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Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson wipes his brow during pitching coach Steve McCatty’s visit to the mound in the second inning Wednesday. Jackson allowed four runs in five innings as St. Louis rolled to an 8-0 win and 2-1 lead in the National League Division Series. “He just made bad pitches,” manager Davey Johnson said. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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