-out double off the wall in right-center. Moments later, Desmond comes through with his third hit of the day, scoring pinch-runner Brett Carroll and putting the Nats on top for good.
Pitching highlight: Making his first career Opening Day start, Strasburg is everything the Nationals could have asked him to be. The young right-hander is incredibly efficient early, needing only 12 pitches to get through his first two innings. He allows one run in the fourth but finishes strong to retire nine of the last 10 Cubs he faces.
Key moment: It wasn't a traditional rally, but Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and Jayson Werth each draw two-out walks in the top of the eighth to force in the tying run after the Nationals had been silent at the plate all afternoon.
Quotable: "It seemed like a playoff game, it really did." -- Adam LaRoche, on the tense and dramatic eighth and ninth innings.
Up next: Gio Gonzalez makes his Nationals debut Saturday afternoon, facing Cubs right-hander Matt Garza.