The Washington Times - August 8, 2009, 10:35PM

The Streak lives on. (And yes, we may need to start capitalizing streak, because this is getting impressive.)

With a 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks tonight, the Nationals earned their seventh straight victory. That matches their longest streak from a year ago (set in late August, not that anyone remembers it). I’m sure you do remember, though, the only other winning streak in Nats history longer than this one. Yep, the 10-game run in early June 2005, the one that featured come-from-behind wins just about every night and catapulted the Nats into first place in the NL East. Still my favorite memory in five years covering this franchise.

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This streak obviously doesn’t have the same meaning, since the Nats are nowhere near first place. Really, they’re barely making up much ground on fourth place. But it shouldn’t be discounted. This is significant.

“We’re coming the ballpark expecting to win now,” reliever Sean Burnett said. “That’s something that wasn’t here a couple weeks ago.”

Something that also wasn’t expected until tonight was a quality start from Garrett Mock. The young right-hander hadn’t done anything in his previous four starts to make you think he was on the verge of this, but he came through tonight with six solid innings. First quality start in eight tries in the big leagues. Second major league win, but first as a starter.

For that, Mock was rewarded with a shaving cream pie in the face while being interviewed on MASN after the game.

What flavor was the pie?

“Uh, menthol sensitive skin,” Mock said.

“It’s really good,” he continued. “It was a dream come true. I know that’s kind of a different explanation for it. But I’ve been waiting a long time to get a start in the big leagues and get a win. It was a dream come true, it really was.”

So there you have it. Another curly W in the books. They’ll go for No. 8 tomorrow, with J.D. Martin up against Yusmeiro Petit.