Seven straight wins for red-hot Nats

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That’s not something Mock has been able to say in the past. In seven previous career starting assignments, he had yet to be credited with a quality start. Having finally cleared that hurdle Saturday, he was free to reap the rewards of only his second career win, one that perhaps secured his place in the rotation moving forward.

“We don’t have any ultimatums on him or anything,” Riggleman said. “He may be putting something like that on himself, like he had to go out there and pitch a great ballgame. But I think that’s a good thing to do for him. I think you should put a little pressure on yourself and try to take it to the next level. And he did.

“He had his best performance.”

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