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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth and catcher Kurt Suzuki celebrate after Suzuki's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning scored Werth as the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2. (Associated Press photo)

Tempers flare but Nationals beat Giants to win fourth straight

There are moments in the long baseball season, as Jayson Werth and Gio Gonzalez had during a dugout confrontation in the first inning of the Washington Nationals’ 4-2 rain-delayed victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, where tempers flare. But the cure-all, the never-fail path to unity and peace -- at least on the surface -- never changes. Win, and it all goes away.

Washington Nationals' Wilson Ramos (40) acknowledges the crowd after his grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wilson Ramos holding up well under heavy workload

Early Sunday afternoon, as many of his teammates were still filing into the Washington Nationals' clubhouse for their evening series finale with the Philadelphia Phillies, Kurt Suzuki stood on the right field line and went through a workout. It was the seventh consecutive day Suzuki was not in the Nationals' lineup. It was the 11th time in the Nationals' last 13 games that they had Wilson Ramos behind the plate. You won't get an argument out of the 26-year-old catcher, who celebrated a birthday on Saturday.

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth takes a curtain call after crushing a two-run homer to left field to give the Nationals a 6-4 lead over the Phillies and notch his 1,000th career hit. (Associated Press photo)

Jayson Werth hits milestone, Nationals complete comeback in win over Phillies

As Jayson Werth jumped to the top step of the Washington Nationals’ dugout and quickly thrust his right arm into the air, tens of thousands of fans who’d made their way to the ballpark on a warm August Saturday night showered him with their love. The curtain call, his to bask in after a game-breaking two-run homer gave the Nationals a lead in the seventh inning of an 8-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, was the cap on quite a moment.

Washington Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon had three more hits on Wednesday as he improved to .354 on the season and led the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. (Associated Press photo)

Anthony Rendon adjusting to the adjustments of major league pitchers

Anthony Rendon is a gifted athlete. For most of his life in competitive baseball, once he hit his growth spurt and had scouts flocking to his games in high school and college, he's been one of -- if not the -- most talented players on the field. In order to be successful, Rendon has often had to do little other than be himself and express that talent. So when major league pitchers began to adjust to him, and the torrid pace he was setting in his second major league call-up, it was a process for him to learn how to adjust back.

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson watches from the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Davey Johnson: 'Everybody's written us off, now's a good time to do something special'

The last few weeks -- or months, really -- have not gone the way the Nationals or manager Davey Johnson had hoped. A three-game sweep by the Atlanta Braves that further dented their standing in the division and made their climb for the Wild Card that much more uphill was just the most recent example of how poorly this season has gone. So as the Nationals, a season-high six games below .500, prepared to open a three-game set with the equally woebegone Phillies Friday night, Johnson appeared to have a bit of a renewed energy about him.