6 in a row for Nats

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Has a major league team ever opened a season on a seven-game losing streak and then finished that same season on a seven-game winning streak?

The Nationals are going to attempt to do just that tomorrow. They won their sixth in a row today, outlasting the Braves in a wild, 6-4, 11-inning ballgame that featured plenty of twists and turns and would have been a real thriller if only Game No. 161 mattered in the standings for either team.

Don’t tell the young members of Washington’s roster these games don’t matter, though. Guys like Ross Detwiler (five scoreless innings), shortstop Ian Desmond (homer, two great defensive plays) and outfielder Justin Maxwell (another game-winning homer) are having the time of their lives and don’t want this to end.

“My wife asked me the other day if I was relieved for it to be over,” Maxwell said. “I was like, ‘No, I’m in the big leagues. It’s awesome.’ I’d like for it to continue. But, I guess another time.”

You can read plenty about those three young studs in tomorrow morning’s paper. Then get psyched up for the season finale, with J.D. Martin going up against Tim Hudson as the Nats try to close out the year with seven straight wins and actually match last season’s win total of 59.

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