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June 21, 2011
Wilson Ramos capped Washington’s five-run ninth inning with a game-ending three-run homer, lifting the Nationals to a dramatic 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Jerry Hairston and Danny Espinosa each had two-out RBI singles before Ramos connected on a 1-1 pitch from David Pauley, hitting a drive deep to center for his sixth homer. Ramos threw his arms up almost immediately after the ball left his bat and Pauley (4-1) trudged off the mound. The Mariners wasted a fine effort from Doug Fister, who allowed one run and three hits in eight innings.
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July 16, 2012
Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer, Carlos Lee drove in two runs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 5-3 on Monday night to split the teams' four-game series. Carlos Zambrano (5-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, and snapped a four-game losing streak. Heath Bell pitched a scoreless eighth, and Mike Dunn pitched the ninth to record his first career save. Dunn allowed a two-out single to Bryce Harper and walked Ryan Zimmerman before striking out Adam LaRoche to end the game.
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May 16, 2011
Danny Espinosa broke out of a dreadful slump with a two-run homer in the seventh inning Monday night to lead the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Espinosa, who was 8 for 73 entering the at-bat, drove the first pitch thrown by Pirates reliever Jose Ascanio into the left-field bullpen, scoring Mike Morse, who had singled off hard-luck Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm (1-6). Espinosa’s 22 RBIs leads all rookies, but he has seen his average dip from .281 to .193 in the last 20 games.
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June 15, 2011
Livan Hernandez pitched a three-hitter, Michael Morse homered twice and doubled, and the Washington Nationals routed the St. Louis Cardinals 10-0 Wednesday night for their fifth straight win. Albert Pujols made two errors at third base, leading to a pair of unearned runs, as the Cardinals lost their season-worst fifth in a row. Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa also homered and Ryan Zimmerman had his second RBI in as many nights since returning from...
SPORTS
September 30, 2012
And the Washington Nationals wait. Already assured of the capital's first postseason baseball since 1933, the Nationals remained stalled in their drive for the NL East title when they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 10-4 Sunday. “We've got to play the type of baseball that we're capable of playing,” infielder Ian Desmond said. “We didn't do that today.” Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate to lead the Cardinals. Washington (96-63) saw its magic number for clinching the division remain at one with three games remaining.
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August 19, 2012
Gio Gonzalez didn't need his best stuff against the New York Mets on Sunday. What he had was good enough to get his 16th win, tying him for the major league lead and setting a Washington Nationals team record. Gonzalez gave up seven hits and needed 110 pitches to get through 5 2/3 innings, but he didn't allow a run until the sixth and the Nationals got more than enough offense from Bryce Harper and Danny Espinosa for Gonzalez to notch the victory in a 5-2 win against the New York Mets.
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August 11, 2011
Three bad pitches suddenly spoiled an otherwise solid outing for Jordan Zimmermann. The Washington starter gave up three runs in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs went on to beat the Nationals 4-3 Thursday. Chicago broke a 1-all when Reed Johnson reached on a two-out single and Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena hit consecutive home runs. “I had two strikes on Johnson and threw a fastball and he got a base hit and threw a halfway decent slider to Ramirez,” Zimmermann said.
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August 28, 2011
Those two home runs aside, Joey Votto thought he had a pretty lousy day at the plate. He hit a tying shot in the first and led off the 14th inning with his second homer to give the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. “It didn't feel like a great day with the bat for me but I end up with a couple homers and a couple walks. It's such an odd game sometimes,” Votto said. Votto has hit longer home runs but few as effective. “The first home run just scraped out of the ballpark and then the last one kind of the same thing but I didn't feel very good today.” Reds pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso opened the ninth with a home run off Drew Storen, making it 4-all.
SPORTS
August 15, 2012
Stephen Strasburg might be pushing closer to that management-imposed innings limit - whatever the number might be in the mind of the brass. Washington's ace brushed off questions on the topic, and so did manager Davey Johnson. There are more important matters at hand with the NL East-leading Nationals rolling as they head into a key stretch against the division at home. Strasburg capped Washington's longest road trip of the season by winning his third straight start in a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
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September 20, 2012
The Washington Nationals brought postseason baseball back to the nation's capital for the first time since 1933, earning a playoff spot Thursday night with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. “Nats Clinch” flashed on the scoreboard as Washington ensured at least an NL wild-card spot behind Ross Detwiler's six strong innings and Ryan Zimmerman's RBI double. A crowd of 30,359 stood and cheered in the ninth inning, then got even louder when Drew Storen struck out Hanley Ramirez to end it. Manager Davey Johnson saluted the fans as he left the field and the team wore caps acknowledging the playoff berth.
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June 7, 2013
Nationals manager Davey Johnson got what he wanted, a second consecutive rainout to give his battered team an extra day to heal. Maybe the mental break will turn out to be the catalyst the Nationals have been seeking. Certainly, nothing else has worked so far. The preseason NL East favorite remained one game below .500 Friday, when a series opener against the  Minnesota Twins was postponed as rain from Tropical Storm Andrea moved north. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.
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SPORTS
June 6, 2013
The swelling in Bryce Harper's left knee isn't getting any better, so the Washington outfielder will see a specialist next week and won't be coming off the disabled list when he is eligible. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that Harper visit Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion on the knee that has been troublesome ever since the 20-year-old slugger ran into the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13. “We've just got to get the swelling out. We've got to get the inflammation out of there,” Johnson said.
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June 2, 2013
A woeful showing at the plate while losing two of three games to the Braves has left the Washington Nationals below .500 and with an embarrassing .229 batting average. Davey Johnson hopes help is coming this week. The Nationals managed only five hits in Sunday's 6-3 loss, and dropped 6 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East. The Nationals were held to only seven runs in the series. “Half the ballclub is not doing things they're capable of offensively,” Johnson said.
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May 24, 2013
The Washington Nationals didn't have a close shave, and neither did Davey Johnson. The 70-year-old manager still looked closer to 80 after the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 Friday night, sporting the scraggly beginnings of facial hair he had vowed to keep until his team started hitting. Five runs weren't enough, even though it was the most the Nationals had scored in a week. There was also a four-run fifth, the first time Washington had put up four or more in an inning in almost a month.
SPORTS
May 5, 2013
Tyler Moore knew what Clint Hurdle was thinking. With one out and first base open in the eighth inning of a one-run game, Moore fully expected the Pittsburgh Pirates' manager to intentionally walk the batter in front of him. Moore was hitting .158 and had struck out six times in the three-game series. “It fires you up,” Moore said. “I would have done the same thing.” The move backfired, though, as Moore followed the walk to Adam LaRoche by hitting a three-run homer off rookie reliever Bryan Morris to seal the Washington Nationals' 6-2 victory over the Pirates on Sunday.
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May 3, 2013
A.J. Burnett doesn't lead the major leagues in strikeouts. He just wants to and is awful close. “I'm trying to keep up with Yu Darvish, but he's pretty filthy,” the Pittsburgh Pirates' ace said of the Texas Rangers' right-hander. Burnett allowed one run and struck out nine in seven shutout innings, and call-up Jordy Mercer hit a tiebreaking home run to lead the Pirates to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night. Burnett (3-2) gave up five hits and one walk in winning his third straight game after going 0-2 in his first three starts.
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April 28, 2013
Adam LaRoche's slump is now at 26 hitless at-bats with strikeouts accounting for half the outs. Unfamiliarity with Reds rookie pitcher Tony Cingrani had the Nationals collectively looking awkward at the plate. With a chance to complete a four-game series sweep, Washington struck out 11 times against the left-hander - including four in one inning - and 14 overall against five Cincinnati pitchers in a 5-2 loss to the Reds on Sunday. In his third career start, Cingrani (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings and allowed only two hits, one coming off the bat of Nationals rookie Anthony Rendon.
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April 25, 2013
Gio Gonzalez showed that he's better than his last two outings. After giving up 12 runs in nine innings over those two starts, Gonzalez pitched a gem on Thursday night. The right-hander held Cincinnati's powerful lineup to one hit in eight innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Reds 8-1. Denard Span and Danny Espinosa drove in three runs apiece, giving Gonzalez more than enough support. The 21-game winner from last season struck out seven and walked two. By the time Joey Votto homered for Cincinnati, Gonzalez (2-1)
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October 2, 2012
A smile crept across Adam LaRoche's face while he rounded the bases Tuesday night after hitting his career-high 33rd homer to become the third Nationals player with 100 RBIs in a season, another celebratory moment for NL East champion Washington during a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. When the Nationals Park gates opened, early-arriving fans in the crowd of 33,546 were treated to a video montage of alcohol-spraying and general mirth-making from a night earlier, when the home team clinched its first division title since moving from Montreal in 2005.
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September 30, 2012
And the Washington Nationals wait. Already assured of the capital's first postseason baseball since 1933, the Nationals remained stalled in their drive for the NL East title when they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 10-4 Sunday. “We've got to play the type of baseball that we're capable of playing,” infielder Ian Desmond said. “We didn't do that today.” Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate to lead the Cardinals. Washington (96-63) saw its magic number for clinching the division remain at one with three games remaining.
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