The Washington Nationals arrived at the easy way to avoid controversy, the best method to scuttle any lingering hard feelings. They did not talk their way out of a lineup logjam, and they did not hold a team meeting to address whether to share an opinion about the manager’s lineup card. Tuesday night, they pitched with ease, hit with ferocity and asserted their dominance over an enfeebled opponent. They huddled on the dugout steps and welcomed runners in packs, smiles on their faces. They won.

In a 7-1 victory over the beleaguered Colorado Rockies, the Nationals showcased their fully loaded lineup for the second straight night, proving the problem of too many good hitters with Bryce Harper’s return is no problem at all. Stephen Strasburg rebounded from a beating in Milwaukee with 72 / 3 breezy innings, allowing one purely cosmetic run in his last frame. Jayson Werth led the Nationals’ 10-hit, seven-walk onslaught by going 2 for 3 with two doubles, two walks, three RBI and two runs.

For the second straight day, Manager Matt Williams fielded questions about Harper’s opinion of his lineup in the afternoon — Williams said he supported Harper in full. At night, Strasburg the Nationals took apart the Rockies and left the subject for others to prattle about.

The Nationals scored seven runs for the third straight game, a feat they last accomplished in September 2012. They remained a half-game behind the Atlanta Braves, but they pushed their record to 45-38, a high-water mark at seven games above .500. They’ve won four in a row and eight of their past 11, the last two with an unrelenting lineup that has caused problems only for opposing pitchers.