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“I felt like I could throw whatever Johnny called,” he said.

Alas, it still wasn’t enough on this afternoon. Despite recording the Nationals’ second complete game of the year, Redding suffered a loss, just as teammate Jason Bergmann did May 31 at Arizona.

Then again, no one on this pitching staff enjoyed success this season against the Giants, who swept the yearlong series. San Francisco has gone 7-0 against Washington, 35-58 against everyone else.

All the Nationals could do was shake their heads in disbelief.

“That’s baseball,” Acta said. “I think we’re leading the series against the Atlanta Braves, and then the Giants are in [fourth] place in the West and they sweep us. That’s the way baseball goes.”