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“It was inside,” Guzman said. “Look at the video. It was inside. But you know, he made a mistake. Everybody makes mistakes. It’s OK.”

So the Nationals - who took some solace in having split the season series with Chicago (owner of the NL’s best record) - headed back to the District for a welcome, nine-game homestand.

Or perhaps not so welcome. Awaiting the majors’ worst-hitting club at Nationals Park are the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will send Lowe, 353-game winner Greg Maddux and rookie phenom Clayton Kershaw to the mound.

Imagine how excited the Nationals are about that.