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Mike Minor threw six strong innings, Dan Uggla broke it open with a two-run single and the Atlanta Braves denied Gio Gonzalez his 20th win, completing a sweep of the first-place Washington Nationals 5-1 on Sunday night.
John Lannan pitched 5 2-3 shutout innings in his first start since replacing Stephen Strasburg in Washington's starting rotation, and the Nationals lowered their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to six with a 2-0 win over the punchless New York Mets on Wednesday night.
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Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has been immortalized in toy form, but with less of a beard on his tiny plastic doppelganger.
While the Nationals rested regulars Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond, the Marlins' Ricky Nolasco tossed a four-hitter and didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning.
After watching Strasburg give up five runs on six hits over three innings on Friday night in his start against the Marlins, manager Davey Johnson and GM Mike Rizzo took the night to sleep on it.
Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger is among four people ejected when benches cleared twice in two innings of the game between Chicago and the Washington Nationals.
fter a six-inning, two-hit, nine-strikeout effort in a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg got another step closer to throwing his last pitch for the 2012 season as the team gets set to shut down their ace.
Stephen Strasburg allowed two hits over six scoreless innings, striking out nine before being pulled Sunday as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3.