The Washington Times - October 1, 2012, 09:45PM

As the Washington Nationals managed little to no offensive punch, fans roared at every little opportunity. The biggest one came during the ninth inning and it had nothing to do with what happened on the field at Nationals Park.

On the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center, the final score from Pittsburgh came up: Pirates 2, Braves 1. Just like that, the Nationals clinched the first National League East title in franchise history.

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Nationals players celebrated in the dugout with high fives as the crowd went crazy and “NL East Division Champions” flashed on just about every video board possible.

For much of the night, nervous energy was the norm as Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick stymied the Nats. In the end, this was a 2-0 loss and it didn’t even matter.

Instead, the champagne was prepared in the home clubhouse to celebrate what will be the first round of Major League playoff baseball in the District since 1933.

While the Nats struggled with another chance to clinch, the Pirates held the Braves to just two hits to get the job done for them.