Nationals win NL East division title

Just after 9:45 p.m. Monday night, the Atlanta Braves lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates. And the result 250 miles to the northwest of Washington let loose a celebration eight years in the making inside the District. The Washington Nationals clinched the National League East championship, and they danced in the dugout as their loss went final.

Washington Nationals left fielder Mark DeRosa (7), left, and Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34), center, celebrate with their teammates as the Washington Nationals clinch the National League East at Nationals Park, sending them into the playoffs, Washington, D.C., Monday, October 1, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Washington Nationals left fielder Mark DeRosa (7), left, and Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34), center, celebrate with their teammates as the Washington Nationals clinch the National League East at Nationals Park, sending them into the playoffs, Washington, D.C., Monday, October 1, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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