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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Denard Span scored the game-winning run for the Nationals in their 4-3 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night. They celebrated their seventh win in their last eight games. (Associated Press photo).

Denard Span feeling like himself again at the plate during 16-game streak

There were times, earlier this season, when Denard Span drove himself crazy trying to figure out what was wrong. That has not been an issue for the Washington Nationals' center fielder of late. Span is hitting .313 with a .349 on-base percentage with a .431 slugging percentage since the All-Star break. And during his current 16-game hitting streak that dates back to Aug. 17, Span is hitting .415 with a .457 on-base percentage and a .569 slugging percentage.

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos gets high fives in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the second inning Tuesday night. (Associated Press photo)

Nationals best Phillies in ugly game

By the time it was over, the box score was ugly enough to at least marginally describe what had transpired in the previous three hours and 38 minutes between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. It had the usual important facts, like the final score, which marked a 9-6 Nationals victory -- their 70th of the 2013 season. And then it had the rest. Thirteen walks, four errors, four homers, one balk and five wild pitches between the two teams in one of the sloppiest games of the season.

Bryce Harper looks down the first base line during the Washington Nationals' 3-2 loss to the New York Mets. (Associated Press photo)

Bryce Harper dealing with hip "soreness" but OK to play

Bryce Harper was in the Washington Nationals' lineup on Tuesday, but head trainer Lee Kuntz confirmed that the outfielder is dealing with "soreness," in his left hip and has been receiving treatment on it. Kuntz declined to say how long Harper has been getting treatment on his hip, and he did not know what originally caused the pain. But he indicated it was not an uncommon thing at this point in the year, with 137 games in the rearview mirror.

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos tries to sweep the tag on Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins as he scores the decisive run in the Nationals 3-2 loss. (Associated Press photo)

Phillies stage comeback, deal Nationals significant blow

When the bullpen doors opened and he descended the steps that lead to the right center field entrance at Citizens Bank Park, the Nationals handed the ever-reliable Tyler Clippard a newly-acquired one-run lead. By the time manager Davey Johnson reluctantly came to take the ball from him six batters later, they trailed 3-2.

Nationals face old friend Roger Bernadina

The Washington Nationals will see a familiar face in a strange uniform on Tuesday night when Roger Bernadina, previously one of the longest-tenured members of the Nationals organization, heads out to right field for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Nationals - Phillies lineups: Stephen Strasburg looks to keep Nationals momentum going

About two weeks ago, Jayson Werth sat in the clubhouse at Wrigley Field and evaluated the Washington Nationals' chances to make a late-season run at the playoffs. He said then that, in his estimation, his team could maybe afford to lose about 10 more games. Maybe. And he acknowledged that even if they did that they'd still need a lot of help. Since then, the Nationals have lost just three times, meaning if Werth's calculation is correct their margin for error is down to seven more losses before the end of the season.

Jayson Werth, center, celebrates the Nationals' comeback victory with Bryce Harper, right, and Denard Span, left. (Associated Press photo)

Jayson Werth leads Nationals as they rally past Mets

Jayson Werth helped get the Washington Nationals a little bit closer in the wild-card race. Werth's two-out RBI double in the eighth inning capped a late rally and the Nationals avoided a series sweep with a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Sunday night.