Desmond was 3-for-5 on the day but the rest of the Nationals managed just one hit. Washington was helped by six bases on balls from Chicago pitching, however.
Chicago starter Ryan Dempster entered the eighth with a one-hitter but, after opening the inning with a strikeout, allowed a single to Desmond. Dempster recorded his 10th strikeout of the game before being replaced by Kerry Wood.
Wood walked the first three batters he faced, with a base on balls to Jayson Werth, who was down in the count 0-2, forcing in the tying run.