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“He doesn’t get rattled,” Acta said. “He doesn’t care about his age, who’s facing him or the situation.”

And thanks to Flores’ clutch hit, the Nationals were able to take their manager’s message from earlier in the afternoon and apply it to a much-needed victory in the evening.

“The guys today played very good baseball,” Flores said. “We were playing against one of the best teams in the American League. I think everybody played hard today.”